Eric Kiesau spent the 2011 season as the passing game coordinator/wide receivers coach at the University of California at Berkeley in his fifth season overall and second stint with Cal. Kiesau was previously Cal’s wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator for four seasons (2002-05), before spending five campaigns (2006-10) on the University of Colorado at Boulder coaching staff.
Cal’s receiving core consistently put up strong numbers during his tenure and for two of those seasons (2003-04) provided reliable targets for quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is now one of the top signal-callers in the NFL, the winning quarterback in Super Bowl XLV and the reigning Super Bowl MVP.
In Kiesau’s second season at Cal in 2003, the Bears broke a school record with 278 receptions and the passing game posted an average of 264.6 yards per game to rank fourth in school history.
Cal’s passing game was also strong in the seasons both prior to and following the school-record campaign, with per-game passing averages of 247.6 yards in 2002 and 235.7 yards in 2004.
Kiesau was also Cal’s wide receivers coach in 2005 during DeSean Jackson’s first season with the Bears, when the future NFL All-Pro and Pro Bowler set the school’s true freshman single-season record for both receptions (38) and receiving yards (601), with the latter still standing. Jackson also picked up the mark for the most receiving yards in a game by a true freshman at Cal when he totaled 130 at New Mexico State, a record that stood until Keenan Allen broke the record in 2010. Kiesau also tutored a pair of young receivers in Lavelle Hawkins and Robert Jordan in 2005 that along with Jackson formed the core of a solid Cal receiving group that would lead the Bears through the end of their collegiate careers in 2007. Hawkins has joined Jackson in the NFL and is currently a wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans.
Prior to returning to Cal for his second stint, Kiesau served as Colorado’s passing game coordinator and receivers coach for three seasons (2006-08) before being promoted to offensive coordinator and assistant head coach, and working with the quarterbacks during his final two campaigns in Boulder (2009-10).
At Colorado, Kiesau was largely responsible for the development of receiver Scotty McKnight from a walk-on as a true freshman in 2006 to the top receiver in school history by the time he finished his collegiate career in 2010. McKnight’s final receiving numbers for the Buffs were 219 catches for 2,588 yards with 22 touchdown grabs – all school records. He also caught at least one pass in all 49 of the collegiate games he played in from 2007-10, earning him another school record and giving him the longest string of consecutive games played with a catch among all NCAA players active throughout the 2010 season. In addition, McKnight was the only player in the history of Colorado football to lead his team in receptions for four consecutive campaigns.
Kiesau’s first full-time coaching position at the Division I level came in 2000 when he began a two-year stint at Utah State, spending his first season as the school’s running backs coach before becoming the receivers coach in his second campaign. He tutored third-team All-American Emmitt White, who led the nation in all-purpose yards and ranked No. 13 nationally in rushing in 2000. In his second season at USU in 2001, he coached wide receiver Kevin Curtis to an All-American season as Curtis led the nation with 100 receptions while ranking third in receiving yards per game (139.2 ypg).
He began his collegiate coaching career at his junior college alma mater Glendale Community College in 1998. He also had a brief stint as the teamwork coordinator at Oregon in the winter and spring of 2000, before moving on to Utah State.
Kiesau earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Portland State in 1996, where he lettered as a quarterback and was his school’s starter at the position during his 1995 senior campaign. He was also an All-American junior college quarterback as a sophomore in 1992.
Upon graduation from PSU, Kiesau worked the better part of five years in private business for Corporate America in Portland.
Kiesau was born in Pasadena, California and graduated in 1991 from Glendale High School, where he lettered in football and baseball.
He and his wife, Wendy, have two children – daughter, Tayler, and son, Blake.
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