— The Sports Xchange —
About two hours after Louisville announced that Peter Sirmon had stepped down as the Cardinals’ defensive coordinator, Sirmon was named the defensive coordinator at Cal on Friday.
Sirmon also will serve as Cal’s inside linebackers coach.
“Peter Sirmon shares our vision for Cal football and is an ideal fit for our coaching staff,” head coach Justin Wilcox said in a statement. “I have had the pleasure of working with Peter on previous staffs and understand the value he will bring.
“Peter is an excellent football coach, a top-notch recruiter and talented in the development of players both on and off the field. He will be an excellent teacher of the game as well as a tremendous mentor for our student-athletes in all aspect of their lives.”
Sirmon has moved around a lot lately. Cal will be the fourth school that has employed him as an assistant coach since 2014.
In Sirmon’s only season as Louisville’s defensive coordinator, the Cardinal finished 70th nationally in scoring defense (27.4 points per game) and 62nd in total defense (388.1 yards per game).
Sirmon was the defensive coordinator at Mississippi State for one season in 2016, and he was an assistant coach at USC in 2014-15, when Wilcox was the Trojans’ defensive coordinator.
“I’m excited to be joining the University of California and reuniting with Justin Wilcox,” Sirmon said. “We are like-minded in what we believe and in our approaches to both football and life.
“I’m looking forward to coaching championship football at Cal and helping create the best possible experience for the student-athletes in this program both on and off the field.”