Jan. 6, 2004
Tom Cable, who served as head coach at the University of Idaho for the last four years, has been hired to coach the Bruin offensive line, head coach Karl Dorrell announced today.
"Tom is an outstanding line coach," Dorrell said of the new Bruin assistant. "He has a great passion for coaching this position and has a wealth of experience, having coached in both the Pac-10 and the Big 12. I feel he is just what we need to energize and improve the performance of our offensive line."
Cable, 39, spent the last four seasons as head coach of the Vandals. In addition, he also coached the offensive line during the 2003 season.
Prior to becoming head coach at his alma mater prior to the 2000 season, he spent two years at the University of Colorado. In 1998, he served as offensive line coach for Rick Neuheisel, working with offensive coordinator Karl Dorrell. In 1999, he was promoted to offensive coordinator by head coach Gary Barnett and worked with tight end coach Jon Embree, now UCLA's assistant head coach. Under his direction, the Buffaloes' offense was ranked 14th in the nation, averaging 424.9 yards per game. Colorado won the Insight.com Bowl that year, scoring 62 points and compiling 523 yards against Boston College. Guard Brad Bedell earned first-team All-American honors that season under Cable.
Cable spent six seasons (1992-97) as offensive line coach at the University of California, working for Keith Gilbertson, now head coach of the Washington Huskies; Steve Mariucci, current head coach of the Detroit Lions; and Tom Holmoe. He produced four first-team All-Pac-10 selections, including first-team All-America and two-time All-Pac-10 performer Todd Steussie, who was also voted the Pac-10's top lineman in 1993.
He began his coaching career at his alma mater, serving as a graduate assistant for Gilbertson at Idaho in 1987 and 1988. He then served as a graduate assistant at San Diego State in 1989. From there, he went to Cal State Fullerton, where he was the defensive line coach in 1990. His next stop was UNLV, where he coached the offensive line for one year (1991) before moving to California.
During his career, Cable has coached five All-Americans, eight All-Pac 10 players and two Big 12 players.
Cable, a 6-3, 270-pound offensive lineman, played four years for the Dennis Erickson teams that launched the rebirth of Idaho football in 1982. After a four-year career - three as a starting guard - for the Vandals, Cable spent one season as a free agent with the Indianapolis Colts before beginning his coaching career.
Cable is a native of Snohomish, WA, and a graduate of Snohomish High School where he was a three-sport athlete. In addition to earning first-team all-conference honors as an offensive and defensive tackle, he was a first-team all-state offensive tackle. He also lettered in basketball and baseball.
Cable and his wife, Glenda, have three children - Amanda, Alexander and Zachary. He was born Nov. 26, 1964.