Tom Cable is in his third season as UCLA's offensive coordinator and coach of the offensive line. The depth he has helped develop along the offensive line the past two seasons has kept the unit steady while battling through injuries to maintain the Bruins' place among the nation's top producing offenses. A year ago, UCLA ranked fifth nationally in scoring (39.1) and 23rd in both passing (270.3) and total offense (431.0). In 2004, UCLA ranked No. 28 in the nation (410.0 yards per game).
In 2004, the Bruin offense showed huge gains from the previous season. The rushing output improved by over 1,000 yards (2,219 in 2004/1,195 in 2003). The Bruin passing game netted 22 touchdowns in 2004, up from 12 in 2003. The UCLA offense ranked 28th nationally in yards per game (410.0). The play of the offensive line helped to produce the program's 10th 1,000-yard rusher and limited quarterback sacks. Steven Vieira and Mike McCloskey each earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors.
Cable spent the four seasons prior to joining the UCLA staff as head coach of the University of Idaho. In addition, he also coached the offensive line during the 2003 season.
During Cable's tenure at Idaho, his teams ran the West Coast offense and averaged 424.1 yards of total offense (19,510 in 46 games). Idaho ranked sixth nationally in 2001 with 464.8 yards, eighth nationally in 2000 with 453.2 yards and 27th nationally in 2002 with 404.6 yards.
Before 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 then-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; 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.
Cable 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 the University of California.
During his career, Cable has coached five All-Americans, eight All-Pac 10 players and two All-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.
RECRUITING RESPONSIBILITIES -- Local / California: Central/Northern California (excluding Bay Area); National: Pacific Northwest and offensive linemen.
PERSONAL -- Education: Bachelor's in Letters and Science, Idaho, 1986; At UCLA: Second year (joined the staff in January of 2004); Born: November 26, 1964 in Merced, CA; Family: Tom and Glenda have three children, Amanda, 17, Alexander, 12, and Zachary, 10.