Cal hires Kaufman as defensive coordinator

Cal coach Sonny Dykes' search for a new defensive coordinator is complete.

Tasked with turning around one of the nation's worst defenses is veteran Art Kaufman, who spent the 2013 season as the defensive coordinator at Cincinnati. Cal announced the hire Wednesday.

“After an extensive search and evaluation process, we have identified one of the top coaches and teachers in the business to join our staff at Cal,” Dykes said in a statement. “Art has a tremendous amount of experience and an excellent track record in significant roles on the defensive side of the ball at the highest level of college football."

Under Kaufman's direction, the Bearcats finishing ninth nationally in total defense (315.6 yards per game) and 14th in scoring defense (21.0 points per game).

He'll replace Andy Buh, who was demoted on Jan. 8 after a season in which Cal finished ranked second-to-last nationally in both total (529.6 yards) and scoring (45.9 points) defense. On the same day, Dykes announced Cal would not retain defensive tackles coach Barry Sacks or defensive backs coach Randy Stewart.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Cal football coaching staff and believe that my coaching experience will help our defense improve quickly,” Kaufman said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to building a strong defense that will make significant contributions to our success as a football team. Sonny Dykes is in the initial stages of building a tremendous football program at Cal, and it’s great to be part of that process early on.”

Kaufman has spent 32 years as a college assistant, including 12 seasons as a defensive coordinator spread between Texas Tech, North Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana Tech, Arkansas Tech and Northwestern State.

He was a finalist for the Broyles Award, given to the nation's top assistant, in both 2011 (North Carolina) and 2012 (Texas Tech).