Cal hires former UNLV defensive backs coach Tre Watson

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Cal football announced on Friday that it has filled its last major coaching vacancy for the 2021 season. Tre Watson (no, Bears fans, not that Tre Watson), who was formerly the defensive backs coach at UNLV for the 2020 season and, prior to that, served as a graduate assistant at Oregon, will join Justin Wilcox’s staff as the defensive backs coach. The position was made available following the departure of Marcel Yates to Oregon.

Watson played as a defensive back for Washington in 2012 and 2013 when Justin Wilcox served as the Huskies’ defensive coordinator, which adds a level of familiarity to the hire.

“Tre has always impressed me with his work ethic, knowledge of the game and tremendous attitude ever since we coached him at Washington,” said Wilcox.

Named a 247 Sports “30under30” rising coach last season, Watson will look to make an immediate impact for the Bears in 2021.

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