Staff
Head Coach
Jeff Tedford
  • 2018 Mountain West Conference Champions (12 Win Season - School Record)
  • 2018 Finalist for Bear Bryant Coach of the Year
  • 2017 Mountain West Coach of the Year
  • Finalist for National Coach of the Year in 2017
  • 19th head football coach in Fresno State history
  • Multiple Heisman Trophy candidates, with J.J. Arrington (2004), Marshawn Lynch (2006), DeSean Jackson (2007) and Jahvid Best (2009) among top candidates for the prestigious honor at some point in the season
  • Tedford developed six quarterbacks that became NFL first-round picks – Kyle Boller, David Carr, Trent Dilfer, Joey Harrington, Aaron Rodgers and Akili Smith.
  • 57 NFL draft picks including Justin Forsett, Alex Mack, Cameron Jordan, Keenan Allen, DeSean Jackson, Nnamdi Asomugha
  • Played QB for Fresno State (1981-82)
  • During his days as a Bulldog, he had career marks for passing yardage (4,872) and touchdown passes (35), while earning honorable mention All-American notice in 1982 when he set single-season Fresno State standards for passing yardage (2,993) and TD passes (24).
  • Tedford played professionally in the Canadian Football League for six seasons with Hamilton, Calgary, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg
  • He appeared in the league’s championship game (Grey Cup) with Hamilton in 1984.
Assistant Coach (Running Backs/Special Teams Coordinator)
Jamie Christian
  • Recruiting Area: Stockton/Elk Grove, Long Beach, Inner-Los Angeles, Arizona, South Fresno
  • Bulldog fullback (1991-93)
  • Noted as a strong recruiter, he was named to Rivals' top recruiters list in 2013, while coaching special teams, tight ends and inside receivers at Houston University
  • Christian switched to running back as a senior at Central Washington and was its leader in rushing yards and touchdowns and helped lead the Wildcats to the 1995 NAIA National Championship.
  • In 2003-04 served as the San Francisco 49ers defensive quality control
Assistant Coach (Offensive Line/Run Game Coordinator)
Ryan Grubb
  • Recruiting Area: Central Los Angeles, Utah, Eastern Canada, Modesto/Stanislaus County
  • As the offensive line coach at EMU in 2016, the group combined to allow the eighth-fewest sacks in the nation by allowing a program record-low of 13 sacks, as well as the second-fewest tackles for a loss in the nation
  • In 2016, the team produced the seventh-most yards rushing in program history (2,068)
  • Two national championships and four Great Plains Athletic Conference championships
Assistant Coach (Linebackers)
Kenwick Thompson
  • Recruiting Area: I.E., Houston, Dallas, Tulare
  • In 2014, he was responsible for developing Stephen Weatherly into one of the teams most productive defenders finishing with 12.5 sacks on the year for Vanderbilt
  • In 2011 Thompson linebackers corps helped the Golden Bears top the PAC 12 in both total defense (332.9 yards) and pass defense (204.2 yards)
  • Thompson's first coaching job came in a player-coach capacity in the Italian-American Professional Football League in 1990
Assistant Coach (Wide Recievers)
Kirby Moore
  • Recruiting Area: Central Coast, Santa Cruz, Pacific Northwest, Lemoore, Hanford
  • Worked with Washington’s wide receivers corps, Huskies’ wideouts John Ross and Dante Pettis led the nation in touchdown receptions as a duo
  • As a senior at Boise State in 2013, Moore caught 36 passes for 280 yards
  • He earned Academic All-District VII and Academic All-Mountain West Conference honors
  • Kirby set a national record with 95 career touchdown receptions at Prosser High in Washington, he was first-team all-state as a junior and senior and was named the Washington 2A Player of the Year as a senior, when he had 131 receptions for 2,126 yards and 34 TDs.
Assistant Coach (Tight Ends)
Scott Thompson
  • Recruiting Area: LA Valley, Ventura, Lancaster/Palmdale, Hawaii, Bakersfield, Eastern Sierras
  • As a senior, Fresno State quarterback Billy Volek connected with Thompson for 31 receptions and 375 yards and a touchdown
  • Managed all aspects of USC recruiting and supervised all official and unofficial visits for nearly six years, assisting in the Trojans bringing in 30 first-team All-Pac 12 selections from 2010-16.
Defensive Coordinator
Bert Watts
  • Recruiting Area: Oakland, South Bay, Napa, North CA Coast, Reedley, Dinuba
  • Watts’ first season overseeing the UC Davis defense in 2013 resulted in four of his players earning postseason recognition from the Big Sky Conference while it added two the next season and five more honors from the conference in 2016
  • Playing for Cal where he led the Bears with 80 tackles as a senior in 2002
  • Following his final season, recipient of the team's Joe Roth Award, which is given to the player that exemplifies superior courage, attitude and sportsmanship.
Assistant Coach (Defensive Backs)
J.D. Williams
  • Recruiting Area: Inland Empire, Las Vegas/South Nevada, North Fresno
  • Selected in the first round of the NFL Draft (16th overall by the Buffalo Bills, 1990)
  • One of five Bulldogs to have been selected in the first round
  • Wide receiver turned cornerback at Fresno State from 1986-89
  • AP honorable mention All-American in 1988, and a second-team Sporting News All-American and a third-team AP All-American in 1989, he was a two-time all-Big West first-team selection and the Defensive MVP of the East-West Shrine
  • Member of all four Bills' teams that advanced to the Super Bowl from 1991-94