Jeff Tedford, 55, was named the 19th head football coach in Fresno State history on Nov. 10, 2016 and was introduced to the Red Wave by Director of Athletics Jim Bartko at a press conference on Nov. 11, 2016.
Tedford, a former Bulldog quarterback and Fresno State assistant coach, returned to the Valley after holding the position of offensive consultant for the Washington Huskies – a 2016 College Football Playoff team.
Tedford assumed the role of acting head coach on Nov. 27, following the conclusion of the 2016 season as interim head coach Eric Kiesau carried out his duties for the remaining two games following Tedford’s introduction.
Tedford, who is a proven winner on the West Coast, comes to the Valley with 11 years of head coaching experience at the Division I level – having led the California Golden Bears to 82 wins from 2002-2012. He left as the school’s all-time winningest coach.
Tedford’s ties to the Valley and Fresno State run deep. He played quarterback at Fresno State in 1981-82 under Jim Sweeney and coached at Fresno State under Sweeney from 1987-88 and 1992-96, and under a then-first-year head coach Pat Hill in 1997.
Tedford’s coaching career started at Fresno State, volunteering as an assistant for the 1987-88 seasons, from there he picked up his first full-time position as an assistant for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League – a familiar league in which he played quarterback for six seasons after his collegiate career at Fresno State.
He returned to Fresno State in 1992 as the quarterbacks coach and served as the offensive coordinator for the Bulldogs over the ensuing five seasons.
Tedford held the same position at Oregon (1998-2001) before he became the head coach at Cal. He was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year twice, led the Golden Bears to a school record seven consecutive bowl games and to a conference title in 2006.
Following Tedford’s stint at Cal, he moved on to the NFL in 2014 as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offensive coordinator. The stop did not last long due to health issues during the preseason that evolved into an indefinite leave of absence which resulted in the two sides mutually agreeing to part ways.
Tedford made his return to the CFL in 2015 as he was named the head coach of the B.C. Lions. At the conclusion of the season, Tedford elected to exercise an option in his contract to resign and pursue opportunities in college football.
Tedford made his return to college football as an offensive consultant for the Washington Huskies under head coach Chris Peterson in 2016. A relationship rekindled after their time together as assistants at Oregon under then-coach Mike Belotti. Washington's staff also included associate head coach Bob Gregory, who served as Tedford's defensive coordinator at Cal for eight seasons.
Tedford graduated from Warren High School in Downey, California and attended Cerritos Junior College for two seasons before becoming the Bulldogs’ quarterback in 1981.
He and his wife Donna have two children, Taylor and Quinn.