Ken Margerum, a coach at every level of organized football, is in his fifth season as a Spartan assistant coach and third as wide receivers coach. He also is the team’s recruiting coordinator.
Five times in the last three seasons, San Jose State produced a wide receiver with at least 50 receptions and 800 receiving yards. Kevin Jurovich, now a senior, set a school single-season record in 2007 with 85 receptions for 1,183 yards. David Richmond, a 2009 Cincinnati Bengals free agent, did it twice.
In 2006, Margerum was the co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach. The top six backs each averaged at least 4.0 yards per carry and three-time All-WAC choice Yonus Davis became the program’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 2000.
Following an All-American career at Stanford, Margerum became a third-round draft choice of the Chicago Bears. He was named to the league’s 1981 All-Rookie team and was a member of Chicago’s Super Bowl XX championship team. Margerum finished his career playing for the San Francisco 49ers (1986-87).
He joined the Spartans’ staff after serving one season as the Stanford wide receivers coach (2004). He was the wide receivers coach at California (2000-01); the tight ends coach at Laney College (2002); the offensive coordinator for the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe (2003) and an assistant coach at Hawai’i (1996). The Claymores set a NFL Europe record for most yards per game (417.3) and averaged 30.3 points per game.
In 2009, Margerum was named to the 2010 Class of the College Football Hall of Fame. At Stanford, he was a two-time first-team All-America, three-time first-team All-Pac-10 and an academic All-America. For 25 years, he held the Pac-10’s career record for touchdown receptions (32) and finished with 141 receptions for 2,430 yards. The two-sport star also clocked a collegiate best time of 14.3 in the 110-meter high hurdles and ran on the Cardinal’s all-time best 4x100 meter relay team.
His wife, Joy, was an All-American in track and field at Cal State Hayward. They have two daughters, Sunny and Windy.
KEN MARGERUM facts
Born: October 5, 1958, in Atlantic City, N.J.
2007-08 San Jose State University wide receivers coach
2006 San Jose State University co-offensive coordinator/running backs coach
2005 San Jose State University offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach
2004 Stanford University assistant coach
2003 Scottish Claymores (NFL Europe) offensive coordinator
2002 Laney College assistant coach
2000-01 University of California assistant coach
1997-99 Menlo College head coach
1996 University of Hawai'i assistant coach
1993-95 Hawaii Prep Academy assistant coach
They played for Coach Margerum
David Richmond, WR – Cincinnati Bengals, 2009 free agent
Adam Tafralis, QB – Hamilton Tiger Cats, one CFL season
Mark Bradford, WR – San Francisco 49ers, one NFL season
Evan Moore, WR – Green Bay Packers, one NFL season
Edell Shepherd, WR – Played four NFL seasons
Nate Jackson, WR – Played five NFL seasons
Chase Lyman, WR – Played two NFL seasons
Craig Nall, QB – Played six NFL seasons
Ken Simonton, RB – Played two NFL seasons