Two new assistants, five promotions and a happy return comprise the Spartans coaching and staff changes.
Quality control coach Fred Guidici and four former Spartans are in a Japanese all-star football game.
New head coach Brent Brennan adds more energy and local ties to coaching staff.
More than 30 teams and individual's were recognized at the Spartans fifth annual end of the year celebration.
Fred Guidici returned to San Jose State University in February 2017 as the Spartans’ first quality control coach. He was named the Spartans' special teams coordinator again in February 2018. Guidici is in his second tenure as a San Jose State assistant football coach and his fifth season on the coaching staff.
His first coaching stint with the Spartans covered the 2012 through 2014 seasons. San José State enjoyed a variety of special teams successes. He was the special teams coordinator all three seasons and coached the running backs in 2012 when the Spartans won the Military Bowl and finished 21st in the final Associated Press national poll.
The 2013 Spartans were the co-national leader for blocking seven opponent's kick scoring tries. Three of them came in the San Diego State game alone. For the first time in school history, the Spartans recorded back-to-back seasons of at least 100 kick-scoring points with a single-season team record 108 in 2012 and 105 in 2013. Punter Harrison Waid and placekicker Austin Lopez finished their careers as the University's leaders in yards per punt and kick scoring points, respectively. The 2012 San José State team successfully executed its first onside kick attempt in two years which resulted in a touchdown in the school's 62-52 victory over #16-Fresno State. The win was the Spartans' first over a top-20 ranked opponent since the 2000 season.
Guidici joined the San José State University staff in March 2012 as the special teams coordinator and running backs coach. That year, the Spartans set a single-season school record for kick-scoring points, produced the program's highest percentage of field goals made in a season, scored points on punt defense and tied the San José State season record for kickoffs returned for a touchdown.
As the 2012 running backs coach, he coached De'Leon Eskridge, the Spartans' first 1,000-yard rusher in six seasons, and Tyler Ervin, who would set the single-season school-record for rushing yards in 2015. Ervin was a rookie with the NFL’s Houston Texans in 2016.
During the 2015 and 2016 fall seasons, Guidici was the special teams coordinator at the College of San Mateo. The Bulldogs won the 2016 Bay 6 Conference championship and were in the Northern California community college playoffs both seasons.
A long-time Bay Area resident, Guidici spent 16 seasons at Menlo College in nearby Atherton, Calif., with three seasons as the Oaks' head coach. The 2011 Menlo squad was the school's first in eight years to post a .500 or better win-loss record.
The 1989 San José State graduate has more than 25 years of professional and college coaching experience. He coached at Santa Clara University for three seasons (1990-92), Stanford University for two seasons (1993-94), Menlo College (1996-2011) and College of San Mateo (2015-16). Guidici worked with Pro Football Hall of Fame and Super Bowl winning coach Bill Walsh (1931-2007) at Stanford as a defensive assistant coach.
Guidici spent the 1995 season with the Oakland Raiders as the defensive quality control coach. He moved on to the San José SaberCats of the Arena Football League in 1996 and coached the team's offensive and defensive lines and assisted with special teams coaching in his first three ARENA League seasons. Guidici returned to the Arena Football League’s San Jose team as an assistant coach for the 2015 season. The SaberCats posted a 20-1 record and won the Arena Bowl – the league’s equivalent to the Super Bowl.
He and his wife, Becca, reside in San José.
FRED GUIDICI facts
Name pronunciation - Joo-dee-she
Born: November 8, 1964 in Omaha, Neb.
|1984-89||Blackford H.S. (San Jose)||Offensive Line, Defensive Line, Special Teams Coordinator|
|1990-92||Santa Clara University||Defensive Line, Outside Linebackers, Special Teams Coordinator|
|1993-94||Stanford University||Defensive Assistant|
|1995||Oakland Raiders (NFL)||Defensive Quality Control|
|1996-98||San Jose SaberCats (Arena)||Line, Assistant Special Teams|
|1999-2008||Menlo College||Assistant Coach, Recruiting Coordinator, Director of Football Operations|
|2009-11||Menlo College||Head Coach|
|2012||San José State University||Running Backs Coach, Special Teams Coordinator|
|2013-14||San José State University||Special Teams Coordinator|
|2015||San José SaberCats (Arena)||Line Coach, Assistant Special Teams Coordinator|
|2015-16||College of San Mateo||Special Teams Coordinator|
|2017||San José State University||Quality Control Coach|
|2016 California Community College Northern California playoffs|
|2015 California Community College Northern California playoffs|
|2015 Arena Bowl champion|
|2012 Military Bowl|
|1998 Arena Football League playoffs|
|1997 Arena Football League playoffs|
|THEY PLAYED FOR COACH GUIDICI|
|Tyler Ervin, RB - Houston Texans, 2nd season|
|Nate Jackson, WR - played six NFL seasons|
|Sam Hernandez, L - Arena Football League Hall of Fame member|
|Al Noga, L - played 10 NFL and Arena Football League seasons|