Al Borges & Dan Ferrigno Join Football Staff In Coordinating Roles

Al Borges was an offensive coordinator in the Big Ten, Mountain West, SEC and Pac-12 Conferences before joining the Spartans.
Feb. 5, 2015

Al Borges and Dan Ferrigno, who combined have more than 60 years of college football coaching experience, are joining the San José State University staff. Ron Caragher, the Spartans head coach made the announcement.

Borges will be the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Ferrigno will be the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach.

The 2015 season will mark the sixth season the two successful veteran coaches are in coordinating roles on the same staff. Borges and Ferrigno coached together at San Diego State (2009 & 2010) and at Michigan (2011-2013).

They also coached against each other twice in rivalry games - the 1995 Oregon-Oregon State "Civil War" when Borges was at Oregon and Ferrigno was at Oregon State and the 2000 "Battle for the Victory Bell" between UCLA and the University of Southern California (USC). Ferrigno was the special teams coordinator at USC and Borges was the UCLA offensive coordinator.

For Borges, he also is working again with the Spartans' head coach now in his third season at San José State. Caragher was a UCLA assistant coach during Borges' five seasons with the Bruins. Overall, the Spartans' new offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach has 27 seasons of major college experience at eight current Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools. Since 1995 when he was at Oregon, he coached at one Southeastern Conference (Auburn), one Mountain West (San Diego State), two Big Ten (Indiana and Michigan), and three Pac-12 schools (Oregon, UCLA and California).

The 1981 Chico State graduate also was the offensive coordinator at Portland State (1986-92) and Boise State (1993 & 1994). He began his coaching career at the University of California in 1982 coaching tight ends and outside linebackers.



"I am very excited to add Al and Dan to our coaching staff. Al and I go back to working together at UCLA in which we had some great success with a 20-game win streak, back-to-back Pac-10 Championships and New Year's Day bowl games. Al was very influential in my development as a young coach. I am fired up to be able to bring him on board as a part of our staff and program," said Caragher.

"Although I have never worked with Dan before, our paths have crossed (coaching at rival schools in the Pac-12) and I've always had great respect for him. He is an outstatnding coach and person. Dan will coach our special teams and our tight ends."

At UCLA, he was two-time finalist for the Broyles Award given annually to the top FBS assistant coach. Teams he coached played in 11 post-season bowl games, won the 1994 Big Sky Conference championship and five NCAA Division II Western Football Conference championships in seven seasons while at Portland State. The 2004 Auburn team finished #2 in the national polls after completing an undefeated 13-0 season.

Ferrigno returns to the West Coast after four seasons at Michigan (2011-14). His major-college coaching career covers five decades in four FBS Conferences (Mid-American, Pac-12, Mountain West and Big Ten). He was the special teams coordinator while at Oregon State (1987-95), the University of California (1996-99), USC, San Diego State (2009-10) and Michigan (2011-14).

The 1977 San Francisco State graduate began his college-coaching career at his alma mater in 1978 as the wide receivers coach. After a season at the University of the Pacific, he served his first of two coaching tenures at Cal (1980 & 1981) as the tight ends coach. Five seasons at Western Michigan (1982-86) preceded a return to the West Coast. He also was the wide receivers coach at Oregon for five seasons (2001-05). Like Borges, he coached on teams that played in 11 bowl games.