Dec. 17, 2012
Running back, Detroit Lions (2010-Present)
Former Cal running back (2007-09)
"He is hands-down the most influential coach I have had throughout my life. He is not only a great football coach - his resumè as a football coach speaks for itself - but is a great teacher and knows how to teach the proper techniques and help develop his players. I know firsthand that he was like a father figure to all of the running backs when I was at Cal. I still keep in touch with him now and know that other running backs still keep in touch with him as well. He not only instilled the proper values to help us become the best football player we could be, he also challenged us to become the best person we could be as well. I know if he could inspire a group of running backs, he will definitely create a great atmosphere for the entire team."
"He is really passionate when coaching his players. He believed in us, was passionate whenever he was on the field and believed in us. That naturally rubbed off on all of the running backs and made us want to work even harder. (UC Davis) players will know really soon that he makes people work hard, no question about it, but his energy will just rub off. Everyone will be motivated to put in a good, hard day of work, and he will make it easy for his players to do that."
" 'Coach G' is the type of coach who is going to find a way to make you as great a football player as possible. He is very good at figuring out what type of player you are, and then finding ways to mold and shape you into the very best football player you could be. It is hard to explain this process in greater detail, but it just happens.
ROBERT (BOB) HAAS
University of California, Berkeley alumnus and philanthropist
Former Chairman, Levi Strauss & Co.
"Coach Ron Gould is a great coach and an even better human being. Under his leadership Aggie fans can look forward to many winning seasons. Importantly, with Coach Gould at the helm, the football program will reflect the high standards of excellence and integrity that UC Davis is known for."
"I have known Coach Gould for the 16 years that he has coached at Berkeley. He is well-known for developing NFL-caliber talent, including Marshawn Lynch, Justin Forsett and Jahvid Best and others. His quiet, sincere, yet persistent manner makes him an outstanding recruiter. Coach Gould brings more to his work than a narrow focus on the X's and O's. He is sincerely interested in the personal growth and development of the young men who play for him. If I had a son I would want him to play for Coach Gould."
"Aggie fans: you are in for some exciting times! Congratulations on an outstanding hire!"
Head Women's Swimming Coach (1992-Present)
U.S. Olympic Women's Swimming Coach (2012)
"I think that, first of all, he is a quality human being. I really respected and admired his commitment to educating young men and having them mature both on and off the field during their time at Cal."
"He is a man of tremendous character and integrity, what you see is what you get. He gives everything he can to his student-athletes, you cannot ask anything more from a coach. He is going to show up day in and day out and give it his best, and I think he is going to successfully find a way to bring out the best of everyone around him as well."
Running back, New England Patriots (2011-present)
Former Cal running back (2007-2011)
"I would not be where I am today, or experienced the success I did at Cal, if it were not for Coach Gould. From the day I met him, I knew he was the guy who would help get me to where I wanted to go. The way he works, and how he is, it just resonates when you first meet him. Through my four years at Cal, what he taught me is hard to put into words because he did so much for me - both on and off the field - to help me become a better football player on the field, and a better man off it. It is difficult to find words that truly express how much he means to both me and my family."
"You are not going to find a better coach than 'Coach G'. He truly cares for his players and has more passion for the game than anyone I have ever worked with. He is going to make this team a lot better."
Director of Athletics, BYU (2005-Present)
Former Cal head football coach (1997-2001)
"He is one of the best, if not the best, recruiters that I have ever been around. Position mastery is something that he excels in; he knows the running back position like the back of his hand. The fine running backs that he tutored while at Cal were 'chips off the old block.' I think this is a great opportunity for him since he has been coaching for a long time, he is seasoned and ready to go."
"He will put everything into this, he loves the sport and really loves the players. It starts during the recruiting process. He will have very personal relationships with players. It is a hard thing to go from being a position coach, coordinator or assistant coach, to a head coach because you are playing a different role but I believe that he will be able to transition and keep that touch with players throughout his career."
Assistant Coach, Cal (1982); Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, Cal (2001)
Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, University of Michigan (2011-present)
"I worked with Coach Gould at three stops. Portland State was his first full-time position, then we went to Boise State and then California. I do not know how you can make a better pick, this guy is a great recruiter and an incredibly fundamentally sound football coach. Being in the UC system for 16 years, there is a certain understanding one needs to possess to recruit the right type of kid. Ron's background and understanding about recruiting a 'UC' kind of kid is a tremendous asset. His work ethic is relentless. He is highly competitive and I think his energy will be infectious, not only to the coaching staff but to the players and community as a whole."
"His work ethic is relentless. He is highly competitive and I think his energy will be infectious, not only to the coaching staff but to the players and community as a whole."
"Coach Gould will bring with him a high level of energy. He is enthusiastic; he coaches that way, thinks that way and is unyielding in his pursuit for success. That is why (two) different coaches at Cal kept him because he was an invaluable part of the program, especially from a recruiting standpoint. Ron will compete at every turn, but he will do it right. He has a lot of integrity. Doing things right is really important to him. I have nothing but fond memories about the way he coached and the way he went about his business with great professionalism and an outstanding work ethic."