Dec. 17, 2012
CHANCELLOR LINDA KATEHI
"I am excited to introduce Ron (Gould) to UC Davis because of his vision. His philosophy involves excelling on the football field, as well as the classroom and in real life. Ron comes to us after coaching at two big-time programs, so he knows what it takes to succeed. Whether his players decide to pursue football professionally, or choose another field, Ron will provide his players the experiences needed to succeed both on the football field, and off, once the student-athletes finish their time at UC Davis."
"Ron will not only be an outstanding coach, but also an outstanding mentor - that is what he is committed to doing."
DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS TERRY TUMEY
"The task of finding a new head coach at UC Davis is probably as difficult a one that I have ever faced. After being here for a couple of months, I not only feel the weight of this task not only as it relates to the job, but feel is as it relates to the community and the students here."
"I had a list of things I used to measure out a candidate. Everyone first looked at things like X's and O's, and Ron made me feel good about that. Of course I think about recruiting since it is such a vital part of the program, I have a personal testament about Ron since he beat me in recruiting a couple of times, particularly in the form of Nnamdi Asomugha when I was coaching at UCLA. This man can recruit. Ron made me feel good about that. We had to have a person who could follow in the great footsteps of the coaches that we had. You don't replace a gentleman like Jim Sochor, you don't replace Bob Foster, you don't replace the incomparable Bob Biggs. I had to find a replacement who possessed common traits from all three of those men. Ron has the ability, just as all these other men, to invest fully to students. For Ron, the game is not over at the end of the fourth quarter, the game is over once the game of life is over because he will continue to be a teacher and advocate for his students. Once I found out that, and there is testament that runs rampant throughout this community about Ron and his vision and how he invests in his students, I had to have him. I wanted him to come to UC Davis because I felt the students at UC Davis deserve an exceptional coach of his nature."
HEAD COACH RON GOULD
"I would like to thank Chancellor Katehi, Athletics Director Terry Tumey and Aggie nation for this one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lead the wonderful young men you have in your football program."
"I come before you very humble, gracious and honored to be the head coach at one of the finest universities in the country. I look forward to leading the team into the new era, getting to know each player and building a program that makes the UC Davis community proud."
"Before I go any further, I would be remissed if I did not thank a list of people that have helped me prepare for this day. I would like to thank Coach Jeff Tedford for the opportunity and experiences at Cal, for always believing and me, encouraging me, and most of all, empowering me. Secondly, I would like to thank all the student-athletes I was able to coach throughout my 23-year career who believed in me, trusted me, and allowed me to push them to their full potential. All of their accomplishments have been earned through their commitment, hard work, and passion. I want you to understand that this will never be about me, it will always be about these student-athletes. This is why I am here. Thirdly, I would like to thank everyone from the Cal community - the wonderful staff, donors and fans for their support over the last 16 years. It is rare in this business to have this type of tenure at one university, and I will be forever grateful for this time in my life. And last, but not least, I would like to thank my two boys, Tevin and Trae, and my rock, Teresa, for their love and support. Without their sacrifices, I would not be able to be in this position, or this profession, and love what I do day in and day out."
"My philosophy as a coach is to create an environment where each and every young man can optimize their potential in the classroom, in the community and on the field. We achieve this together through trust, accountability, structure, discipline and hard work. Coach Biggs has done a great job in laying the foundation, a tremendous foundation throughout the last 20 years. I am so grateful to be able to carry the torch into the new era."
"I am thrilled that Coach Biggs will continue to be involved in UC Davis football. I will call on him to assist me in getting acclimated to the program, and the university. He will definitely be a great resource, and I am so grateful to have him involved."
"I am excited to have the opportunity to be the head coach here at UC Davis, but I am not satisfied. As the leader of this program, I will surround our players with great people, great teachers and communicators who care about developing and shaping young men. We will not rely on just X's and O's, we will compete for the Big Sky Conference Championship and receive NCAA Playoff berths. We will work tirelessly every day to make sure our student-athletes are having a great experience. We will represent this student body with great pride and responsibility and commit ourselves to the right balance of athletics and academic pursuits. The future is bright for Aggie football, I look forward to working and experiencing that great Aggie Pride."
"I am looking forward to spending time in the community, spending time with the faculty and student-athletes, and I want to thank everyone for supporting this program. Go Aggies!"
RESPONSES TO MEDIA QUESTIONS TO HEAD COACH RON GOULD
"There is a great solid foundation that has been laid, I am looking forward in sitting down with my staff and players to continue building a family. Jumping into Division I there are some challenges, but that is something that every school has to overcome."
"Everyone knows I have been at Cal for the last 16 years as the running backs coach/run game coordinator, but I played as a defensive back. That is the mentality I possess, my focus is on both sides of the ball. My expertise as of late is on the offensive side, but I will be actively involved. I want to bring in great people and great coaches, and allow those guys to do their job."
"Recruiting is the byproduct of who you are. In recruiting, you have to be transparent, honest and be able to capture the hearts of young men. What we are looking for are high-integrity kids. I am looking for great students, who are athletic, and are passionate about the game and growing not just on the football field, but in the classroom and in the community."
"We are going to be balanced, we are going to run it, and we are going to throw it."
"I will never compromise the academic excellence for a great player. We will maintain the standard that has been set. We feel that we are able to get great student-athletes, with great character, who are great academically to get us where we want to go. "
"I am passionate about making young men great in the classroom, on the field, and in the community. I am not going to play a guy who is poor academically. I am not going to play a guy who is not doing things with high integrity in the community. I am not going to substitute that."
"I have Jahvid Best in the audience here today; you talk about trust, I asked Jahvid Best to trust me because I am never going to steer him wrong or lead him in the wrong direction. I asked Jahvid Best if he believes in me, I will help him get where he wants to go. As a young player, I told him that he could not see the forest through the trees. It is my job, as a father and a man, to lead these guys and I asked him to follow me. And that is what he did."