Former Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter is expected to become the new defensive coordinator at Cal, a source told FOX Sports Monday.
DeRuyter's experience as a head coach should aid first-time head man Justin Wilcox, who was hired earlier this month after the dismissal of Sonny Dykes.
The 54-year-old California native had a big impact as a defensive coordinator for Texas A&M before his time at Fresno. Prior to DeRuyter's arrival at Texas A&M in 2010, the Aggies defense ranked No. 105 nationally by allowing 33.5 points per game. After one season in DeRuyter's aggressive and physical scheme, A&M allowed a dozen fewer points and gave up 62 fewer yards per contest. In addition, Aggie linebacker Von Miller blossomed under DeRuyter's 3-4 scheme and won the 2010 Butkus Awards as the nation's top linebacker before going on to NFL success.
More from FoxSports
DeRuyter also greatly improved his alma mater's defense at Air Force, a unit that ranked 79th in the country in total defense the year before he arrived and 11th overall in his last year there (2009). At Ohio, he inherited a defense ranked No. 99 in 2001, but by the 2004 season, he had turned the Bobcat defense into a unit that ranked No. 22 in the country.
He was 31-30 in four seasons as the Bulldogs head coach.