Cal football coach Jeff Tedford completed his staff Saturday with the hiring of defensive line coach Todd Howard, who has 20 years' experience coaching in college and the NFL.
Howard, 46, spent 2011 coaching the defensive line at Washington State and also has worked at UCLA.
"We've had an opportunity to play against several of the teams he has coached in the past, and I've always been impressed by the way his defensive line has played," Tedford said in a statement.
"He is also consistent with what we stand for at Cal and will be an excellent mentor to our student-athletes."
Howard coached in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2003-05) and St. Louis Rams (1998-99).
"I believe that my coaching experience and knowledge will be an asset to the program," Howard said in a statement. "I am familiar with this conference and coaching the defensive line at this level."
A third-round draft choice of the Kansas City Chiefs in 1987, Howard played in the NFL for two seasons as an inside linebacker and on special teams. He also spent one season playing for the Barcelona Dragons of the World League of American Football in 1991.
Howard started three seasons at linebacker at Texas A&M and was an all-conference selection as a senior in 1986.
He replaces Tosh Lupoi, also a top recruiter, who left Monday for a position at Washington.
Meanwhile, Washington has released salary figures for Lupoi and new offensive coordinator
Lupoi, a former player at Cal and De La Salle High, has a three-year deal worth $350,000 per year, plus a $100,000 bonus and another $100,000 if he completes the length of the contract. That works out to an average of $416,000 -- less than had been widely reported all week. Kiesau also got a three-year deal, valued at $375,000 in 2012, $400,000 in 2013 and $425,000 in 2013.
The figures come from university memos of understanding, which are not final, official contracts.