Third Year at Arizona
21 Years in Coaching
Coached true freshman Willie Tuitama to honorable mention All-America status in just five games, recording a 2-2 mark as the starter of record, including scintillating victories on the road at Oregon State and at home over No. 7 UCLA
Tuitama established the No. 6 pass efficiency rating in school history in 2005. Senior running back Mike Bell earned honorable mention all-Pac-10 honors and finished his two years under Canales’ system with 1,902 rushing yards and 37 receptions.
UA improved its total offense by 60 yards from 2004 to 2005 and in Tuitama’s games kicked that figure up to 402.6 yards per game
- In 2003, Canales’ charge Santa Moss of the New York Jets finished 2003 in the NFL’s top 15 in receiving, with 74 catches for 1,105 yards, plus 10 touchdowns to tie for fourth in the league
- Santana Moss was selected as an alternate for the 2004 Pro Bowl.
- Worked with eventual 2004 first-round draft pick Phillip Rivers at North Carolina State in 2001-2002.
- The 2002 Wolfpack finished 11-3 and No. 12 in the final AP rankings after defeating Notre Dame in the Gator Bowl.
- N.C. State averaged 392 yards per game in total offense, including 247.7 per game passing.
- The 2002 Wolfpack team had a 3,000-yard passer (Rivers, 3,353), a 1,000-yard receiver (Jerricho Cotchery, 1,192) and a 1,000-yard rusher (T.A. McLendon, 1,101).
- Canales helped direct a 2001 Wolfpack offense that averaged 358 yards per game ?- 247 per game through the air. The club set a school record with a .644 completion percentage mark.
- Phillip Rivers was taken as the No. 4 pick by the New York Giants in the NFL draft on April 24, Cotchery was a fourth-round pick by the Jets, and offensive guard Sean Locklear was selected in the third round by Seattle.
- Coached quarterback Graham Lee at Pacific, later the Western Athletic Conference divisional offensive player of the year.
- In his first year as a graduate assistant coach, the 1985 BYU team finished the year 11-3, played in the Citrus Bowl and was ranked 16th in both final polls.
- The ?'85 Cougar attack featured 4,000-yard quarterback Robbie Bosco and All-Americans Mark Bellini (WR) and Trevor Molini (TE).
- Canales lettered three years as a quarterback at Utah State for coach Bruce Snyder and Chris Pella from 1981-83.
He brings a solid background in the passing game and running the ball with a varied attack, coming to UA from the New York Jets’ staff in January 2004. Canales, 45, is a former collegiate quarterback and knows the game from the under-center perspective.
He joined the staff as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach after a year as wide receivers coach with the Jets, but he predominantly has been a quarterbacks coach and coordinator, notably with a background helping Lavell Edwards and Norm Chow at BYU early in his career and a later assignment directing the high-powered passing game at
Canales’ work each of the past two seasons has helped freshman quarterbacks emerge from backup status to headliners, but now is expected to develop a young sophomore into a standard bearer of note at the position.
Canales’ Coaching history
1985 Brigham Young, offensive grad. assistant
1986 Brigham Young, offensive grad. assistant
1987-91 Snow College, off. coordinator, QB/WR coach
1992-94 Snow College, off. coordinator, QB coach
1995 Pacific, quarterbacks coach, kicking game coordinator
1996 South Florida, off. coordinator, quarterbacks coach
1997 South Florida, off. coordinator, quarterbacks coach
1998 South Florida, off. coordinator, quarterbacks coach
1999 South Florida, off.coordinator, quarterbacks coach
2000 South Florida, off. coordinator, qb coach
2001 North Carolina State, pass-game coordinator, quarterbacks
2002 North Carolina State, pass-game coordinator, quarterbacks
2003 New York Jets, wide receivers coach
2004 Arizona, offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach
2005 Arizona, passing game coordinator, quarterbacks coach
Canales in Bowl Games
1985 Citrus Bowl, Brigham Young, graduate assistant
1986 Freedom Bowl, Brigham Young, graduate assistant
1992 Dixie Rotary Bowl, Snow College, offensive coordinator
2001 Tangerine Bowl, North Carolina State, quarterbacks coach
2002 Gator Bowl, North Carolina State, quarterbacks coach
The Canales File
Birthdate: June 21, 1961, Coronado, Calif.
High School: Palm Springs, Calif., HS, 1979
College: Utah State, 1984;
Advanced Degree: Master’s, BYU ?'86
Family: Four sons: Christopher, Tyler, Dakota and Cameron; daughter Christy
Married to Carol Chapuis in June 2005
Playing Experience: Utah State, quarterback, 1981-83
Recruiting Areas: Tucson, Northern Arizona, California Inland Empire