Garret Chachere joined the Arizona staff during spring 2009 after two years as an assistant at Memphis and a solid background on both offense and defense as a coordinator in a 19-year coaching career.
In 2010 he switches from inside receivers coach to the backfield, working with running backs and fullbacks.
His work at Arizona paid dividends with UA's inside game in 2009 and 2010, with a variety of players developing into into dependable weapons, notably David Roberts, Terrence Miller and Richard Morrison, all returnees for 2011.
At Memphis he was special teams coordinator, which he additionally handled at Tulane from 1999 to 2006 where he was linebackers coach.
At Arizona in 2010 he'll be working with top returner Keola Antolin and several young backs, plus a group of heralded newcomers at the RB slot, plus directing the use of a fullback in various sets. The Cats will have to replace Nic Grigsby, who rushed for 2,957 yards in his four-year career.
He had connections with Arizona's staff from a 1998 stint with Northeast Louisiana, where former UA coordinator Sonny Dykes was receivers coach while Chachere coached tight ends and inside receivers.
Chachere is married to the former Lauren Duplessis of Hampton, Va. The couple has three sons: Grant, Noah and Jackson.
Recent Career Highlights
Coached David Roberts to a 44-catch season in 2010, with Terrence Miller adding 29 receptions and William Wright notching 25.
Helped redshirt frosh Richard Morrison complete a switch from QB to receiver in his second year, culminating in a breakout six-catch performance in the Alamo Bowl and 29 receptions overall.
Coached Roberts to a 12-catch game at Washington in 2009 to post the second-highest reception total (tie) in school single-game history.
Tutored four primary inside receivers to a combined 117 receptions and 1,314 yards in 2010 after leading three inside receivers to a combined 97 receptions and 964 yards in 2009.
Helped Memphis rank 22nd nationally in punt return defense at 5.68 yards per return, and also posted top 45 marks in net punting (38th) and kickoff return defense (42nd)
Coached place kicker Matt Reagan to 8-11 season on field goals and two-time team scoring leader at Memphis in 2007-08. He earned two Conference USA player of the week honors.
Coached Memphis return specialist Michael Grandberry to nearly every UM kickoff return redord in 2007 including single-game yardage, season returns, single-season yardage and career returns, yardage and 100-yard games
Current chairman of the program committee for the American Football Coaches Association.
Featured on ESPN College Gameday and Best Damn Sports Show Period for leadership during Tulane University football team's Hurricane Katrina season in 2005
Speaker at American Football Coaches Association national convention. Has authored articles for AFCA annual manuals.
At Tulane, he helped develop linebacker Anthony Cannon, an NFL draftee (Lions), into first-team all-CUSA honors in 2005 and four consecutive 100-tackle seasons. Cannon finished his career third on the conference's all-time tackles chart
Recruited eventual NFL running back Matt Forte to Tulane
Helped Nicholls State advance to the 1996 NCAA Division I-AA playoffs in one of the biggest won-loss turnarounds in Division I history
NFL Internship with Seattle Seahawks in 2002
Appointed to 2009 NCAA Champions Forum for top assistant coaches, meeting with athletics directors to identify and promote quality candidates for future head coaching positions
Played on Tulane Independence Bowl team in 1987 under then coach Mack Brown
The Chachere File
Born: March 17, 1969, New Orleans
High School: Brother Martin High School, New Orleans
College: Tulane, 1992,
Collegiate Playing Experience: 1987-88, Tulane running back
Recruiting Areas Orange County, Louisiana
Family: Wife, Lauren; sons Grant (10), Noah (6) and Jackson (2)
Garret Chachere's Coaching History
1991 Student assistant Tulane
1992 DBs/RBs Cheyney State
1993 Recivers/DBs Bloomsburg
1994 Secondary coach Bucknell
1995-97 Linebackers coach Nicholls State
1998 WR/TEs Northeast Louisiana
1999-06 Linebackers Tulane
2007 Special Teams Memphis
2008 Special Teams Memphis
2009 Inside Receivers Arizona
2010 Inside Receivers Arizona
2011 Running Backs/Fullbacks Arizona
Chachere in the Post Season
1987 Independence Bowl Tulane player
1996 Division i-AA playoffs Nicholls State assistant
2002 Hawaii Bowl Tulane assistant
2007 New Orleans Bowl Memphis assistant
2008 MagicJack St. Petersburg Bowl Memphis assistant
2009 Holiday Bowl Arizona assistant
2010 Alamo Bowl Arizona assistant