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Former Cardinal Great Ken Margerum Named Wide Receivers Coach
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 02/03/2004

Feb. 3, 2004

Stanford, Calif. - One of the great receivers in Stanford football history is returning to the Farm. Ken Margerum, the only two-time All-America receiver in Cardinal history, today was named wide receivers coach, head coach Buddy Teevens announced.

Margerum starred at Stanford from 1977-80 and played seven seasons in the NFL (1981-87) with the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers. He has been coaching the past 11 years on the high school, college and professional level. Most recently, he was the offensive coordinator for the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe during the 2003 season.

"We are thrilled and excited to have Ken join our staff," said Teevens. "He brings with him tremendous knowledge and experience, as well as his familiarity with the Stanford community, and I'm looking forward to seeing him in Cardinal red once again."

Margerum's coaching career began in 1993 at the Hawaiian Prep Academy where he was the offensive coordinator for three years. He spent the 1996 season as wide receivers coach at the University of Hawaii before becoming the head coach at Division III Menlo College for three years (1997-99). He then went to Cal under Tom Holmoe and coached wide receivers in 2000 and 2001.

Following two seasons in Berkeley, Margerum moved over to Laney Junior College where he coached tight ends during the 2002 campaign before moving on to his recent post in NFL Europe. As offensive coordinator for the Claymores last season, Margerum's offense set a league record for yards per game (417.3) and just missed setting the league record for points per game (30.3).

"I'm honored to back on The Farm," says Margerum. "It's a privilege to coach at Stanford and under coach Teevens."

Margerum's career at Stanford stands as one of the best for a wide receiver in school history. He was a unanimous First-Team All-America selection in 1979 and '80 as he teamed with quarterback John Elway on some of the school's most potent offensive units. He was also a three-time All-Pac-10 selection and an Academic All-America during his Cardinal career.

By the time Margerum graduated, he was the school's all-time leader in career receiving yards (2,430) and touchdowns (30) while ranking second in career receptions (141). He is still the school record holder for career receiving touchdowns and is among the top-10 in receptions and yards. Including bowl games, Margerum's 32 career receiving touchdowns is still at Pac-10 record.

Margerum was drafted in the third round by the Chicago Bears in 1981. He won a Super Bowl ring with the Bears in 1985. He spent five and-a-half seasons in Chicago before signing with the 49ers midway through the 1986 campaign. He played his final season in the NFL in 1987 with the 49ers.

Margerum, who earned his bachelor's degree in Communications from Stanford in 1981, is married to Joy, an assistant track coach at Cal. They have two children: Sunny, age 11, and Windy, age 4.


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