Contest at Stanford Stadium highlights Homecoming Weekend
Now in his second season with the Cardinal, Pete Alamar joined the Stanford staff in 2012 after serving as special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at Fresno State.
A veteran of the Pac-12 Conference, Alamar also served as special teams coordinator/tight ends coach at California for seven seasons (2003-09), and had a six-year stay at Arizona where he worked primarily with special teams.
Alamar has coached on five teams that won at least 10 games - two at Arizona, two at Cal and one at Stanford - and has been a part of 11 bowl teams.
Alamar steered Stanford's 2012 special teams to a trio of top 50 NCAA rankings, including net punting (33rd - 38.49 yards/punt), punt returns (21st - 11.96 yards/return) and kickoff returns (39th - 23.09). Even more, Alamar played a pivotal role in the development of Reed Miller, a Cardinal walk-on who in 2012 started every game of his freshman season as the long and short snapper.
While at Fresno State, Alamar worked closely with punt returner Devon Wylie, who earned 2011 All-America honors from Yahoo Sports (third team), Phil Steele (fourth team) and Sports Illustrated (honorable mention). Sophomore Isaiah Burse set NCAA FBS single-season records for most kickoff returns (75), most returns per game (5.8), kickoff return yardage (1,606) and most yards returned per game (123.5).
In 2010, Alamar worked with two-time all-WAC kicker Kevin Goessling, who led the team in scoring with 105 points, making 21-of-26 field goals and 42-of-44 of his PATs. Jalen Saunders and Burse averaged over 20 yards on kick returns during the 2010 season under Alamar.
During his two years at Fresno State, the Bulldogs blocked 18 kicks.
Throughout Alamar's seven seasons at Cal, the Golden Bears special teams were among the most electrifying units in the nation. Alamar coached All-America punt returner DeSean Jackson, who led the nation with an average of 18.2 yards per return and set a pair of Pac-10 records with four touchdown returns in 2006.
Sporting News rated Cal's special teams as the best in the Pac-10 in its 2007 preview issue.
In 2008, Alamar mentored punter Bryan Anger, who was a finalist for the Ray Guy Award after earning first-team freshman All-America honors and second team all-conference accolades.
As a student-athlete, Alamar earned three letters as an offensive lineman at Western Oregon (1) and Cal Lutheran (2), and played on two national playoff teams, one at each school.
A native of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Alamar earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Cal Lutheran in 1983.
Pete and his wife, Tina, have three daughters, Alicia, Alexandra and Amanda.