Aristotle Thompson is in his first season as the running backs coach at Cal in 2020 after spending the past 11 seasons coaching running backs at Cal Poly. Under Thompson's tutelage, the Mustangs fielded a strong run game that featured at least one 1,000-yard rusher each of the past nine campaigns and helped put together five consecutive winning seasons from 2010-14.
Thompson and Cal head coach Wilcox worked together previously at Boise State, first in 2001 when Thompson was an assistant strength & conditioning coach for the Broncos and Wilcox was a graduate assistant in his first season in the coaching profession. The two teamed up again during the 2007 and 2008 seasons with Thompson the assistant director of football operations and Wilcox the defensive coordinator. The Broncos were 30-7 during their three seasons together in Boise and played in bowl games each of the final two years.