SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Cal Boyes, the legendary baseball coach and former Director of Athletics at Sacramento State, passed away today at the age of 89.
Boyes first came to Sacramento State in 1956 as an assistant baseball and football coach. He served as the interim baseball head coach in 1957 before taking over the job full-time in 1960. In his 17 years at the helm of the Sacramento State baseball program, Boyes guided the Hornets to 11 Far West Conference titles and 13 winning records. He and the Hornets were the NAIA national runner up in 1961 but his best season was in 1964, when Sacramento State went 31-9 overall en route to a NCAA District Championship. He finished his career with 358 wins which were the most in program history at the time.
Even when serving as the head baseball head, Boyes maintained his position on the football coaching staff. He was the backfield coach under Ray Clemons from 1956-67, where he mentored quarterback Bob Mattos, who eventually became Sacramento State's head coach in 1978.
In addition to his role with the athletics department, Boyes served as the chair of the physical education department from 1963-70 and was the Director of University Advancement in 1984. He also was Sacramento State's athletics director on three occasions - in 1968, from 1970-71 and lastly from 1987-89.
Although retired and living out of the area, Cal was still a part of Hornet baseball. He was on hand with former Hornet baseball head coach John Smith and current head coach Reggie Christiansen for the first night game in school history in 2016. Last year, Sacramento State retired Boyes' number 37. A plaque that commemorates his accomplishments permanently hangs outside the team's locker room.
A three-sport athlete, Cal graduated from Whitman College in 1951 and was elected to the school's Hall of Fame in 2006. He was an all-conference quarterback, served as a senior co-captain and won the Niles Trophy as Whitman's most outstanding and inspirational football player. A graduate of Monroe (Wash.) High School near Seattle, he turned down a tryout with football's Cleveland Browns, choosing to go to school and earn his degree.
After Whitman, he worked for two years at Walla Walla High School as a teacher and coach. In 1956, after two years of active duty as a lieutenant in the Coast Guard, he began a career Sacramento State that eventually spanned more than four decades. He continued to serve in the Coast Guard Reserves where he retired as a Commander in 1980. Boyes went on to earn his doctorate in eduction from the University of the Pacific in 1965.
Boyes is survived by his wife of 67 years, Eileen, daughter Carol and her husband Terry Longobardo, son Bob and his wife Lynnee; and daughter Cheryl as well as granddaughters Becca Boyes and Miranda Ciotti.
The Boyes Family requests that any donations be made in memory of Cal Boyes to The University Foundation at Sacramento State (UFSS) - Baseball or Football: https://giving.hornetsports.com/campaigns/the-cal-boyes-memorial-fund