ON THE COVER
New Golden Bear women’s basketball coach Lindsay Gottlieb genuinely loves everything about Cal, from the world-class educational opportunities to the rich cultural heritage of Berkeley to the microwavable faux-stir fry offered in the RSF snack bar. She especially loves the student-athletes, those from other teams and especially her own – a feeling that seems to be mutual.
A Rare Breed
You can’t walk through the halls of Haas Pavilion without running into a gifted athlete. As a matter of fact, on the Cal campus, you’re unlikely to happen upon a student-athlete who isn’t also as academically exceptional. With such high standards, it’s not easy to stand out in Berkeley. Even at 6-foot-8, men’s basketball senior forward Harper Kamp has been lost, once or twice, in the shuffle.
When Tom Shields arrived on the Cal campus in the fall of 2009, he did so as the owner of the national high school record in the 200 freestyle. So naturally, he progressed to be a national champion in his specialty, right? Wrong. Two full seasons into his collegiate career, Shields possesses a pair of individual NCAA titles, but neither in the 200 free.
Barclay Simpson and his wife, Sharon, gathered on Oct. 12 with supporters and staff at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil the new, 142,000-square-foot Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance, whose Olympic Wing is now open. “Right now I’m almost speechless,” Mr. Simpson told the crowd, “because the tour of this place … it’s incredible.”
Blue-Collar Swimmer Captains Bears
Everyone has a role on the defending NCAA champion Cal women’s swimming & diving team – from head coach Teri McKeever to sprint star Liv Jensen and diver/blogger Molly Hayes. Senior Shelley Harper, one of the team’s hardest workers, also has a specific task – be a bluecollar swimmer on a blue-collar team.
Bounding Towards the Top
Donothan Bailey got his start in gymnastics like many of his compatriots – as a rambunctious youngster whose mother thankfully saw an outlet for youthful energy in sports. Little did she know that some 13 years later, her son would be a member of the U.S. Senior National team and traveling the world to compete in gymnastics.
DEPARTMENTS LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS........................... 2 SIDELINE REPORT................................................ 4 WHERE ARE THEY NOW?.................................. 16 FALL SEASON PREVIEWS.................................. 18 ATHLETIC DEVELOPMENT................................. 20 ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT................................ 34 HOME EVENTS CALENDAR............................... 36
Athletics Sandy Barbour
Dear Friend of Cal Athletics,
t the October ribbon cutting to signal the opening of the Olympic Wing of the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance, we celebrated what could be considered the end of a long process, one that began with a master plan more than six years ago, overcame some well-known legal challenges and eventually produced a state-of-the-art facility. Instead, I would consider it a beginning for what the building will mean for our student-athletes and mark the Simpson Center as a shining example of the resiliency, focus and passion that embodies so many of us, from our student-athletes, to members of our campus leadership and project teams, to donors like you. It truly took a “team” effort among all of those who believe so deeply in our student-athletes and the value of their Cal experience. The Simpson Center serves as a physical representation of our High Performance Initiative, a program designed to maximize each student’s ability to achieve ultimate performance both in the classroom and in the athletic venues – values consistent with the University’s overall message of comprehensive excellence. These goals are pursued through the systematic use of information, communications and a high level of integration and collaboration.
Issue 38 - Winter 2011-12 ATHLETIC ADMINISTRATION Director of Athletics: Sandy Barbour
Deputy Director of Athletics/Chief of Staff: Teresa Kuehn Gould
Deputy Director of Athletics/COO: Solly Fulp
Senior Associate AD/Intercollegiate Services: Foti Mellis
High Performance Director: Keith Power
Chief Development Officer: Darcy Heppenstall
Associate AD/Business: Laura Hazlett
Associate AD/Business & Revenue Development: Matt Terwilliger
Associate AD/Human Recources & Financial Services: Dawn Howard
By the beginning of the spring semester, the entire Simpson Center will be in full use, with our football team moving into its wing on the north end and the central High Performance Zone filled with student-athletes working to reach their utmost potential.
Rising above the Simpson Center, Memorial Stadium is now a year into major construction and remains on schedule for the return of Cal football next September. All of us are looking forward to coming back to campus and welcoming the Bears as they charge onto the field in Berkeley once again. We now have a dedicated website – CaliforniaMemorialStadium.com – that provides detailed information on ticket and seating plans, as well as new amenities and upgrades you can expect beginning in the fall.
As much as I want to look ahead with anticipation for 2012 and beyond, I would be remiss without congratulating our fall sports for some tremendous accomplishments. Among the more notable achievements are: Tarah Murrey being named the Pac-12’s Scholar-Athlete of Year for volleyball; women’s cross country posting its highest NCAA finish (18th) since 1988; field hockey winning its first NorPac Tournament title in five years; and of course, football earning a berth in the Holiday Bowl behind Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Mychal Kendricks. For our teams and student-athletes to continue to attain such accolades, it requires the participation, support and commitment of our entire community – something the Cal faithful have shown time and time again. We are so proud of what our student-athletes and programs accomplish every day. And at this university, we would expect nothing less. Go Bears,
SandyBarbour Director of Athletics
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ith the momentum of three wins in its final four games of the regular season, Cal heads to San Diego to face Texas in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl Dec. 28. The game will kick off at 5 p.m. and be televised by ESPN. Of course, Golden Bear fans not in attendance can also listen to the broadcast in the Bay Area on KGO 810 AM and throughout the state on the IMG College-Cal Football Radio Network. Cal is making its third appearance in the Holiday Bowl, last defeating Texas A&M, 45-10, in 2006 behind MVP performances from Marshawn Lynch (cooffense), Nate Longshore (co-offense) and Desmond Bishop (defense). The Bears and Longhorns have not met since 1970, but do have a future home-and-home series scheduled, with Cal visiting UT in Austin in 2015 and the Longhorns returning to Berkeley in 2016. The Bears are 5-2 in postseason games under head coach Jeff Tedford, who has guided Cal to more bowls and bowl victories than any coach in school history. ring friends, family and colleagues to Haas Pavilion to watch Golden Bear action on the hardwood this season by purchasing group tickets at a discounted rate off the individual seat price. Group benefits including having the group’s name on the scoreboard and partaking in pregame activities. They are a perfect way to celebrate a birthday, a family reunion, a company outing or just a fun-filled game with friends. Tickets start at just $15 for conference games (normally $22). To book your group, call the Group Sales Department at (510) 643-5840 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t miss out on the fun and book your group today!
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ith four returning starters and a preseason national top-25 ranking, Cal men’s basketball features an exciting brand of play this season. Pac-12 action gets underway with a New Year’s slate of games against USC (Dec. 29) and UCLA (Dec. 31), and continues with a home schedule through the months of January and February. Fans looking to “Pack the Haas” have the option of purchasing a four-game Pick ’Em Pack or a new four-game Premium Pack with seats close to the action in the premium bench sections. Single-game tickets for all conference games are also on sale starting at only $10 for youth seats. All tickets can be purchased by contacting the Cal Athletic Ticket Office at (800) GO BEARS or online via the tickets link at CalBears.com. 4
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Cal Kids’ Days Back for Women’s Basketball
very Pac-12 weekend game is a Cal Kids’ Day for women’s basketball when all youth grades 12 and below can purchase $1 general admission tickets. Join the fun prior to tipoff for pregame activities including poster making, face painting, inflatable fun and much more.
Blue & Gold Make Green: Cal Athletics Initiates Zero-Waste Goal
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NCAA Honors for
Jill Costello, Kevin Johnson
wo members of the Golden Bear family will be recognized by the NCAA for their contributions during and after their collegiate careers at the organization’s national convention in January. Former Cal rower Jill Costello, who bravely battled lung cancer and helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to combat the disease, will receive the NCAA Inspiration Award, while Kevin Johnson, who starred for the Bears on the basketball court from 1983-87, will be presented with an NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, an annual recognition of distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their college athletics careers. As a senior, Costello earned a seat as the coxswain for the varsity eight, walked
across the stage to receive her college diploma and helped raise money and awareness for one of the deadliest of cancers. She passed away on June 24, 2010, at age 22, less than a month after the Bears finished second at the NCAA Championships. To date, more than $400,000 has been raised to fund lung cancer research through Jogs for Jill and other events, a number that continues to grow. Johnson was a four-year starter at point guard for the Bears and finished his career with 1,655 points – a school record at the time. He earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors as a junior and a senior before embarking on a long NBA career, primarily with the Phoenix Suns. Johnson founded and served as CEO of St. HOPE, a non-profit
hen a modernized and seismically improved California Memorial Stadium reopens with its fully renovated west side in September 2012, one of the building’s goals will be to aim for zero waste. The effort is a collaboration between Cal Athletics and Campus Recycling and Refuse Services, along with corporate sponsor Recology. To help jumpstart the initiative, three zero-waste games will be held in Haas Pavilion this year – volleyball vs. Oregon State Nov. 18, women’s basketball vs. Ohio State Dec. 17 and men’s basketball vs. Arizona State Feb. 4. When Golden Bear fans return to Memorial Stadium, as well as attend the three designated contests in Haas Pavilion in 2011-12, they will see bins for recycling and composting located throughout the facilities, instead of trash receptacles, with the slogan Blue & Gold Make Green. In addition, Cal Athletics’ concessions, catering and merchandizing partners will modify their menus and packaging to help reach the zero-waste goal. Cal joins a small but growing list of universities nationwide striving for zero waste at athletic events. Others include UC Davis, Colorado and Ohio State. The Cal program is part of the campus’ overall commitment to be a responsible steward of resources and demonstrate leadership in sustainable business practices.
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California Memorial Stadium: Full Speed Ahead
Visitors to Strawberry Canyon can now see significant progress at Memorial Stadium with activities both inside and outside the facility. 1. The University Club atop the new press box offers a spectacular view of the Campanile and San Francisco Bay; 2. A view of two of the archways from inside the Stadium Club; 3. The main concourse will be significantly wider than in the old configuration to improve access throughout the stadium; 4. The press box level will contain broadcast and game operations booths, as well as seating for media covering Cal football games; 5. The framing of what will become a large display case inside the new Hall of Fame room; 6. Excavation has begun to build the low wall that will surround the field. The playing surface will be lowered by about four feet to improve site lines, especially in the lower rows; 7. Scaffolding along the west side will enable crews to refurbish the facade of the historic wall. For more information on construction, visit CaliforniaMemorialStadium.com.
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Dream Job Lindsay Gottlieb Has an Ever-Growing List of Reasons She Loves Cal
By Melissa Dudek
Most new head coaches espouse a love for Cal. With Gottlieb, who enters her first year at the helm this fall, the moment you speak with her, you realize this isn’t just lip service. She genuinely loves everything about Cal, from the world-class educational opportunities to the rich cultural heritage of Berkeley to the microwavable fauxstir fry offered in the snack bar. She especially loves the studentathletes, those from other teams and especially her own studentathletes – a feeling that seems to be mutual. On an off-day for the players, three Cal players informally stopped by the basketball office. Gottlieb, still holding her revered lunch, gave each a huge hug, the kind of embrace reserved for long-lost family members returning from the war. Gen Brandon squealed with delight. Avigiel Cohen’s normal stoicism melted into a beaming smile. Lindsay Sherbert captured some post-hug comments from Gottlieb on her Flip Cam.
“This is reason number 79 that I love Cal,” Lindsay Gottlieb exclaimed, displaying a small, generic-looking plastic tub. “Tofu, broccoli and eggplant stir-fry from the Cal Pro-Shop right downstairs! How amazing is that!” The rest of the basketball staff nodded in agreement. They have heard these proclamations before, probably a good deal more than 79 times. A day earlier, in the same tone and with the same enthusiasm, Gottlieb had introduced them to reason number 78: softball player Jolene Henderson. “Everyone, I want you to meet my new friend Jolene,” she had said, dragging in the smiling Cal junior she had seen walking past in the hallway. “Jolene is only like the best pitcher in America! And she’s my new friend! So tell her ‘hi.’” Everyone said hi, because Gottlieb’s enthusiasm is infectious. As is her love for Cal. 88
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In every public appearance since April 25, 2011, when she was that in a lot of ways that informed my path of becoming a coach, named the ninth head coach in Golden Bear women’s basketball because when you get hurt, you’re forced into looking at the game program history, Gottlieb has referred to this as her “dream job.” differently, looking at your own role differently.” It is an appropriate, yet ironic, phrase coming from a woman who Her sophomore year, another event changed her life signifiwas a finalist for a spot on the 2004 ESPN reality show, “Dream cantly. Gottlieb’s mother passed away. The tragedy caused her to Job.” Gottlieb managed to make it into the final become very conscious of what she wanted to contestant pool of 100 (out of the 10,000 who get out of her college experience. As much as had applied to be on the show to try to become she loved basketball, she decided what she rethe next SportsCenter anchor) before getting ally needed to do was to go study abroad for a cut in the last round before production. semester. So, she headed to Australia. “I realized when I was trying out that I was Gottlieb’s original intent was to spend a surrounded by thousands of people from all semester away and then return to the team in walks of life who thought that was a better job January. Shortly after arriving, she learned of a than the one they had,” Gottlieb recalled. “I scholarship that she could strive for that would was the opposite. I was already realizing that pay for a second semester. Given the choice it was fun, but I would never leave my team. I of returning to Brown and paying for school love being involved in the journey of a sports or staying in Australia and having it paid for, team as opposed to talking about it.” she hit the books, got the top GPA, and earned Gottlieb grew up in a very legal-minded the scholarship and the extended stay. She also family. Her father, Stephen, was an attorney discovered her raison d’être. who also did stints as a New York City Assem“It was during that year that I actually deblyman and an official working for Governor cided I wanted to coach basketball,” Gottlieb Rockefeller before being elected as a civilsaid. “I knew that it was the perfect thing for court judge and eventually being appointed to me because it combined kind of my nerdiness the New York State Supreme Court. and the love of the X’s and O’s with the ability “It’s really pretty crazy to go to family functo impact 18-22-year-olds in a really signifitions,” Gottlieb said. “My sister’s husband is a cant way. To be able to do what I love, basketlawyer and my cousin, my cousin’s wife, my ball, and have this intense impact on people, I uncle and my grandfather. At one point my felt that was it.” grandfather, my dad and my uncle were the law When Gottlieb went back to school, she firm of Gottlieb, Gottlieb and Gottlieb.” knew she wanted to be a coach, but she still The pressure to string a fourth Gottlieb on had some playing left in her. She played her the doorplate was never there. senior season as a hybrid player-coach, work“It was exactly the opposite – they really ing in the office while also still getting spowanted us to do what we were passionate radic minutes on the court. about,” Gottlieb said. Because of this invaluable experience, GotAs a youngster, the passion was for sports. tlieb landed her first coaching gig one day “I was that little girl who wanted any kind after graduating. She headed to Syracuse, of ball in her hands at any second,” Gottlieb where she would serve as the third assistant said. “Whatever sports season it was, I wanted for the Orange. She spent two years at Syrato play. I pretty much just wanted to be playing cuse, enough time to earn her master’s degree. ball all the time.” Then, it was a year at New Hampshire before Gottlieb started playing organized baskettaking a call from Joanne Boyle, who asked ball in the fourth grade, but it wasn’t until high her to move to Richmond. school that she and decided to focus on the “I was 24 years old,” Gottlieb said. “She possibility of playing in college. Of course, at wanted me to be her top assistant. It took me that level, there is another family tradition that about 30 seconds to say ‘I’m in.’ I wasn’t runs as deep as the legal profession, a very Ivy planning for it, but I knew it was the right Lindsay Gottlieb hasn’t stopped smiltradition. move to make.” ing since being named head coach of “My father and grandfather and uncle went the Cal women’s basketball program. It was a move that eventually led her to the to Cornell,” Gottlieb said. “My mom went to Cal program with Boyle in 2005, to UC Santa the University of Michigan and then transferred to Colombia. My Barbara as head coach in 2008, and to be sitting at home on Easoldest sister had gone to the University of Chicago, which is not an ter Sunday morning, at the ripe-old age of 34, with a ringing cell Ivy League School, but is still one of the top academic institutions phone and the words “Sandy Barbour” on the caller ID. After in the country. My brother was at Dartmouth and my other sister she hung up, Gottlieb was the unofficial next head coach of the went to Cornell.” Golden Bears. This time, Gottlieb stayed with the pack and found herself a Her very next call was to her dad. freshman at Brown and a member of the Bears’ basketball team. “My dad may have shed a little tear,” Gottlieb said. “The first “I tore my ACL my senior year of high school, so that changed thing he said was ‘your mom would be really, really excited’.” what my college career was going to look like,” she said. “I think That, too, runs in the family. winter 2011-12
A Rare Breed Senior Harper Kamp Brings a Unique Perspective to the Basketball Court
By Jeremy Wu
ou can’t walk through the halls of Haas Pavilion without running into a gifted athlete. As a matter of fact, on the Cal campus, you’re unlikely to happen upon a student-athlete who isn’t also as academically exceptional. With such high standards, it’s not easy to stand out in Berkeley. Even at 6-foot-8, men’s basketball senior forward Harper Kamp has been lost, once or twice, in the shuffle. Still, injuries aside and with the uncertainty of a coaching change following his freshman season in the rearview mirror, the Mesa, Ariz., native has proven to be a far more valuable Harper Kamp commodity than even he could have ever known when he first arrived in Berkeley four years ago. “So far, everything has worked out better than I could have ever imagined,” said Kamp, who sat out the 2009-10 season after undergoing knee surgery. “I’ve gone through a lot. But the people I’ve met here, and my great education, not to mention my teammates, I would have never had the same great experience anywhere else.” Kamp’s calm demeanor off the court might give the impression that he won’t put up a fight on the hardwood. However, it’s a completely different story when the All-Pac-10 second-team selection suits up and takes the floor for the Bears. Kamp averaged 14.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest in his junior season last year, exhibiting a high level of intensity from tip to final buzzer. What isn’t as apparent from watching him run up and down the court is just how aware he is of his own change in attitude. Perhaps one of the most influential factors in Kamp’s maturation process has had nothing to do with basketball, practice, coaches or teammates. The inspiring force came in the form of an English bulldog named Franklin. Though he grew up around animals and spent much of his youth outdoors, Kamp never had a dog of his own until he and his girlfriend acquired Franklin nearly two years ago. “They’re not kidding when they say that dogs are a man’s best friend,” said Kamp of Franklin. “He was just a pup when we got him, but I’ve watched him grow up, and he’s really become one of my most cherished friends in the world.” As a fifth-year senior, all of Kamp’s incoming class has since departed from the squad. Most of his friends, outside of basketball, have also moved on. And with the amount of youth on the team this Continued on page 13
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“When you have a dog like (Franklin), it forces you to be friendlier and talk to people and really kind of open up. That’s really been good for me.” – Harper Kamp Continued from page 10
season, he believes that some of the younger players look at him as a grandpa of sorts. Outside of basketball and academics, Kamp spends a lot of time thinking about and communicating with his family. The eldest of four, he has striven to be as positive an influence on his siblings as possible. Kamp truly cherishes the people around him, and he understands the worth of a fellow human, values his parents instilled in him while growing up. “We always taught our kids to understand that others are important and to treat them as such,” said Kamp’s father, Lane. “We wanted Harper to recognize the worthiness of being fair and equal to all people and just to love mankind with integrity and honesty.” The Kamps hoped that their children would grow up and choose to study an issue or topic before jumping to a conclusion. It appears with Harper that they’ve succeeded. Kamp listed his two most important attributes in a best friend as loyalty and being nonjudgmental. “I put so much pressure on myself,” Kamp said. “It’s nice to have friends who really don’t care how good you are at basketball or whether or not you’re getting good grades.” Kamp understands that no matter how good a friend he is, his status as a student-athlete puts him prime position to be judged constantly. “Franklin is always there for me,” Kamp said. “He doesn’t care how well I’m playing. When I get home, he’s just there for me.” While Franklin has become quite a popular figure around Haas Pavilion, Kamp hasn’t allowed that to be something he hides behind. Self-described as shy and reserved, Kamp now maintains that Franklin has been able to bring him out of his shell. “When you have a dog like him,” he said. “it forces you to be friendlier and talk to people and really kind of open up. That’s really been good for me.” Being more open has also helped Kamp on the court. While not listed as a stat in the box score, Kamp’s poise has increased markedly on the court, something his coaches have certainly noticed. “Harper is such a confident leader,” said fourth-year head coach
Harper Kamp with his dog Franklin
Mike Montgomery. “He just knows where to be and what needs to be done, and goes and does it. I think his teammates appreciate that about him.” Kamp’s example has been one to follow for his younger teammates. A true workman, he set new career numbers in all categories last season, including netting 33 points against Arizona and reaching double digits in rebounds in several games. “When you’re able to be more open with people, you learn to be confident in who you are,” Kamp said. “You don’t have to put on a show, and you don’t have to act like someone you’re not. You can just be you, and people will love that. That’s one thing that I’ve learned over the last few years. I can play my hardest and just play how I play and not worry about having to do too many things, trying to be a player that I’m not or make plays that I can’t make.” While Kamp has aspirations to continue playing basketball beyond his collegiate career, he can already see coaching in his future. His appreciation for the game and its intricacy, as well as the values of playing as a team, has been cultivated by his many coaches over the years. He hopes to be able to pass on what he’s learned from to others. “I just love the game – the beauty of it and the flow of the bodies during the game,” Kamp said. “It’s like art to me. Coach Montgomery’s passion for the game has really taken my appreciation for it to another level, and I can see myself wanting to teach that to others.” A chess champion as a youth, Kamp credits some of his understanding of the movement in basketball to his background in the board game. His brain has been programmed to look several steps ahead as the game unfolds. Gifted with uncanny court vision and a superlative basketball IQ, Kamp’s innate leadership abilities and intense focus have fostered a particularly special package. The Bears have benefited from his presence, but with Kamp seeing those few steps ahead, he’ll one day be imparting his own wisdom upon others. That’s not something found every day by walking through the halls of Haas Pavilion. Kamp has certainly been a rare breed, indeed. winter 2011-12
Accidental CHAMPION Tom Shields Changes Course and Wins NCAA Titles in 100 Fly and 100 Back By Herb Benenson
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Two full seasons into his collegiate career, Shields possesses a pair of individual NCAA titles, but neither in the 200 free. Instead, he captured the NCAA crown in the 100 butterfly as a freshman and came back a year later to claim the national 100 backstroke championship. The fact that he won his first trophy in the 100 fly came as a surprise, while the 100 back was even more unexpected. The reason: in both cases, neither event was part of his repertoire until
just before the championship meets got underway. Early in Shields’ freshman campaign, head coach David Durden began working with his young swimmer to find a three-event profile which would allow him to compete in one individual race on each of the three days of the NCAA Championships. The 200 free on day two was a given and the 200 fly on the final day seemed a natural fit. The question was what to do on opening night. “We played around with the 500 freestyle in the fall of his freshman year,” Durden said. “He just never took to it. We spent all the way into January trying to have him feel comfortable with that.” Realizing that the 500 free was not a viable option, Durden and Shields at last decided that he would try the 100 fly and 200 free on the same day – events that are contested back-to-back, making it a near-impossible double. Shields defied logic at the Pac-10 meet, winning the 100 fly and after a break, returning to the pool to finish third in the 200 free. But at the NCAA Championships, Shields just missed qualifying for the 200 free final, which meant he had to swim the 100 fly, warm down for two minutes and immediately line up on the blocks
hen Tom Shields arrived on the Cal campus in the fall of 2009, he did so as the reigning high school swimmer of the year and owner of the national high school record in the 200 freestyle. So naturally, he progressed to be a national champion in his specialty, right? Wrong.
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From his age-group races to the national level, Tom Shields has proven to be a versatile swimmer in the pool.
for the consolation race. With so little time to recover, Shields was title has been a distant last in the 200. Still, Shields did win the 100 fly – a “successful mistake” Dura dream. I’m den called it – but it was back to the drawing board to find a new not going to routine for 2011. cry about Shields’ initially tried out the 200 individual medley. But like the anything else, 500 free, the event didn’t last. “We just kept forcing it and forcing it,” Durden said. “Finally in and I cried February, we decided we had to go with the 100 backstroke.” about that.” Just as with the late switch to the 100 fly, the 100 back was a - Tom Shields, perfect fit for Shields. He won the event at the Pac-10 meet the first week of March 2011 and collected the national title at the NCAA on Cal’s 2011 Championships at the end of the month. NCAA crown Now as a junior for the Golden Bears in 2011-12, Shields has a much better sense of what to expect in the water and plans to work to refine what have become his new fortes – the 100 and 200 hadn’t set any. So the national high school record in the 200 free fly and the 100 back. His ability to swim underwater has been a became by goal, and I honed in on that.” strength all along – “tremendous” is the term Durden uses – and Shields set the mark – 1:33.83 – in the prelims of the CIF meet Shields uses the tactic to his advantage in all three of his events. his senior season, but he knows he swam far from a perfect race, The trick this time is to better develop what happens above the particularly in his turns. surface. Already the school record-holder in the 200 free, the 100 “And my coach got on me about that,” Shields said. “That’s back, and the 100 and 200 fly, Shields what I needed and that’s what makes should only improve as he concentrates a coach good. The coaches here do the on his better strokes without the distracsame thing. They recognize a good tion of experimenting in other events. swim, but they always know where you “Now that we know what his three can get better.” events are, it’s kind of scary as a coach As much as each swim deserves inbecause we can’t make a happy mistake dividual attention, the team aspect at and he’s going to win an event for us,” the college level especially appeals to Durden said. Shields, a fact that isn’t lost on Durden. From an early age, Shields knew that “He’s very mindful of that,” Durden water would become a big part of his life said. “In fact, his best swims are on re– his grandfather was an Olympic Trials- Graeme Moore, Josh Daniels, Nathan Adrian and lays when the team absolutely needs him to perform well. He really gets geared up caliber swimmer and his father played Tom Shields teamed to win the 400 free relay at for that.” water polo at the Air Force Academy – the 2011 NCAA Championships. When the Golden Bears captured the national team championbut not necessarily in the pool. Growing up in Huntington Beach, Calif., Shields wanted to become water safe in order to be a junior ship last year – their first in more than 30 seasons – emotions ran life guard and surf, but he soon “noticed how competitive I was in deep, not only for long-time followers of the program, but for current members of the squad. swimming, especially the racing aspect.” “The team title has been a dream,” Shields said. “I’m not going By the time he was 14, Shields won a CIF title as a high school to cry about anything else, and I cried about that. The team title is freshman and realized that swimming needed his full concentrareally special to me. It’s cool to do it with the group of guys we did tion. Although he just missed the national age-group record, he it with, to have such an impact and just be there. I just want to do made a promise to himself that would take another three years whatever the team needs me to do.” to realize. Backstroke, butterfly or freestyle. For Tom Shields, it really “Before I graduated high school,” Shields said, “I wanted at least one national record. By the time I got to my senior year, I doesn’t matter. winter 2011-12
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Baseball Takes Mike Tonis Around the World and Back to Berkeley By Scott Ball
was over, but it actually happened sooner than I would have liked,” explained Tonis. “It was time to head in another direction and begin a new career.” The opportunity to help people inspired Now, the former Golden Bear catcher has Tonis to finish his sociology degree and begin working in sales for landed back in Berkeley to finish his sociology a medical device company. Having gone through several surgeries degree – 11 years after last donning the Blue on his elbow, Tonis’ new profession will help teach surgeons how to use medical equipment. He hopes his work will be able to help and Gold. One of the greatest all-around baseball play- other athletes. Tonis’ life has changed dramatically since his days playing in ers in school history, Tonis was an All-Pac-10 catcher his sophomore and junior years. He Berkeley. To earn his degree, he commuted to campus two days forever etched his name in the school’s a week from his hometown of Elk Grove near Sacramento. Tonis baseball lore when during a 1999 con- and his wife, Lisa, have a young daughter, Isabella, and are expecttest against UC Davis, he played all ing another daughter. Mike Tonis Seven years after his Major League debut, Tonis is still playing nine positions and earned a save on the mound for a 9-6 win. Tonis finished his three seasons on Cal’s all- baseball, now as a third baseman. He recently competed for Greece time Top 10 lists for career RBI (140), doubles (44) and home runs at the 2011 IBAF Baseball World Cup in Panama with former Bear (40). He was drafted in the second round by the Kansas City Roy- teammate Gus Panagotacos, and against former Cal center fielder Brett Jackson of Team USA. als in 2000 and made his Major League debut on June 20, 2004. “I am so proud of Mike for fulfilling his commitment and coming Tonis played in two games with six at-bats for the Royals before returning to the minors. Yet the step back allowed him to be picked back to finish school,” said Cal coach David Esquer, who coached Tonis in 2000. “That is a tough up by manager Dusty Rhodes and thing to do, especially with a the Greek National team (Tonis’ family. He is a great example grandfather migrated to America for our players. Mike is one from Greece in the early 1900s) to of the all-time greats at Cal. compete in the 2004 Athens OlymHe not only represented the pics. Although Greece finished school as a member of USA seventh, the players represented National team, but competed themselves well, almost knocking in the Olympics for Greece off gold-medal winner Cuba before and was a Major Leaguer. I losing, 5-4. have always valued his loyalty After the Olympics, the former to the Cal program.” Cal star attempted a return to the MaWith his baseball success jor Leagues, even switching to the and his Berkeley diploma in mound, but an elbow injury ended his hand, Mike Tonis is preparing professional career. to embark on his next great “I had always planned on coming Mike Tonis (right), with former Cal teammates Gus Panagotacos (left) adventure. back to Cal after my baseball career and Brett Jackson at the 2011 Baseball World Cup
hirteen years ago, Mike Tonis began what has turned out to be quite an odyssey, one that started on Evans Diamond at Cal, has taken him around the world and returned him to campus.
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The Golden Bears, who opened the season ranked 24th in both the Associated Press and coaches polls, feature a well-rounded mix of experience and youth. After reaching the second round of the NIT last year, Cal has its sights set on a conference title and another NCAA Tournament appearance. All-Pac-10 first-team senior guard Jorge Gutierrez will be joined in the backcourt by last year’s Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in guard Allen Crabbe, as well as junior guard Brandon Smith. The Bears also return a strong front line with senior Harper Kamp and sophomore Richard Solomon leading the charge. Cal welcomes guard Justin Cobbs, a transfer from Minnesota, to the floor after his redshirt season, and adds a couple of big men out of the prep ranks in forwards David Kravish and Christian Behrens.
Important Home Dates
Thursday, Dec. 29 – vs. USC Cal plays the first of 18 Pac-12 contests when the Trojans come to town Sunday, Jan. 29 – vs. Stanford The Bears and the Cardinal go head to head for Bay Area bragging rights
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First-year head coach Lindsay Gottlieb boasts a squad that includes seven former McDonald’s High School All-Americans, four WBCA high school All-Americans, and five players with national team playing experience. The squad is led by three talented juniors – guard Layshia Clarendon, who was second on the team in scoring last season, averaging 13.2 ppg and paced the team with 119 assists; forward Talia Caldwell, a member of the All-Pac-10 media team last year, averaging 9.4 ppg and 8.5 rpg; and guard Eliza Pierre, who has earned Pac-10 All-Defensive team honors twice and led the conference with 90 steals in 2010-11. The Bears, coming off a second-round WNIT appearance, received votes in the preseason Top 25 polls and have been tabbed to finish third in the Pac-12 coaches’ vote.
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Saturday, Dec. 17 – vs. Ohio State The Bears welcome the perennial power to Haas Pavilion Sunday, March 4 – vs. Stanford Cal closes the regular season with the home portion of the Bay of the Bay
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Cal is poised for another run at the national title as the Golden Bears return 13 letterwinners from a squad that finished fourth in the country last season. Key among the veterans are Donothan Bailey and Glen Ishino – both of whom were named to the U.S. Senior National team over the summer. Three Cal gymnasts earned international experience last summer, as well, with Bailey competing at the Pan American Games for Team USA, and Christian and Jean Monteclaro representing the Philippines at World Championships. Tim McNeill – the most decorated student-athlete in Cal men’s gymnastics history – returns for his second year at the helm, and is joined by former Bear Colin Christ as assistant coach.
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Friday, Jan. 13 - vs. Stanford Defending NCAA champions visit Haas Pavilion Sunday, Feb. 12 - vs. Stanford/Oklahoma Three national powers vie for bragging rights
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The Danna Durante era begins this winter as Cal welcomes the former Nebraska associate head coach to Berkeley. Durante will lead the Bears after Cari DuBois announced her retirement at the conclusion of the 2011 season. Cal returns all but two gymnasts from last season’s squad, which placed sixth at the conference championships and sent three individuals to NCAA West Regionals – junior Madisyn O’Brien, and sophomores Alicia Asturias and Dallas Crawford. Seniors Alexandra Leggitt and Erica Varon will lead a young squad with a new vision heading into January. Durante, who earned All-Pac-10 honors as a gymnast at Arizona State, hired Airborne Gymnastics head coach and team director Justin Howell as an assistant coach in June. They welcome a trio of newcomers, who will look to contribute to the Bears’ lineup immediately.
Important Home Dates
Sunday, Jan. 15 – vs. UCLA Cal welcomes 2011 NCAA runner-up Bruins Sunday, March 18 – vs. Washington Senior Day against the Huskies
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Cal features 10 returning All-Americans from its 2011 NCAA championship team, despite losing such stars as Nathan Adrian, Damir Dugonjic, Graeme Moore, Guy Barnea and Josh Daniels to graduation. Junior Tom Shields has captured six NCAA titles to date, including individual crowns in the 100 butterfly as a freshman and in the 100 backstroke as a sophomore. The 2010 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and 2011 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Meet, he’s also been on four national champion relays over the past two years. Other top returning All-Americans include senior Nolan Koon – the 2009 and 2011 Pac-10 victor in the 200 breaststroke and the 2011 national runner-up in 100 breast, and senior Martin Liivamagi, who captured the conference crown in the 200 individual medley in 2010 and owns the Cal record in both the 200 and 400 IM.
Important Home Dates
Friday, Jan. 20 – vs. Arizona Golden Bears host formidable Wildcats who placed fourth at 2011 NCAAs Saturday, Jan. 21 – vs. Arizona State Last 2011-12 home meet and Senior Day for eight Cal swimmers
MEN’S swimming & Diving 2010-11 Outlook
After winning its second NCAA team title in three years last spring, Cal is once again loaded with talent. Back for head coach Teri McKeever – the 2012 U.S. Olympic head coach now in her 20th year in Berkeley – are several veterans who were key members during last year’s NCAA run. They include seniors Liv Jensen (seven-time All-American in 2011), Sara Isakovic (2008 Olympic silver medalist) and Colleen Fotsch; junior Caitlin Leverenz, a member of the 2011 USA World Championships squad; and sophomores Cindy Tran and Deborah Roth, who finished 1-2 in the 2011 NCAA 100 backstroke final. Freshmen Catherine Breed (a 2011 U.S. Pan American Games gold medalist), Kaylin Bing, Casey Mims, Taylor Nanfria and Yvette Kong will also help bolster the team. Cal’s top diver is Molly Hayes, a participant in the U.S. National Championships earlier this year.
Important Home Dates
Friday, Jan. 20 – vs. Arizona The 2008 NCAA-champion Wildcats finished fifth in 2011 Saturday, Jan. 21 – vs. Arizona State Final 2011-12 home meet and Senior Day for nine Bears
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Doors Open at Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance
By Anton Malko
That scale of construction is far from intimidating to Mr. Simpson, who with Mrs. Simpson made the lead gift for the center. He is the founder and chairman of Simpson Manufacturing Co., a worldwide company headquartered in Pleasanton which manufactures the patented and ubiquitous Simpson Strong-Tie, a mainstay on construction sites. On hand for the event were ChanOriginally scheduled to graduate from Cal in cellor Robert J. and Mary Catherine 1943, Simpson took leave from the University to Birgeneau, Director of Athletics Sandy become one of the Navy pilots nicknamed the FlyBarbour and an audience consisting Golden Bears during World War II. He returned ing of Intercollegiate Athletics staff to graduate in 1966 and has since served as chairand coaches, donors, advocates and man of the University Art Museum, a trustee of the many of those who helped to bring the UC Berkeley Foundation, a board member of the project to its moment of celebration. California College of the Arts and a former presi“Right now I’m almost speechless,” dent of the elected BART Board of Directors. Mr. Simpson told the crowd, “because Similar to Mr. Simpson, the center itself had an the tour of this place … It’s incredible.” original target date for completion that was pushed The Simpson Center will directly back due to factors it could not control. The Cal serve 450 student-athletes and their community remained committed and showed, coaching and support staffs, as well as as it always seems to do, that it would not be provide access for all Cal student-athdiscouraged. letes. The multi-level facility, whose “The opening of the Simpson Center stands as forward-thinking mission and thoughtBarclay Simpson called his gift “pure a symbol for many things,” Barbour said. “Most ful design perfectly complement his- pleasure.” vividly, it stands as the physical reminder of this toric California Memorial Stadium, will University’s commitment to conditions for success for our studentcontain a comprehensive array of applied science, sports medicine, athletes. It stands for the passion and generosity of our community academic support and other resources. and those who understood the vision, and it stands for Berkeley’s Bob Haas, who represented the Haas family and its contribution commitment to innovation and to be cutting edge. And frankly, it from the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, said he was especially stands today as a symbol of this department and this community’s impressed with “the thought and architectural finesse that went perseverance and will.” into this design. It’s truly worthy of the University.” The Simpson Center is the cornerstone of Cal’s High PerforNinety thousand cubic yards of soil were excavated to create the mance Initiative (HPI), which Barbour said combines “cuttingSimpson Center, with 24,000 cubic yards of concrete poured into edge science and management practices with the principles of the building.
Barclay Simpson and his wife, Sharon, gathered on Oct. 12 with supporters and staff at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil the new, 142,000-square-foot Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance, whose Olympic Wing is now open.
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Above – The UC Men’s Octet helped set the tone for the Simpson Center opening. At right – Doug Goldman, Bob and Wally Haas, and Chuck and Elizabeth Travers at the ceremony.
information, integration and collaboration. Quite simply, it’s about maximizing each student’s ability to achieve ultimate performance, both in the classroom and at their athletic venues.” Chancellor Birgeneau said, “The Simpson Center embodies a commitment to athletic excellence consistent with our vision of Berkeley’s comprehensive excellence and our ambition to provide all our students with the best possible educational experience in which to realize their aspirations. The focus of this facility has always been on our student-athletes and those who work with them, and our commitment to provide them with the support that they deserve to compete and succeed at the highest level.” Chuck and Elizabeth Travers, who made a significant contribution to the center’s Academic Study Center, said in a joint statement by email that the Simpson Center has “set the standard high for others to follow in the future. The combined efforts of so many people who had the vision and contributed funding, organization, their time and passion, as well as the support of the University, made this all part of its successful completion. We are so proud to have been a part it.” Doug Goldman attended to represent the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund as well as the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund for their respective gifts to the project. “This is a very exciting move by the University, taking another significant aspect of the endeavors of the University of California and saying we are going to apply the same sort of rigor and achievement of excellence as we do in various other areas on campus,” Doug said. Barbour acknowledged Richard Goldman along with a host of supporters who did not live to see the ribbon cutting, including Col. Charles T. Travers, Philip Dunn and deceased members of Pappy’s Boys. In its history, Cal Athletics has been fortunate to have generous contributors that over the generations have responded to the call to maintain, strengthen and build its programs. By 2012, all 29 sports in the department will be housed between Haas Pavilion – through the generosity of Walter and Elise Haas, and so many others over the years – and now the new Simpson Center. Many other individuals and organizations received thanks from Barbour on Oct. 12 – some of whom were in attendance to enjoy the moment – including Deputy Director of Athletics Steve Holton; Assistant Athletic Director Bob Milano Jr.; former Vice Chancellor and current UC Executive Vice President Nathan Brostrom; Executive Director of Public Affairs Dan Mogulof; former UCPD Chief Vicky Harrison; legal counsels Charles Olsen and Kelly
Drumm; Ed Denton, Rob Gayle and Mel Dixon from Capital Projects; Karl Pister and Cathy Koshland from campus administration; HNTB Architecture; Hunt Construction; STUDIOS Architecture; Forell/Elsesser Engineers; Olin Partners; Debra Nichols Designs; Bellecci & Associates; and, Barbour said, “hundreds more.” After the ribbon was cut, the guests in attendance enjoyed a tour of the center, exiting onto the upper terrace for a reception at the foot of the west wall of Memorial Stadium, which is being restored to represent Cal’s rich history and exciting future. Fans will enjoy the new pedestrian plazas and lushly landscaped open spaces, which give the Cal community a new gathering space that better connects the stadium’s western approach with the rest of campus. While the 12 Olympic sports housed in the Simpson Center figure to show quantifiable improvements with the benefits of their new home, Cal already boasts an amazing history at the Olympic Games. At the most recent Summer Games in 2008, 46 Bears brought home 17 medals – enough to rank Cal No. 16 vs. all nations in medal count standings. The University has won 159 Olympic medals in its history. The Haas Football Wing and completion of the Richard N. Goldman High Performance Zone are on schedule to be opened by early 2012 with the stadium’s reopening on track for a fall 2012 opening. Mr. Simpson said that true generosity is “when someone gives up something that they really want. It could be money … it could be anything. Like a school teacher in Oakland who buys pencils and pens and all kinds of stuff for his students – now that’s giving up money that they really hate to give up. So it wasn’t generous in our case, it was just pleasure, pure pleasure, and I’m so excited about it.” winter 2011-12
CaliforniaMemorialStadium.com Everything You Need to Know – Including Reseating – for Your Return to the Renovated Memorial Stadium
new website, CaliforniaMemorialStadium.com, is now live for fans to get information and ask questions about the renovated Memorial Stadium, set to reopen in September 2012. Fans who are participating in the Endowment Seating Program (ESP) know this already, but all seasonticket holders are going to be reseated in the renovated stadium. Fans should visit the new website to learn everything from donor levels and deadlines to exciting aspects of the renovated west side of this historic venue for Cal football. The reseating process will use a priority-points structure in a web-based system, similar to the one used for AT&T Park seat selections, but with distinct improvements based on fans’ valuable feedback following that 2011 process.
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ESP remains the best option for securing premium chairback seats along with the best amenities the renovated stadium will have to offer. Season-ticket holders outside of the ESP area in Sections EE, F, FF, H, HH and I will also enjoy new, benchback seating. Opening day in 2012 will feature renovated seating in two thirds of the stadium’s west side. Fans in Sections VV through MM will enjoy new seating along with all the amenities implemented during the renovation. Although the east side of Memorial Stadium will not have been renovated for the 2012 home opener, Sections V through N along the east side will feature the aluminum bench seating that was previously located along the west side of the stadium. The playing field will be lowered by approximately four feet to create better sight lines for all fans. Overall stadium capacity has been reduced by about 9,000 fans, with the resulting space devoted to enhance the fan experience in a more intimate setting.
Questions? Visit CaliforniaMemorialStadium.com today to submit them. The Cal Athletics staff is committed to ensuring a smooth transition for all Bears fans into the renovated Memorial Stadium for the 2012 season. Go Bears!
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Shelley Harper’s Engaging Approach Helps Elevate Her Teammates By Dean Caparaz ’90
veryone has a role on the defending NCAA champion California women’s swimming & diving team – from head coach Teri McKeever to sprint star Liv Jensen and diver/blogger Molly Hayes. Senior Shelley Harper, one of the team’s hardest workers, also has a specific task – be a blue-collar swimmer on a blue-collar team. Unlike in years past, when stars Dana Vollmer and Natalie Coughlin led the way, the 2011-12 Golden Bear squad doesn’t have a superstar. “It is a group in which people really embrace their roles, and Shelley does a beautiful job of that,” McKeever said. “Everyone contributes something.” Harper serves as a team co-captain along with Jensen, another senior, and puts her experience to good use on a squad that includes 10 freshmen. Shelley Harper “She shows up every day ready to work in a positive mood,” McKeever said of Harper. “She’s very aware of how her body language, how her work ethic and how her encouragement can affect the people around her. She has a very engaging personality that she’s very responsible in using to direct and lead in a really positive way for the people around her.” “It’s interesting being the oldest and being here the longest,” Harper said. “It’s fun telling people about the great experiences I’ve had and just sharing the team culture, because I’ve had such a different view from my freshman to my senior years.” A Walnut Creek product, Harper swims freestyle, butterfly and individual medley for the Bears. She has been an important member of a squad that won two NCAA team crowns in three years. While Harper has yet to score at the national meet, her dedication, perseverance and team spirit have been invaluable throughout her 28
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time in Berkeley. Indeed, she won the team’s Golden Bear Award each of the past three years for displaying just those traits. Bad luck kept Harper from competing in the NCAA Championships her first two seasons. As a freshman, she missed qualifying for nationals by three hundredths of a second in the 500-yard free. However, she traveled with the Bears to NCAAs as an alternate and witnessed Cal claiming its first team title in women’s swimming & diving. In 2010, she fell ill before the Pac-10 meet and, while she still competed – even clocking a personal-best time in the 200-yard free – Harper did not post a qualifying time for NCAAs. When she finally reached the standard for her first NCAA Championships as a junior last spring, Harper and her team were ecstatic. “I can’t even put it into words,” Harper said. “It was probably one of the most memorable moments of my life. Just being an upperclassman and still having not been [to NCAAs] was really hard. All those things motivated me. It was amazing to go with the freshmen and also Katherine Raatz, a transfer, on their first times, too. To win as a team and be up on a podium – not just watching from a computer screen – was just priceless.” “When she made it to NCAAs last season, the team was just
“Just having her energy at the national championships was invaluable and most definitely a contributing factor to our success last year at NCAAs.” – head coach Teri McKeever
Shelley Harper has made the most of her time outside the pool, including (from top) taking part in Read Across America, dancing with teammates at the Toe-to-Toe fundraiser and distributing “SAAC lunches” at People’s Park.
so happy and I was just really happy for her,” McKeever said. “She’s done the right things for a number of years, in and out of the pool. She’s made adjustments to continue to improve, and then having her do her best performance and make it, and then three weeks later swim her best times again in the 500 free (4:41.62) and 400 IM (4:11.53), was pretty awesome. Just having her energy at the national championships was invaluable and most definitely a contributing factor to our success last year at NCAAs.” In the classroom, Harper is a two-time member of the Pac-10 All-Academic second team, sporting a 3.45 GPA in integrative biology. Swimming Families: the Bears and the Harpers Harper is a member of two aquatic families – the Bears, who have won two national championships over the last three seasons, and the Harpers. The latter includes her younger brother, Greg, who is a sophomore swimmer on the Cal men’s team; father, Dean, a pro triathlete; mother, Mary Ann; and sister, Kirsten, who swam at Harvard. Harper’s parents met at the same pool she swam at as at youngster – starting at age 4 – so swimming is definitely in Harper’s blood. Harper enjoys cheering on her brother when the Cal men compete, as well as studying with him at the library. “It’s really great having him here,” Harper said. “We’re only two years apart, so we had a lot of the same friends in high school. With him being part of Cal swimming but also having a different team and different coach, it’s great to be able to wave across the pool but also have our own separate things.” Who is the best swimmer in her family? “We all focused on different strokes and events growing up,”
Harper said. “Technically, my brother’s the fastest. But it’s really fun to swim together.” An extension of her Cal family is the Bear Student-Athlete Advisory Council – or Bear SAAC. The group is tasked with responsibilities including bringing the Cal student-athletes together, involving student-athletes in community service efforts and becoming a sounding board for the athletic administration. Harper is currently co-president of SAAC with men’s water polo senior Bryan Schnugg. She joined SAAC in the fall of her sophomore year in part to meet people outside of her own team. “Also, I really didn’t do any community service in high school, and I was really intrigued when I learned you can go read to kids or serve food or make lunches for homeless people,” Harper said. “I’ve been obsessed ever since.” So far this year, Harper has taken part in a literacy fair at a school in Berkeley. She expects her team to run in the next Jog for Jill to continue to raise awareness for lung cancer research. No matter her endeavor, Harper puts forth her full effort. “When she studies, she’s really engaged in that,” McKeever said. “When she’s having fun, she’s engaged in that. When she’s working in the pool, she’s engaged in that. She does her Bear SAAC, and she’s engaged in that. She’s taking advantage of the Cal experience. Find your niche in this community and elevate the people around you, and she definitely does that.” WINTER 2011-12
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Gymnast Donothan Bailey Sets His Sights on International Glory
By Anna Oleson-Wheeler
the Olympics and winning a national championship with the Golden Bears – lofty yet attainable goals for the Cal junior. Luckily for Bailey, his drive to succeed will bring him far. “Donothan is a very determined and passionate gymnast,” Cal coach Tim McNeill said. “He really gets it. That’s why he’s gone from flying under the radar to becoming a member of the U.S. Senior National team. He knows what it takes to succeed, and that’s what he goes out and does.” If McNeill’s praise is not evidence enough, Bailey could not be more poised to hit those marks thanks to the valuable domestic and international experience he gained over the summer. In August, on the biggest national stage for gymnastics, Bailey represented the Blue and Gold while vying for a chance to sport the Red, White and Blue with USA Gymnastics at the Visa Championships. Both he and current Cal teammate Glen Ishino were
onothan Bailey got his start in gymnastics like many of his compatriots – as a rambunctious youngster whose mother thankfully saw an outlet for youthful energy in sports. Little did she know that some 13 years later, her son would be a member of the U.S. Senior National team and traveling the world to compete in gymnastics. While it was at first just an extracurricular activity for the Mission Viejo, Calif., native, it’s the pure and childish love that keeps Bailey enthralled with gymnastics. “I love this sport,” Bailey said of why he sticks with it. “I couldn’t see myself not doing it. I have goals that I feel I need to accomplish, and I could never quit until I knew I tried my Donothan Bailey hardest to accomplish those goals.” A few of Bailey’s current aspirations include making a push for 30
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An All-American gymnast for the Bears, Donothan Bailey represented the United States at the Pan American Games last summer.
named to the U.S. National team thanks to their strong showings at the meet in St. Paul, Minn. And that was not even a topnotch outing for the all-arounder. “The Visa Championships were a bit of a struggle,” Bailey said. “I was injured, so training before the competition was really difficult and minimal. I was able to make it through the competition with a great result though.” The national stage is one on which Bailey should feel quite comfortable. Before he even came to Berkeley, Bailey was a threetime national champion on pommel horse as a member of the U.S. Junior National team. He was even runner-up in the all-around to Ishino at the 2007 Junior Championships. With his successful junior career com“He leads by example because he’s doing plete, Bailey had many a schools from some of the most difficult gymnastics in the which to choose. While it was first the name that drew Bailey to Cal, a trip to world without any hesitation.” the campus that values everything from – head coach Tim McNeill the Free Speech Movement to national titles made him realize that Berkeley was a the all-around and earned All-American status on pommel horse, perfect 10. “I chose Cal because of the prestige of the school and I felt that I tying Ishino for sixth. As a team, Cal finished fourth – a mark that meshed really well with the team,” Bailey said. “After my recruit- Bailey is confident his Bears can best. “I really want our team to have a great NCAA meet,” Bailey ing trip here, Berkeley just felt right.” With two years at Cal under his belt, Bailey further rounded out said. “I believe we have a lot of potential and are going to surprise his gymnastics résumé by donning the U.S. uniform for a trip to a lot of people.” Thankfully for his teammates, Bailey is a real source of inspiraMexico in October to compete at the Pan American Games. The Americans finished third in the team competition. Though he fell tion in the gym. In the two years that McNeill has coached Bailey, short of an individual event medal, Bailey is quick to note that it McNeill has seen what he termed a “monumental improvement” in Bailey’s gymnastics and leadership qualities. was an educational visit in more than one way. “He’s really seen as the team leader,” McNeill said. “The rest of “Pan Ams was such an amazing experience,” Bailey said. “The competition didn’t go as we had wanted, but it was a great learning the team looks up to him, and he’s a really positive influence on experience. The competition was pretty fierce, but it was an eye the team.” Voted co-captain by his teammates, Bailey’s dual-pronged deopener as to what I need to work on and do to be successful internationally. Outside of the competition, I met a lot of people from meanor in the gym makes him an integral part of the Golden Bear other countries, and I became really good friends with the group training. “He leads by example because he’s doing some of the most difof Americans I went with. I’m grateful for the opportunity and am ficult gymnastics in the world without any hesitation,” McNeill excited for the opportunities in the future.” While coming home without a gold medal and coming up just said. “But he’s also very vocal – he’s not afraid to tell someone if short of his own expectations could deter a lesser gymnast, that’s he thinks they’re slacking off, but he’s also very encouraging. If myself or (assistant coach) Colin Christ weren’t there, I have no not Bailey’s modus operandi. “Going to Pan Ams really helped Don zone in on exactly where doubt that the team would get by with Don there.” Luckily for the Bears, Bailey still has two years of eligibility he needs to improve,” McNeill said. “He came back to Berkeley and immediately returned to the fundamentals. It might not be left. Though he’s yet to declare a major, Bailey is thinking of foas exciting as perfecting the high-flying skills, but fundamentals cusing on integrative biology with hopes of medical school after are essential. By the time that the next competition rolls around, I his gymnastics days are through. Well before he starts applying for medical school, Bailey has his sights set on the 2016 Olympics. know he’ll be even better than before.” But until then, there’s one thing on his mind – an NCAA national Before Bailey jets off on another sojourn, he has turned his attention to training with the Golden Bears at their gym atop cam- championship. The road to Norman, Okla., where NCAAs will ocpus. At last year’s NCAA Championships, Bailey finished 10th in cur come April, begins in early January for the Bears. winter 2011-12
Alex Rossi Finds an Avenue to Contribute By Brandon Singer
hen Alex Rossi arrived in Berkeley last fall, he was looking forward to a chance to compete for playing time on a young team that had lost five seniors from its 2010 Pac-10 championship squad – including fellow Chicagoan and California’s all-time scoring leader Jerome Randle. Unfortunately, a sports hernia ended Rossi’s freshman season before it even began, forcing him to redshirt. Rossi looked to the positive side of things and focused his extra time on schoolwork and giving back to the community through the Cal Student Athlete Advisory Council (Bear SAAC). Rossi came to Cal with an impressive réAlex Rossi sumé. In high school, Rossi was an excellent defender and premier outside shooter. His senior season at New Trier High School saw him average 19 ppg, 7 rpg and 4 apg en route to being named his league’s Player of the Year and making the all-state second team. Facing the first serious injury of his career was a new and difficult experience. “Sitting on the sideline and being able to do something in my mind, but not being able to do it physically is one of the most frustrating things,” Rossi stated. “It is hard to watch these guys put in so much work and not really feel a part of it.” Despite his disappointment, Rossi remained focused in practices and learned a lot from watching his teammates, in particular guard Jorge Gutierrez. “At this level, there is a lot more than just your athleticism or size,” Rossi said. “Jorge is the strongest guard on our team, but he doesn’t have to use his strength. He just uses subtle little cuts to set up screens and get open.” Alex Rossi (back row) and other Cal studentathletes volunteered at a local Literacy Fair earlier With his injury this year. keeping him out of the lineup on the court, Rossi focused his energy on schoolwork – he hopes to be accepted into the highly competitive Haas School of Business – and volunteering with Bear SAAC. “There was a video at the beginning of the year for the SAAC and it looked like a lot of fun.” Rossi said. “There were a lot of slides of athletes getting involved in the community, doing service and playing with a bunch of little kids.” 34
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Bear SAAC serves to connect student-athletes from different sports, as well as give back to the community that supports the athletic teams. Rossi is a part of the Activities Committee that is responsible for organizing events for student-athletes. “Alex is definitely one of our most active members on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council,” Director of Student-Athlete Affairs Allie Rowe said. “In his first year on Bear SAAC, he has already participated in several community outreach activities such as College Sports Day, Peralta Elementary School Literacy Fair and serving hot meals at St. Mark’s Church. Alex has infinite potential, and it will be exciting to watch him develop as a leader both on the court and among his peers.” Rossi was also chosen, along with track & field senior Linda Oseso, to be Cal’s representative to the Pac-12 SAAC meeting in San Francisco in November. Each year, SAAC leaders from each school get together to share ideas, trying to bring the schools closer together and serving their communities better. And during the conference, Rossi was elected to a one-year term as president of the Pac-12 SAAC. Despite the fact that Rossi’s first year on campus did not go as planned, he has found more than one way to excel in Berkeley.
Unable to perform on the court due to injury, Alex Rossi has found other ways to contribute as a Golden Bear.
Breakout Year Awaits Gymnast Chelsea Spomer By Doug Drabik
helsea Spomer was six years old when gymnastics first entered her life. On a recommendation of her cheerleading coach, she decided to add the sport to her full schedule of athletic activities. “I just really clicked with the sport right away,” Spomer said. “I stopped competing in other sports and really decided to devote my time to this.” Nearly 15 years later, Spomer’s devotion to gymnastics has led to a college scholarship and a prominent role in the Cal women’s gymnastics program. Chelsea Spomer “I really love gymnastics,” Spomer said. “In this sport, you can either go to the Olympics at a young age or you can compete in college. I knew college gymnastics was for me.” The Santa Rosa native was offered a scholarship from California prior to her junior year and accepted the next day. “Cal was my number one choice,” the gymnast said. “I was happy to be able to continue the sport I love at my top school. The combination of athletics and academics and the location were exactly what I was looking for.” Unfortunately, a foot injury limited her role to just four meets her first season. As a sophomore, Spomer appeared in all but one meet, competing primarily on the vault and floor while also seeing limited time on the bars. However, injuries continued to slow her and surgery awaited at the conclusion of the year. “I definitely competed a lot more my sophomore season, but I don’t feel like I have reached my full potential yet,” Spomer said. “We have a new outlook here heading into my junior season.” That outlook came with the arrival of a new head coach Danna Durante, who has infused a fresh sense of passion and energy into the program that the student-athletes have welcomed wholeheartedly. “Right from the start, we knew the program was going to go in a different direction,” Spomer said of the new coaching staff. “There were new expectations both inside and outside of the gym.” “It’s been a pleasure getting to know Chelsea,” Durante said. “She shares the coaching staff’s vision for this program and works diligently both in the classroom and in the gym to help us reach our goals. She has a tremendous work ethic and cares greatly for her teammates.” The Bears will also benefit from the brand new Simpson Student-Athlete High Performance Center that contains all of the
Chelsea Spomer and the Bears open the 2012 home schedule against UCLA on Sunday, Jan. 15.
resources teams need to compete at an elite level. “Being a student-athlete is such a time crunch and so having everything in one spot is going to be really beneficial,” the junior explained. Spomer is leaning towards a major in interdisciplinary studies with a focus on public health. While graduate school could be in the plans, she has thought about a future career in nursing. “Academics are very important, and Cal challenges you in the class room each and every day,” said Spomer. “I know a degree from this institution will certainly prepare me well for the future. Cal has presented me with a lot of options in my field.” While a future in the field of public health awaits, the gymnast is poised for a breakout junior season as the Bears get set to open the Danna Durante era this winter. winter 2011-12
home events 2011-12 winter calendar
WTN vs. UNLV WWP in California Invitational
MBB vs. Weber State
WBB vs. Ohio State
WWP in California Invitational WTN vs. San Diego/Washington
MBB vs. UC Santa Barbara
MTN vs. LSU MBB vs. Stanford WWP in California Invitational
WBB vs. Dartmouth
MBB vs. USC
MBB vs. UCLA
MTN vs. Minnesota/San Diego
F ebru ary 1
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WBB vs. Oregon State
WBB vs. Oregon
WTN vs. San Diego State
WWP vs. Hawaii MBB vs. Arizona
MBB MBB WBB MGYM WGYM LAX SB
BAS Baseball (Evans Diamond) Men’s Basketball (Haas Pavilion) Women’s Basketball (Haas Pavilion) Men’s Gymnastics (Haas Pavilion) Women’s Gymnastics (Haas Pavilion) Lacrosse (Witter Rugby Field) Softball (Levine-Fricke Field)
WWP vs. San Jose State BAS vs. Pacific MBB vs. Oregon State
BAS vs. Pacific
MBB vs. Colorado
SB vs. Princeton
LAX vs. Denver
WTN vs. Sacramento State
LAX vs. James Madison WBB vs. Utah
WBB vs. Colorado
MTN vs. Baylor
BAS vs. San Francisco
SB vs. Pacific
WTN vs. Washington State LAX vs. Hofstra
SB vs. Sacramento State
WTN vs. Arizona SB vs. Washington
WTN vs. Arizona State SB vs. Washington
WTN vs. Stanford
MTN vs. USC MBB vs. Arizona State
WTN vs. Pepperdine WWP vs. UC Irvine T&F in Cal Outdoor Opener
WGYM vs. UC Davis
WBB vs. Stanford
MBB vs. Utah WTN in Cal Winter Invitational
MTN vs. Sacramento State
BAS vs. Creighton
WBB vs. UCLA
SB vs. UC Davis
MTN vs. Hawaii
LAX vs. Boston U.
WBB vs. USC
MTN vs. Minnesota
MGYM vs. Stanford WTN in Cal Winter Invitational
WGYM vs. UCLA WTN in Cal Winter Invitational
WBB vs. Washington
WSD vs. Arizona MSD vs. Arizona
MGYM vs. Stanford/Oklahoma WGYM vs. Stanford
WSD vs. Arizona State MSD vs. Arizona State
BAS vs. Oregon State
BAS vs. Oregon State
MBB vs. Oregon MTN vs. UC Davis WBB vs. Washington State
MTN vs. UCLA
MSD Men’s Swimming & Diving (Spieker Pool) WSD Women’s Swimming & Diving (Spieker Pool) MTN Men’s Tennis (Hellman Courts) WTN Women’s Tennis (Hellman Courts) T&F Track & Field (Edwards Stadium) WWP Women’s Water Polo (Spieker Pool) Note: Rugby schedule not available at press time. See CalBears.com for details.
BAS vs. Pacific
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BAS vs. Oregon State WGYM vs. Washington
For a complete schedule, pick up a Cal schedule card at any home event or visit the official Cal website at www.CalBears.com.
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