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ON THE COVER Welcome Home to Memorial Stadium
On Sept. 1, California Memorial Stadium will throw open its gates once again to welcome the Golden Bears and their legions of fans back onto campus for the grand reopening of the historic facility. Although the building has undergone a transformation to bring it up to modern standards, Cal fans should experience a familiar feeling upon entering the stadium for the first time.
FEATURES Rooting Interest
The manner in which the community stepped forward in 2011-12 to support Cal Athletics and its student-athletes has unfolded as nothing short of inspirational. The wide swath of initiatives, challenges, grants, gifts, volunteerism and service that this diverse family has injected into the athletic department will have a lasting impact that bodes well for the student-athletes and the University that serves them.
Keenan Allen has always been comfortable and confident in himself both on and off the field – and a household name among Cal football fans from the moment the fivestar recruit signed with the Golden Bears in February of 2010. Through growth and maturity, he has also become more comfortable in the spotlight and letting his personality shine through.
This fall, if you’re seated on the benches in Edwards Stadium or nestled along the sidelines at Maxwell Family Field, there is one word you will often hear bellowing out of the speakers at either venue: Comeau. Sisters Rachelle (field hockey) and Taylor Comeau (soccer) are in their second and final season of being a one-two punch in Golden Bear fall sports.
Golden Year in Review
Keenan Allen Expanding His Comfort Zone
‘Coach Jones’ Returns to the Pitch
Cal gets some of its groove back this fall when Ted Jones returns to don the Blue and Gold. During a redshirt year in 2011, Jones watched as a young group of Golden Bears stumbled to a 3-9-5 record a season removed from an NCAA quarterfinal finish. Now the guitar-playing midfielder is ready help Cal back into the upper echelon of the sport.
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Athletics Sandy Barbour
Dear Friend of Cal Athletics:
uring the Games of the XXXth Olympiad in London, we watched the best athletes from around the globe face each other at the highest level of international competition. And once again, Golden Bears played a substantial role, with 46 athletes, coaches and staff representing our university. By the time the Games concluded in mid-August, Cal’s medal total added up to 17, matching our all-time record for one Olympics and giving us 50 medals over the past three Olympics. With 99 gold medals in our history, I can’t wait for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro where we’ll pass the 100 mark!
Just as they displayed their talents in Berkeley, many of the Golden Bears became even bigger stars at these Games. From Dana Vollmer’s three gold medals in swimming (including a pair of world records) to Nathan Adrian’s own three medals in the pool and Alex Morgan’s heroics on the soccer pitch, the world witnessed much of what we have known all along – that Cal not only attracts, but also trains and produces some of the most outstanding athletes on the planet.
But athletic success is only part of the story. Behind the headlines lies the fact that many of our most accomplished Golden Bears are also some of our highest achievers in the classroom, showing that at Cal, the words student and athlete can coexist without compromise.
As one example, Nathan Adrian, who captured the 100-meter freestyle and anchored a pair of medal-winning relays, earned our male Neufeld Scholar-Athlete Award in 2010 as the graduating senior student-athlete with the highest grade-point average, compiling a 3.75 GPA on his way to a degree in public health.
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Some other notable standouts include:
Natalie Coughlin – the most decorated female Olympian in U.S. history with 12 career medals who was a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic choice and a national scholar All-American as a senior.
Alex Morgan – a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection who graduated in just three-and-a-half years in order to be able to pursue her dream of playing with the USA national soccer team.
Dana Vollmer (swimming) and Elsie Windes (water polo) – multi-time academic all-conference picks and now multi-time Olympic medalists. The list could go on and on, but I think the point is clear: we boast a roster of exceptional student-athletes who have the ability to shine in all of their endeavors. Congratulations are in order for each of the decorated Golden Bears who earned the right to participate in London and for all those who helped them reach this pinnacle of success – coaches, teammates, support staff, family, friends, and, of course, our cherished Bear Backers. We thank you for your support, which allows each of our student-athletes the opportunity to fulfill their dreams and flourish as never before.
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ON THE COVER With a renovated and modernized California Memorial Stadium reopening in Berkeley, Golden Bear fans will be welcomed home to Strawberry Canyon this fall. Photo by John Todd (GoldenBearSports.com).
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A Golden Olympics for the Golden Bears
hen the Games of the XXXth Olympiad came to an end with the closing ceremony on Aug. 12, the 46 Golden Bear athletes, coaches and staff who represented Cal in London could stand tall following another record-setting performance on the international stage. All told, the Bears earned 17 medals – matching their school-record haul from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Eleven of the medals were gold, with one silver and five bronze,. Just five counties could lay claim to more gold medals than Cal. Only once have the Bears accumulated more than 11 gold medals. In 1948, the last time the Olympics were in London, Cal collected 12, with nine coming in crew when the Bears’ varsity boat comprised the entire U.S. team and rowed to victory. Cal remained strong in the water in 2012, picking up 11 medals in swimming, two in rowing and three in water polo. Only Alex Morgan, who captured gold as a member of the USA women’s soccer squad, secured a medal on dry land. Over the last three Olympiads, Cal athletes have
won a total of 50 medals, with 16 in 2004 and 17 in both 2008 and 2012. In history, the Bears now have 99 gold medals and 178 overall. Among the more notable accomplishments in London, swimmer Natalie Coughlin picked up a bronze medal in the 400-meter freestyle relay to give her 12 for her career to tie the USA record for a woman. Dana Vollmer, with gold medals in the 100 butterfly (world record), 800 free relay and 400 medley relay (world record), joined Matt Biondi (5 in 1992) and Mary T. Meagher (3 in 1984) as the only Bears with at least three gold medals in one Olympic Games. Vollmer and fellow swimmer Nathan Adrian (gold in the 100 free and 400 medley relay) became the eighth and ninth Cal athletes to receive multiple gold medals in one Olympics. Although a majority of the medalists are alumni, four are current students, giving Golden Bear fans plenty of opportunities to watch them in action in Berkeley – swimmers Rachel Bootsma and Caitlin Leverenz, rower Kara Kohler and water polo’s Aleksa Saponjic.
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Men’s crew coach Mike Teti with Zach Vlahos
Women’s swiming & diving coach Teri McKeever with Caitlin Leverenz
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California’s 2012 Medal Count 11 Gold, 1 Silver, 5 Bronze
Men’s Swimming Nathan Adrian (USA) - 400 Free Relay (Silver), 100 Free (Gold), 400 medley relay (Gold)
Women’s Swimming Rachel Bootsma (USA) - 400 medley relay (Gold) Natalie Coughlin (USA) - 400 Free Relay (Bronze) Jessica Hardy (USA) - 400 Free Relay (Bronze), 400 medley relay (Gold) Caitlin Leverenz (USA) - 200 Individual Medley (Bronze) Dana Vollmer (USA) - 100 Butterfly (Gold), 800 Free Relay (Gold), 400 medley relay (Gold)
Women’s Rowing Kara Kohler (USA) - Quadruple Sculls (Bronze) Erin Cafaro (USA) - 8 (Gold)
Women’s Soccer Alex Morgan (USA) - Gold
Men’s Water Polo Aleksa Saponjic (Serbia) – Bronze
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Heather Petri (USA) - Gold Elsie Windes (USA) – Gold Olympic images courtesy of Getty Images, John Todd/ ISI Photos, Jenny Simon-O’Neill and Heather Novickis.
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s part of the Gold Standard Initiative, Cal Athletics will bring you seasonticket holder profiles from football, volleyball, and men’s and Joani Carpenter women’s basketball throughout the year. In this issue of the Cal Sports Quarterly, Joani Carpenter, who is director of stewardship for the California Alumni Association, discusses some of her favorite things about gamedays. Where do you sit? Last row of Section D … great views of the Campanile and San Francisco. How long have you been a seasonticket holder? Since 1965 (with a few skipped years).
What are some of your favorite memories from Cal football games? Taking my kids and their friends when they were growing up; The Play. Early Saturday mornings on campus tailgating. Seeing and sitting with great friends. Sold-out Big Games. The Band. The cannon. The MOAT (Mother of All Tailgates) before Big Games hosted by great Lair friends.
What are some of your gameday traditions? It’s all about seeing and hanging out with friends, the energy and excitement of the game and Cal spirit. Gameday starts early with tailgating with my best friends. Saturday mornings on campus are beautiful, serene and so peaceful … the lull before the storm. Postgame is additional opportunity to hang out with friends and rehash the game. Why are you excited to get back into Memorial Stadium? I missed the on-campus game experience and tradition last year. We are so lucky to have an on-campus stadium, and it will be wonderful to be back in it. I’m excited to experience the renovated facility. It should be amazing … without losing the core beauty of Memorial Stadium. To be considered for a future profile, contact a member of the athletic department at GoldStandard@berkeley.edu or call (800) GO BEARS (462-3277). SUMMER 2012
REPORT Pac-12 to Receive Unparalleled TV Coverage across All Sports
ut down that TV Guide. Log out of those online listings. Quit channel surfing with that remote control. Gone are the days of searching for your school’s game on television, or worrying about whether they’re even on TV at all. In a new era that will revolutionize televised college sports, Pac-12 Networks launched on Aug. 15, providing unprecedented coverage of a wide variety of sports across the Pac-12 Conference. Pac-12 Networks and TV partners FOX and ESPN will ensure that every football and men’s basketball game is on television, this season and in seasons to come. Just make sure your television provider offers Pac-12 Networks, and never again will you have to miss your school on the gridiron or the hardwood. In addition to full coverage of football and men’s basketball, Pac-12 Networks will air an extensive menu of games not traditionally on television. Approximately 700 Olympic sports events are slated for the networks during the 2012-13 athletic season, so you’ll be able to watch your university’s team play your favorite sport, whether it’s soccer, volleyball, water polo, softball or just about anything else. The Golden Rule for Golden Bears is pretty simple: When trying to find a Cal game, check Pac-12 Networks. There’s a good chance you will find it there … assuming your provider offers Pac-12 Networks, of course. And if they don’t, call them and tell them they should, or click on the Pac-12 Networks button on CalBears.com for more details. The six Pac-12 regional networks will allow for geographically focused programming … in addition to the 350 national
Thelton Henderson to Receive Seaborg Award
he honorable Thelton Henderson, a halfback and safety for the Cal football team from 1951-52 who has amassed a long and distinguished legal career, will receive the 2012 Glenn T. Seaborg Award. The award, named after the former Cal chancellor and 1959 Nobel Prizewinning scientist, is presented annually to a former Golden Bear football player for his career accomplishments and represents the honored Cal principles and traditions of excellence in academics, athletes, leadership and attitude. Thelton Henderson Henderson earned his bachelor’s degree from Cal in 1956 and graduate from Boalt Hall School of Law in 1962. He spent much of the early part of his career focusing on civil rights. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter appointed him to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. He served as chief judge for the district from 1990-97 and has been a senior judge since 1998. Henderson will be recognized during an on-field ceremony at the Sept. 29 Cal-Arizona State football game in Memorial Stadium. 6
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events that are aired simultaneously across all seven networks, each regional network will show nearly 100 Olympic sports events featuring one of the schools in the region. For instance, Pac-12 Bay Area will get a heavy dose of Cal and Stanford Olympic events, while Pac-12 Washington will load up on Washington and Washington State. This national/regional mix will allow any Pac-12 Networks viewer to see the best games the conference has to offer, while also getting to focus on their local school. “We’re thrilled about the Pac-12 Networks,” Cal volleyball coach Rich Feller said. “We can hardly wait to share our brand of volleyball and the Pac-12 style of play to our already devoted fans along with fans across the country who didn’t normally get to see us. Once again, the conference will be extremely competitive, and I’m beyond excited that so many people will get to see all of 12 teams play this season and into the future.” The conference’s offering will also have a huge digital component, which will allow fans to watch on a variety of devices as long as they subscribe to one of the conference’s contracted video providers. Pac-12 Networks leadership also plans for the content company to have a major presence in mobile and social media. “The scope and scale of what we’re doing is different than anything else that has ever been done in sports,” Pac-12 Networks president Gary Stevenson said. From student-athletes’ off-the-field stories, to coverage of the most inspiring campus events, to groundbreaking research and development initiatives, Pac-12 Networks will be your source for what matters most at your favorite university, and in your favorite conference. So as you are preparing for another great year of championship caliber Pac-12 sports, don’t forget to make Pac-12 Networks your favorite channel.
Birthday Packages: A New Option for Fans
hat better way to celebrate a birthday than with family members and friends at a Cal game? Beginning with the 2012 football season, Cal fans have a new way to remember the special day through a new birthday package that includes: 10 or more game tickets at a discounted rate Birthday announcement on the video board
Goodie bag for all participants It’s a perfect way to celebrate a birthday for your daughter, son, grandchildren and the Golden Bears closest to you. For details on this new package, visit CalBears.com/tickets or call the Gold Standard customer service team at (800) GO BEARS (462-3277). Birthday packages are not available for all home games.
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spaces, Cal fans will no doubt have a familiar feeling upon entering the stadium for the first time this fall. “I think the fans will be surprised that the stadium looks a lot like it used to,” said Darryl Roberson, a 1960 Cal graduate and a founding principal with STUDIOS Architecture. “When they walk into the bowl, they’ll say, ‘This is California Memorial Stadium.’ No question about it.” Even before going through the gates, fans will be have a much cleaner look at the facility, with an exposed view at a freshened and restored façade rising above the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance, an open sight that reveals its unique architectural features. The stadium has been enhanced by many additional aspects, as well, including the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Plaza – a nearly two-acre park-like gathering place atop the Simpson Center, the Haas Grand Staircase on the north end of the facility, the Bob and Anne Gattis Terrace, the Woolsey-Isaac Staircase near the International House and the Peter E. Haas Press Box.
n Sept. 1, following 21 months of major construction, California Memorial Stadium will throw open its gates once again to welcome the Golden Bears and their legions of fans back onto campus for the grand reopening of the historic facility. For nearly two years, thousands of construction workers, project managers, architects and engineers toiled tirelessly to bring the building up to modern standards and create a seismically safe environment able to host Cal football games and other events for many years to come. The result is a state-ofthe-art venue that meets the needs of ticket-holders, players, coaches, broadcasters and just about anyone else paying a visit to Strawberry Canyon. No longer will fans face a crowded concourse with outmoded restrooms and concessions areas or be forced to sit on splinteredfilled wooden benches while rooting on the Bears. Instead, a new structure now rises that encompasses contemporary elements while paying homage to Memorial Stadium’s celebrated past. So despite overall transformation and all the up-to-date facilities and service areas that occupy previously antiquated 8
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Among the many upgrades fans will find at Memorial Stadium this fall are (from left): improved landscaping along Piedmont Avenue, a wide stairway leading fans to the west side of the stadium, a restored facade, a new press box, chairback seating in the ESP sections, and enhanced video boards.
very wide and very open,” Roberson said. “I think we’re going to find that people are going to come earlier to the games than they used to and they’re going to stay longer afterwards. And during the games, they’re going to be much more mobile. We talked a long time about how unusual it was at Cal where people came into their seats and tried to hold out for the whole game. It won’t be that way now. It’s been designed to have a great flow.” Overall, construction impacted about 60 percent of the stadium, primarily on the west side where the structure was above the ground and needed to be improved to meet modern seismic standards. However, all fans will certainly benefit from the enhancements made to the building. All of the benches will now be aluminum, with the only sight of old wooden bleachers in portions of paneling in the Hall of Fame Room. Permanent lighting has been installed on four vertical columns on the east side and along the “eyebrow” of the press box on the west, and a high-tech sound system developed specifically for Memorial Stadium surrounds the field from above the top rows.
Old Blues will recall having to climb sets of dimly lit stairs with dirt underneath on the west side just to reach the concourse level. During construction, all of that soil and rock was removed, creating nearly 300,000 square feet of program space and eight levels on the west side serviced by five elevators – from the new Hall of Fame Room and Field Club on the first floor, through the concourse, Stadium Club, press box and University Club at the top. Gone too are the old football offices, training rooms and locker rooms, now located in the Simpson Center, that cramped an already narrow concourse. “A problem with the old stadium was that it was a coliseum model where the stairs were perpendicular to the outside wall,” Roberson said. “By the time you got up there, you only had about 11 or 12 feet from the top of the stairs until you entered the bowl. Consequently, there was not a concourse, per se. There was no room for people to move around.” In its place is a level with modern-day restrooms and concessions stands, broad portals into the seating areas and clear views of the campus and bay to the west. “When people come up to the concourse, they’ll see that it’s
“The sound system for the bowl is designed to provide maximum clarity for voice and project the sound inward,” said Bob Milano Jr., Cal’s assistant athletic director for capital planning and management. “It’s also been designed to be architecturally minimalistic so that the stadium views in and out are not blocked.” Two video boards have been placed within the existing structures of the original north and south scoreboards – both will provide about 90 percent more video area than the single Bear Vision board offered in previous years. In addition, there will be a ribbon board on the face of the press box offering statistics and messaging to fans seated on the east side of the building. The field has also been lowered by about four feet to improve sightlines, particularly for those fans seated in the lower rows. Ultimately, though, safety was the driving factor for the retrofit and renovation and a high percentage of the $321 million cost has gone into structural upgrades to help Memorial Stadium withstand a seismic event on the Hayward Fault. A team that included engineers, architects from HNTB Architecture and STUDIOS Architecture, and members of the campus Seismic Review Committee spent years collaborating to develop a suitable solution. “If there was a big earthquake, I’d want to be sitting out here in SUMMER 2012
The west side of Memorial Stadium now features modern concession stands and restrooms, as well as a new Hall of Fame Room that will be open to ticket-holders for one hour after each home game.
the stands,” said Brian Main, senior project manager with campus Capital Projects. “We poured 50,000 cubic yards of concrete on the west side and we put in about 14 million pounds of steel to enforce it. That structure is stout. It’s not going anywhere.” In its rebuilt state, Memorial Stadium provides the modern amenities fans now expect in a sports venue, yet it still retains many of the historic components from a building that originally opened in time for the 1923 Big Game. “I think people are going to walk in and are going to say `Wow,’” Main said. “They’re going to be blown away.’” Robertson echoed that same thought: “They’ll say, ‘Wow, we had no idea you were doing so much.” As amazed as fans may be, most importantly, they’ll recognize they are in a special place full of so many memories: California Memorial Stadium.
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Project Management: UC Berkeley Capital Projects Project Advocate: Intercollegiate Athletics
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Renovation Highlights Modernized fan amenities, including wider concourses and additional restrooms and concession areas on the west side
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New wheelchair seating with better accessibility and access around the stadium
Restoration of the historic façade, including repairing damaged concrete and application of a new finish to match the original 1923 appearance Modernized public address and lighting system Restored flagpoles atop the stadium rim
State-of-the art scoreboards with enhanced video and graphics capabilities within the existing structures at the north and south ends of the stadium
Endowment Seating Program area (approximately 3,000 seats) that includes chair-back seating and access to three club levels (Field Club, Stadium Club and University Club)
Benches with backs and additional legroom in sections from the goal line to the 30-yard line on the west side Old wooden seating replaced with aluminum bleachers throughout the stadium Playing surface lowered approximately four feet to improve sightlines for fans seated in lower rows
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Rooting Interest Sisters Rachelle (Field Hockey) and Taylor (Soccer) Comeau Bring Competitive Spirit to Cal
By Melissa Dudek
his fall, if you’re seated on the benches in Edwards Stadium or nestled along the sidelines at Maxwell Family Field, there is one word you will often hear bellowing out of the speakers at either venue: Comeau.
Sisters Rachelle and Taylor Comeau are in their second and final season of being a one-two punch in Golden Bear fall sports. Senior Rachelle is a forward on the field hockey team, trying to help her squad repeat Rachelle Comeau Taylor Comeau as NorPac champions. Sophomore Taylor is a midfielder on the women’s soccer squad and looking to experience the NCAA Tournament for the second time in her young career. The Comeau sisters are the youngest of four siblings in a very sport-centric family. Their parents, Robert and Stephanie, ran track together at Los Gatos High. Oldest brother A.J. played rugby at San Jose State, and brother Robbie played club lacrosse at Cal. 14
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In a family of six, “friendly” pickup games were a common occurrence when the girls were younger. Basketball, soccer, baseball, hockey and even roller hockey games would break out on a regular basis. “One time, we were playing soccer on the beach,” Rachelle recalled. “I was slide tackled from behind. Robbie was bleeding. Mom twisted her ankle. Dad got hit in the face. It was pretty rough.” There was always one set rule in the pickup games that involved the makeup of the teams. “We had set teams because Taylor was the most competitive of all of us,” Rachelle explained. “And one of my older brothers, Robbie, he cheats when he plays. So Taylor would start crying if she would lose. It was pretty bad. So we had respective teams to play in to make sure those two were always together.” “That was when I was younger, not when I was like 18 or anything,” Taylor is quick to add. Sports weren’t the only thing the family collaborated on. When the girls were in middle school, they also worked together to raise an orphaned cow named Martin in their side yard at their house in Los Gatos. “We were in Oregon where my grandparents have a farm with cows,” Rachelle recounted. “One of the mothers gave birth to a calf. She unfortunately passed away while giving birth, so this calf wouldn’t have gotten milk, and my grandmother and grandfather couldn’t feed it every day. So, we took it in the back of our Suburban and drove it all the way down to California. Then we had a cow in our back yard until it was old enough to go to the farm. We nursed it. It was like a dog/puppy. “ Long before Martin arrived and long after his passing, the girls’ passion for sports thrived. At a very young age, they started playing organized sports in addition to the family free-for-alls.
the Central Coast Section playoffs. The Los Gatos High team was working its way up through the bracket. Rachelle was hoping that a championship would help put her and the team in a spotlight where she might earn a look from college coaches on the recruiting trail. The only way to win was with Taylor on the field. “Taylor was on the really, really competitive travel soccer team,” Rachelle said. “She almost didn’t go to our final game because they had a really important game that day in Arizona. I said ‘You need to be there. You need to help me. We need to win.’ She came and we won that game. She literally left [for her soccer game] right when the buzzer went off. “ Rachelle did catch the attention of Cal head coach Shellie Onstead and earned her scholarship offer from Cal. Taylor did play field hockey all four years at Los Gatos, but it really is soccer that is dear to her heart. “I’ve always liked soccer,” Taylor said. “I think there is so much more you can learn about it. It’s a big cultural sport. It’s a big sport around the world. I like the competiveness. I like how you can kind of bump into people. It’s always been my sport. I’m quick and competitive, and I can run for a long time.” Taylor’s decision to come to Cal was anything but an empty-netter. She had offers from multiple schools with great academics and fantastic soccer programs. In the end, it was her time in summer “We started playing soccer when we were like three,” Rachelle recalled. “It was the age when all you would do is run around in clumps with your team.” Eventually the athleticism and competitive drive of the Comeau sisters helped them stand out. Taylor, being two years junior to Rachelle, also took advantage for her age difference. “When Taylor was young, she would come to my soccer practices,” Rachelle said. “Taylor was always very dominant in soccer, probably because she played every single day and she had to play against girls that were a lot bigger than her and stronger. She learned to rely on her skills and not being the fastest.” Rachelle spent her younger years with a balance of volleyball and soccer. When she was a sophomore in high school, she came to a realization that volleyball probably wasn’t the sport for her. “By the time I hit my sophomore year, I was ‘I’m short,’” Rachelle admitted. “People always told me I should try out for the field hockey team because it was running. I just decided one day and switched to field hockey. It was quite easy to pick up because it is the same tactics and lanes as soccer, so soccer really helped me with field hockey to be not as behind.” She immediately became a starter. As soon as Taylor was in high school, she also took up field hockey despite really not enjoying the sport. “I played it four years of high school because I had good friends on the field hockey team,” Taylor explained. “Also, Rachelle was playing. I kept playing in hopes that the team would be good and it would help Rachelle get noticed.” Taylor’s dedication to her older sister came to a head during
Rachelle and Taylor Comeau learned to play competitive games long before enrolling at Cal.
camp with head coach Neil McGuire as well as the opportunity to see her sister that cemented her decision to become a Golden Bear. The two sisters try to find time to have dinner together twice a month at Rachelle’s house. Whenever possible, they also catch one another on the field. “I was there for her first goal,” Rachelle gushed. “Oh my God! It was a corner kick. She was standing at the top of the 18. A few yards out, I’d say. It was redirected around a little bit. It was in the air and left-footed and she balled it into the back of the net. I was like ‘OH MY GOD! I know her.’ That was amazing. All of her goals are amazing. I was so excited.” Like the sisters themselves, Cal fans have one more season to get excited watching both Comeaus compete on campus this fall. SUMMER 2012
WHERE ARE THEY NOW
Passing Down His Wisdom Cal Hall of Famer Lamond Murray Dedicates His Life to Helping Kids Today
By Tim Miguel
hen you ask professional athletes to name their proudest accomplishment, the majority of them often tell you about a championship won or an award earned.
That statement is not true for former California basketball star and 2012 Cal Hall of Fame inductee Lamond Murray. When reflecting on his collegiate and NBA career, Murray is most pleased with the fact that the NBA never changed the kind of person he was - and still is today. “I was able to stay true to who I am,” Murray said. “I have had a lot of people tell me that you would not know I played in the NBA because of my personality does not project that jaded attitude. I really take that as a compliment.” In addition to the Cal Hall of Fame, Murray was also inducted into the Pac-12 Hall of Honor last March. Both recognitions came as pleasant surprises to Murray, who said they have helped him truly appreciate the career he has had. Murray played with the Golden Bears from 199194, and then went on to a long NBA career from 1994-06. He said his faLamond Murray, who completed his vorite memory in the NBA Cal career as the school’s all-time was reconnecting with scoring leader, will be enshrined in the his Cal teammate, All-Star Cal Athletic Hall of Fame this fall. 16
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Jason Kidd, in the final year of his career in 2006. Coincidently, Kidd is also a part of Murray’s favorite memory on the court at Cal when the Bears upset defending national-champion Duke in the second round of the 1993 NCAA Tournament. As much as Murray cherishes being a part of that tremendous moment in the history of Cal basketball, he also enjoyed the bigger picture of being a student in Berkeley, and what it truly meant to go to Cal. “The summer of my freshman year there was a riot for the control of People’s Park,” Murray recalled. “It just drove home what Berkeley is all about - standing up for the rights of the people. I believe they wanted to turn the park into a recreation center. The protest went on for two days right down the street from the freshman dorms. There were trash cans on fire and riot police shooting rubber bullets while we were in study hall.” His time in Berkeley instilled a desire to help others. Murray currently serves as president of the company he started Real Run Academy - which provides home-school and charterschool children with physical education enrichment programs. He also works with NCSA Athletic Recruiting by speaking to high school student-athletes about continuing their sport at the collegiate level. In addition, Murray is also helping guide his two children to their own successes. “I have the privilege to follow both my children, Lamond Jr., who plays basketball, and, Ashley, who is an awesome volleyball player,” Murray said. “They are both scholarship bound and I’m enjoying watching them finish off their high school careers.” In addition to Murray, the other members of the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame Class of ’12 are: Haley Cope (swimming), Jocelyn Forest (softball), Mike Harrison (baseball), Bruce Kennedy (track & field) and Anne Walker (golf). Stu Gordon will also receive the Hall of Fame Service Award. The induction banquet will be held on Friday, Nov. 9 at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Oakland. For more information, visit bigcsociety.org or call (510) 333-5927.
ne year after being perhaps the final team left out of the NCAA Championships field, Cal returns an experienced lineup motivated to earn the program’s fourth trip to the national meet since 2007. The Bears do lose two-time all-region runner Maxime Chevee to graduation, but return senior Collin Jarvis, who paced Cal in all five of his meets last fall and earned All-Pac-12 and all-region honors with top-15 finishes in both competitions. Sophomore Chris Walden is also back after taking 19th at the conference championships. Head coach Tony Sandoval expects two Bears who did not compete in 2011 – Alex Schwab and Matt Carpowich – to battle for spots in the lineup, while newcomers Leland Later and Thomas Joyce look to earn travel roster positions as freshmen.
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ith a veteran lineup that featured four seniors among its top five runners, including All-Americans Deborah Maier and Chelsea Reilly, the Bears posted their highest national finish (18th) in more than 20 years last fall. However, the graduation of that leadership means Cal sports a young team this year that is long on desire, but short on experience. Junior Elisa Karhu and sophomore Kelsey Santisteban both participated at NCAA regionals and nationals in 2011 and are expected to run at the front of the pack this season. The list of new faces to watch includes four freshmen – Molly Babcock, Ashlyn Dadkhah, Xochi Navarrete and Mariel Mendoza – who all ranked near to the top of the state rankings in distances ranging from 1500 to 3200 meters as high school seniors.
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he 2011 NorPac Tournament champions jumped right into the thick of things this season, opening the year on Aug. 24 with a home contest against defending NCAA champion Maryland in the first-ever televised field hockey game at Maxwell Family Field. In all, the Bears will play five games this fall against teams that were in the 2011 NCAA Tournament and three more against schools that were ranked in the Top 20 but just missed the tournament. The Bears will also have three additional matches airing on the Pac-12 Networks, including home contests against Northwestern and Stanford. Cal’s potent offense will include last season’s conference rookie of the year Lara Kruggel. Defender Deanna Kennedy will continue her assault on the record book, coming into her senior season three assists shy of becoming the program’s all-time leader.
he buzz in Berkeley is that the Bears are back in town and there will be football again this fall at Memorial Stadium. Cal is looking forward to playing in a renovated and modern version of the Strawberry Canyon venue they have called home since 1923. The Bears look to continue the winning ways of a program that has played in a bowl eight times in the last nine seasons with its top passer, rusher and receiver returning in Zach Maynard, Isi Sofele and Keenan Allen. A total of 12 starters are back for the Bears – six on each side of the ball. Senior linemen Dominic Galas, Brian Schwenke and Matt Summers-Gavin also come back on offense. The returning starters for a unit that has led the Pac-12 in total defense each of the past two years are defensive backs Marc Anthony, Josh Hill and Steve Williams, defensive lineman Aaron Tipoti, and linebackers Dan Camporeale and Chris McCain.
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ith the readmission of rugby to the Olympics in the form of 7s at the 2016 Summer Games, where the United States could be considered the defending gold medalists after earning gold medals in 1920 and ’24, Cal has evolved its traditional fall preseason to combine preparation for spring 15s with three or four 7s tournaments. After gaining the bronze medal at the 2012 Collegiate Rugby Championship 7s in June, the Bears return captain Seamus Kelly and most of the 2012 squad, which will combine with an exciting incoming freshman class full of 7s and 15s experience to carry the team through the spring season. Follow Cal varsity rugby on Twitter, Facebook and CalBears. com to confirm the fall schedule, which, if the Bears earn a place, will end with the USAR Collegiate 7s Championships Nov. 30-Dec.1, as well as the spring slate of exciting 15s action.
ll-Pac-12 seniors Steve Birnbaum and Tony Salciccia, along with 2011 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Seth Casiple, return for five-time conference coach of the year Kevin Grimes this fall, as the Golden Bears look to rebound from a challenging 2011 season. Senior and All-Pac-12 honorable mention forward John Fitzpatrick led Cal with 11 points and five goals five last year, while Casiple – an All-Pac-12 honorable mention midfielder – paced the Bears, and for much of the season the conference, in assists with six. Goalkeepers Kevin Peach (1.34 goals-against average) and Robby Gogatz (1.63 GAA) split time in the net. U.S. Soccer has taken notice of Cal’s young talent, as Casiple and fellow 2011 freshman Christian Dean trained and played with the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team in the offseason.
he Golden Bears return 10 of 11 starters from a 12-win team that reached the second round of the NCAA Championship in 2011. Cal’s potent offense, that amassed the most goals (42) in a season in 11 years, returns four of its top five scorers, including senior Lauren Battung. The midfielder totaled 16 points, with seven goals and two assists last year. Battung is joined by fellow All-Pac-12 honorees in senior Betsy Hassett and junior Kaitlyn Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick was among the league’s assist leaders with seven last season. Junior Emily Kruger returns for her third season between the posts where she posted seven shutouts a year ago. Head coach Neil McGuire begins his sixth season in Berkeley after leading Cal to NCAA playoff appearances each of his first five campaigns.
hough the Golden Bears lost a remarkable senior in All-American Tarah Murrey, Cal volleyball returns 10 letterwinners and five starters, including middle hitter Shannon Hawari, for what looks to be another banner season. Last year, the Bears went 26-7, owned the program’s first-ever No. 1 national ranking for four weeks and made a 15th trip to the NCAA Tournament. Set for his 14th year at the helm, head coach Rich Feller adds four recruits – two of whom bring an international flair to Berkeley by way of Italy and Croatia – along with transfer setter Joan Caloiaro. The Bears boast a schedule that includes nine teams that participated in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, six of which are Pac-12 teams including defending national champion UCLA. Volleyball fans will be treated to at least 14 of Cal’s 30 matches on television in the inaugural year of the Pac-12 Networks.
al returns three All-Americans for the 2012 campaign – senior goalie Justin Parsons (second team), junior attacker Collin Smith (honorable mention) and sophomore attacker Aleksa Saponjic (honorable mention). Parsons has been the Golden Bears’ starting goalie the past two years, concluding the 2011 season with 206 saves in 23 matches, and owns 473 career saves. Smith scored 26 goals with 20 steals and 28 assists last year and nailed match-winning goals in Cal’s MPSF victories against UC Santa Barbara and Pacific. Saponjic was third on the team in scoring in 2011 with 30 goals while also tallying 22 assists and 18 steals. In addition, he gained valuable experience over the summer summer as a member of the Serbian Olympic team in London.
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Golden Year in Review Cal Athletics Thanks its 2011-12 Supporters Message from Sandy Barbour
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Bedrock for the Foundation Barry Baskin
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he manner in which our Cal community stepped forward in 2011-12 to support our department and student-athletes has unfolded as nothing short of inspirational. The wide swath of initiatives, challenges, grants, gifts, volunteerism and service that this diverse family has injected into Cal Athletics will have a lasting impact that bodes well for our student-athletes – past, present and future – and the University that serves them. From all of the fans who have become part of the Endowment Seating Program in the renovated California Memorial Stadium, to those who have spurred new levels of commitment and energy in every one of our 29 intercollegiate sports – it is your collective will that sustains us. Be on the lookout for the IA Annual Report coming this autumn, when we will share our stories of excellence and recognize you, our Golden Bears, for your support. Each of us associated with Cal Athletics is grateful for all you do to enable our student-athletes on their journey to victory in the classroom and on the field. Thank you and GO BEARS!
erving as the athletics representative on the UC Berkeley Foundation’s Board of Trustees and providing steady support for men’s tennis, for which he played at Cal from 1960 to his graduation in 1964, is Barry Baskin. His appointment in October as the trustee that represents Intercollegiate Athletics ended the impressive term of Mark Biestman. Barry and Susan Baskin are lifelong Cal fans and supporters across the campus and holders of two premium seats at Memorial Stadium. He is a former member of the Big C Society Board of Directors, from 1982-86; chair of the TeamCal Tennis Committee, from 200310, which came after his first, five-year stint on that committee; member of the Athletic Department Volunteer Leadership Council, from 2003-05; and member of the Building Champions Campaign Committee, from 2009-10. Barry continues to be an active member of the University Athletics Board, the Bear Backers Advisory Board and the Endowment Seating Program Committee. For his infinite commitment to volunteerism in support of Cal Athletics, Barry received the 2010 Golden Bear of the Year Award. “I could never give back to Cal as much as its given to me,” he said.
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Challenge to New and Old David Eckles
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he Eckles Challenge Grant is a $500,000 one-time gift to Intercollegiate Athletics, a commitment by David Eckles, a 1973 alumnus of the Haas School of Business who sees how crucial it is to exponentially increase the percentage of Cal alumni who give. “Fifteen to 20 percent should grow to 90 percent,” Eckles said of the Cal alumni participation rate. The retired chairman and CEO of Helm Financial Corporation, Eckles is also working to create new scholarships and cooperate with the director of the Athletics Study Center, Derek Van Rheenen, to improve that resource for student-athletes. It’s the totality of the student-athlete experience, and directing support to its areas of most need, that draws Eckles. “My point is to give some focus and create some energy, looking beyond the sports that are always in the spotlight,” he said. “I want to put a spotlight on all the sports and encourage others to realize this is what we all need to be doing.”
t was another busy year for the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund in 2011-12. After making the lead donation of $1,000,000 to retain Cal baseball, the foundation was asked to similarly inspire donors to men’s gymnastics. Specifically, it created a dollarfor-dollar matching grant to be applied to every new donation until it reaches $100,000. “We hope that Cal’s gymnastics community will respond,” said Doug, who earned his AB at Cal in 1974. “This challenge grant, along with the much larger commitment we made to Cal baseball, is intended to restore all of Cal sports to what they were before the unfortunate but necessary cutbacks were proposed.” The initiative by the Goldmans is but a stepping stone toward the larger goal of creating endowments that will permit longevity and sustainability for each of Cal’s sports. Thanks to Lisa and Doug, the entire Cal community can make their dollars doubly important by supporting men’s gymnastics.
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Teaming Up with Men’s Gymnastics Lisa and Douglas Goldman
This Bear is Always There Joan Herriges
former UCBF Trustee and Bear Backer President, member of the Benjamin Ide Wheeler Society, and recipient of the Trustees Citation and the UC Berkeley Foundation Award, Joan Herriges is a Cal supporter extraordinaire. Her volunteer work began in the late ’80s as a member of the Women’s Athletic Council. “The culture of sports binds the University together,” Herriges said. “My involvement in Cal Athletics as a volunteer allowed me from the very beginning to see other areas of the University and become more interested in supporting them.” Joan attended Cal football games as a young girl from East Oakland and has rarely missed a game since. She said attending games, whether football, basketball, volleyball, rugby or anything else, creates its own community and “binds people together.” Joan and her husband, Bruce, have watched generations of families grow up in Memorial Stadium and are thrilled to be returning. “Walking into the remodeled stadium will be a sentimental day and thrill for Cal fans,” she said.
Helping to Engineer Success Dustin and Melissa Harder
elissa and Dustin Harder met at and graduated from Cal in 2003 with their degrees in civil engineering, and they both still travel from their home in Portland, Ore., to home football and basketball games and follow the teams on the road quite often. In 2011 they created the Dustin & Melissa Harder Scholarship, currently held by sophomore defensive back Stefan McClure. The Harders then extended their pledge to further support men’s basketball. “We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to go to Cal and it meant a lot to us,” said Dustin. “We met there, we met a lot of our friends there, and we wanted to give that opportunity to other individuals. Athletics is a great avenue for that. For people to compete as part of a team and go to a great school like Cal, it really says something about them and their ability to succeed.”
Sustaining Baseball’s Momentum Dan McInerny In 1981, one year after he and his teammates finished third in the nation at the College Baseball World Series, Dan McInerny got his geography degree from Cal with a minor in Spanish. The former walk-on right-fielder, cofounder and current vice president of sales and marketing at OluKai, Inc., in Irvine has since helped Cal baseball resurrect itself from near extinction by helping the program to navigate its way into modern methods of community building and better speak the language of an active, sustainable athletic program. The vice chair of the Cal Baseball Foundation, McInerny was the chief architect behind the website for Save Cal Baseball, which has evolved into the foundation since the team’s retention in IA after 2011. Together with the Facebook page created by Doug Nickle and Twitter feed set up by James Holder, the site proved to be an important ingredient in the outreach efforts to build baseball’s community and database. “The most important thing is that everyone rallied, from five to 50,000 dollars,” McInerny said. “The whole thing was teamwork to make the dream work. But let’s remember, we have not saved Cal baseball in perpetuity. We need to continue to communicate and give back to pave the way for future generations.”
Making Baseball Fly Roslyn Payne A Builder of Berkeley whose son Matt pitched for the Bears in 2001 and ’02, Roslyn Payne is a major baseball supporter who created the First Pitch Scholarship Dinner, a sold-out celebration last Feb. 12 whose net proceeds were directed to scholarships for Cal baseball. The president of Jackson Street Partners in San Francisco, Roslyn earned her BBA at Michigan and her MBA at Harvard, but said she is “thrilled that both my son and husband (Lisle, MBA 1967) are Cal graduates.” Payne credited the entire Cal Baseball Foundation, from chairman Stu Gordon, who became the 2011-12 Golden Bear of the Year award winner, all the way down, for its efforts to broaden the community’s thinking and sustainably enlarge the program footprint. “Our work is not done here,” she said. “We need to keep working. The runway is in place, but if you want to get an airplane to fly, you have to plan for it.”
SoCal Sparkplug Tom McKissick The group managing director for TCW, which offers individual and institutional investing services and is based in Los Angeles, Tom McKissick has been a boon not just to baseball as a voting member and donor representative on the Cal Baseball Foundation, but to the entire athletic department through his commitment to better engage a large base of alumni in Southern California. A UC Berkeley Foundation trustee, 1984 recipient of a degree in political science and football donor, McKissick is also part of the SoCal Committee and has been a big ingredient in successful Coaches Tours, co-hosting events since 2004 and working with others to better consolidate the fragmented community of alumni in his part of the state, which boasts approximately 80,000 Cal graduates. McKissick has worked with other members of the SoCal Board – including Richard Sandler, Jon Glaser, Cyrus Hadidi, Victor Coleman, Jeff Marks, Robert Brunswick, Alex Shipman, Bob Smiland, former All-America Bear quarterback Pat Barnes and others – to make big strides for the Bears in SoCal. “There is great potential for Cal in Southern California,” he said. “There are many passionate Golden Bears roaming around Los Angeles, looking to reconnect with Berkeley and provide much-needed support to the numerous athletic and academic needs of Cal. There is much work to be done, but Cal is making steady progress.”
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Courting Excellence Kent Newmark A 1960 BA and 1964 MBA at Cal, Kent Newmark has been a very busy Bear Backer. Following his commitments to help establish a short-game facility for the golf programs and the implementation of the Newmark Award for Best and Most Improved GPAs, Kent and his wife, Pat, have turned their attention to upgrades to the facilities serving men’s and women’s tennis. Their lead gift of $750,000 will help to create elevated seating along the north side of the courts, visiting locker rooms, public restrooms and hopefully more over time. Men’s head coach Peter Wright called the Newmarks’ commitment “terrific from every standpoint. We already had a surface that’s the best on the West Coast, but these improvements will be huge and will help to qualify Cal to host Pac-12 events. They’re very important upgrades.”
Crew is Rogers’ Neighborhood Andy Rogers Andy Rogers ’90 became president of the Executive Committee for Friends of Cal Crew toward the end of 2011 and has continued to lead the community in its support of the programs. Andy was instrumental as Friends of Cal Crew raised an impressive amount of money in 2011-12 and has been steadfast in his effort to carry that commitment to the program’s alumni, parents and friends. He is the son of accomplished entrepreneur T. Gary Rogers ’63, a transformational leader for the men’s crew program. Andy (pictured with children, Jordan and Jaclyn) most recently traveled to London to cheer on Cal’s seven rowers at the Summer Olympics, which included men’s eight coxswain and Friend of Cal Crew fundraiser Zach Vlahos, as well as both programs’ coaches, Dave O’Neill for the women and Mike Teti for the men.
Tent of Support Georgia Lee The impact of a parent’s love and support cannot be overstated. In the case of Georgia Lee, a 1976 Haas MBA alumna and senior advisor at the private equity investor Hellman & Friedman, her invaluable energy has extended from the support of her son, rising senior Michael Shenk, to the entire rowing program. This spring, Lee and fellow parents reached their $100,000 fundraising goal for the second straight year (after raising almost as much in 2009-10); just as importantly, they helped to create a hospitality presence for fellow parents and all Cal fans that had been missing at rowing events. Now, a Cal tent is pitched at every race, offering supporters of Cal crew a place to gather for hot coffee served with blue-and-gold community. “We now have a very active parent group that accompanies the team at every regatta,” she said. “It’s fantastic because you see the impact the parents actually make. And when you get involved, it’s a lot fun. We have a common cause and common beliefs.” To explore additional ways to support Cal Athletics, please call the Office of Athletic Development at (510) 642-2427, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit CalBears.com/bear-backers/home.html. Help us make the 2012-13 year our best yet. 24
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Expanding His Comfort Zone Junior Wide Receiver Grows into His Role as a Team Leader
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eenan Allen has always been comfortable and confident in himself both on and off the field – and a household name among Cal football fans from the moment the five-star recruit signed with the Golden Bears in February of 2010.
The impressive wide receiver from North Carolina made an immediate impact with a memorable collegiate debut against UC Davis in the 2010 season-opener by catching four passes for 120 yards and a touchdown, while running 48 yards for another score. He would go on to post one of the top seasons by a true freshman in Cal history, setting a school rookie record with 46 receptions for 490 yards and a team-high five touchdown grabs. His numbers more than doubled as a sophomore when he posted the second-highest single-season totals in Cal history in both receptions (98) and receiving yards (1,343) to earn firstteam All-Pac-12 honors. His per-game averages last season for receptions (7.54) and receiving yards (103.31) are both the fourth-highest among all returning players in college football. After only two seasons at Cal, the 20-year-old junior has racked up 144 catches, 1,833 receiving yards and 11
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touchdown catches. If he can duplicate the numbers he posted in 2011 this season, he will be the school’s all-time leader in receptions and just 12 yards shy of Cal’s career record for receiving yards by the end of his third collegiate campaign. “He’s a phenomenal player, he can do anything,” head coach Jeff Tedford said. “He’s got such a great feel for the game.” Allen’s performances over the first two seasons of his Cal career have made him one of the nation’s highest-profile players heading into the fall. The second-team preseason All-American is also a candidate for nearly every national award possible, including high-profile honors such as the Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year given to the country’s top player; the Biletnikoff Award bestowed upon the nation’s best receiver; and the Paul Hornung Award for the most versatile player. The extensive recognition Allen has received has also given him more opportunities to show his true personality, which includes plenty of laughter. That’s always been easy for him to do around his teammates and friends, but he admits was sometimes harder to do with reporters. “I never really talked to the media much before because I don’t like talking too much,” Allen said with a laugh but a hint of seriousness. But Allen has opened up of late as one of Cal’s representatives at preseason media events in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He understands those conversations are good for both him and the Cal football program. “It helps get both myself and our football program exposure,” Allen said. Allen seems to be enjoying the experience and letting his personality shine through.
Keenan Allen, who nearly broke Cal’s season records for receptions and receiving yards in 2011, could become the school’s all-time leader in both categories by the end of this year.
His on-stage exchange with Cal football radio sideline reporter Todd McKim and witty answers regarding an inquiry into his recent growth of a long goatee had the audience in an uproar and was the hit moment of the annual Bay Area College Football Luncheon. Later in the day, he concluded a video piece produced by the Cal athletic department by showing off some of his skills on the piano in the middle of a crowded Hotel Nikko lobby, adding in some entertaining commentary. The previous week he was teased backstage by Cal head coach Jeff Tedford and teammate Josh Hill about the speech he would have to make at Pac12 Football Media Day, then went on camera and joked with a videographer about his fear of answering questions on stage. When it came his turn to speak, he grabbed the microphone comfortably and confidently and knocked his answers out of the ballpark. Allen spent most of his time at the two events flashing a smile from ear-to-ear, laughing with and engaging members of the media, clowning around a bit for the cameras, taking a photo with sports reporter Erin Andrews that later showed up on his Twitter account – all in the name of having a good time. Allen credits at least some of his new-found rapport with the press to former Cal teammate and media favorite Marvin Jones. “He just told me to have fun, make the guys like you and build a great relationship with them,” Allen said when asked about the advice Jones offered. But it’s not only yucking it up with the media that Allen has been doing well lately. There are several other areas of his life where he has grown as well. Allen, who missed spring ball with an ankle injury, says much of his maturity came last spring during this period of time when he focused on watching game film and improving his leadership skills, the latter of which could prove critical
“I kind of found myself. I know who I am. I just grew up. In everyday life, you have to be mature and make the right decisions.” – Keenan Allen
with five highly touted true freshman wide receivers on this year’s roster. “I definitely want to be a mentor for the freshman receivers coming in,” Allen said. “I need to help them out a lot and get them going. I’m ready to see how good of a teacher I am, because especially with Marvin here my first two years I haven’t really had to do it. I feel like now I’m in same boat Marvin was in when I first came to Cal.” Allen has also improved in the classroom. “I want to be one of those guys who are honored on the court at halftime of a basketball game,” Allen said, referring to Cal’s student-athlete recognition day. Don’t be surprised to see some A’s on his next report card, not just than the one on the last name of his jersey when he is introduced by the public address announcer to honor his academic achievements at Haas Pavilion. Allen believes he knows the key to his well-rounded success. “I kind of found myself, I know who I am,” he said. “I just grew up. In everyday life you have to be mature and make the right decisions. You have to take that next step to be a man, and I did that.” Both on and off the field. SUMMER 2012
‘Coach Jones’ Returns to the Pitch Fifth-Year Senior and Guitar Virtuoso Hopes to Bring Cal Back to Prominence
By Dean Caparaz ’90
Cal gets some of its groove back this fall when Ted Jones returns to don the Blue and Gold.
Last year, Jones watched as the young Golden Bears stumbled in their inaugural Pac-12 season. Coming off a conference championship campaign and NCAA Tournament quarterfinal run in 2010, the squad – decimated after seven players moved on to the professional ranks – produced a 3-9-5 record in 2011. Ted Jones Jones redshirted what would have been his last year at Cal; he returns as a fifth-year senior this season. What did the Bears miss without Jones? A lot. Jones is a versatile player, one of the four remaining starters from that talented 2010 team that came within a penaltykick shootout – against eventual national champion Akron – of reaching the NCAA College Cup. Besides his crunching tackles, 30
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Jones’ experience would have proven invaluable last fall, as he would have been the only senior on a team that featured 10 true freshmen. Conversely, this year’s roster lists six seniors – Jones, Steve Birnbaum, Tony Salciccia, John Fitzpatrick, Mike Munoz and Kyle Lunt – and just one freshman – midfielder Mason Case. As one of the veterans, Jones was a natural choice for co-captain, along with Birnbaum and Salciccia. “His experience right from the get-go is huge,” head coach Kevin Grimes said. “What he presents to the team is that he’s a fifthyear senior and the fact he’s had so much experience as a player, and obviously he’s an outstanding player. His level of leadership and ability to move the group in positive ways is something you can’t teach. You have to have that, and he has that.” The second-oldest player on the team, Jones turned 22 on May 22. He has started 33 of the 47 games he has played in at Cal, including 14 of 16 during the heydays of 2010. A Tiburon, Calif., product who now call Los Angeles home, Continued on page 33
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Jones has displayed his leadership skills in different ways, including on the squad’s trip to Italy over the summer. Cal played the youth teams of five Italian pro clubs on that trip. In one game, a teammate missed an easy chance on goal. Jones, who wasn’t playing at the time, got up off the bench and demanded that the forward put the ball away. When a similar play occurred 10 minutes later, the player successfully finished. “He has a ton of credibility with the team and coaching staff,” Grimes said. “It’s not forced; it’s ingrained in him. He’s extremely intelligent and focused – one of most intelligent guys on the team.” Jones acknowledged that he learned a lot about the game when he watched it from the sidelines last season. He helped his team by providing insight from the bench, earning the label “Coach Jones” from his teammates and coaches. When he does return to the field his fall, Jones will likely move into the backline or midfield for the Bears.
Besides learning to better appreciate the nuances of the Beautiful Game as a redshirt, this past year Jones focused on his studies and his love of music. An anthropology major, Jones walked through graduation after the spring semester and has one more class to complete this fall. “I switched my majors three times and finally found a home in anthropology,” Jones said. “Graduating from Berkeley is a great thing. My parents are pretty proud. It was an interesting dynamic for me, because I was graduating but coming back to school. I didn’t have the separation anxiety that all the other students had, and it was nice to be able to go through that process without the pressure of leaving, and so I’m excited just to focus on soccer, too. It’s pretty cool.” Education is important to the Jones family. His brother, Matthew, attended Cal previously, while twin sister, Cicely, recently graduated from Princeton. Another big tie that binds the Jones family is music. Jones’ father, Booker T. Jones, is a decorated musician and an original member of the well-known R&B band, Booker T. and the MGs. In 2012, he won his most recent Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album for “The Road to Memphis.” That Jones is the son of an award-winning musician is not a secret on the close-knit team. But “he’s humble about it,” Salciccia said. “We bring up the topic to him. We ask a lot of questions about what it’s like living with a dad who brings home Grammys.” An aspiring guitar player – who just started playing two and a half years ago – the younger Jones has understandably had an inclination for music since he was a kid, when he would occasionally accompany his dad on tour. “Music has always been a part of my life,” he said. “My sisters and I would go travel with my father for shows. I’m one of those people who would always have to have music around. I’m always listening to my headphones or playing music. Playing guitar was a nice was to synthesize that.” Jones played at the first two Oskis – the student-athlete award ceremony honoring the various Cal teams – and backed up Katie Benz, a singing women’s soccer player, at the first Oski’s in 2011 at the International House on campus. But he soon developed the itch to go solo – playing a Jimmy Hendrix song on his electric guitar – at the 2012 Oskis inside
Music runs in the Jones family, as Ted’s father, Booker T. Jones, is a Grammy award-winning artist. At left, Ted plays with former teammate A.J. Soares.
“Music has always been a part of my life. I’m one of those people who would always have to have music around.” – Ted Jones Haas Pavilion. Turns out the bigger space at Haas was the perfect setting. “One thing for me is I have a lot of neighbors, and the electric guitar is very loud,” Jones said. “It’s always nice if you ask any guitarist if they could play at the loudest volume possible. Such a loud sound coming from such a small area. For me that’s such a joy. As soon as the first note rings out, any bit of nervousness dissipates. This was a great Oskis. There were a lot of people there; a lot of my peers. I didn’t want to mess up in front of my friends. It was fun.” “That was a beautiful moment,” Salciccia said. “He played well. Teddy’s on point with his music, and he’s always getting better.” The Bears hope for the return of some beautiful soccer moments when Jones gets back on the pitch. SUMMER 2012
Student-Athletes Develop into Business Leaders By Doug Drabik
he University of California is widely regarded as the nation’s No. 1 pub- with faculty and foster strong connections belic institution, with the Haas School of Business playing a large role in yond the classroom. the University’s elite status. The second-oldest business school in the One of Caldwell’s colleagues in Haas is Mark country, Haas is one of the world’s leaders in business development. Brazinski of the football team. A first-team PacWith a limited enroll- 12 Academic selection, Brazinski completed his undergraduate ment, the school is very degree in August and is now enrolled in the Haas MBA program. selective in its admis“My brother went the Wharton School of Business, so I knew sion standards. The chal- the value of a good business school,” Brazinski explained. “I lenging curriculum and looked through U.S. News & World Report and found Cal ranked competitive atmosphere No. 1 in the country. During the recruitment process for footsuit another highly- ball, I was very intrigued with what Cal had to offer from both recognized piece of the an athletic and academic standpoint.” Talia Caldwell Mark Brazinski University – the studentBrazinski, whose brother is a hedge fund trader in New York athlete – with a healthy number of Golden Bears currently City, completed the business program in one year and is curenrolled. rently concentrating on information sciences. Senior Talia Caldwell became the first member of the women’s “You’re sitting next to some of the most brilliant people you basketball team accepted into Haas’ undergraduate program. will ever meet,” Brazinski said. “Haas has a reputation of being “I have known since high school that I wanted to go to the very strict and very competitive. The connection with recruitHaas School of Business,” said Caldwell, who took the prerequi- ers is second to none.” site courses and applied to Haas’ two-year program her sophoErika Walker, the Executive Director of the Haas undergradumore year. ate program, looks to the leadership qualities student-athletes Caldwell, a member of the Pac-12 All-Academic team, is on possess and how it helps cultivate strong relationships and a track to graduate from the school in the spring and served an solid business model. internship with Nike over the summer where she worked with “In the Haas School of Business, we look for leaders with inthe global apparel and merchandising operations unit. novative ideas with a passion towards career development,” While honing her skills on the court where she ranks 11th Walker explained. “Student-athletes demonstrate these leadon the Cal career rebounding list ership qualities as captains for (744), Caldwell would like to betheir teams and role models for come a consultant in the business their fan base. Their organized realm following her athletic caand disciplined approach to propreer. er management of their academ“Haas has been a great experiic and athletic responsibilities ence for me,” Caldwell said. “It’s translates well to the business very competitive, which makes it a world. We are excited to see these lot of fun. The professors are great student-athletes stand out on the to work with and learn from.” playing field and develop into The faculty of mentors in Haas business professionals.” includes two Nobel Prize recipiThe Haas School of Business ents in the past 15 years. The small provides student-athletes this size of the program (350 students exceptional opportunity to win enroll in each entering class) al- Already armed with his bachelor’s degree, Mark Brazinski is championships and develop into lows students to closely interact enrolled in the Haas MBA program. leaders of the business world. 34
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Robin Rostratter Relishes a Competitive Mindset By Anna Oleson-Wheeler
obin Rostratter is one of the most recognizable student-athletes on the Rostratter also applies her meticulous California volleyball court, not only for her superior defense as the Golden diligence to the sport of volleyball, walkBears’ libero, but also for the blue helmet she proudly sports. After suffer- ing onto the perennial powerhouse team ing from concussions, Rostratter became the first player in the NCAA to have a as a freshman in 2009. Growing into a protective helmet approved, and she dons the cushioned headgear to protect her role as a starter, Rostratter is both a vomost important asset on and off the court – her brain. cal leader on the court and an organizer Rostratter studies every aspect of the off the hardwood for she plans team events and dinners all game and continually aspires to be a better on her own. defensive specialist. She’s also one of the “Robin has shown great leadership on the team before she brightest minds on the Cal campus – dou- was even named captain,” head coach Rich Feller said. “Beble majoring in Spanish and media studies tween her concussion, academics and remarkable volleyball with a 3.905 grade-point average. While play, Robin has worked very hard to get to where she is. She is balancing the rigors of the county’s No. 1 a great role model, both as a student-athlete and as a person.” public institution and the demands of playOn track to graduate this upcoming spring, Rostratter has Robin Rostratter ing on a top-ranked Division I team may be considered playing professionally abroad and graduate school a daunting task, Rostratter relishes it. as possible postgraduate plans. But right now, Rostratter has “Cal’s athletic atmosphere is vigorous and demanding, and her sights set on an epic senior season, and with her helmet this competitive mindset also translates to the academic set- and extraordinary work ethic in tow, there’s no doubt in her ting,” Rostratter said. “Some of my classes, especially during mind that it will happen. season, are rough, but I think it makes me more time efficient and focused. I am so grateful for having the opportunity to study at a university where professors are masters in their field of work and I am able to learn from them.” Though she would never deign to brag of her academic accomplishments, Rostratter’s résumé is ripe with them. Last year as a junior, Robin gained placement on the Pac12 All-Academic first team – besting her second-team placement in 2010 – and the Capital One Academic District 8 first team. In 2010, she earned the NCAA Elite 88 Volleyball Award, which recognizes the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships, after carrying a 3.81 GPA into Kansas City. “It’s an honor to be recognized for my efforts in the classroom as well as out on the court, especially in a field where I know the other schools had good academics as well,” Rostratter said of her Elite 88 accolade. “I have a great deal of respect for my teammates, who also take pride in their academics as well as perform well in the gym, which shows our discipline and commitment to Robin Rostratter had the top GPA of all players at the 2010 NCAA finals site. hard work.” SUMMER 2012
home events 2012 fall calendar
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MBB WBB FH FB MGF MSO
Men’s Basketball (Haas Pavilion) Women’s Basketball (Haas Pavilion) Field Hockey (Maxwell Family Field) Football (Memorial Stadium) Men’s Golf (Meadow Club) Men’s Soccer (Edwards Stadium)
WSO Women’s Soccer (Edwards Stadium) MWP Men’s Water Polo (Spieker Pool) VB Volleyball (Haas Pavilion) Note: The tennis, swimming & diving and fall rugby 7s schedules were not available at press time. Please check CalBears.com for details.
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MWP vs. Santa Clara MWP vs. Pacific WSO vs. San Francisco
VB vs. Washington State
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FB vs. Nevada MWP vs. Long Beach CC MWP vs. Alumni
FH vs. Bryant
VB vs. Jiangsu (China)
VB vs. Oregon VB vs. Oregon State FB vs. UCLA MWP vs. UCLA FH vs. Pacific VB vs. USC
VB vs. UCLA
MSO vs. Central Florida VB vs. Penn FH vs. Drexel
FB vs. Southern Utah VB vs. UC Riverside VB vs. Northern Arizona
MGF in Alister MacKenzie Invitational MGF in Alister MacKenzie Invitational
MSO vs. Houston Baptist
MSO vs. Washington WSO vs. Washington
WSO vs. Penn VB vs. Saint Mary’s
MSO vs. San Francisco
WSO vs. Arizona MSO vs. Duquesne
MSO vs. Loyola Marymount
FH vs. Stanford WSO vs. Oregon MSO vs. San Diego State
FB vs. Washington WSO vs. Stanford MBB vs. San Francisco State (exh.) VB vs. Washington
MSO vs. Stanford WBB vs. Lehigh
FB vs. Oregon MWP vs. Santa Clara
MWP vs. UC Santa Barbara MBB vs. Cal State Bakersfield
FB vs. Stanford MWP vs. Stanford
WSO vs. Washington State MSO vs. Oregon State
VB vs. Arizona FH vs. UC Davis Women’s Volleyball
MWP vs. Long Beach State
VB vs. Arizona State
FB vs. Arizona State
WSO vs. Oregon State MSO vs. UCLA
WBB vs. Vanguard (exh.)
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MBB vs. Pepperdine WBB vs. Saint Mary’s
VB vs. Utah WBB vs. Cal Poly
VB vs. Stanford WBB in Doubletree Cal Classic
WBB in Doubletree Cal Classic
MBB vs. UNLV MBB vs. Creighton MBB vs. UC Santa Barbara WBB vs. Kansas MBB vs. Prairie View A&M
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