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THE 2007 306-HORSEPOWER LEXUS IS 350 It won’t take long to expose the inadequacy of the English language. There’s the heart-pounding thrill of 306 horses* propelling you from 0 to 60 in an exhilarating 5.3 seconds.*† The surefooted grip on the road as the world is changed into a blur of light and texture. And then the overwhelming certainty that there are simply no words to describe this moment.
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Features Understanding SAAC
From NCAA to NACDA to MPSF, the world of intercollegiate athletics is full of acronyms that can confuse even the most fervent fan. But there is one more abbreviation to add to the list that should receive added attention from anyone who is interested in college sports – SAAC – which is short for Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
The waters are stirring within the confines of Spieker Aquatics Complex this spring, as the California women’s water polo program takes dead aim the highest levels of the sport. And the Golden Bears would like nothing more than to join the ranks of the elite with a spot in the 2007 national championships.
Hearts of Blue & Gold
The mutual love affair between the Haas family and the University of California is well documented. In the history of the institution, no family has been more supportive to the mission of the university. The personal satisfaction Bob and Wally Haas derive from their commitment to Cal Athletics is bolstered by a larger vision of how athletics contributes to the excellence of the university.
At Peace on the Course
To find peace with golf, Mika Takayama had to travel all the way to Japan. After earning All-Pac-10 honors as a freshman, the Bay Area native felt inspired to move to her parents’ homeland to concentrate on her chosen sport. Now, she leads the Golden Bears as a 23-year-old senior who brings maturity and savvy to the course.
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to our readers
Letter from Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour
You see a place that’s alive with purpose and passion. You see a place inspired by a long tradition of ... untraditional excellence. You see a place built by the people, for the people ... of California ... the nation ... and the world. What do you see? You see (UC) Berkeley. Dear Friend of Cal Athletics:
ost of you have probably seen the new institutional message that we unveiled during the ESPN broadcast of the Holiday Bowl. It is an absolutely spectacular piece that touts the incredible expanse of excellence across the Berkeley campus, from the sciences and liberal arts to public service and research to our phenomenal alumni and fans to intercollegiate athletics. In addition, this message was utilized throughout the men’s and women’s basketball seasons on various telecasts involving our Golden Bear teams. It is one small tool (not so small when it reaches 70 million households on ESPN!) that enables Cal Athletics to be a powerful vehicle to introduce or reinforce the message about excellence and achievement in every aspect on the Berkeley campus. Intercollegiate athletics has frequently been referred to as “the front porch” of a university. Many casual observers may “drive by” (attend an event, watch a game on television, read about a particular team or individual in a newspaper), but they haven’t stopped and entered the dwelling itself. Perhaps if they see something on “the porch” that interests them, they will take the time to pay the house a visit. This analogy is particularly true for prospective students (not just student-athletes) and has proved valid with donors, as well. Many students get their introduction to Cal through an athletics exposure. They see an exciting win on television, with the student section alive and contributing to the success. They attend an event with a parent, friend or teacher. Or they read about a Golden Bear national championship and dream that one day, they too can be a part of the excellence at Cal. On a donor level, our experience with the Haas Pavilion Campaign shows us that athletics can have a dramatic impact on philanthropy to other areas of campus: Over 50 percent of the donors to the campaign who were giving to the University for the first time have subsequently made a donation for a non-athletics purpose. Our student-athletes serve in a similar capacity through their public service in the community. Just this academic year, Cal student-athletes have been involved a wide variety of projects, including “We Assist, You Assist” (women’s basketball), Children’s Hospital Oakland (men’s basketball), the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (gymnastics and volleyball), a Thanksgiving food drive (students and staff) and the American Cancer Society (Relay for Life). Our student-athletes and staff are serving as wonderful ambassadors and are telling a compelling story of what awaits our entire community should they choose to visit and explore the campus, rather than just “drive by.” Our student-athletes, staff and coaches work tirelessly everyday to be shining examples of excellence at Cal. Thank you for helping to make their efforts possible. It is a place “alive with purpose and passion” – with an intercollegiate athletics program that works to fuel that purpose on a daily basis. We are singularly focused on excellence – and we want the entire world to know it! Go Bears!
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Spring 2007 Athletic Administration Director of Athletics: Sandy Barbour Deputy Director of Athletics: Steve Holton Deputy Director of Athletics/SWA: Teresa Kuehn Senior Associate AD/Development: Jim Bartko Senior Associate AD/ Intercollegiate Services: Foti Mellis Associate AD/Human Resources & Financial Services: Dawn Whalin
Editorial Staff 349 Haas Pavilion Berkeley, CA 94720 Editor: Herb Benenson Contributing Writers: Scott Ball, Dean Caparaz, Anton Malko, Tim Miguel, Debbie Rosenfeld-Caparaz, Eric Samuel, John Sudsbury, Matt Terwilliger Design: Evan Kerr Photography: John Todd (www.goldenbearsports.com), Michael Pimentel, Don Faria, John Dunbar, Evan Kerr Athletic Development Office 195 Haas Pavilion Berkeley, CA 94720 510-642-2427 firstname.lastname@example.org Athletic Ticket Office (800) GO BEARS For daily updates on Cal Athletics, including schedules, press releases and player profiles, visit the department’s official website at www.CalBears.com. On the Cover Cal’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee officers (from left): Mark Wes (president, swimming), Laura Browne (secretary, crew), Bojana Bobusic (treasurer, tennis), Kat Reilly (vice-president, volleyball), Mike Jafari (communications, swimming) and Onna Poeter (communications, crew). Photo by Don Faria.
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Hunt Construction Awarded Contract for High Performance Center
hoenix-based Hunt Construction Group, a nationally recognized firm specializing in sports facilities, has been selected as the construction manager for the Student-Athlete High Performance Center. Hunt has overseen several successful projects on the West Coast in recent years, including construction of the University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals NFL franchise. Hunt was also the prime contractor for renovation at Oregon’s Autzen Stadium and was involved in the development and construction of San Francisco’s AT&T Park. Hunt’s management and staff have already begun work on a host of pre-construction and planning tasks for the High Performance Center, such as estimating and bid package preparations. In accordance with a preliminary injunction issued in February, no on-site construction will take place.
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Due to a judge’s ruling on a lawsuit filed on the plan, a trial focusing on the project’s compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the Alquist-Priolo Fault Zoning Act (APZA) – two statutes have been at the forefront of the University’s planning effort from the beginning – will be heard this summer, mostly likely in July. “We believe we have met and exceeded these requirements in all cases,” Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour said. “Our engineers are resolute in their convictions that this building will be safe, and we remain steadfast in our belief that we will prevail on the merits of the case when they are presented at trial. With the hiring of Hunt Construction, we will be able to continue our planning and fund raising for the new facility, so that when we do get the go-ahead, we will be ready to move forward as soon as possible.”
Golden Bears Capture 7 NCAA Titles in Two-Week Stretch
uring a remarkable two-week period in March, California Golden Bears made their presence felt both in the pool and on the track to the tune of seven individual NCAA championships. Women’s swimming kicked off the stretch March 8 with an American-record time of 3:30.18 in the 400-yard medley relay at the NCAA meet in Minneapolis. A day later, Bears stood atop the victory platform three times: sophomore Jessica Hardy defended her
crown in the 100 breaststroke (59.43), sophomore Dana Vollmer won the 100 butterfly (50.69), and the 800 free relay captured its race with another American record (7:00.89). Cal then set a third American mark on the final day of the event when the 400 free relay touched the wall in 3:12.13. At the same time the swimmers were racing, Cal’s track & field squad was competing in Fayetteville, Ark., at the NCAA indoor championships. Junior Alysia Johnson added her name to the record book March 10 by winning the 800 meters in 2:03.47, and her victory was the Bears’ first at the indoor championships since 1990 when Sheila Hudson captured both the long jump and triple jump. Senior Patrick O’Neil rounded out the period with a victory in the 200 fly (1:42.98) at the men’s NCAA swim meet March 17.
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Sandy Barbour Receives Contract Extension through 2011
2007 California Football Schedule
ix home games, including a homeopener vs. Tennessee and a November match-up with USC, highlight the 2007 Cal football schedule. In addition to Tennessee, the Bears will play non-conference contests at Colorado State and vs. Louisiana Tech in Memorial Stadium. As was the case last year, the Big Game has been moved to the first Saturday after Thanksgiving, this year falling on Dec. 1. Cal set a school mark by averaging 64,318 fans per game last season, and season ticket sales for the 2007 campaign are selling at a record pace. To ensure your seat for the upcoming fall season, order your season tickets now at the Tickets link on CalBears.com or call the Cal Athletic Ticket Office at (800) GO BEARS.
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ollowing two highly successful years leading the University of California athletics program, Sandy Barbour has been rewarded with a contract extension to continue serving as the school’s Director of Athletics through 2011. “I’m very appreciative of the confidence Chancellor Birgeneau has shown in me, as evidenced by this contract extension,” Barbour said. “Our mission of combining high quality athletic programs with elite academic standards is my complete passion. I’ve absolutely loved my time at Cal – and look forward to working with our exceptionally talented coaches, staff and student-
Golden Anniversary of Don Bowden’s Miracle Mile This June
t’s been nearly 50 years since Don Bowden ran a race of a lifetime, one that landed him on sports pages and magazine covers across the country. The feat: America’s first sub-four-minute mile. On June 1, 1957, Bowden, then a junior distance runner for the Golden Bears, sped four laps around a clay track on the University of the Pacific’s campus in Stockton in 3:58.7. With little competition to push him to the milestone, he had to race to the finish practically by himself – at the tape, Bowden was more than 80 yards and 15 seconds ahead of his nearest pursuer. Remarkably, there was little build up to Brutus Hamilton Bowden’s historic achievement. In fact, because with Don Bowden he was finishing up final exams, some doubted whether Bowden would even compete that day. But according to an article in The Amateur Athlete magazine, Cal coach Brutus Hamilton “sensed something and suggested to Bowden: ‘This could be it.’” Hamilton couldn’t have been more right. Bowden remains close to the Cal program to this day, and this year, he is serving as president of the Big C Society. Bowden will be recognized for his tremendous accomplishment in April at a dinner sponsored by supporters of Cal track & field. Don Bowden
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athletes to solidify Cal as the preeminent college athletic program in the country.” During her brief tenure, Barbour has seen the department reach unprecedented levels of success. Last year, Cal was ranked seventh in the final Directors’ Cup standings – the highest finish in the history of the program – and the Bears held the No. 1 ranking in the race for the 2006-07 crown after the fall 2006 seasons. Underherleadership,Calhascapturedsixteam national titles – two in women’s crew, two in rugby and one each in men’s crew and men’s water polo. Bears have also won 19 individual NCAA championships.
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Campus Full of Cal Day Activities on April 21
al fans won’t want to miss the campus’ annual open house – Cal Day – on Saturday, April 21. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors of all ages can take in lectures by top faculty, hear performances by the Cal Band and try hands-on activities, including finding fossils, manipulating robots and handling reptiles. Cal’s sports fields will also be full of activity with baseball hosting Stanford, softball playing UCLA, women’s tennis squaring off against Stanford, and rugby hosting the Round of 16 in its hunt for another national championship. Labs, sports facilities and libraries will be open with special tours offered at many venues. Admission is free for the day to
campus museums, including the Lawrence Hall of Science, the Berkeley Art Museum and the Hearst Museum of Anthropology. Younger fans can play games and have their photos taken with Oski at “OskiLand.” Shuttle buses will ferry visitors from the Downtown Berkeley BART station and motorized cable cars provide tours throughout the day. A complete schedule of activities is available online at calday. berkeley.edu, or call (510) 642-2294 for more information.
lthough many of Cal’s intercollegiate teams are resting from their long competitive seasons over the summer, activity still abounds on campus with the annual Cal Sports Camps. The Cal Athletic Department offers a wide variety of athletic camps to youth ages 6-18 during the months of June, July and August. Directed by the Golden Bear coaches, team and individual camps are offered in a variety of sports with day and resident camp options available. Register now before all the slots fill up. For more camp information or to enroll in a camp online, select the Sport Camp link at CalBears.com.
Donald Fisher, Natalie Coughlin Receive Alumni association Awards
Donald Fisher ’50 and Natalie Coughlin ’05 – both former Cal student-athletes – have been honored with two of the most distinguished awards presented by the California Alumni Association. Fisher, a member of the Golden Bear swimming and water polo teams as an undergraduate, has been named the Alumnus of the Year and was formally recognized at the CAA’s Charter Gala April 8. FishDon Fisher Natalie Coughlin er, along with his wife, Doris, founded The Gap in 1969 with a small store in San Francisco. The company has since grown into one of the world’s largest specialty retailers. Coughlin, who won five Olympic medals in swimming in the 2004 Athens Games and is the world record-holder in the 100-meter backstroke, received the Mark Bingham Award for Excellence in Achievement by a Young Alumnus/a. Presented since 2005, the award pays tribute to Bingham ’93, the former Cal rugby player who died Sept. 11, 2001, on United Flight 93.
Anna Key Wins Wooden Cup
omen’s soccer player Anna Key added another trophy to her case this past January when she was awarded the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup for her philanthropic work to raise money for the impoverished African country of Malawi (Cal Sports Quarterly fall 2005). ABW president Fred Key edged out five other finalists from around the nation for the Northup with Anna Key award, which is presented to the intercollegiate athlete who best displays character, teamwork and citizenship. The Coach Wooden Cup, which is selected by the organization Athletes for a Better World, establishes the recipients as athletes of excellence both on and off the field, and role models both as performers and persons. It is named for former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden. Key, who completed her eligibility last fall as a goalkeeper for the Bears, has also received the 2006 NCAA Division I Female Sportsmanship Award and was a co-recipient of the 2005-06 Pac-10 Sportsmanship Award.
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Understanding SAAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Provides Leadership Forum for Golden Bears
Onna Poeter (crew), communications; Laura Browne (crew), secretary; Bojana Babusic (tennis), treasurer; Mike Jafari (swimming), communications; Mark Wes (diving), president; Kat Riley (volleyball), vice-president.
What SAAC Does ... • Promotes communication between the athletics administration and student-athletes • Provides feedback and insight into Athletic Department issues • Generates a student-athlete voice within the Athletic Department • Builds a sense of community within the athletics program involving all athletics teams • Solicits student-athlete responses to proposed conference and NCAA legislation • Organizes community service efforts • Promotes a positive student-athlete image on campus
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he world of intercollegiate athletics is full of acronyms that can confuse even the most fervent fan. From NCAA to NACDA to MPSF, it’s easy to see why heads can start spinning when trying to keep all of the letters and their meanings straight. But there is one more abbreviation that should receive added attention from anyone who is interested in college sports: SAAC. Short for Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, SAAC is made up of student-athletes from each program and helps provide insight on the student-athlete experience. SAAC members also offer input on the rules, regulations and polices that affect student-athletes’ lives, and the group serves as a liaison between student-athletes and the Athletic Department. Each school and conference around the country has its own SAAC, and at Cal, the committee includes about 40 active members and is overseen by Amy Bair, the department’s recently-hired director of student-athlete development. “SAAC is a unique opportunity for student-athletes,” said Bair, who worked in a similar capacity at the University of Hawaii for five years before moving to Berkeley. “It is the voice of the student-athlete. It empowers them and gives them a chance to get involved in issues that are important to the department and the NCAA.” The mission statement for Bear SAAC, as it is known at Cal, offers clear guidance for the organization. It is charged with bringing the entire student-athlete community together, foster student-athlete welfare, provide feedback to the athletic administration and “continue and maintain our integrity as Cal Bears.” “My job is to help them deal with life,” Bair said. “For me, it is most satisfying and meaningful. My aim is to give them the confidence to achieve their goals. I want to push them outside their comfort zone and understand it takes a special person to get involved.” One of the primary goals of Bear SAAC is to increase community outreach, an area that has received special attention since Bair’s arrival at Cal. Several of the projects developed in recent months are detailed later in this story, including events for bridging the gap between student-athletes and faculty, raising funds for breast cancer research, and mentoring at area schools and other neighborhood organizations. “I met with SAAC as part of my interview process, and they had a million and one ideas,” Bair said. “I’m just the catalyst for what they are trying to do. It’s so satisfying to watch the student-athletes grow. This is an opportunity for them to develop as individuals using their athletic involvement for life lessons. It’s a forum for them to become leaders and enhance and enrich their athletic experience.” The following stories highlight several of the activities, many spawned by SAAC, that are helping connect Golden Bears to the world around them.
2007 Bear SAAC Officers (from left):
Faculty Feast Brings Athletes and Academics Together
o some professors on campus, student-athletes seem more concerned about their performance on the field rather than their performance in the classroom. To help eradicate those stereotypes, diver Mark Wes and his fellow SAAC members created a special evening for student-athletes and faculty members to understand each other better – a Faculty Feast. “One of the major goals was to bridge a gap between student-athletes and faculty,” Wes said of the dinner held last November under a big tent on Edwards Track. “There always is a bit of an anti-athlete stigma. We wanted to invite professors to this event as a way for them to get to know us and for us to get to know them.”
One professor who came away with a positive experience was Sheldon Zedeck of the Psychology Department, who also serves as the vice chair of the Academic Senate. “I thought the event was very well done,” said Zedeck. “It was a very comfortable setting where we (faculty) got to interact with the student-athletes and for them to get to know us. I think it was a good opportunity for us as a faculty to show support for the student-athletes. I think many faculty became aware of the rigors placed on being a student-athlete with carrying a tough class schedule and participating in team competition. This event certainly helped facilitate positive interaction.” Based on the high volume of turnout among both sides, SAAC has decided to
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host another Faculty Feast later this semester. Kat Reilly of the women’s volleyball team has taken over organizing duties and believes it will be an even bigger success the second time around. “With the amount of interest building, we really want to bring out more people to this next event,” said Reilly. “We want to plan it for a baseball game, so people can be outside, have a chance to mingle and enjoy a Friday afternoon. We are going to have a carnival-type theme for the social. Hopefully, we can get some coaches to participate in a dunk tank!” Reilly sees nothing but a continued success for the visibility of this event and hopes more athletes and faculty members take advantage of this opportunity.
“I think there’s a huge number of studentathletes that want to get out there and do community service.” – SAAC president Mark Wes
rom classes and studying to practice and competition, Cal student-athletes seemingly have their days full from morning until night. Time for themselves is often secondary to the commitments they have to their schoolwork and teams. Yet, despite the heavy demands on their schedules, many Golden Bears strive to be known as more than just athletes and look for ways to get involved on campus and in the community. One of the new ways they can contribute is through a SAAC program titled, “Bears Give Back.” Created specifically for athletes who have few windows in their days to spare but want to help anyway they can, Bears Give Back offers quick and easy community service opportuni- Several student-athletes, including SAAC officers Kat Riley ties. The activities are coordinated (third from right) and Mike Jafari (far right), recently worked with by Mark Wes, who understands the seventh- and eighth-graders at the Berkeley YMCA.
dilemma many Bears face. “It stems from the idea that student-athletes are really busy, but we also want to give back to the community,” Wes said. “Bears Give Back is a way that student-athletes can easily join a community service project without having to commit a huge amount of time. They’re smaller community service projects that we can participate in.” The first endeavor took place in early March at the Berkeley YMCA. Held late on a Friday afternoon when practice for most of the Bears was complete, several student-athletes spring 2007
Bears Give Back continued paired up with local seventh- and eighthgraders to teach weight-training techniques and agility skills. Wes said he hopes to build the program so that there are two or three projects per month. Because the events are not team specific, any student-athlete can be involved. “The past few years, we’ve done big community service events like the
Thanksgiving Food Drive,” said Wes. “I wanted SAAC to do more community service this semester and, hopefully, into the future, so that people can see that studentathletes are more than just student-athletes. I think there’s a huge number of studentathletes that want to get out there and do community service. This provides a way that you can do it easily.”
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David Rutkowski (above), a freshman rugby player, teaches weight-lifting techniques at the Berkeley YMCA, while other kids tested their jumping abilities (right). The event was part of the Bears Give Back program, which has also included a visit to John Muir Elementary School.
“I want to push them outside their comfort zone and understand it takes a special person to get involved.” – Amy Bair Pink-Clad Bears Raise Awareness for Breast Cancer
alifornia changed colors, at least for one day, for the greater good. Donning pink leotards, the Golden Bear women’s gymnastics team competed against Pac-10 Conference opponent Washington on Feb. 18 at Haas Pavilion. Although Cal fell to the Huskies in the athletic competition, there was no real loser on the floor. Breast cancer awareness was the true winner, with the pink leotards just part of a campaign by the gymnastics program to raise research funds. “It was a lot of fun to change it up a little bit,” said junior Keiko Nakamura, who helped organize the event. “We had a lot of fun coordinating our pink outfits and pink hair accessories.” “It was odd, but it was pretty cool,” head coach Cari DuBois added. “We had leotards with breast cancer ribbons designed in them. Blue, gold and pink are my three favorite colors. It was a different look in Haas Pavilion. But it really stood out and made a statement for the cause.” The Bears raised funds for the Bay Area affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, which seeks to eradicate breast 8
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cancer as a life-threatening disease through research, education, screening and treatment. DuBois saw how other schools similarly raised funds for breast cancer awareness and brought the idea to her team. Cal solicited flat donations or pledges for every Cal score of 9.5 and above. The Bears provided pledge forms in the lobby at Haas Pavilion, as well as on CalBears. com. “They didn’t sit back,” DuBois said. “The ladies went out into the Athletic Department to seek pledges. They worked basketball games with pink boxes to raise money. To seek pledges, they took time out of their busy schedules, of school, practice and competitions. “This is a great group of young ladies that works hard in every aspect. We do so much community service each season, and that makes you a better person, a more well-rounded individual.”
– Dean Caparaz ’90
Bear Days Creates Avenue for Student-Athlete Support
n addition to attending a university that prides itself on the diversity of its student body, Golden Bear studentathletes also compete in one of the broad-based athletic programs in the country. Sometimes, though, the need to excel can become so great that many Golden Bears don’t often notice all the different sporting events happening around them on a daily basis. To help create a better sense of community within the studentathlete population, Bear SAAC has developed a series of Bear Days. Coordinated by junior rower Onna Poeter, Bears Days offers Cal athletes the opportunity to support their fellow Bears at specific home events. Each of Cal’s teams selected one Bear Day during the year, when all student-athletes are encouraged to come out and shout their support at a home event. “All of us see the other athletes in the
training room and around campus, but we all work so hard, no one actually sees each other play because we don’t go to games,” Poeter said. “The idea is to make a scheduled time where we can all go and root for each other.” Cal athletes are invited to wear their bright yellow Bear Days t-shirts, produced specifically for the occasions, when they cheer on their Cal counterparts. “I think it is more important than maybe
a lot of people think,” Poeter said of student-athlete support. “I know that at the end of the fall, we were No. 1 in the Directors’ Cup and that got me really excited. I don’t want to just do well for my team, but I want to do well for the school. “It is fun to get to know other people, too,” Poeter added. “I think that we have a lot in common. I have a lot more friends on other sports, which makes me want to see them. I think that builds really strong connections because we all know what we are going through.”
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Lacrosse Makes Alliance with Oakland Kids
ast fall, in addition to going to classes and preparing for the upcoming season, the Cal women’s lacrosse players brought hope to disadvantaged youth. Led by co-captain Meghan Bushnell, the Golden Bears became mentors to seventhgrade students at the Alliance Academy, located on 98th Avenue in East Oakland. Their principal is former Cal lacrosse player Yvette Renteria. Cal coach Jill Malko reconnected with her former player when Renteria made a donation to the Bear program. After realizing the scope of Renteria’s work at a school that was lacking in many basic resources, Malko wanted to help improve the educational process there. “I gave it to the team and said, ‘Would you like to do this?’” Malko said. “And Meg really stepped up and developed a whole curriculum. I was really a bystander. They met with them once a week. I was honestly blown away by these kids at Alliance and the challenges they have
and how they’re overcoming them and the hope they still have.” The current Bears provided their perspectives on many topics, including applying to colleges, nutrition and lacrosse. The Bears assigned each of the students a project in which the students identified specific goals they wanted to achieve from the start of their eighth-grade terms to the beginning of their freshman years in college. The Bears also gave the students a tour of the Cal campus. They brought the students to the top of the Campanile, taught them some lacrosse skills and had them meet with Professor Christine Palmer of the American Studies Department. “This mentorship program was a tremendous experience for me and my teammates, leaving a huge impression on us, giving my teammates and me a real appreciation of how fortunate we are to be student-athletes at Cal,” Bushnell said. “What seemed like a project that might be of interest to some students at a local middle school became something that clearly touched a lot of young lives, as well as the Cal lacrosse team.”
– Dean Caparaz ’90 spring 2007
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Richard Corso’s Vision Is Leading Women’s Water Polo to the Top By Scott Ball
he waters are stirring within the confines of Spieker Aquatics Complex this spring, as the California women’s water polo program takes dead aim the highest levels of the sport. Water polo is sacred at Cal, where Kirk Everist’s men’s team just won its NCAArecord 12th championship this past fall, and the Golden Bear women would like nothing more than to follow in the footsteps of their male counterparts. “Our goal is to win the national championship, and we are getting closer and closer to being able to realize that goal,” said women’s coach Richard Corso, who guided the U.S. men’s water polo team at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. “The benchmark is our training. We are training like a national team and our players are embracing it. Fitness, technique and tactics are three things that are going to help us make it to the NCAAs.” The Bears have plenty of reason to be optimistic, and the 2007 campaign could be the year Cal makes it to the eight-team NCAA Tournament in Los Alamitos. Ranked No. 4 in the preseason poll, the Bears feature
a world-class coach in Corso, a USA National Team player in senior Elsie Windes, and a freshman class considered by many to be the nation’s best. Mix in a steady core of returnees, and the Bears have more than a solid chance of qualifying for the national championship in May. If the 2007 Bears do make it to the promised land, it will be due in large part to the efforts of the coaches and players who preceded this year’s team and helped build the Cal women’s water polo program.
Becoming a Varsity Sport Cal women’s water polo is the Athletic Department’s second newest intercollegiate program, becoming a varsity sport in 1996 after several years as a successful club team, and some of the Bears’ greatest female athletes played during those early times, including Hall of Famer Lynn Wittstock and longtime National team member Maggi Kelly. The emergence of women’s water polo as a varsity sport at Cal was helped by the wholehearted encouragement of men’s water polo coaching legends Pete Cutino
Courtney Johnson (left) and the 1997 Bears quickly found success on the national stage
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and Steve Heaston. “There was a movement within USA Water Polo and the NCAA to bring women’s water polo up to varsity status,” said Steve Doten, Cal’s first assistant women’s water polo coach and now the head men’s coach at UC Davis. “Both Pete and Steve endorsed having women’s water polo at Cal and knew we would have a great program. They were ambassadors for the game, and the more people involved in water polo, whether it be men or women, the more it would help the sport.”
Early Success It did not take long for the Bears to become a force in varsity collegiate women’s water polo. In fact, it was immediate. Coached by Maureen O’Toole, Cal stormed to a 32-6 mark in its first season, winning the Western Regional, but falling to UCLA, 8-4, in the national championship match. Courtney Johnson became the Bears’ first star when she was named an All-American and selected the 1996 Collegiate National Tournament MVP. Cal knocked on the national championship door again in 1997 and 1998, only to drop the title match to the Bruins both years. In 1997, the Bears were 30-8 and Alisa vonHartitzsch garnered Collegiate National Tournament MVP honors. A year later, the Bears finished 27-6, under head coach Peter Asch, a 1972 Olympian and former Cal water polo standout. Cal remained one of the nation’s top programs in 1999 and 2000, placing fourth at the national championship and finishing 28-7 both seasons. The Bears also captured
Olympians Ericka Lorenz (left) and Heather Petri were Cal teammates in 2001.
Department. The other aquatic coaches – Nort Thornton, Mike Bottom, Terri McKeever, Kirk Everist – are the best. I came to Cal because it is a fantastic public university, it has a wonderful aquatics tradi-
“There is something special about Cal kids. They are real smart, but they are also real gritty.” – head coach Rich Corso
the 1999 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title with Colette Glinkowski being named MPSF Co-Player of the Year. Asch was named the 2000 MPSF Coach of the Year and Fana Fuqua was selected 2000 MPSF Goalie of the Year. But in 2001, when the NCAA began sanctioning the national championship for the first time, qualifying for the postseason suddenly became much more difficult. For the next four years, only four teams were invited to the tournament – similar to men’s water polo – and Cal was shut out of a berth each time. In 2005, the NCAA increased the field to eight teams to give more schools a shot at the title.
Cal Olympians The world of women’s water polo also changed in 2000 when it became an Olympic sport. In the first year, the USA roster featured an impressive array of former Bears – 1996 standout Courtney Johnson, Heather Petri (1997-99, 2001), Ericka Lorenz (2001-02) and Maureen O’Toole – and the squad went on to capture a silver medal in Sydney. Four years later, Petri and Lorenz, both All-Americans at Cal, were again on the National team, helping the United States to a bronze medal at the Athens Olympics. Now three Bears are candidates to play for the U.S. squad at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing – Petri, Lorenz and senior Elsie Windes. Windes is in a unique situation this spring, as she will be alternating between competing for the Bears and training with Team USA. Among her commitments was a trip to Mel-
bourne, Australia, in March to compete on the National team at the World Championships. Talk of Olympic heritage is natural when referring to Richard Corso, who, besides directing the U.S. men’s team in 1996, was the Olympic goalie coach for Team USA in 1984 and 2004. Among the standouts he has mentored are former Cal stars Kirk Everist, Chris Humbert, Gavin Arroyo, Troy Barnhart and Chris Oeding, who played for Corso at the ’96 Atlanta Games. Considered one of the most highly respected teachers in the sport, Corso joined the Bear staff in August 2005 when Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour hired him to lead the Cal program. “I had job offers from several other universities and club teams in Europe,” said Corso. “But I like a challenge ... a healthy challenge. I have had several amazing bosses, but after talking with Sandy Barbour, I wanted to become a Golden Bear. Cal’s alumni do a great job of supporting aquatics, and it is an integral part of the Athletic
tion, and because of Sandy Barbour’s vision for the future of the Athletic Department. “I have a special respect for Pete Cutino and Steve Heaston and what they accomplished with the Cal program, as well. I had more kids on my 1996 Olympic team from Cal than from any other university. There is something special about Cal kids. They are real smart, but they are also real gritty.”
A Peek at the Future
Smart, gritty and talented are attributes that can be used to describe Corso’s 2007 freshman class of Reynolds, Corso, Anderson, Hewko, Sara Henry and Erin Scully. Acknowledged by much of the water polo community as the best collection of rookies in the nation, the group includes Junior National team members Darby Anderson and Grace Reynolds. In addition, Meghan Corso, the coach’s daughter, was the 2006 CIF Co-Player of the Year, and Camille Hewko was the 2006 CIF Division III Player of the Year. “These freshmen have come into the program at a much higher level,” said Corso. “Not only have they brought increased intensity, the water polo IQ of the team has gone way up. This freshman group has been playing high level water polo for years. Before, we would have young women in our program who have played water polo. Now, we have established water polo players who happen to be young women. “When kids come to Cal they now know what direction the program is going,” Corso continued. “First and foremost, they are going to be student-athletes. They realize academics are paramount. Secondly, the goal of winning a national championship is attainable. Thirdly, we strive to place kids on Olympic teams and help them win medals. At the University Senior All-American Elsie Windes, a candidate for the 2008 of California, we can help them acOlympics, is also competing with the U.S. National team this spring. complish their dreams.” SPRING 2007
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New Licensing Deal Means More Cal Merchandise for Fans seasons – now is a great opportunity to enhance the selection of Cal merchandise for Golden Bear fans across the country. “It’s a tremendous privilege to represent an institution such as the University of California, Berkeley,” said Pat Battle, president and CEO of the Atlanta-based Collegiate Licensing Company. “We look forward to a long partnership with Cal and taking its licensing program to new deal announced in February to market and license new heights.” In addition to helping develthe Cal brand throughout the United States could add opment merchandise and market up to more than $1 million in annual revenues for the products throughout the country, Department within the next two years. CLC will look to protect the Cal brand by working to eliminate illegal sales The University’s contract with the of Cal merchandise. Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) to “We have been one of the few universimanage its domestic licensing program ties in the country independently managwill give Cal a greater ability to protect ing our own trademark licensing program, and market its brand. In addition, through and we’ve done very well,” said Nathan a comprehensive trademark-licensing proBrostrom, vice chancellor for administragram customized by CLC, the agreement tion at the University. “However, with CLC will allow more Cal products to be brought we believe we can increase our marketing to the marketplace for Golden Bear fans. opportunities and leverage the highly atCLC will run the domestic licensing protractive Cal/UC Berkeley brand in ways we gram under the direction of the Athletic could not on our own.” Department’s marketing arm. The domesBrostrom added that the campus tradetic program had previously been handled marks and licensing team will now focus by the Office of Marketing and Trademarks on an expanded international effort. “We on campus, which will continue to oversee believe there is great potential internationthe international licensing program. ally, especially in the Pacific Rim market,” Last year, Cal generated approximately he said. $700,000 in licensing revenues, which is CLC currently represents more than 180 collected on all merchandise sold with Cal collegiate properties and is the nation’s oldtrademarks on it. By working with CLC, est and largest collegiate licensing agency. the goal is to increase the visibility of Cal In the Pac-10, CLC also represents Arisports teams and help the campus generate zona, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington $1.5 to $2 million in annual licensing revand Washington State. It also represents enues within two to three years. the licensing and trademark program for The pact with CLC will allow Cal to betthe Heisman Trophy and for the NCAA, inter leverage partnerships with top produccluding the men’s and women’s Final Four, ing licensees who have strong distribution the College World Series and all NCAA channels with both Bay Area and national championships. retailers. With the unprecedented success CLC opened an office in San Francisco of Bear athletic teams – from the recent in 2005 to expand and service its clients in Holiday Bowl victory to a No. 1 raking in the western United States. the Directors’ Cup standings after the fall
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Roni Deutch ’86
Softball Paves Way to Successful Career for Roni Deutch By Chris DeConna
rom her days as a feisty competitor for the California softball the Internal Revenue Service. program, all the way to heading of one of the most successful This understanding spurred Deutch to become president of the tax law firms in the country, former Golden Bear Roni Deutch student tax association and to obtain an advanced LL.M. degree or still carries the ultra-aggressive spirit that has made her a true Master of Laws. leader and role model for many young women today. Once out of law school, Deutch dedicated her practice and Deutch developed a love and competitive passion for sports at an profession to representing taxpayers seeking relief from federal early age, especially growing up with five brothers who enjoyed a tax liability, and her firm, which is located in North Highlands, wide variety of athletic activities. But her brothers, it seemed, were Calif., just outside of Sacramento, has assisted thousands of taxno match for Deutch on the playing field, and as she puts it, “I was payers find the appropriate relief from the IRS. the best athlete in my family!” For Deutch, being a Golden Bear helped pave the way for a Deutch eventually continued her education at Cal, where she ob- successful career, ultimately allowing her to stay involved and be tained dual degrees in pre-law and ethnic studies and played third a special role model for today’s Cal softball players now under the base under head coach Donna Terry from 1983-86. direction of head coach Diane Ninemire. “I was offered a scholarship to play softball at Cal,” said Deutch, “My mom was my biggest role model and my hero,” noted who went on to earn all-conference honors four times and was a Deutch. “And she told me that I can do anything. What I try to member of the 1986 All-Women’s College World Series team. “It teach to the young women on the Cal softball team is that you can was the greatest job in the world to do anything you put your mind The 1986 California Softball Team play softball for Cal. Cal instilled to. I say to them, ‘Look at me!’ Roni Deutch is standing far right in the bottom row. an intellectual confidence in me. Visualize your goals and achieve Cal stimulated my mind and enthem. If anything, I hope to be a lightened me. It gave me the conrole model for these girls. fidence to go to law school.” “Those four years were the greatAfter college, Deutch built on est four years of my life,” Deutch her legal platform when she atadded, who has organized numertended Western State University ous fund raisers for Cal softball. “In College of Law in Fullerton with this world, there are givers and takan emphasis in tax law. There, she ers. I am a giver. I am giving back developed an awareness of the to this program financially. It takes dangers of the federal taxation systime, money, energy and dedicatem and of the devastating finantion. I am willing to do whatever it cial impact it can have on the lives takes to support coach ‘Di’ and her of those who become indebted to program.” spring 2007
Baseball 2007 Outlook
Cal features a young, but talented squad led by right-hander Tyson Ross, who is on the Wallace Award list as the nation’s top collegiate baseball player. Cal State Fullerton transfer David Cooper was a member of the College World Series all-tournament team last year, while second baseman Josh Satin earned freshman All-America notice in 2005.
David Esquer, 8th year at Cal (201-189, .515) Esquer, the 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, has seen 39 of his Cal players go on to the professional ranks and his latest recruiting classes have been ranked among the tops in the nation. In his playing and coaching career, Esquer has been involved in nine NCAA regionals and two College World Series.
Players to Watch
Tyson Ross, P, SO – Baseball America’s preseason Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year was 6-4 with a 3.19 ERA in 2006 ... David Cooper, OF/1B, SO – earned honorable mention All-Big West honors at Cal State Fullerton last season ... Josh Satin, 2B, JR – voted All-Pac-10 as a freshman in 2005 when he batted .348 with 40 RBI.
Brett Jackson, IF/OF, FR – Miramonte HS (Orinda, CA) Two-time all-leaguer was All-CIF as a shortstop in 2005 Jeff Kobernus, IF/OF, FR – Bishop O’Dowd HS (San Leandro, CA) Chosen to the first-team All-East Bay squad twice Dylan Tonneson, C, FR – California HS (San Ramon, CA) Selected the 2006 Contra Costa Times Athlete of the Year
Important Home Dates
April 20-22 vs. Stanford Spirited rivalry begins six-game homestand May 19-21 vs. USC Final home series could prove pivotal
Cal finished 26-28 last season, losing 12 one-run games in the process. The Bears did, however, have a schoolrecord eight players sign professional contracts, including first-rounder Brandon Morrow, who became the highest draft pick in Cal history when he was the fifth pick overall by Seattle. Cal’s pitching staff finished with a team ERA of 3.92, the Bears’ lowest since 1989.
Did You Know?
Steve Bartkowski, who was the No. 1 overall pick of the 1974 NFL Draft, led Cal in batting in 1973 with a .329 average.
Men’s Crew 2007 Outlook
Coming off the program’s 15th varsity IRA championship, the Bears look to return to the top of the medal platform this spring. With the freshman eight having captured IRA titles in both 2004 and ’05, Cal has a strong foundation to maintain its national success.
Stephen Gladstone, 19th year at Cal With last season’s IRA crown, Gladstone won his 11th career title, which ties for most championships in the
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history of collegiate rowing. Since 1998, he has directed the Bears’ varsity to seven of the past nine Pac-10 titles.
Rowers to Watch
Charlie Smith, JR – rowed on the 2006 national champion Varsity 8 and the 2005 undefeated national Freshman 8 in 2005 ... Axel Stelter, SO – member of the 2002 and 2003 German National team ... Max Wyatt, JR – rowed on IRA champion Freshman and Varsity boats in 2005 and ’06.
Important Home Date
April 21 vs. Stanford Cal has won the Scwabacher Cup 17 straight years
The Varsity 8 captured the school’s 15th IRA championship, winning gold for the first time since 2002. The Bears swept all levels of competition at the Pac-10 regatta, winning the Freshman 8 race by a mere 0.2 seconds. This past fall, Cal’s freshman won the Youth Eights event in the 42nd annual Head of the Charles Regatta, defeating crews from 79 other schools.
Did You Know?
Cal has won 15 IRA national titles, including six under Steve Gladstone; only Cornell (26) has more.
Women’s Crew 2007 Outlook
Cal has its eyes set on maintaining its status as the top program in the country after capturing the last two NCAA championships. Among the veteran rowers on the Cal roster is senior Megan Smith, who helped the U.S. women’s 8 to a gold medal at the Under-23 World Rowing Championships over the summer.
Dave O’Neill, 9th year at Cal O’Neill, the 2004 and 2005 National Coach of the Year, has guided the Bears to the NCAA regatta during each of his seasons as the helm, including team titles in both 2005 and ’06. He has coached the Varsity 8 to the Pac10 championship each of the last three seasons.
Athletes to Watch
Mara Allen, JR – two-year member of the Varsity 8 who was the 2005 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year ... Jelena Djukic, SR – enters her fourth season as a member of the Varsity 8 ... Krista Ellis, SO – coxed the Varsity 8 to the 2006 Pac-10 title and was the ’06 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year.
Important Home Date
April 21 vs. Stanford Cal owns a four-race win streak over Stanford in the series
With second-place finishes in all three of its races – Varsity 8, Second Varsity 8 and Varsity 4 – the Bears edged Brown for the overall team NCAA title and a second consecutive national crown. Cal also won the Pac-10 championship with victories in the Varsity 8 and Second Varsity 8 events.
Did you know?
In 2006, Cal became the third crew to win consecutive NCAA team championships, joining Washington (199798) and Brown (1999-2000).
Men’s Golf 2007 Outlook
Cal has a talented blend of veterans and newcomers that has head coach Steve Desimone talking about a return to the NCAA Tournament. Michael Wilson, Michael Jensen and George Gandranata are the leaders of the potent lineup, as the trio averaged a combined 72.4 through the fall. One of the top recruiting classes in program history should round out the lineup.
Steve Desimone, 28th year at Cal Under Desimone’s guidance, the Bears captured the 2004 NCAA championship, coming from six strokes behind on the final day of competition. Cal has qualified for nine NCAA regionals and has advanced to the NCAA championship rounds five times since 1995.
Players to Watch
Michael Wilson, SR – the Co-Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2003 owns three individual tournament wins ... Michael Jensen, JR – earned honorable mention AllPac-10 notice in 2005 ... George Gandranata, SO – led Cal with a 71.7 stroke average.
Chris Jensen, FR – St. Francis HS (Los Altos, CA) Brother of Michael Jensen is ranked in Top 40 in juniors Andrey Mindirgasov, FR – Pacific Grove HS (Pacific Grove, CA) A former runner-up in Northern California Juniors Kent Yamane, JR – Chabot College (Hayward, CA) A two-time all-conference player in junior college
In a rebuilding season, the Bears managed to finish seventh at the Pac-10 championships, while winning the Alister MacKenzie Invitational and placing third at UCLA’s CordeValle Collegiate. Newcomer George Gandranata led the team with a 73.6 average over 35 rounds.
Did You Know?
Senior Michael Wilson’s three individual tournament victories ties the school record set by Ben Furth from 1987-91.
Women’s Golf 2007 Outlook
Coming off three consecutive topfive NCAA championship finishes, Cal looks to challenge for the national title again in 2007. The Bears return three golfers from last year’s NCAA lineup – senior Mika Takayama and sophomores Allison Goodman and Shannon Yocum – and feature a collection of young international players.
Nancy McDaniel, 12th year at Cal McDaniel has directed the Bears to six consecutive NCAA appearances, with a best finish of fourth in 2004 that included Sarah Huarte’s individual title. In 2002-03, McDaniel was named the National Coach of the Year.
Players to Watch
Allison Goodman, SO – earned all-region honors in 2006 and posted the team’s best scoring average (75.5) in the fall of 2006 ... Mika Takayama, SR – selected Cal’s Most Improved Player last year and received honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic notice ... Shannon Yocum, SO – named an NGCA Academic All-American last season.
Roseanne Niven, FR – Kilgraston HS (Perth, Scotland) Won the 2006 Scottish Under-18 national title Christina Frick, FR – Erk Dahlbergsgymnasiet HS (Jonkoping, Sweden) Came to Cal with Swedish national team experience Sofia Janer, FR – Colegio Anglo Colombiano HS (Bogota, Colombia) Five-time Colombia junior national champion
Cal joined Duke as the only schools to post top-five NCAA championship finishes each of the last three seasons. The Bears placed fifth at 2006 NCAAs with a score of 1200 (+48), which was only five shots out of fourth. Seniors Sofie Andersson and Sophia Sheridan were named honorable mention All-Americans.
Did You Know?
Senior Mika Takayama aspires to be the top player on the Japanese LPGA after graduation and start her own golf clothing line.
Lacrosse 2007 Outlook
The Cal team that won a share of the MPSF regular-season crown last year returns all but two starters, as head coach Jill Malko brings back the bulk of the squad along with a talented group of newcomers. The senior class features a dynamic duo in Laura Cavallo and Liz Reifsnyder, who were the Bears’ co-leading scorers a year ago with 51 points each.
Jill Malko, 9th year at Cal (85-58, .594) Malko came to Cal in 1995, taking over the helm of the women’s lacrosse club team and enjoying immediate success. Lacrosse became the university’s 14th women’s sport in April of 1998, and Malko has directed the team ever since.
Players to Watch
Laura Cavallo, midfield, SR – an all-region choice last year who is Cal’s fourth all-time leading scorer ... Liz Reifsnyder, midfield, SR – the all-conference selection led Cal in assists with 20 last season ... Hilary Lynch, goalie, SR – conference Co-Newcomer of the Year in 2004.
DennaFaye Herald, defense, FR – La Costa Canyon HS (Carlsbad, CA) Two-time All-CIF choice was a high school All-American Tighe Hutchins, attack, FR – Bryn Mawr HS (Baltimore, MD) Captain of her HS field hockey and basketball teams
Important Home Date
April 14 vs. Oregon Bears and Ducks battled in MPSF Tournament last year
The Bears compiled an 8-11 overall record that included a 4-1 MPSF mark and a co-regular-season conference championship. Senior midfielder Leanne Zilioli set Cal’s all-time mark for the most games played (73), and 10 Bears were named to the MPSF All-Academic team.
Rugby 2007 Outlook
Cal seeks to honor the 125th anniversary of rugby as a varsity sport on campus with the right stuff to make a run at a 23rd collegiate title. Three returning All-Americans are joined by a maturing group of upperclassmen and a promising freshman class, hoping to offset the loss of six starters, including four All-Americans, from the 2006 national championship team.
Jack Clark, 24th year at Cal (391-64-5, .850) Clark has coached the Bears to 18 national collegiate championships (including 12 in a row from 1991-2002), achieved a combined record of 30-1 against rugby powerhouses Army, Navy and Air Force, and guided Cal to a domestic winning streak of 98 games from 1985-96, followed by a 70-game tear that lasted until 2003.
Players to Watch
Chris Biller, hooker, JR -- returning All-American ... Rikus Pretorius, flanker, SR -- returning All-American ... Louis Stanfill, No. 8, SR -- returning All-American and the 2006 National Championship MVP.
Andrew Mase, scrumhalf, FR – Edina HS (Edina, MN) Started five games for the U-19 National team at the 2006 World Championships Jason Law, lock, FR – Jesuit HS (Gold River, CA) Starter on national HS champion team Dustin Muhn, wing, FR – Live Oak HS (Morgan Hill, CA) MVP of 2006 Pacific Coast HS Tournament
Players to Watch
Alex Sutton, OF, SR – led Cal in on-base percentage (.464) and was second on the team in slugging percentage (.497) last year ... Lauren Frankiewicz, P, SO – allowed just 94 hits and struck out 123 batters in 119.1 innings of work as a freshman ... Julie Meyer, 1B/C, JR – belted eight home runs in 60 starts last year.
Christina Schallig, IF, FR – Carson HS (Carson, CA) A two-time first-team all-state selection Brittany LaRosa, P, FR – Diamond Bar HS (Diamond Bar, CA) Ranked No. 2 pitching recruit in the nation by Rivals.com
Important Home Dates
April 21-22 vs. UCLA Teams have met in NCAA title game three times April 27 vs. Arizona Cal beat 2007 NCAA champs in last Berkeley meeting
Cal finished the 2006 campaign with a 48-14 mark, advancing to the NCAA Super Regionals before falling to host Oregon State. Senior Kristina Thorson was 36-10 with a 0.83, becoming the first Cal player to be named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year. She was joined on the second-team All-America squad by catcher Haley Woods, who batted .355 with 16 home runs.
Did You Know?
Three former Bears, plus head coach Diane Ninemire, participated at the Women’s Fast Pitch World Championship in Beijing, China, last summer.
Men’s Tennis 2007 Outlook
Important Home Date
April 20-22 Round of 16 Winners of two pools advance to national semifinals
The Bears went 23-1 and defeated BYU, 29-26, to win their fourth straight collegiate championship. Junior Louis Stanfill was named MVP of the championship tournament, and seven student-athletes received All-America honors.
Did You Know?
The 1920 gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic rugby team featured six Golden Bears on the roster, including team captain and manager Charlie Tilden.
Softball 2007 Outlook
The Bears, who earned a preseason Top 10 ranking for 2007, return seven position starters, including Alex Sutton and pitcher Lauren Frankiewicz. Sutton posted a .352 batting average last year and ranked second on the team in doubles (12) and RBI (36). Frankiewicz finished with a 12-3 mark with a 2.23 ERA in 119.1 innings.
Diane Ninemire, 20th year at Cal (855-398, .682) Ninemire has directed Cal to the NCAA playoffs during each of her seasons with the Bears, including the 2002 national championship and nine Women’s College World Series appearances. During her tenure, she has coached 34 AllAmericans, 80 all-region players and 129 all-conference performers.
Tyler Browne, who won 24 singles matches for the Bears last year, leads a strong senior class into the 2007 campaign. Cal also sports five newcomers, including Colorado transfer Geoff Chizever, who ended last season with a No. 23 national ranking.
Peter Wright, 14th year at Cal (176-126, .583) A two-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Wright has guided Cal to seven consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. His teams have earned Top 25 rankings six of the last seven years, including a No. 4 final rating in 2003.
Players to Watch
Pierre Mouillon, JR – recorded a team-high 12 wins during the fall season ... Daniel Sebescen, SR – won the Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional doubles tournament with Mouillon in the fall ... Tyler Browne, SR – senior looking to have a strong final season with the Bears.
Kallim Stewart, FR – Nordhoff HS (Ojai, CA) Finished 2006 as the No. 1-ranked junior in the United States
Important Home Dates
April 13 vs. USC Cal edged USC, 4-3, in Los Angeles last year April 14 vs. UCLA Bruins feature ’06 NCAA singles champ Ben Kohlloeffel.
Cal completed the 2006 season with a 16-7 record, including a 5-2 mark in the Pac-10. The Bears reached the
second round of the NCAA Tournament with an opening-round victory over UC Santa Barbara before falling at Stanford. Conor Niland was named both the Pac-10 Player of the Year and the ITA Senior Player of the Year for the West Region.
Did you know?
The doubles tandem of Doug Eisenman and Matt Lucena won three national championships in 1990 (National Indoors, Volvo Collegiate, NCAA outdoors).
Women’s Tennis 2007 Outlook
Cal, which features defending NCAA champion Susie Babos and reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year Zsuzsanna Fodor, looks to maintain its position among the nation’s elite programs. The Bears hope to use their individual success from last year to help push the team toward the team title this season.
Jan Brogan, 29th year at Cal (518-213, .709) Brogan has guided the Bears to 25 NCAA appearances and 18 Top 10 finishes since 1982, in addition to producing a singles national champion, four national champion doubles teams, 58 All-Americans and 17 first-team AllPac-10 selections.
Players to Watch
Susie Babos, JR – the defending NCAA singles champion started the season with a No. 3 ranking ... Zsuzsanna Fodor, SR – the defending Pac-10 singles champ teams with Babos to form the nation’s No. 2-ranked doubles tandem ... Stephanie Kusano, JR – earned a preseason No. 60 ranking.
Nina Henkel, FR – Engelsburs Gymnasium (Espenau, Germany) Won the ITA Northwest singles tournament in the fall
Important Home Date
April 21 vs. Stanford Bay Area rivalry is final match before Pac-10 Tournament
The Bears finished the 2006 season with a 17-8 overall record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after an opening victory over Western Michigan. Susie Babos won the NCAA singles title – becoming the first Cal woman to do so, while Zsuzsanna Fodor was named Pac-10 Player of the Year.
Did You Know?
A Cal player has won the ITA Senior Player of the Year award five times, with Raquel Kop-Jones being the most recent in 2004.
Men’s Track & Field 2007 Outlook
Cal looks to improve on a 2006 season that saw some new talent emerge in several areas. Senior AllAmerican Giliat Ghebray and junior David Torrence spearhead a strong middle-distance and distance group. Other top returners are junior high jumper Ed Wright, sophomore Ryan Young (javelin), junior hurdler Thomas Mack and senior sprinter Nestor Solis.
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Chris Huffins, 5th year at Cal An All-American decathlete at Cal in the early 1990s who became an Olympic medalist, Huffins returned to Cal in 2002 as director of track and field for the Bears. Through a series of highly-rated recruiting classes, Huffins has helped return Cal to prominence on the national level.
Athletes to Watch
Giliat Ghebray, distance, SR – a 2006 All-American in 5000 meters who also owns Cal’s No. 2 all-time mark in the 3000 … David Torrence, distance, JR – entered the 2007 season ranked 10th nationally in the mile … Ed Wright, high jump, JR – won the high jump at both the Big Meet and Brutus Hamilton Invitational last year.
Ryan Shuler, pole vault, FR – Granite Bay HS (Granite Bay, CA) The second-ranked prep pole vaulter in 2006 Michael Coe, distance, FR – Cabrillo HS (Lompoc, CA) High school All-American in one- and two-mile runs.
Important Home Date
April 13-14 Brutus Hamilton Invitational Bears host 10th annual meet
Two Bears earned All-America honors at the NCAA championships – Paul Teinert and Giliat Ghebray. Teinert set a school record with a throw of 236-0 in the javelin, while Ghebray placed 13th in the 5000 meters in 14:28.33.
Did You Know?
Mal Whitefield, the father of Cal junior high jumper Ed Wright, won a total of six medals (three gold, two silver, one bronze) in the 1948 and 1952 summer Olympics.
Women’s Track & Field 2007 Outlook
Alysia Johnson and Brook Turner highlight a talented squad of sprinters and middle-distance runners for the Bears in 2007. The women are also strong in the throws with a corps that includes Emilee Strot (discus) and Carrie Johnson (hammer), who qualified for the NCAA championships last spring.
Chris Huffins, 5th year at Cal See men’s track & field
Athletes to Watch
Alysia Johnson, middle distance, JR – a 2006 AllAmerican in 800 meters, she owns the second-fastest 800 in school history (2:01.80) ... Brook Turner, sprints, SO – 400-meter runner with a best of 54.03 … Inika McPherson, high jump, SO – recorded Cal’s secondbest high jump ever with a 5-10.75 mark in 2006.
Tracey Stewart, LJ/TJ, FR – James Logan HS (Richmond, CA) Second in LJ and TJ at the 2006 California state meet Kimyon Broom, sprints/hurdles, FR – Serra HS (Inglewood, Calif.) Third in 100 hurdles in California state meet as a senior
Important Home Date
April 13-14 Brutus Hamilton Invitational 10th annual meet attracts several top teams
Senior Antonette Carter earned All-America honors in both the 200 meters and the long jump, while Alysia Johnson placed third in the 800, as well. Johnson was also an indoor All-American, with a third-place finish in the 800.
Did You Know?
Peter Grimes, the father of Cal sophomore heptathlete Tifani Grimes, was a star hurdler for the Bears from 1979-82.
Women’s Water Polo 2007 Outlook
Cal, ranked fourth in the preseason poll, will be led by Elsie Windes and returning standouts Molly Hayes, Vanessa Lindsey, Melissa Wheeler and Heather Stuart. Windes is a three-time All-American who led the Bears in scoring last season with 40 goals. Cal’s recruiting class has been ranked No. 1 in the country by several analysts.
Richard Corso, 2nd year at Cal (18-9, .667) Corso, who has served as head coach for both the U.S. Men’s Olympic team and the Canadian Men’s National team, is in his second season at Cal. While overseeing the U.S. men’s squad, he led teams to a seventh-place finish at the 1996 Olympics.
Players to Watch
Elsie Windes, two-meter defender, SR – USA National team member was a second-team All-American last season ... Molly Hayes, driver, JR – MVP of Under-20 Nationals over the summer scored 17 goals for Cal in 2006 ... Vanessa Lindsey, driver, JR – scored 21 goals last year.
Camille Hewko, driver, FR – Corona del Mar HS (Newport Beach, CA) 2006 Los Angeles Times Player of the Year Meghan Corso, driver, FR – Agoura HS (Thousands Oaks, CA) Voted the 2006 CIF Co-Player of the Year Darby Anderson, two-meters, FR – Santa Margarita HS (Coto de Caza, CA) Member of USA Junior National team last summer
Important Home Date
April 20 vs. Stanford Final home match before MPSF Tournament
Cal finished 18-9 overall and 9-3 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play last spring. The Bears were 8-1 at home, losing only to No. 1-ranked USC, 7-5. In the MPSF Tournament, Cal placed fifth, with Elsie Windes, Katie Card and Stephanie Schnugg earning All-MPSF recognition.
Did You Know?
The Bears have averaged 22.5 wins per season in their first 11 years as an intercollegiate program.
Athletic Development Quarterly Report
Behind the Numbers
Number of Student-Athletes
Charting the Current and Future Excellence of Cal Athletics
Broad-Based Athletic Program Comparing the most current data available, Cal supports almost 50 percent more studentathletes than both the Pac-10 and NCAA Division I averages. With 27 sports, Cal sponsors more athletic programs than all but one Pac-10 school. 1*
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Cal is once again on pace for its highestever finish in the Directors’ Cup, awarded since 1994 to the school that earns the highest number of points based on national finishes in 10 men’s and 10 women’s sports. The Bears have placed in the Top 10 three of the last four years and held the No. 1 ranking at the end of the fall seasons in the race for the 2007 Cup.
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s Cal’s robust Athletic Department continues to foster excellence and achieve higher rankings each year in the Directors’ Cup, the increasing costs associated with scholarships and other operational expenses require the department to ratchet up its fund raising to keep pace. Cal Athletics would be unable to adequately support its more than 850 student-athletes without the continued financial assistance of Bear Backers like you. Thank you for your support as we work diligently to preserve – and to propel forward – the studentathlete experience at Cal.
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Rising cost of student fees
Currently, the Athletic Department offers 87 percent of the total number of scholarships permitted by the NCAA, with 281 scholarships out of a maximum of 323 allowed. As associated costs such as student fees, continue to rise, Bear Backers have an important opportunity to assist Cal in its effort to maintain and increase the availability of scholarships to its student-athletes.
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Bear Backer, Fund-Raising Goals
An important goal in building upon Cal’s back-to-back years of record-breaking fund raising is to increase the total number of Bear Backers by almost 33 percent from 2006-10.
Athletic Development Favorite Golden Bear Memory
Jackie JackieJensen Jensen
1948 PCC Champs
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For Don and Skip McCaw,
It’s a Memory-in-Progress Don and Skip McCaw
Many Bear Backers, Don and Skip McCaw among them, find it difficult to pick one moment in the history of Cal Athletics as their all-time favorite. As a student in the Class of ’48, Skip learned to keep score for basketball games and would be invited along to games with Don, Class of ’49, and his roommate. They are longtime season-ticket holders to men’s and women’s basketball, as well as football, having attended 61 consecutive Big Games as a couple. Every great Golden Bear moment the McCaws enjoy is made more gratifying by the history of the wonderful memories that preceded it and enriched further by the rewarding interactions Don and Skip continue to enjoy with Cal’s dedicated student-athletes, Athletic Department personnel and alumni.
Skip McCaw explains their continuous love for Cal Athletics:
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’d say that 90 percent of the good things in my life have come because I went to Cal. Don and his roommate went to all the Cal games, and the only way I got to go was that I learned to keep statistics. We had to sit in the “mixed” rooting section for football in those days because women were not allowed in the men’s section, believe it or not! Since we missed so few games, it is hard to pinpoint one or two favorite moments. Obviously, we saw “The Play” in 1982. Another unforgettable Big Game was in 1947. Cal was behind when Jackie Jensen threw a long pass to Paul Keckley, who ran more than 50 yards for the game-winning score. One more was in 1972, when Vince Ferragamo passed to Steve Sweeney in the southeast end zone of Memorial Stadium to beat Stanford, 24-21. Those games were unbelievably exciting, but there have been so many great moments that it is hard to isolate them as specific examples. The best moments, really, come from watching the student-athletes grow into such fine men and women with great educations, ready to go out into the world. We watched Jason Kidd, for example, when he came right out of high school. It was amazing to see the seeds of something athletically great there and then watch him develop. We’ve never had an experience where any one of the student-athletes hasn’t been more than gracious. They really make us feel that they’re as glad to know us as we are to know them. As an example, this past year we received a Happy New Year card thanking us for our support, written and signed by Tom Schneider, the place kicker. That was very impressive to us, coming at such a busy time for them, preparing for a bowl game in the middle of final exams, to get a handwritten note from a r Tom Schneide member of the varsity football team. The kids in our family, and many friends also, laugh and say that we will never grow up. However, watching these student-athletes arrive here and mature is very rewarding, and it is so satisfying to see the grade-point averages they are able to maintain academically, while giving so much of their time to Cal Athletics. We love to travel to games with the alumni and Bear Backers throughout the world to greet others and receive the greeting of Go Bears!
Blue & Gold Bob and Wally Haas Continue a Family Tradition By Anton Malko
he mutual love affair Two of the most tangible embetween the Haas blems of the Haas family’s supfamily and the Uniport are the Haas School of Busiversity of California ness, consistently recognized as is well documented. one of the top MBA programs In the history of the institution, in the nation, and Haas Pavilion, no family has been more supportwhich offers athletes and fans a ive, in terms of both dollars and classic environment to support deeds, to the mission of the unithe Blue and Gold. versity and all its parts, including To the brothers, the evolving athletics. excellence of Cal Athletics proBob and Wally Haas, the greatvides an increasingly attractive great-grandnephews of Levi setting for everyone on campus Strauss, continue that support to foster fellowship that trantoday. The personal satisfaction scends sport. they derive from their commit“Going beyond what it does ment to Cal Athletics is bolstered for the student-athletes, which by a larger vision of how athletis a broadening, maturing, life ics contributes to the excellence experience, it serves as a comof the university. mon meeting point for the en“A high-quality intercollegiate Bob (left) and Wally Haas tire campus community, and a athletics program is every bit as source of pride of affiliation,” important to the distinction of the “There is a greater esprit de corps said Bob. “It’s probably the best world’s greatest public university around the whole campus because of way for campus leaders to meet as a great business school, a great informally with people who are the success in athletics. It adds library, great instructors and prostrong supporters of the univerviding opportunities for all com- tremendous value to the educational sity and build the kinds of relaponents of society,” Bob said. tionships that result in furthering proposition, no doubt about it.” As Bob and his brother have that support.” – Wally Haas witnessed, excellence in athletBuoyed by support that comes ics can uplift and unite the entire irrespective of wins and losses, university community. “There’s a greater esprit de corps around the men’s and women’s basketball teams have come to draw as the whole campus because of the success in athletics,” said Wally. much inspiration from Bob and Wally’s presence as the brothers “It adds tremendous value to the educational proposition, no doubt do from rooting for the Bears. about it.” “Bob has been great. He sends e-mails after every game and alThe Haas family’s ties to Cal extend to the late 19th Century, ways tells us what a great job we’re doing,” said women’s basketwhen Levi Strauss endowed 20 scholarships at the university. His ball head coach Joanne Boyle. “It’s not just about whether we’re nephew, Walter A. Haas Sr., received a B.S. from Cal in 1910, winning games. He’s so genuine in his love for people. More than Walter Jr. received his in 1937, and Bob earned a B.A. in English the wins and losses, he cares about how we’re doing it.” in 1964. Men’s basketball head coach Ben Braun agrees. “You couldn’t 24
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Athletic Development Bear Backer Spotlight tell with them if one of our players scores two points or 22 points, they’ll treat each player and everybody the same,” he explained. “They’re inspirational to our players and a big part of what makes Cal such a special place.” Bob and Wally also draw strength from the relationships they form with players and staff. “Whether it’s sharing a team meal before a game, or attending practice, or talking with players in the basketball office, it’s an opportunity to get to know the human side of people who otherwise are known by their jersey numbers and their statistics,” Bob said. Their father, Walter A. Haas Jr., whose name graces the arena, did not live to see the official unveiling of the pavilion, passing away five years before competition resumed in the former Harmon Gym, but the spirit that lives in Haas Pavilion is one that Wally knows his father would be proud to experience “I feel wonderful for my father because I know the vision he had for Harmon to become the pavilion that it is and still incorporate the wonderful feel the gym had before that,” Wally said. “It meant a lot to him, but it wouldn’t have happened without a lot of other very generous donors and friends of Cal. It’s wonderful to see the result.” Wally joined his father in another venture to foster excellence in the Bay Area when he became the executive vice president of the Oakland A’s after Walter purchased the team in 1980. Wally also served as COO, CEO and chairman until the team was sold after his father’s death in 1995, along the way winning three straight American League Pennants (1988-90) and the 1989 World Series. “My father’s wanting to get involved with the A’s wasn’t because he was looking to buy a professional sports team,” Wally said. “I used to kid him that he bought the A’s because Cal’s football team wasn’t doing very well and he would never tell an athletic director what to do, and now he can have more control.” But winning wasn’t the only thing; conducting the ownership with integrity was. The sale of the team included the stipulation that the franchise would remain in Oakland as a vibrant part of the community. “The Haas family set the standard with the A’s for a community-focused sports franchise,” said Larry Baer ’80, executive vice president of the San Francisco Giants. “Their passion for the game and the community is a great combination. Cal is
clearly a passion for them, and they have passion for doing the right thing and doing it in the right way. They want the Cal community to succeed, and they want it to succeed with integrity. They’re a family that goes above and beyond for Cal, and they do it the right way.” Now, as Cal undertakes ambitious new plans to improve its infrastructure, a new trademark management deal with the Collegiate Licensing Company offers the university a better opportunity to become a global brand. From Bob’s perspective as chairman of the world’s fifth-largest apparel company, that’s a good thing. “We all know, as Americans know, that there are athletic programs that are historically excellent in different sports – Duke in basketball or Ohio State in football, for example,” Bob said. “But what do those Bob Haas dons his authentic Cal names mean to someone who is living in football uniform as a youngster. Taiwan or Austria? California is a name that evokes all kinds of positive associations. This is a great opportunity to build the Cal brand.” At the end of the day, what means the most to the Haas family is not selling hats and T-shirts, or walking in to see a basketball game in a building with their name on the door, or the immense publicity that athletics can bring the University. As Bob explained, it’s all about the growth of the individual and the special experiences he or she has along the way to getting a Cal education: Wally Haas cheers on the Bears from inside “The most important moment Haas Pavilion. in college athletics and the most poignant is the last game of a player’s senior year in the home gym or home field,” he said. “As they walk Bo out onto the court or field to accept the applause of their fans for the last time, or as they run off through the tunnel into the locker room at the end of the game, I find myself thinking of the growth these young men and women have had during their Cal experience, and I can actually see what a difference the Cal Ath- Bob Haas directs the Cal band during a birthday celebration. letics experience has made in the their lives, and that to me is what it’s all about.” spring 2007
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Recruiting Class Ranked among Nation’s Best
ighlighted by eight high school All-Americans, California’s 2007 football recruiting class is 26 players deep and has been ranked as high as 12th-best in the country by Scout.com. “I am very excited about this class,” head coach Jeff Tedford said in announcing the incoming recruits Feb. 7. “It addresses a lot of our needs. Not only are they very good players, but they are great people and students. I feel like we have added great speed in this group. We feel like our offensive and defensive line classes are very strong, as well.” The overall group includes 21 high school stars, three junior-college transfers, one prep school standout and one four-year transfer. In addition to the All-Americans, 12 other players were all-region selections, and 13 of Cal’s signees are rated in the top 100 in California by Rivals.com. This year’s class includes 14 offensive players, 11 defensive players and one specialist. Defensively, the Bears have added four linemen, four linebackers and three defensive backs. On offense, the signees include one quarterback, three running backs, three wide receivers and five offensive linemen. The All-American signees are led by local products Jahvid Best, the top running back in the Bay Area, and Matt Summers-Gavin, who is rated as the 11th-best offensive lineman in the country. Both were ranked among the top 100 players in the nation. The other AllAmericans include running back Shane Vereen, wide receiver Michael Calvin, offensive lineman Sam DeMartinis, linebacker D.J. Holt, quarterback Brock Mansion and punter Bryan Anger. The Bears again focused their efforts in California (16 in-state signees, including 14 high school players) while collecting much of the top talent in the Bay Area with players such as Best and Summers-Gavin. But this year’s class also features 10 players from outside the state. In Tedford’s previous five signing classes, he inked a total of 12 out-of-state players.
Solomona Aigamaua, DE
The No. 16 rated player in Hawaii by Scout.com and Rivals.com … selected first-team all-state by the Honolulu Advertiser and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin … joined fellow recruit Scott Smith to help St. Louis HS to an 11-1 record in 2006 … also a high school basketball standout for the Crusaders … current Golden Bear, Tyson Alualu, also attended St. Louis High School … known as Mona by his teammates.
Bryan Anger, P
A USA Today first team All-American … listed as the No. 2 punter in the country by Rivals.com and No. 5 by Scout.com … selected to the All-Far West team by SuperPrep Magazine … garnered CalHiSports. com first-team all-state honors … averaged 41.8 yards per punt with 11 being downed inside the 20 … also caught 42 passes for 678 yards as a receiver … ESPN Insider said, “possesses a huge leg, with power and pop.
Jahvid Best, RB
A SuperPrep Magazine All-America choice … Parade Magazine All-American … Rivals.com tabbed him with a No. 9 position ranking and the 11th-best prospect in California … a first-team Long Beach Press-Telegram “Best in the West” selection … chosen as the Bay Area Offensive Player of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Contra Costa Times, and the Oakland Tribune ... rushed for 3,325 yards and found the end zone 48 times as a senior, both Bay Area single-season records.
Devin Bishop, LB Earned a four-star ranking from Scout.com in its
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junior college ratings … listed as the 59th-best JC prospect in the nation, according to Rivals.com … tabbed as the No. 25 JC player by SuperPrep Magazine … earned JC All-America honors … brother, Desmond, played for Cal (2005-06) … led the Rams with 45 tackles in 2006 … also had an interception returned for a touchdown.
Nyan Boateng, WR
Sean Cattouse, CB
Rated the 12th-best prospect in Illinois and the 50th-best safety in the country by Rivals.com … selected to the All-Midwest team by SuperPrep Magazine … earned all-league and all-state as a senior … totaled 36 tackles with four interceptions while blocking two kicks as a senior … threw for 1,257 yards while rushing for 800 yards as a quarterback.
A transfer from the University of Florida … appeared in five games as a true freshman in 2005, but did not play in 2006 … had two receptions for 44 yards against Mississippi State … named to the U.S. Army All-American team as one of the top prep wide receivers in the country … ranked by Scout.com as the 38th-best wide receiver prospect in the country, while Rivals.com ranked him 20th at his position … also lettered in basketball at Lincoln HS, playing alongside current Boston Celtic point guard Sebastian Telfair.
Justin Cheadle, OL
Michael Calvin, WR
Chris Conte, CB
Rated as the top offensive guard in Central California and 13th overall in the nation by Scout.com … the No. 42 overall recruit in the state of California according to Rivals.com … listed on Long Beach PressTelegram’s “Best in the West” team … PrepStar.com All-West Region choice … third team all-state, a twotime all-area first team selection and a three-time allleague honoree.
A SuperPrep Magazine All-America choice … rated the 25th-best wide receiver in the nation by Scout. com … listed on Long Beach Press-Telegram’s “Best in the West” team … earned a No. 2 ranking on the 2007 Contra Costa Times’ “Cream of the Crop” list … as a senior, totaled 146 yards of total offense per game … tallied 39 receptions for 789 yards and nine touchdowns in 2006.
Listed as the 50th-best safety in the nation by Rivals.com and No. 64 by Scout.com … Rivals.com also places him at No. 35 overall in California … selected to the All-Far West team by SuperPrep Magazine … recorded 58 tackles with four interceptions as a senior while catching 43 passes for 614 yards and five touchdowns on offense.
D.J. Campbell, S
A junior-college four-star prospect, according to Scout.com … tabbed as the No. 20 JC player overall by SuperPrep Magazine … selected as a JC Gridwire second-team All-American in 2006 … Blinn CC closed out the 2006 season with a JC national championship … as a senior at Osceola HS, named all-state by the St. Petersburg Times after recording 18 tackles for loss, two blocked punts and eight forced fumbles.
Selected to the All-Far West team by SuperPrep Magazine … a PrepStar.com All-West Region choice … Rivals.com listed him as the third-best prospect in Nevada and No. 58 among athletes in the nation … a two-time first-team all-state selection, as well as two-time all-league pick … collected a team-best 61 tackles and eight interceptions (four returned for touchdowns) as a senior cornerback.
Alex Cook, LB
2007 Golden Bears Football Recruiting Class Name Solomona Aigamaua Bryan Anger Jahvid Best Devin Bishop Nyan Boateng Michael Calvin D.J. Campbell Sean Cattouse Justin Cheadle Chris Conte Alex Cook Skylar Curran Sam DeMartinis Savai’i Eselu D.J. Holt Todd Huber Cameron Jordan Alex Lagemann Brock Mansion Robert Mullins Ernest Owusu Mitchell Schwartz Scott Smith Matt Summers-Gavin John Tyndall Shane Vereen
Pos DE P RB LB WR WR S CB OL CB LB TE OL TE LB OL DE WR QB LB DE OL DE OL FB RB
Ht 6-3 6-4 5-10 6-3 6-2 6-3 6-0 6-3 6-5 6-3 6-3 6-5 6-6 6-4 6-2 6-3 6-4 6-3 6-5 6-2 6-5 6-5 6-6 6-5 6-3 5-10
Wt Hometown/Last School 215 Honolulu, HI/St. Louis HS 190 Camarillo, CA/Camarillo HS 185 Richmond, CA/Salesian HS 230 San Francisco, CA/San Francisco CC 204 Brooklyn, NY/Florida 200 San Lorenzo, CA/San Lorenzo HS 185 North Las Vegas, NV/Cheyenne HS 190 Chicago, IL/Hubbard HS 280 Bakersfield, CA/Bakersfield HS 190 Los Angeles, CA/Loyola HS 220 Seminole, FL/Blinn CC (Texas) 250 Woodland, CA/Butte CC 270 Sherman Oaks, CA/Notre Dame HS 245 Honolulu, HI/Moanalua HS 235 Encino, CA/Crespi Carmelite HS 285 Rolling Hills, CA/Palos Verdes Peninsula HS 260 Chandler, AZ/Chandler HS 206 Saratoga, CA/Saratoga HS 225 Dallas, TX/Episcopal School of Dallas 212 Los Angeles, CA/Dorsey HS 250 Nashville, TN/The Hun School 300 Pacific Palisades, CA/Palisades Charter School 250 Honolulu, HI/St. Louis School HS 280 San Francisco, CA/St. Ignatius HS 220 Pacific Grove, CA/Pacific Grove HS 185 Valencia, CA/Valencia HS
Skylar Curran, TE A mid-year transfer to Cal … graduated from Woodland HS in 2005, but fractured his ankle in the 2005 Optimist All Star Game, featuring star players in the greater Sacramento area, following graduation … redshirted the 2005 season at Butte CC, then tallied 15 catches for 155 yards and a touchdown in Butte’s 2006 season … attended the same JC as former Cal quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Sam DeMartinis, OL Ranked the seventh-best offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com and No. 43 by Rivals.com (No. 65 overall in California) … SuperPrep Magazine AllAmerica choice … selected to the All-Far West team by SuperPrep, as well … PrepStar.com All-West Region choice … garnered CalHiSports.com first team all-state honors.
Savai’i Eselu, TE Rated as the fourth-best prospect in Hawaii and the 24th-best tight end in the country by Rivals.com … listed as the No. 35 tight end in the nation by Scout. com … PrepStar.com All-West Region choice … earned all-state honors twice, including first team as a senior … as a senior, had 15 catches for 502 yards and two touchdowns … for his career, tallied 45 catches for 1,285 yards.
D.J. Holt, LB
SuperPrep Magazine All-America choice … the No. 21 prospect at linebacker in the nation (43rd overall in California), according to Rivals.com … listed on Long Beach Press-Telegram’s “Best in the West” team … LA Daily News Defensive Player of the Year … the 2006
Serra League Defensive Player of the Year as a senior when he tallied 73 tackles with 14 sacks.
Todd Huber, OL The No. 6 rated center in the nation by Rivals.com … Rivals rated him No. 59 overall in California … named the league’s Defensive Lineman of the Year two straight seasons … two-time all-league, all-area and All-CIF first-team selection … registered 236 tackles, 22 sacks and 140 pancake blocks for his career … recorded 68 pancake blocks, while adding 84 tackles as a defensive lineman in 2006.
Cameron Jordan , DE Rated the fifth-best prospect in Arizona and was selected to the All-Far West team by SuperPrep Magazine … listed as the eighth-best recruit in Arizona by Rivals.com … named the top defensive lineman at the Nike Training Camp in Los Angeles … earned all-state honors his senior year after registering 17.5 sacks, 37 hurries and 85 tackles and leading Chandler HS to an impressive 11-2 record.
Alex Lagemann, WR Rated the 49th-best receiver in the nation by Scout. com … selected to the All-Far West team by SuperPrep Magazine … scored 16 touchdowns in 10 games as a senior – 11 receiving, two on punt returns, two on kick returns and one rushing … posted 36 catches for 727 yards while rushing 11 times for 115 yards … averaged 25.3 yards per punt return (11 for 278 yards) … selected league MVP in 2006.
Brock Mansion, QB A PrepStar.com All-America selection … Rivals. com rated Mansion No. 11 in its “pro-style” quar-
terback class … selected to the All-Southwest team by SuperPrep Magazine … attended the Elite Eleven quarterback camp in 2006 … as a senior, threw for 2,200 yards and 26 touchdowns … one of eight underclassmen to earn Texas all-state honors after throwing for 1,986 yards, 28 touchdowns and just six interceptions in 2005.
Robert Mullins, LB
Rivals.com listed him as the No. 47 overall prospect in California (No. 32 for outside linebackers) … a PrepStar.com All-West Region choice … did not play as a senior due to injury, but set the all-time Dorsey record with 165 tackles, adding five sacks, and a pair of interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) as a junior … also played high school ball with current Golden Bear Keith Browner Jr.
Ernest Owusu, DE Took a prep year in 2006 at the Hun Preparatory School after his 2005 senior season at Father Ryan HS in Nashville, Tenn. ... listed as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com … Rivals.com also ranked him the No. 24 prospect in its Prep School Top-50 List … had 60 tackles and 12 sacks in 2005 as a senior at Father Ryan HS.
Mitchell Schwartz, OL Rated the 27th-best offensive guard in the country and the 50th-best prospect in California by Rivals. com … CIF Los Angeles City Offensive Lineman of the Year and the Western League Lineman of the Year his senior year … was a two-time all-state “underclassman” pick … earned all-league and all-city honors his junior season … PrepStar.com All-West Region choice.
Scott Smith, DE Rated as the seventh-best prospect in Hawaii by Rivals.com … selected to the All-Far West team by SuperPrep Magazine … selected first-team all-state at defensive end by the Honolulu Advertiser and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin … earned league Defensive Player of the Year accolades as a senior … recorded 14 sacks and had an interception return for a touchdown … all-conference honoree.
Matt Summers-Gavin, OL Selected as a 2007 U.S. Army All-American … a SuperPrep Magazine All-America choice … rated as the No. 17 offensive guard in the nation by Scout.com … listed on Long Beach Press-Telegram’s “Best in the West” team … garnered CalHiSports.com first-team all-state honors … listed as the 11th-best offensive tackle in the country and the No. 20 player overall in California by Rivals.com.
John Tyndall, FB
Selected to the All-Far West team by SuperPrep Magazine … the 29th-rated linebacker nationally and the No. 99 overall player in California, according to Rivals.com … named the Monterey Herald Offensive Player of the Year as a senior after rushing for over 1,500 yards with a county-best 28 touchdowns … recorded eight 100-yard rushing games, including 183 yards in one game.
Shane Vereen, RB
A SuperPrep Magazine and PrepStar.com AllAmerica choice … rated No. 5 at running back in the nation and No. 21 overall in the state by Rivals.com … combined for over 6,000 rushing and receiving yards with 89 touchdowns for the Vikings during a three-year varsity career … as a senior, tallied 982 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns, while also catching 28 passes for 455 yards and six scores.
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At Peace on the Course Extended Visit to Japan Inspires Senior Mika Takayama
By Debbie Rosenfeld-Caparaz
To find peace with golf, Mika Takayama had to travel all the
way to Japan.
Now a 23-year-old senior on the California women’s golf team, Takayama is a Bay Area native who honed her skills as a member of the boys’ team at Alameda High School. But after earning All-Pac-10 honors as a Golden Bear freshman in 2002-03, she felt inspired to move to her parents’ homeland to concentrate on her chosen sport. “There were a lot of reasons for the move,” said Takayama, who had periodically visited Japan previously. “Looking back, it was to find myself. I wanted to think about what I wanted to do with my life. I really wanted to pursue golf. That’s all I did there. I decided that I was going to play golf professionally, but that I should graduate just in case golf didn’t work out.” Many of the golfers Takayama grew up playing with in Northern California are now on the pro tour, but stars such as Paula Creamer, Natalie Gulbis and Christina Kim didn’t graduate from college. “I always felt I was different from them,” Takayama said. “I am dedicated to school and am going to college to get a degree.” After leaving Cal, Takayama spent a year and a half living in an apartment next to Santo Country Club in the province of Hyogoken. She was thrust into being responsible for her own training and management of her personal affairs. Initially, Takayama didn’t enter tournaments, instead focusing on practicing and adjusting to her new life. Her best finish came at the Katokichi Queens Tournament – the first Japan Ladies Professional Golf Association (JLPGA) event she played in as an amateur – when she placed 32nd with her maternal grandmother in attendance. “I was close to making the cut in a few others,” Takayama said. “I gradually started to play a little worse because I got homesick. It started to affect my golf game.” Takayama’s mother’s family lives in Shikoku, which is a four-hour train ride from Hyogoken. Hiroaki, Takayama’s father, came to visit her twice to provide coaching
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University of California and support, and Mika visited California several times. But by late fall in 2004, Takayama was prepared to return to California and resume her status as a Cal student-athlete. She came back to the Bay Area with the conviction that she wanted to earn her degree from the nation’s No. 1 public university, help the Bears win a national title and pursue a career on the JLPGA. Once the decision was made, Cal head coach Nancy McDaniel welcomed Takayama back to her squad. “She would always call my house to see how I was doing,” Takayama said. “I knew she really wanted me to come back. I just didn’t know when I’d be ready to. I was sick of being by myself. I don’t think I was ready for that kind of life yet. I felt like I was growing up too fast. I wanted to come back and be on a team.” Since Takayama’s arrival back on campus in January 2005, she has helped Cal finish fifth at the 2005 and 2006 NCAA championships and has received two honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic accolades. Last season, she was chosen the team’s Most Improved Player and helped the Bears join Duke as the only schools to finish in the top five at the last three national championships. Takayama’s biggest area of improvement during her time away from the Cal campus came in her short game, which has helped her raise the overall quality of her play. “The driving ranges are small in Japan, so I couldn’t hit that many long shots,” Takayama said. “They would always have a putting and chipping green, so I would chip and putt all of the time. My short game became very precise.” McDaniel agreed that Takayama benefited from her time in Japan. “Mika has elevated her short game to another level,” McDaniel said. “She has become more of a mature golfer, way more savvy around the greens. She is much more in tune with what she wants to do with golf and with her life.” Takayama is the veteran on this year’s Bears team, which features three freshmen and two sophomores. The 5-3 Takayama appreciates life as a Golden Bear. “Once you turn pro, you practice by yourself most of the time,” Takayama said. “That can get boring. It’s nice to be able to practice with other people and have a coach to provide guidance.” Despite Takayama’s interest in returning to Japan, her roots are clearly in the
Mika Takayama “(Mika) has become more a mature golfer. She is much more in tune with what she wants to do with golf and with her life.” – head coach Nancy McDaniel
Bay Area. Takayama, an only child who was born in San Francisco and raised in Alameda, accompanied her parents to local golf courses as a toddler, and when she was five, she could already make contact with the ball. By the time Takayama turned seven, she started taking lessons. By 10, she was competing in Northern California junior tournaments, and she starred on the American Junior Golf Association circuit when she was 15. Takayama’s connection to Cal started during this early stage of her career; as a 12-year-old, she was grouped with McDaniel in a U.S. Open qualifier. “It was such a coincidence that I got grouped with Coach,” Takayama said. “I felt comfortable deciding to go to Cal because I knew the coach already from playing with her and seeing her at a lot of junior tournaments.” Unlike some college seniors, Takayama has developed a blueprint for her career. She qualified for the LPGA’s Futures Tour last November and will start playing in events in June. Then in August, she will start taking steps necessary for qualifying for the Japan LPGA. The process will continue into the fall and will allow her to return to the United State periodically to sharpen her game on the Futures Tour. Takayama is excited to buck the trend of Japanese athletes playing professionally in the United States. “I think I’ll be more appreciated being Japanese,” she said. “They really like me there and want me to do well. I think I’ll have more sponsorship opportunities. A lot of baseball players and the top female golfer came over here to play. They’ll appreciate someone like me coming to Japan to play.” If her golf career doesn’t pan out, Takayama will have her interdisciplinary studies degree, with an emphasis on international relations, completed by the spring of 2008. Being bilingual in Japanese and English, she figures her skills might lead to business opportunities as a translator. Takayama also has an appetite for fashion, an interest that was partially inspired by her mother, Kumiko, who works at Nieman Marcus. “My dream goal is to become a top professional golfer and create my own clothing line,” Takayama said. “In order for me to have my own clothing line, I have to be a top golfer so that people will actually want to buy my clothes!” spring 2007
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California Golf Player Senior Michael Wilson
Classroom Work Ethic Pays Off for Michael Wilson on the Golf Course
By John Sudsbury
ichael Wilson is one of the most successful golfers in California history. However, he is not simply a natural talent who has always been a golf virtuoso. In fact, the senior from Pacific Grove, Calif., credits his classroom work ethic for helping him find success on the links.
Growing up with a reading disability made school a significant challenge for Wilson. His parents never allowed it to be an excuse, fostering in him a set of values that pushed him in the classroom. “Learning and reading came pretty hard for me,” Wilson said. “With my family’s help, I built a hard work ethic. It felt like I worked twice as hard to keep up, but from an early age, my parents always stressed university and a good education. I always strived for it. I always worked hard. My parents really emphasized education.” The effort and determination paid off for Wilson. An honor student in mass communications at Cal, he has twice been named to the Pac-10 AllAcademic team and, at the conclusion of last season, he became just the seventh Golden Bear golfer to be selected as an All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America. The interesting side effect of his drive in the classroom is the payoff on the golf course. Wilson, who was a key part of Cal’s 2004 NCAA championship squad, has won three individual titles in his Golden Bear career to match a school record. His most recent crown came at Cal’s own Alister MacKenzie Invitational in the fall, when he opened the event with a six-under 65 en route to an 11-under par 202. The strengths of his play are his short game and putting 34
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ability, two skills that have been honed through many hours of practice. “As a golfer, I never really thought of myself as having a lot of natural talent,” Wilson said. “I have tried to make the most of what I have. The work ethic I learned in the classroom falls into all parts of my life. I think I have to work harder, at everything.” “When we recruited him, he had a reputation as somebody who would commit himself to getting things done,” head coach Steve Desimone said. “Michael has lived up to that. When you put the effort in like he has, in school and golf, good things are going to happen.” As the conclusion of his distinguished career comes to a close, Wilson hopes to slow things down and enjoy his last moments at Cal. “We want to get back to the national championships,” he said. “We have a good team and we want to make the regionals this year and then get to the national championship again. For myself, I need to just relax and have fun, take it one shot at a time.” Regardless of further victories on the courses, Wilson has assured himself a successful conclusion to his Cal experience. “I really wanted to be a good student more than anything,” Wilson said. “I think that is what I’m most proud of. My time at Cal has been everything I hoped it would be. I feel like I’ve grown a lot. Coming out of Cal says a lot about you.”
California Soccer Player Junior Stephanie Wieger
Stephanie Wieger Hoping for a Fairy Tale Ending By Tim Miguel
tephanie Wieger, a junior on the California women’s soccer team, has the perfect idea for a fairy tale ending to her collegiate career – a Pac-10 team championship for the Golden Bears next fall.
As a classical civilizations major focusing heavily on Greek mythology, Wieger is more than familiar with her share of fairy tales Greek mythology has drawn Wieger’s attention since she was seven years old, and she rekindled her interest in the subject as a Cal freshman when she took a Greek mythology course. The class played a big role in helping her solidify her choice of a major. “It sucked me in right away,” said Wieger, who also enjoys learning about the similarities and differences between ancient and modern cultures as part of her studies. “I was floating around with which major I wanted to do, and I picked that one because it was a small department. I figured I would be able to get more help and attention that way. It also let me focus on working on my English minor. I know someday I want to become an English or history high school teacher.” Wieger, who received notice on the Pac-10 All-Academic team last fall, plans to combine her classroom teaching with coaching soccer after graduation. “Coaching and teaching go hand-in-hand, and I primarily aim to someday teach high school, so it would definitely be exciting for me,” Wieger said. “I could combine my academics and physi-
cal aptitude for soccer, which is what I’ve always been good at.” As much as she enjoys reading about fairy tales in her major, Wieger got to experience a real-life one her freshman year in 2004. In a tense contest against UCLA, then-No. 15 Cal defeated the sixth-ranked Bruins, 1-0, on Wieger’s “golden goal” in double overtime. “The memory was even a little sweeter since we all jumped on top of each other crying, laughing and screaming,” Wieger recalled. “I was on the bottom bawling like a little girl. Not only was it against one of my best friends from home, but I got to score on one of the top teams in the NCAA. It was then that I truly knew just how special my team and Cal was to me.” As far as next year is concerned, Wieger, who attended Carondelet High School in nearby Concord, looks to continue to excel on the field and in the classroom. She said her grades have improved every year since first arriving at Cal, and she plans on seeing that trend continue. “I know that this university is one of a kind,” Wieger said. “The people you meet here are by far the smartest and most gifted of any in the world. I pride myself on the fact that I am surrounded by world-class teachers and inspiring speakers.” spring 2007
BAS MBB CRW MGY WGY LAX
Baseball (Evans Diamond) Men’s Basketball (Haas Pavilion) Crew (Redwood Shores) Men’s Gymnastics (Haas Pavilion) Women’s Gymnastics (Haas Pavilion) Lacrosse (Memorial Stadium)
RUG SB T&F MTN WTN WWP
Rugby (Witter Rugby Field) Softball (Levine-Fricke Field) Track & Field (Edwards Stadium) Men’s Tennis (Hellman Courts) Women’s Tennis (Hellman Courts) Women’s Water Polo (Spieker Pool)
Thursday MBB vs. Arizona
WTN vs. Pepperdine WWP vs. UC Santa Barbara WWP vs. Alumnae LAX vs. UC Davis
WTN vs. Loyola Marymount
BAS vs. Rhode Island
Friday WGY vs. Arizona
WTN vs. Oregon WGY vs. Air Force, Penn LAX vs. Connecticut
RUG vs. Sacramento State RUG vs. OMBAC MBB vs. Arizona State
7 SB vs. Loyola Chicago
LAX vs. William & Mary
BAS vs. Rhode Island
17 BAS vs. Rhode Island RUG vs. Stanford WTN vs. TCU WWP vs. San Diego State
BAS vs. Oral Roberts
BAS vs. Oral Roberts
BAS vs. Oral Roberts
T&F in Cal Multi-29 Events
BAS vs. Washington State WTN vs. Arizona State
WTN vs. Arizona BAS vs. Washington State MGY in MPSF Championships
WTN vs. Texas
LAX vs. Colgate
T&F in Cal Multi-Events
RUG vs. Nevada MTN vs. Stanford MGY vs. Ohio State WCRW vs. British Columbia, Victoria
BAS vs. Washington State
WCRW in Windermere Classic
T&F in Brutus 12 Hamilton Invite
17 BAS vs. San Francisco
MBB vs. Oregon
BAS vs. Stanford RUG in Round of 16 SB vs. UCLA
BAS vs. Arizona State SB vs. Arizona State
LAX vs. St. Mary’s
WTN vs. Washington SB vs. Stanford
WTN vs. Washington State WWP vs. Arizona State SB vs. Stanford
T&F vs. Brutus Hamilton Invite MTN vs. USC
MTN vs. UCLA LAX vs. Oregon WGY in NCAA Regional T&F in Brutus Hamilton Invite WCRW in Windermere Classic
BAS vs. Stanford RUG in Round of 16 WWP vs. Stanford
BAS vs. Stanford RUG in Round of 16 SB vs. UCLA
T&F in California Collegiate Challenge BAS vs. Arizona State SB vs. Arizona State
SB vs. Washington
T&F in California Collegiate Challenge BAS vs. Arizona State SB vs. Arizona
WTN vs. Stanford CRW vs. Stanford
BAS vs. USC
14 BAS vs. USC
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BAS vs. San Jose State
SB vs. Oregon
BAS vs. USC
SB vs. Oregon State
3 SB vs. Oregon
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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