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LETTER

from

Director

of

Athletics Sandy Barbour

Dear Friend of Cal Athletics:

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s we head into the holiday season and look forward to spending good, quality time with our families and friends, the timing offers us an ideal opportunity to step back for a quick review of the past year in Cal Athletics.

The 2012 calendar year certainly offered its share of highlights, starting with national championships by our men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams (for the second year in a row!). Both of our basketball teams earned berths in the NCAA Tournament, and gymnast Glen Ishino captured the NCAA title on pommel horse. In the spring, seven of our sports finished among the nation’s top 10, with our softball squad spending much of the season ranked No. 1 in the country and advancing to the Women’s College World Series.

The summer brought us two semifinalists in the U.S Amateur golf tournament in Brandon Hagy and Michael Weaver (including Michael as a finalist), while the Golden Bears represented our department and University proudly on the Olympic stage, collecting a record-tying 17 medals, with 11 gold, in London. If we were our own country, we would have ranked sixth in the world for the number of gold medals earned, tying with France and Germany.

In September, we all celebrated the reopening of Memorial Stadium, a safe, secure venue for our community to gather that will benefit our student-athletes, staff, alumni and fans for many generations to come. I can’t express enough thanks to the thousands of people whose investment in this project made it possible – from members of the construction team to University and athletic department administration to all of our ticket holders, donors and ESP participants.

Ultimately, though, a change in leadership for our football program became necessary by the end of the season, and before the first week of December was complete, we introduced Sonny Dykes as our new head coach. After speaking with him and many others who have worked alongside him over the years, I believe we have found a man who embodies all of the values, personal characteristics and professional experiences we all desire in the person to oversee our program. As you get to know him better over these coming weeks and months, I’m sure you’ll agree that we have a head football coach who embraces the challenges that lie ahead and is well equipped to meet them straight on. Sonny is fully committed to student-athletes and their success in all facets of their lives, both academically and on the football field.

With the turn of the calendar approaching, I couldn’t be more excited about the future of our department. Here at Cal we get to talk regularly about Olympic gold medalists, national champions and Nobel Prizes. It almost becomes ordinary, but there is nothing ordinary about what we do. Our challenges may be serious and significant, but with your continued support, we are in position to positively impact the lives of 850 student-athletes every day and consistently reach a level of achievement unmatched across the country. Together, we form a powerful team.

Issue 42 – Winter 2012-13 ATHLETIC ADMINISTRATION DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS: Sandy Barbour DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS/CHIEF OF STAFF: Teresa Kuehn Gould DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS/COO: Solly Fulp EXECUTIVE ASSOCIATE AD/ DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT: Phil Esten SENIOR ASSOCIATE AD/ INTERCOLLEGIATE SERVICES: Foti Mellis HIGH PERFORMANCE DIRECTOR: Keith Power ASSOICATE AD/BUSINESS: Laura Hazlett ASSOCIATE AD/ HUMAN RESOURCES & FINANCIAL SERVICES: Dawn Howard

EDITORIAL STAFF 349 Haas Pavilion Berkeley, CA 94720 EDITOR: Herb Benenson CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Scott Ball, Dean Caparaz, Doug Drabik, Miquel Jacobs, Anton Malko, Kyle McRae, Tim Miguel, Jonathan Okanes DESIGN: Evan Kerr PHOTOGRAPHY: John Todd (GoldenBearSports.com), Michael Pimentel, Michael Burns, Richard Ersted, John Dunbar, Evan Kerr, Don Feria, Tim Binning, Mollie McClure, Michael Duffy, Mark Melnick, Norbert von der Groeben, among others

ATHLETIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICE 195 Haas Pavilion Berkeley, CA 94720 (510) 642-2427 bearback@berkeley.edu

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 CalBears.com.

ON THE COVER Junior Allen Crabbe, who picked up Freshman of the Year and first-team All-Pac-12 honors in his first two seasons with the Bears, steps into a leadership role for Cal men’s basketball in 2012-13. Photo by Norbert von der Groeben (GoldenBearSports.com).

Have a happy New Year, and, as always, Go Bears!

(510) 643-4825 katie.stockberger@imgworld.com

Sandy Barbour

Director of Athletics

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Cal Sports Quarterly Winter 12-13 Issue  

The 2012-2013 Winter issue of Cal Sports Quarterly

Cal Sports Quarterly Winter 12-13 Issue  

The 2012-2013 Winter issue of Cal Sports Quarterly

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