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WINTER 2012-13 FEATURES A Charismatic Star’s Silent Struggle Take the time to watch any of Cal’s women’s basketball games over the past few seasons and there is no mistaking the energy, charisma and allout defensive skills from No. 4 in Blue and Gold. Despite the outward appearances, Eliza Pierre has also been forced to deal with a deeply personal issue, the senseless murder of her older brother last year.
Life in Perspective
Junior Cindy Tran, a two-time NCAA backstroke champion, has found that she can overcome pretty much anything that life can throw at her. With her parents as role models – they escaped the terrors of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge before immigrating to this country – she is well equipped to handle such pressures.
Pride in What’s Inside
When the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Plaza was officially dedicated on Oct. 4, 2012, visitors to California Memorial Stadium were already enjoying the stunning new space given the start of football season one month earlier. The plaza is the latest – and largest – gift to Cal from this San Francisco couple, but it is the totality of the Goldmans’ support for the University that has been most stunning.
ON THE COVER Allen Crabbe Means Business
By the end of November, Allen Crabbe had paced the nation in scoring, reached the 1,000-point milestone and led the Golden Bears to a DirecTV Classic championship. While the guard’s stats jump out to college basketball fans around the country, his personality is tempered. Make no mistake, the even-keeled junior means business on the court and wants to win a championship.
With back-to-back titles already in the books, the seven seniors on the Cal men’s swimming & diving team have the opportunity to capture a third consecutive NCAA crown this spring. What makes this year’s group unique from the Bears’ other national champion seniors is that each of the student-athletes hails from the Golden State.
Back from the Training Room
Few student-athletes can say that they’ve had to come out of retirement just to complete their collegiate careers. It’s a path gymnast Carol Chang never expected to follow. Three surgeries to an uncooperative left knee before the end of her sophomore season initially convinced Chang to give up the sport, but the lure of the gym proved too great a force.
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Athletics Sandy Barbour
Dear Friend of Cal Athletics:
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.
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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).
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Sonny Dykes Brings ‘Win Everywhere’ Style to Cal By Jonathan Okanes
irector of Athletics Sandy Barbour knew she had to take advantage of her formidable pool of candidates for Cal’s new football coach. There were too many qualified applicants and this was too crucial a decision to have anything other than a deliberate, thorough process. But as she met with candidate after candidate, continued to evaluate who would be the best fit for Berkeley, she kept coming back to a man named Sonny Dykes. “I met with Sonny early in the process,” Barbour said at the news conference that introduced Dykes as Cal’s new coach on Dec. 6. “When he walked out of the room, I said to myself ‘I think that’s the guy.’ We were fortunate to have great interest in this position, and I felt like in doing my duty to the university I needed to do a full vetting of what was available. We did meet with a relatively large number of folks. But I kept coming back to Sonny.” In the final analysis, it was Dykes’ “Win Everywhere” approach that convinced Barbour that he would be the best person to repair the Bears’ performance on the field and in the classroom. Dykes comes to Berkeley after a successful three-year stint as the head coach at Louisiana Tech, where he instilled a high-octane offense that led the nation this season in scoring. 4
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But Barbour said it wasn’t the on-field accomplishments that intrigued her the most about Dykes. “You’ve read all the statistics. You know the win-loss record,” Barbour said. “But until you meet the man and you spend time with him and you probe his values and his hopes and his dreams, you don’t know the man. You don’t know what an incredible fit he is to lead the young men in this program, today’s young men and those who will join us tomorrow and in the future. He is committed to studentathletes and their success in all facets of their lives, what their lives can be and will become.” Indeed, Dykes said of all the head coaching jobs that were available this offseason, it was Cal that he found most compelling. That’s because, among other things, he realizes and embraces the challenge his players face excelling in both football and school. “I can’t really begin to say how special it is to be standing here today as the head coach at Cal,” Dykes said. “I’m truly blown away. I’ve been in this profession a long time. I’ve seen a lot of these jobs that have come open. There were a lot of great jobs open this year and this is the one I was interested in from Day One because of the great traditions at Cal, the great challenges that
Cal has, but the great resources that Cal has as well.” In his first meeting with Cal’s players, even before his introductory news conference, he laid out expectations of the program. Much of that – almost all of that – were expectations that had nothing to do with football. Make no mistake, Dykes is committed to restoring Cal’s onfield performance to the highest levels of college football. But he doesn’t shy away from the holistic approach necessary to guide the Bears’ program. “I believe there is a direct correlation between having academic and athletic success,” Dykes said. “Our job every single day as coaches is to get our players to do their best in any endeavor they choose to be a part of. I think we have to build an overall team that understands what opportunity they have being here, how fortunate they are to be part of this university and the opportunities afforded to them. That’s the challenge to our players – raise our level of expectations, get them to buy in and continue to work hard every day because we’re going to expect the best they have.”
Northwestern, Ohio State Highlight 2013 Non-Conference Home Slate
he Sonny Dykes era at Cal begins with three straight non-conference home football games to begin the year, including a pair of Big Ten teams coming to Memorial Stadium that combined for a 21-3 regular-season record this past fall. The Golden Bears kick off the year against Northwestern Aug. 31, and follow up with contests against Portland State Sept. 7 and Ohio State Sept. 14. Pac-12 schools USC, Arizona, Oregon State and Washington State will also visit Berkeley next season, giving Cal a total of seven home games. The complete 2013 schedule will be
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announced by the Pac-12 and posted on CalBears.com in early January. Cal and Northwestern have met only once previously, a 20-14 Wildcat victory in the 1949 Rose Bowl. Northwestern completed the 2012 regular season with a 9-3 record and earned a spot in the Gator Bowl opposite Mississippi State. The Bears will make a return trip to Evanston, Ill., in 2014. Ohio State was 12-0 this past season, but was ineligible for postseason play. The Buckeyes edged Cal, 35-28, in Columbus, Ohio, last year and will be making their first trip to Berkeley since 1972.
Renew Your Football Season Tickets Today
ith new coach Sonny Dykes on board and excitement building for the 2013 fall campaign, the football season-ticket renewal period is already underway, giving fans the opportunity to improve their seats in Memorial Stadium and take advantage of no increase in ticket prices. By renewing before Jan. 31, 2013, season-ticket holders are guaranteed the same seat locations as in 2012 and will receive priority to the first-ever selecta-seat upgrade event, planned for late February. Revenues from season tickets are essential for fiscal stability of the department, and the new, earlier renewal timeline, paired with the Gold Standard sales staff, provides a longer sales window to gain new season-ticket holders and supporters. Cal Athletics is committed to providing the best sports entertainment value in the Bay Area, and season-ticket prices will not increase for the 2013 season. Nearly all sections with a required perseat donation will remain flat and season-ticket holders who own seats in sections FF, H, F and HH in the bench-back sections will see a modest increase in seat donations. To renew your season tickets, view seating maps, browse FAQs and more, visit CalBears.com/2013renewals or call (800) GO BEARS (462-3277) and press “2” to speak with a Gold Standard customer service representative. Remember, the renewal period runs through Jan. 31, so act today.
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alifornia Memorial Stadium is much more than a football stadium – it’s one of the best places to host your next event. Impress your guests with the views from the University Club, gain access to the field, or enjoy the beautifully designed Lisa and Douglas Goldman Plaza, not to mention catering from award-winning Cal Dining. Memorial Stadium is perfect for holding your next board meeting, corporate event, birthday party or alumni reunion and is already becoming a popular location for weddings. For details, visit CalBears. com/rentals or contact Debbie Schram at (510) 643-9033. WINTER 2012-13
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al men’s and women’s basketball teams are ready to battle for Pac-12 championships, and the action begins in early January. A limited number of chairback and premium bench single-game tickets are available for men’s basketball, which are some of the best seats in the Haas Pavilion. To order, visit CalBears.com or call (800) GO BEARS (462-3277).
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women’s basketball games this season. This is closest any fan can get to the action and is the ultimate experience for the Cal basketball enthusiast. For details and to check availability, call (800) GO BEARS (462-3277).
Andy Wolfe to Be Honored at Pete Newell Classic
he third annual Pete Newell Classic that honors Cal’s Hall of Fame coach who guided the Bears to the 1959 NCAA championship will take place on Feb. 14, 2013, when UCLA visits Haas Pavilion. During a special halftime ceremony, Andy Wolfe will receive the Pete Newell Career Achievement Award. A guard and forward for the Bears from 1946-48, Wolfe led Cal to the 1946 Final Four and earned All-America honors as a senior in ’48. He was the first Cal player to score 1,000 points, finishing his career with 1,112 points over three seasons. Wolfe was inducted into the Cal Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987. The Newell Achievement Award is given to a Cal men’s basketball alumnus who has distinguished himself in his career accomplishments, upholding the highest ideals of Coach Newell and the University of California. The two previous winners were Al Buch and Earl Robinson. The Feb. 14 Cal-UCLA game tips off at 6 p.m. Tickets are available through the tickets link at CalBears.com or by calling (800) GO BEARS (462-3277).
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rom TV to radio to the internet, Cal fans have many options to follow the Golden Bears live when they can’t be on campus for all the action. The following is a summary of just some of the avenues that carry Cal Athletics this year. For more details, visit CalBears.com/bearsontheair.html online or call (800) GO BEARS (462-3277). Television
The Pac-12 Networks showcases all Golden Bear teams. Check individual sport pages on CalBears.com for schedules or visit video.pac12.com to get links to the latest action, highlights and interviews. If you don’t have the network at home, contact your cable or satellite provider to let them know you want to see it. Additional basketball games can be seen on ESPN and FSN (CSN Bay Area locally). Radio
The flagship station for men’s basketball games is KKSF (910 AM), while women’s games are streamed online at CalBears. com/allaccess. KKSF also car-
ries the weekly Cal Coaches Corner Mondays from 6-7 p.m. If you’re outside the Bay Area, you can use the All Access page to listen, as well. In addition, men’s basketball games are aired on SiriusXM satellite radio (check listings for exact channels). Internet
Stay up-to-date with live stats for Cal football, men’s and women’s basketball, and volleyball with the Cal Gameday App. In addition to stats, the app features important gameday information, interactive rosters, maps and more. The App is available for iPhones and will be coming soon for Android.
Allen Crabbe Means Business Quiet off the Court, Junior Guard Knows When to Get Serious By Doug Drabik
unior Allen Crabbe had an eventful first three weeks of the 2012-13 basketball season. By the end of November, he had paced the Pac-12 and the nation in scoring, become one of the fastest in program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone and lead the Golden Bears to a perfect 6-0 record and a DirecTV Classic championship. The Bears jumped out to their best start under head coach Mike Montgomery, and Crabbe has been a major catalyst to the season’s early success. While the guard’s stats jump out to college basketball fans around the country, his personality is tempered. Make no mistake, the even-keeled junior means business on the court and wants to win a championship. “When people first meet me, they think I am a real shy kid, but once they get to know me, I am real energetic,” Crabbe explained. “I like to go out and try new things and hang out with friends, go golfing and bowling and have fun. My friends and family mean everything to me. “Every time I get on the basketball court, I understand how serious it is,” Crabbe added. “I need to play hard each and every possession; they all matter equally to the outcome of the game. I want to play hard because I want my teammates to know they have somebody they can rely on in certain situations. If we need a clutch basket or if we need somebody to make that play, I am that guy that can help the team achieve its goals.” The junior has blossomed into a leadership role on the Bears’ squad, following in the footsteps of last year’s seniors Jorge Gutierrez and Harper Kamp. Both were all-conference players on the court and great ambassadors for the program outside of the gym. “Harper and Jorge were exceptional leaders,” Crabbe said. “We have a great senior class this season, as well. I have tried to learn by their actions. A lot of people put a lot of expectations on individuals for certain teams every year, and I am blessed and fortunate enough to be in that situation this year. I am willing to take on that role. People say it is a lot of pressure. I don’t look at it as pressure. They say that good players who want to be great have to do great things. I want to be great so I am stepping up to the challenge.” 8
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“I need to play hard each and every possession; they all matter equally to the outcome of the game. - Allen Crabbe
He has certainly stepped up with an average of better than 20 points per game through the month of November. More importantly, he had the Bears off to their best start in five seasons with Pac-12 conference play set to begin at the start of the calendar year. Long before his explosion onto the college basketball scene as the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in 2011, Crabbe was a standout scholastic player in Los Angeles – one of the nation’s hoops hotbeds. He first picked up a basketball at the age of four years old and his passion for the game grew exponentially from there. “I remember watching Michael Jordan with my dad and it was inspiring to me,” Crabbe said. “It looked like something fun to do. Eventually, we got a basketball court in the back yard, and I would go outside with my dad and shoot hoops all the time.” As he continued to grow, so did his presence on the basketball scene in southern California. “I played basketball just because I loved to play, but once I got to high school and I started getting attention from people and letters from colleges, I started to see how serious basketball really was,” the Price High School product said. “I started putting extra work in to my game to develop my skills.” He chose Cal and the Bay Area over several southern California schools above all because of the bond he developed with the coaches and his future teammates.
“Throughout the recruiting process, Cal was the one school I remember that was at most of my games and was in contact with me the most,” he said. “They recruited me from the beginning and I felt a close relationship with the program. It is great to be representing California. Even though we are in northern California, I still get friends and family to the games supporting me.” One of his former teammates at Price joined him at Cal in forward Richard Solomon. The two have known each other ever since they began playing the game at a young age and have always been close. The juniors, now in their fourth-straight year of playing on the same team after Solomon transferred over to Price High School for his senior prep season, are roommates at Cal and have shared a lot of great memories. “Allen has been like a brother to me through it all,” Solomon said. “His family treats me like their own, and my family treats him the same. Allen has always been there for me. He is a great teammate and an even better friend.” Family is a big part of Crabbe’s life. He has always been very close with his mom and dad and his older sister. “My mom and dad and my sister are the reason why I do everything that I do today,” Crabbe said. “They are my motivation and my encouragement to try and become the best basketball player that I can be. Sometimes, I feel like I doubt myself and they are the ones that are there for me. They see the potential in me and are always supporting me. Whatever dreams that I have, with hard work I will be able to achieve them.” Crabbe’s Cal family has been equally as supportive throughout his years with the Golden Bears. He saw immediate playing time as a freshman, which he didn’t expect. His teammates were there to assist with his adjustment to college and by the time his freshman season was complete, the first-year Golden Bear was crowned the league’s newcomer of the year. “My freshman year was a great learning experience; I really wasn’t expecting to play as much as I did,” Crabbe said. “The guys on the team helped me adjust and play to my abilities so I can reach my potential.” Now a junior, Crabbe is regarded as one of the nation’s best at his position and his future in the game shows no boundaries. Playing for Coach Montgomery is something I couldn’t pass up,” Crabbe said. “I have learned a lot of things from him and the staff. He has had experience on the NBA level and my dream is to make it to the next level. Coach can definitely help me understand the things that I need to get better at so that I can make it one day.” That day will come down the road, but for now, Crabbe is focused on winning a Pac-12 championship with his teammates in Berkeley. Regarded as quiet and reserved off the court, Crabbe is all business on the court and is poised to bring a championship home to Cal. WINTER 2012-13
A Charismatic Star’s Silent Struggle Eliza Pierre Dealt with Loss of a Brother during Cal’s NCAA Tournament Season By Miquel Jacobs
ake the time to watch any of California’s women’s basketball games over the past few years and there is no mistaking the energy, charisma and all-out defensive skills from No. 4 in the Blue and Gold, a 5-7 guard who hustles every play. Eliza Pierre has made her mark in Berkeley and across the Pac-12 and will go down as one of the top defensive players in Golden Bear history. “Eliza is one of the most magnetic, energetic people I’ve been around,” head coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. “I’ve known her a bit from the recruiting process, but when I got the job in May [of 2011] and started the process of connecting with the players, she was someone with an instant bond. That’s just who she is. Once she lets you in, you’re in.” Entering her senior season in 2012-13, Pierre is a rare breed of player that puts team first, defense second and individual acclaim at the back of the pack. She is a player who has been named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive team every season of her career to date, yet doesn’t mind succumbing her starting spot to help groom a budding freshman. She is a player who entered the season sixth in the Cal history books with 203 career steals and has Mazetta Garrett’s school record of 295 in her sights, a mark that has stood for 28 years with few true challengers. Most importantly, Pierre is a player who, despite being a McDonald’s All-American in high school and a top-25 recruit nationally, does not mind doing whatever her teammates or coaches ask of her for the betterment of the program. The team saw just as much at the start of last season when the two-year starter welcomed the idea of freshman point guard Brittany Boyd taking the starting point guard spot. “I really prefer coming off the bench as opposed to starting,” Pierre said in explaining part of her willingness to go with the new plan. “I never had that opportunity in high school, but there are definite advantages to it. In my role, I’m able to see what the other team brings before I step on the court. When I come in, we’re able to keep the energy level up. That’s the great 10
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thing about our team. There is no let-up when any of us get into the game, whether it’s me, Mikayla Lyles, Afure [Jemerigbe], Layshia [Clarendon] or Brittany [Boyd].” Opponents will vouch for that statement. Pierre has two of the top 15 single-season steals marks in program history, led by her 90 steals in 2010-11 that is the fourth-best mark at Cal. The addition of Boyd to the mix last season saw the duo combine for 132 thefts on the year, making the point guard tandem one of the most feared in the conference with no break over the course of a 40 minute game.
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“I always work on my defense,” Pierre said. “I take pride in it. We’re always swiping and trying to cause that turnover. That is a big part of our game, creating turnovers.” Gottlieb cites four main qualities that make Pierre such a talented defensive player: 1) her athleticism, speed, lateral quickness and ability to stay with the ball; 2) she relishes and takes pride in playing defense; 3) her energy level; and 4) a basketball IQ that is higher than most players Gottlieb has ever coached. Yet despite her defensive prowess on the court, Pierre was not able to prevent something precious from being stolen from her one August night in 2011. Pierre’s older brother, Wilson, became the victim of a senseless crime, murdered in North Hollywood near the family home of Pasadena yet nearly 400 miles from his sister who was preparing to begin her junior year at UC Berkeley under the guidance of a new head coach in Lindsay Gottlieb. The guard called her coach of the news that night, a phone call that Gottlieb knew would bear bad news after looking at the late hour on the clock when her cell began to buzz. “We weren’t seeing the players every day because it was before school started,” Gottlieb remembered. “I got a phone call in the middle of the night, and you know it’s almost never a good thing if a player is calling you in the middle of the night. She just was hysterical. At that moment, these players instantly they become your family. For me it was such a mixture of emotion. When someone in your family loses someone, obviously your heart bleeds for them and you want to cry. At the same time, I have that role of being a steady person in her life as well. More than anything, we just wanted to make Eliza feel like she has a family at Cal, because she does. We were going to love her through it, we were going to support her through it, we were going to be there for her and her family whenever they needed.” One of four siblings, Pierre took on a leadership role in her family in the organization of the funeral and making it a positive remembrance of her brother. In much the same way, she retained her fighting spirit in her return to Berkeley. Shortly after the tragedy, Pierre, her mother and Gottlieb sat down to talk with a conversation that began to gravitate towards the guard taking a redshirt year “because I wasn’t sure if I could be there for the team the way I needed to be.” But the family decided that the best thing would be to return to Berkeley and just continuing to live her life – a message that was also the focal point in a eulogy at the funeral.
“How she’s handled it, to me, every day is inspirational. I know she has her hard moments, but she hasn’t let it derail her from the success she’s had at Cal.” -head coach Lindsay Gottlieb A three-time member of the conference’s all-defensive team, Eliza Pierre has picked off more than 200 steals over her Golden Bear career.
“I definitely had my days where my teammates knew to just leave me alone and let me deal with it,” Pierre said, “but for the most part I didn’t let it affect my day-to-day. But if I needed to talk to someone, I knew they were always there for me as well as the coaches.” The team and Eliza did not talk about what happened publicly, but they all found ways to support her internally: Wilson’s birthday was celebrated with a cake at training table; Gottlieb related some of her experiences as a collegiate player that lost her mother to cancer in what was also her junior year; classmate Tierra Rogers was a rock as a player whose father was murdered at halftime of one of her high school basketball games. Through it all, Pierre drew strength from teammates who continued to make the best of what life had given them and in the process helped the Golden Bears reach the Pac-12 championship game and the NCAA second round with only a small minority of people in Berkeley even aware of what No. 4 was going through. “How she’s handled it, to me, every day is inspirational,” Gottlieb said. “It’s an unthinkable tragedy. Unfathomable. Yet she is so strong and so positive. I know she has her hard moments, but she hasn’t let it derail her from the success she’s had at Cal.” WINTER 2012-13
indy Tran has found that she can Bootsma – both 2012 U.S. Olympic gold medalists – finished overcome pretty much anything that 1-2 in the 100-meter back at Olympic Trials last summer, with Franklin winning the title in London. Freshman Elizabeth Pellife can throw at her. ton is a 200-back specialist and rising U.S. star who can also vie
The two-time defending NCAA 100-yard with Tran for the title of the best backstroker in the land. backstroke champion and a junior at the Across the board, Cal has arguably its most broad-based colNo. 1 public university in the nation, the lection of talent in the pool than it has ever had, which is saying Cal swimmer nevertheless has had her a lot for a program that has won three of the last four NCAA share of obstacles. championships and produced the likes of Natalie Coughlin, Tran was a major contributor to the Dana Vollmer and Mary T. Meagher. Golden Bears’ back-to-back NCAA titles in Head coach Teri McKeever believes that her team, and Tran 2011 and 2012. She earned a total of six in particular, will be able to handle the increased competition. Cindy Tran All-America honors – and a Pac-12 All-Aca“Cindy can’t control what Rachel or Elizabeth may do,” said demic honorable mention – over that span. An emerging talent McKeever, who coached Coughlin, Franklin, Bootsma and internationally, Tran will be a Vollmer in London last sum“Watching my parents and watching their member of the U.S. team commer as the U.S. Olympic head work ethic made me improve mine. I’ve peting at the World Univercoach. “She can only focus on sity Games next summer in herself and being better than learned to enjoy working hard.” Kazan, Russia. she’s ever been. It’s human – Cindy Tran It’s no secret that her bignature to look at other peogest challenges in the 100 back over the next two seasons could ple, whether they’re next to you every day or you’re looking and should come from her own team – in the form of freshman at results on the internet. But what each person chooses to do Rachel Bootsma and future Bear Missy Franklin. Franklin and with it, that’s where the real work is.”
Life in Perspective Swimmer Cindy Tran Learns from Her Parents’ Struggle in Cambodia By Dean Caparaz ’90
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Tran – with her parents as role models – is well equipped to mother (his father passed away in 1974), four of his siblings handle such pressures. and a few other relatives left their family home with what they “It was hard this year at first, because the competition is get- could carry on a pair of bicycles. One of 10 kids, Mark Tran did ting stronger and stronger,” Tran said. “But having them here not know what became of the rest of his siblings at that point. has pushed me to work hard. In the long run, when it comes A long trek ensued and included the loss of many of his famdown to racing and having anxiety about what other people ily’s belongings, illness and little to eat but spare servings of are doing, I think this is good practice.” rice. The journey left the Trans and many other refugees in This sort of struggle pales in a forest, where the Khmer comparison to what her parRouge told them to build a ents dealt with while growing new community. They creup in Cambodia. ated one there but needed to Ethnically Chinese, Mark remain careful, as the troops and Linda Tran were born and often removed anyone whom grew up in Cambodia, where they thought threatened their they survived the killing fields power, especially anyone who of the Khmer Rouge in the was educated or appeared 1970s. Both fled to Canada educated. Mark Tran heeded and later to Westminster, Calif., a friend’s warnings to “act stuwhere they built a better life pid” and “ask no questions” in for themselves and eventually order to survive. Cindy and her brother, Alex. In 1978, when the Trans Tran’s mother doesn’t talk were still living in this ento her about what she lived forced community, soldiers through. In the summer of suddenly pulled Mark Tran her junior year at Edison High away from his work detail for School, Tran and her family a trip to an unknown locavisited relatives in Cambodia tion. They wound up near his and toured concentration old village at a clearing in the camps. Tran watched as her woods, where he found one of mother walked through one his younger brothers as well camp, apparently searching as a body laying on the ground. for something or some place in The body was that of one of his particular, though they never older brothers, who had been discussed it. shot in the head. The Khmer Mark Tran has told his Rouge forced the pair to bury daughter about the horrors him, which – despite their grief he dealt with once the Khmer and their anger towards the Rouge came to power, includnearby armed soldiers – the ing the murder of his brother, brothers did. They then renear starvation and being turned to their mother, whom forced from his home. Knowthey told their brother died of ing that and watching her Cindy Tran captured NCAA championships in the 100 backstroke in 2011 illness. parents raise her family while (top) and 2012 (bottom). Photos by Tim Binning/TheSwimPictures.com In late 1978, the Vietnamese working hard at their southern invaded Cambodia and topCalifornia donut shop has made Tran appreciative of her life. pled the Khmer Rouge from power, which, in April of 1979, left “I do a pretty good job of putting things in perspective when the Trans free. They relocated to a refugee camp in bordering things are going pear shaped,” she said. “I’m very appreciative Thailand. But a dispute regarding funding from the United Naof things that people take for granted.” tions led to Thailand returning many of the refugees to Cambodia at gunpoint. Fleeing Phnom Penh Eventually, the Trans migrated to Canada, where some of Tran’s father has recounted his life in Cambodia to his Cindy’s family still lives. Mark and Linda Tran moved to southdaughter in a series of stories that “are very heavy,” she said. ern California, where they bought a donut shop that they still “It’s different when you read a story about someone from the run today. Holocaust from when you actually know a person who lived “Having gone through that made my parents hard workers,” through something like that and can kind of feel their pain.” Cindy Tran said, “just to build a foundation for my brother and After the Khmer Rouge took power in Cambodia in 1975, its me to live in a place where we don’t have to suffer like they suftroops drove much of the population of Phnom Penh – Cambo- fered. Watching my parents and watching their work ethic made dia’s capital – into the countryside. The troops told the people me improve mine. I’ve learned to enjoy working hard. I think that the Americans – who had supported the previous regime – that’s helping me get through workouts and get through school were going to bomb the city. Fourteen-year-old Mark Tran, his and to enjoy life and be more enjoyable to be around.” WINTER 2012-13
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Big Break Helps Josh Landau Choose Medical School Fall from High Bar Influenced NCAA Champion Gymnast’s Career Path By Jonathan Okanes
osh Landau figured if he was going to break something, it probably shouldn’t be his head.
The former Cal gymnast was competing on the high bar while in high school when he swung off by accident. Heading head first toward the floor, he put his arm out to break his fall. “I was coming down on my head,” Landau said. “I put my arm up to break my fall. I broke my fall, but I also broke my elbow.” As painful as that injury was at the time, in an indirect way it set the course for Landau’s future. Landau worked tirelessly with a physical therapist to heal, and discovered an interest in the health sciences. After a Cal career in which he was the captain of NCAA championship teams in 1997 and 1998, Landau has gone on to a career in orthopedic surgery in Greensboro, N.C., Former Cal gymnast Josh Landau is now where he specializes in an orthopedic surgeon in Greensboro, sports medicine. N.C., where he lives with his wife, Terry. “I remember working with a physical therapist after I had surgery and I really had my eyes opened what it meant to physically work toward a goal to get your health back and compete again,” Landau said. “At that point, I wanted to do physical therapy. As time went on, I got interested in actually engaging in the broader scope than just physical therapy. I really wanted to get my hands dirty. Surgery gave me that opportunity.” Landau recalls an evening during his sophomore year at Cal when he and his roommates discussed potential majors. He already had an interest in medicine and health but also was considering a career in business or computer science. Landau ultimately decided there was more depth and complexity to the medical field and decided to go that route. He got a job at Children’s Hospital in Oakland and did some biotech work on campus. When it came time to take the MCAT – the standardized test taken before entering medical school – Landau had a little bit of a scheduling conflict on his hands. He was slated to take the MCAT on Saturday, April 19, 1997. It just so happened that the Bears had advanced to the NCAA Championships that weekend at the University of Iowa. 16
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Josh Landau was captain of Cal’s men’s gymanstics teams in 1997 and 1998, both of which captured the NCAA championship.
Cal won the national team title that Friday night. The next morning, Landau was sitting in a lecture hall at Iowa to take the nine-hour exam. “I don’t remember how much sleep I got that night, but it wasn’t a lot,” Landau recalled. “When I got done with the test, I felt like I had just crawled through the desert.” Landau, who received Cal’s Neufeld Award as the graduating senior student-athlete with the highest GPA, ended up attending medical school at the University of North Carolina. One day while working out there, the school’s cheerleading coach caught him in action. He immediately asked if Landau could do back flips during timeouts of basketball games. Landau ended up becoming a crowd favorite. “He just told me to come to the games whenever I could,” Landau said. “Once the word got out, the medical people were sending me out of the hospital to do it.” When the Bears’ men’s gymnastics program was temporarily discontinued in 2010 because of budget constraints, Landau was an influential figure in the fundraising efforts that ultimately got it reinstated. “It re-ignited my memories of Cal and why Cal is so important to me,” Landau said. “I have pictures of our national championships in my office on my wall. I have a direct responsibility to the people at Cal that made my path possible.”
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With a strong cast returning that includes its leading scorer and rebounder and three starters overall from last season, Cal is eying its sixth straight postseason berth in 2012-13. The Bears have finished in the top-four in the Pac-12 standings each of their first four years under Mike Montgomery and have enjoyed the best four-year stretch – 88 overall victories and 47 conference wins – in more than 50 years. An experienced squad is paced by All-Pac-12 honorees Allen Crabbe, Justin Cobbs and David Kravish, while the senior class of guard Brandon Smith and forwards Bak Bak and Robert Thurman will provide veteran leadership. Crabbe led the Bears with 15.2 ppg last year and also added 5.7 rpg and 83 three-point baskets.
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The task facing second-year coach Lindsay Gottlieb is how to manage expectations after a 25-10 season, Pac12 runner-up finish and NCAA second-round appearance. Returning 11 letterwinners from that squad, Gottlieb will push her team to live up to the preseason top-15 rankings from the Associated Press and Coaches polls with anticipated leadership from her trio of seniors – Layshia Clarendon (12.8 ppg in ’11-12), Talia Caldwell (8.4 ppg) and Eliza Pierre (42 steals). Clarendon was a WBCA AllAmerican and All-Pac-12 first-team selection last season, and sophomores Brittany Boyd and Reshanda Gray will look to expand upon their All-Freshman team seasons as the Bears return one of the deepest and experienced teams in the conference.
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Head coach Tim McNeill loses NCAA individual champion Glen Ishino to graduation but returns a pair of All-Americans in Steven Lacombe and Dennis Mannhart, in addition to adding a strong freshman class led by Junior Olympic national champion Kevin Wolting. Seniors Lacombe and Mannhart will provide leadership in the rings and parallel bars after taking fourth and seventh, respectively, in the events at the 2012 NCAA Championships. Sophomore Jonathan Liu also adds a top presence in the bars for the Bears. Wolting, an incoming freshman out of Laguna Hills, headlines a talented freshman class after finishing in the top 10 in four separate events at the 2012 Junior Olympic Nationals, including a win in the horizontal bars.
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Justin Howell takes over the women’s gymnastics program in 2013 yet is well aware of the team, having served as top assistant on the staff last season. The Bears return two NCAA West Regional participants in seniors Madisyn O’Brien and Mariesah Pierce, two of the top all-around participants in the Pac-12. O’Brien will lead Cal in the vault along with freshman Serena Leong. Pierce returns as Cal’s top performer in the beam and floor after missing half of 2012 with an injury. Junior Dallas Crawford will be featured on the bars, and the squad will also be bolstered by sophomore Crystal Paz (beam) and junior Alicia Asturias (floor).
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Mentored by three-time NCAA Coach of the Meet David Durden, the Bears return 13 members from their 2012 national championship squad, including individual NCAA champs – senior Tom Shields (100 fly and 100 back), sophomore Will Hamilton (200 fly) and junior Marcin Tarczynski (200 IM). Additionally, Cal welcomes back five members from its national champion relays – Shields, junior Shayne Fleming, and sophomores Fabio Gimondi, Seth Stubblefield and Tyler Messerschmidt – for the upcoming campaign. Durden’s squad also looks to be bolstered by talented freshmen Jacob Pebley, Josh Pernot and Nick Dillenger.
MEN’S swimming & Diving 2012-13 Outlook
Head coach Teri McKeever and senior Caitlin Leverenz, back from Olympic stints in London, lead Cal in its quest to three-peat as national champion. Winners of three of the last four NCAA titles, the Bears are stocked with talent after assembling the top recruiting class in the country last spring. Freshman Rachel Bootsma – a 2012 U.S. Olympic gold medalist – U.S. star Elizabeth Pelton and Lauren Driscoll are among eight total freshmen on a roster that already features Leverenz, an Olympic bronze medalist who won the 200 IM and 200 breaststroke at 2012 NCAAs, and two-time defending NCAA 100 backstroke champ Cindy Tran.
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Pride in What’s Inside Lisa and Douglas Goldman Aim for Excellence
By Anton Malko
hen the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Plaza was officially dedicated on Oct. 4, 2012, visitors to California Memorial Stadium were already enjoying the stunning new space outside the west wall of the historic stadium given the start of football season one month earlier.
The plaza is the latest – and largest –gift to Cal from this San Francisco couple, but it is the totality of the Goldmans’ support for the University that has been most stunning. Their commitment to Cal speaks to something bigger than any one gift. Each donation they make to the University is intended to echo and amplify the school’s eternal quest for excellence. It’s an ambition that defines Cal’s stature among higher institutions of learning and a value the Goldmans believe must be sustained by everyone in the Cal community. “The plaza is wonderful and it sits upon a magnificent highperformance center,” Doug Goldman said. “These structures can be beautiful, they can inspire, but that’s just part of the equation. It’s what happens inside and in proximity to those places that’s most important. It requires constant attention and nurturing. “ Ideals of excellence might be lofty and difficult to define, but Lisa and Doug Goldman have made it their mission to articulate them through their philanthropy. And while their capacity to give may be seemingly boundless, it has always been focused. In addition to its support for Cal Athletics and the UC
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Berkeley community, the Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund has provided significant support to a broad range of initiatives that spring from core values around civil liberties, education and literacy, health and recreation, and the environment. The Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund was first established in 1992 as a private foundation committed to providing support for charitable organizations that enhance society. Via their foundation, the Goldmans have made over 200 gifts to Cal over the past 20 years totaling in excess of $21 million. Their donations range from support for a variety of sports within Intercollegiate Athletics — including golf, basketball, football and tennis— to myriad academic grants, including schools (such as the Goldman School of Public Policy, which is named for Doug’s parents, and the Haas School of Business, which is named for his grandfather), colleges (Letters & Sciences’ new Big Ideas curriculum was recently funded by them), libraries (Bancroft, Tien East Asian Library), associations (including scholarships for multiple students annually), and other University programs. Since 2010 alone, the Goldmans’ support has addressed more than 20 areas of need inside and outside of athletics. These initiatives have set a strong foundation for donor support throughout Cal Athletics heading into 2013. Doug said that the support he and Lisa have offered is designed to assist Cal in its pursuit of excellence “no matter what
happens in the near or distant future” and that their actions excellence for our student-athletes.” Barbour called Cal’s recent are, on a scale appropriate to what they are able to fund, the success at the 2012 Summer Olympics “a testament to the culfulfillment of an obligation to support the ongoing efforts of ture of high performance at Cal, which is ensured by the supthe University. Pulling together to support its efforts is “part port of such loyal and generous donors as Lisa and Doug.” of the culture of the University of California,” Doug said. “We’ve The entire state of California has been under incredible fibeen active participants in both the academic and athletic sides nancial pressure. Everyone associated with the University of of the University and we anticipate continuing to do that.” California system, from President Mark Yudof to the people A dynamic, multi-use destination point that can be used as who shut off the lights each night, has been working tirelessly a venue for academic events, conferences, performances, and to put the University on stable financial footing. That unified even future stadium retail space, the Lisa and Douglas Gold- effort translates to athletic development, where Bear Backman Plaza offers views of historic Sather Tower and the UC ers know their support is significant in all its forms, large and Berkeley campus. The 1.5-acre plaza provides students and small. visitors with a year-round Doug and Lisa remain gathering spot that has prepared to do everything quickly become known as they can to help. “The part one of the most beautiful of the revenue equation facets of the renovated that we can affect in the stadium. coming years is the phiOutgoing Chancellor lanthropy portion,” said Robert J. Birgeneau deDoug. “But we all have to scribed the plaza as “one step up if we want to see of the most generous comthis cherished institution mitments to Cal Athletcontinue to be excellent. ics in The Campaign for Some of us are much more Berkeley. Lisa and Doug fortunate in the quantiGoldman embody integrities with which we can ty, generosity, service and assist, but it requires evleadership in the commueryone who has an internity, and they have a longest, at whatever level each standing commitment to of us can, to step up and education. The campus is participate.” honored to recognize Lisa Cal’s history as a puband Doug and to affirm lic land-grant institution our shared ideals in the has made it challenging historic treasure that is for many alumni to unMemorial Stadium.” derstand that tax dollars Doug called Chancellor alone will no longer susBirgeneau “an outstandtain their alma mater. ing chancellor who withAs Doug said: “We all stood great adversity with need to recognize the skill, purpose, and determodel that, once you have mination, and was also, graduated, it becomes among past chancellors, your responsibility to give the greatest supporter back to help the generaof Cal’s Athletic Departtions that follow you. That ment.” Doug and Lisa both is where we collectively Top: Doug Goldman poses with several Cal football players on Lisa and Douglas look forward to working Goldman Plaza. Bottom: Lisa and Doug Goldman are flanked by their sons, need to be going. The futogether with incoming Matthew (left) and Jason, at Memorial Stadium. ture of this University and Chancellor Nicholas Dirks. its ability to excel depends “As a recent 60 Minutes piece emphasized and many already upon all of us to participate and give back.” have understood, athletics is the entry point for both enthuNobel Prizes are a nice benchmark – a very nice benchmark– siasm and gifts from a majority of alumni and friends of the and 22 Nobel Laureates have hailed from UC Berkeley. But, as University,” said Doug, who has known every chancellor since Doug noted, there is something special about athletic excelRoger Heyns (1965-71). “I am hopeful that Chancellor-Elect lence that can unite a community like nothing else can. “Nobel Dirks has already grasped this critical relationship between Prize winners are amazing and a fabulous achievement for the athletics and academics.” entire University,” he said, “but athletics has a way of reaching At the Oct. 4 plaza dedication, Director of Athletics Sandy the collective consciousness.” Barbour affirmed that Intercollegiate Athletics is “delighted Cal is a University defined by the pursuit of excellence. Evto count Lisa and Doug Goldman as friends, ardent support- erything Lisa and Doug Goldman have done for this institution ers, and believers in the Cal standard of academic and athletic moves that pursuit forward. Every Bear Backer thanks them. 22
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Eternal Supporter of Cal Athletics By Anton Malko Michael with his wife, Blaire, and their son, Teddy
also a 2001 graduate, of his brother’s budding family back in the Bay Area. “After family, Cal was what made his heart beat and always brought the biggest smile to his face,” added Blaire. The unthinkable occurred on April 12, 2012, when Michael became the victim of a skiing accident in Alaska. An expert skier who had worked two seasons as an instructor at Squaw Valley, Michael Morse passed away at the age of 33. When she lost her husband, Blaire was five months pregnant with their second child, Sienna Michael Morse, who was born in August. “Everything is small in comparison, but the support from my Cal friends has kept me going,” Blaire said. “Their love is off the charts.” Sports maxims often veer into clichéd territory, but Blaire confirmed they can be genuine in times of loss: “Although nothing could prepare me for this, I pull strength from my Cal experiences and friends.” In life, Michael was an ESP seat holder and an early supporter of the Cal Memorial Stadium renovation project. “He just couldn’t be more excited about the new stadium,” said Tyler. “He talked about how he would be going to games for the next 40 years.” Everyone who knew Michael is committed to continuing life as active participants in his absence. “He’d want us all to be happy and he’d want us to come to the games, to keep the Cal love,” Blaire said. Andy agreed, saying his twin brother always saw Cal as “a place to celebrate old memories and make new memories.”
ichael Morse had a passion for Cal Athletics that rivaled his passion for life. His time on earth was cut tragically short, but his legacy endures in his family, friends and love for the Golden Bears.
When Michael arrived at Cal in 1997 with his twin brother, Andy, they completed a clean sweep of their family’s matriculation at the University, following their mother, Roxanne ’67; father, Richard ’64 undergrad and Boalt ’67; and older brother, Tyler ’96. “Among the five of us, Mike was the most committed and devoted to Cal,” said Tyler. “Whenever I had a Cal sports question, Mike was the go-to guy. He knew everything. “ “He first and foremost loved to see Cal succeed,” added Andy. Michael would drive any distance from Berkeley to support the Bears, whether to Lincoln, Neb., in 2000 to see Cal take on the Cornhuskers in football – Tyler said Michael’s instructions were, “Get on Highway 80, drive 1,685 miles and you’ll see the stadium on your left.” – or to Memphis, Tenn., in 2001 to see Oski with (from left): Andy, Tyler, Richard, Roxanne men’s basketball face and Michael Morse Fresno State in the first round of NCAA Tournament. After he graduated in 2001 with a BS from the Haas School of Business, Michael moved to New York City, where he met Blaire McCorduck, a 2003 Cal water polo alumna. Michael attained an MBA from Harvard before he and Blaire moved to San Francisco and married in 2008. Their first child, Theodore, was born in 2010. “It gave him so much pleasure to dress Teddy up in blue and gold and head out to see the Bears,” said Andy, 24
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he precedent has been set. All the senior class of the 2012-13 Golden Bears men’s swimming & diving team has to do is win another national championship. If only winning a national championship was that easy.
Cal’s 2012-13 seniors – Austin Brown, Dana Foster, Ben Hinshaw, Trevor Hoyt, Chris Packer, Nick Trowbridge and Tom Shields – have the daunting task keeping pace with the past two senior classes that have concluded their careers with NCAA crowns, matching the 1979 and ’80 Golden Bear squads with back-to-back titles. Now, Cal’s seniors will be attempting to guide men’s swimming & diving program to the school’s unprecedented third straight national championship. But what makes this year’s group unique from the Bears’ other national champion seniors is that all of these seven student-athletes hail from the Golden State. “As all of these guys are Californians, this group had raced against each other for so many years prior to their freshman year at Cal that when they stepped foot on campus in the fall of their freshman year, it was strange for them to realize that they were now teammates racing with, not against, each other,” said head coach David Durden. “Four years later we have benefitted from their relationships with each other prior to being Golden Bears. They have a stronger bond because of that familiarity that transcends their time at Cal.” Each of the seven members of the 2012-13 Cal senior class offers a different element that has been instrumental in the team’s success, and these components will again be counted upon as the Bears look to stand atop the NCAA platform once more. Not since 1981 has Cal men’s swimming’s senior class had to follow in the footsteps of back-to-back national champions. Butteflyer Austin Brown, from Redlands, has steadily improved during his time in Berkeley, which is exactly what the Cal swimming & diving program is designed to do – cultivate an athlete’s talent. Brown has been an NCAA qualifier the past two seasons after placing fifth both the 100 and 200 fly at the 2011 Pac-10 Championships, and third in the 200 fly at the 2012 Pac-12 meet. He has the school’s seventh-best all-time mark in the 200 fly (1:43.70) and 10th-best time in the 100 fly (46.66). Sprint freestyler Dana Foster, a native of Moraga, is actually the elder statesman of Cal’s elder statesmen, as he redshirted during the 2009-10 campaign following shoulder surgery. Foster has been a contributor to the Bears’ relays as a freestyler, while his mother, Cathy Morley Foster, has been a tireless contributor to both the Cal men’s and women’s programs. She has built three different Cal swimming Facebook pages (fans, parents, alumni), is a leading member of the parents’ group and 28 28
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Tom Shields has been part of nine individual and relay national titles over his first three years as a Golden Bear.
was instrumental in the highly successful Nov. 3 Cal Aquatics Gala fundraising effort. If Saratoga’s Ben Hinshaw seems like an older brother to the Bears’ underclassmen, it’s because that is exactly what he is. Ben’s younger brother, Adam, is one of the team’s bright young talents, but Ben is also a force in the pool as one of Durden’s top IMers with the school’s third-best all-time mark in the 400 IM (3:44.65) and seventh-best time in the 200 IM (1:44.57). Hinshaw is a member of Cal’s school record-setting 800 free relay, which was the 2012 national runner-up, as well. “Austin has quietly and effectively established himself as one of the premiere collegiate 200 butterfliers,” said Durden. “Each year he has gotten a little bit better, and this year is no different. As our eldest senior, it is nice to see Dana take on a leadership role in the water. He has led more of our sprint practices this year than the previous four years combined. To me, that is a great indicator of his desire to become a better athlete within our team structure. “Ben is one of the directors of our team dynamic this year. He works his tail off, and through his sheer grit, he has had tremendous success in our program. Every day Ben brings his best effort and best attitude to the pool, and that helps create an environment for success.”
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Two-time Defending NCAA Champs Sport All-Golden State Senior Class Cal’s All-California senior class (from left): Ben Hinshaw, Tom Shields, Dana Foster, Trevor Hoyt, Chris Packer, Nick Trowbridge and Austin Brown
Trevor Hoyt was the 2012 national runner-up in the 200 breaststroke with a school-record 1:51.90.
Distance freestyler and IMer Ben Hinshaw is joined by his younger brother, Adam, on the Cal squad.
Another highly successful member of Durden’s 2013 senior class is breaststroker Trevor Hoyt from Yucaipa (near San Bernardino), who is primed to make a run for the NCAA title in the 200 breast after establishing a Cal school record (1:51.90) and finishing as the national runner-up in 2012. Hoyt is also talented in the 100 breast were he placed sixth in the NCAA meet and has the school’s seventh-best all-time mark (52.52). “As a coaching staff, we are directing Trevor to very quietly place his focus on carrying forward our breaststroke banner,” said Durden, whose 2012 breaststrokers earned 87 points at last year’s NCAA meet. “No one questions Trevor’s passion for life … our goal is to help cultivate that passion for his senior season.” Freestylers Chris Packer, from Belvedere, and Nick Trowbridge, from Los Altos, are two Bears who contribute to the team’s success in and out of the pool. Both are working to be NCAA qualifiers during their final season while also providing guidance to the team. In addition, Trowbridge is from Bear heritage as his father, Todd, was a Cal national champion as a member of coach Nort Thornton’s 800 free relay that was the best in the land in 1981. “I value Chris’ relationship that he has with each and every one of our seniors,” said Durden. “He is the one person who keeps this senior group directed and on task from a very level-headed
perspective. Nick is also someone who guides the team, not only from the pool and the classroom, but his influence and guidance goes beyond those two venues and spans the entirety of the team.” Finally, there is little question of Tom Shields’ contributions to Cal and to the collegiate swimming world in the pool. The Huntington Beach native has simply been spectacular for the Bears, earning the 2012 NCAA Swimmer of the Meet accolades after winning national titles in the 100 fly and the 100 back, and swimming the butterfly leg of Cal’s title-winning 400 medley relay. In all, Shields has won four individual NCAA crowns and has been a member of five national championship relays in his Cal career, while also being named 2011 Pac-10 Swimmer and 2010 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year. “Perhaps one of the most versatile college swimmers in the sport today, Tom is the absolute backbone of our program as we approach the NCAA meet,” said Durden. “He has the ability to be on all five of our relays and contend for individual All-American honors in six individual events. His name will definitely be among the greatest swimmers who have ever competed for Cal. “This is my first senior class that is all from the state of California,” Durden continued. “This helps our athletes who are from outside of the state or country to know they have a Cal family nearby. There is an appreciation for our program and our school’s academics that our younger athletes can learn from our seniors that is invaluable. What I appreciate about this year’s senior class is their level of knowledge and respect for the history and legacy of our program. They have stood on the shoulders of those who have come before them, and they are now helping our current team see further ahead and accomplish more. It is really a special group.” WINTER WINTER 2012-13 2012-13
Training Room After Three Knee Surgeries, Carol Chang Makes Return to Gymnastics By Herb Benenson
ot many student-athletes can say, at the ripe old age of 22, that they’ve had to come out of retirement just to complete their collegiate career. It’s a path gymnast Carol Chang never expected to follow.
Three surgeries to an uncooperative left knee before the end of her sophomore season in Berkeley initially convinced Chang to give up the sport. But the lure of Rachelle Comeau the gym proved too great a force, and now the fourth-year senior has evolved into a key contributor to the Golden Bears’ success. Rising through the ranks from elementary through high school at Airborne Gymnastics out of Santa Clara, Chang earned the attention of college recruiters and was considering a long list of schools to pursue her academic and gymnastics careers. In March of her junior year in high school, she was all prepared to 30
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commit to Cal when her knee suddenly gave out and required surgery for a torn ACL and meniscus. The timing couldn’t have been worse. “I was pretty upset because I thought no colleges are going to want me,” Chang said. Undeterred, Chang set out to earn a collegiate spot and worked hard in the gym and in the training room throughout her senior year to be able to compete again. Although no scholarship awaited her in the end, she did secure a place on the Golden Bear roster as a walk-on, and Chang was more than happy to be able to join new teammates in Berkeley. But soon after, Chang reinjured her knee and again underwent a procedure to repair a torn ACL and meniscus. The long months of rehab, a schedule she knew all too well, meant she would not
be able to compete as a college freshman in 2010. All seemed to be progressing nicely into the fall, and with her routines rounding back into shape, Chang appeared on track to be able to make her Golden Bear debut for the 2011 season. Then just one month before the campaign, she tore her meniscus for the third time. “I was going to stick around and just help out,” Chang said. “But I decided to quit the team because I figured it was a sign I should probably stop and do something else.” Something else did not mean leaving Cal gymnastics altogether. Instead, Chang, a biology major who aspires to become an orthopedic surgeon, used the opportunity to get a first-hand look at sports medicine as a student athletic trainer for the team. “I was still in the gym every day, but I was playing a different role,” Chang said. To acquire her sports medicine Continued from page 30
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“I can’t even describe the feeling. I was so excited just to show what I had been working hard for all my life.” - Carol Chang on her first meet as a Golden Bear
internship, Chang submitted her application for the position along with the several hundred other candidates who seek the coveted jobs each year. With her background in sports and academics, Chang more than met the criteria and got to spend the spring of ’11 helping the gymnastics squad in numerous ways, from supervising rehab exercises to helping with ultrasound and ice to taping ankles. Chang also had the chance to observe the physicians, physical therapists, athletic trainers and other medical professionals that work in the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance as they treated their patients. Along the way, she picked up valuable tips that will serve her later in her chosen field. “She’s got a great personality for helping people because she’s very warm and inviting,” said Ryan Cobb, Cal’s head athletic trainer. “She doesn’t put up a lot of pretense or a lot of walls. She’s just a friendly person, and that goes a long way. Carol has a personality that helps you feel better because she’s there. That’s a big part of healthcare, having a patient feel better and feel like you’re invested in them. She understood the patients she was dealing with.” Yet just being close to the team was not enough for Chang. After Danna Durante came in as Cal’s new coach in May 2011, she and Chang struck up a conversation. The point wasn’t to ask to return to the team, but rather Chang wanted to introduce herself as the team’s sports medicine intern. As the two continued to chat, the talk turned to Chang’s previous life as a competitive gymnast, and Chang expressed the desire to “mess around a little bit” in the practice gym. Not long after and with the OK from the Cal trainers, Chang’s messing around turned into a full-out desire to earn a position back on the squad. She began to rehearse some of her old routines and picked up the pace with her own rehabilitation efforts. “After eight months off, it was pretty tough, especially for being the third time coming back and the fact I hadn’t really planned on it,” Chang said. “It was pretty hard to get my skills back.” With a newfound enthusiasm, Chang tackled her challenges head on and by the start of the 2012 campaign last January, she had earned the right to have
her name written in the lineup for the balance beam and uneven parallel bars events. In the opener vs. Sacramento State, Chang scored 9.325 on bars and 9.450 on beam. The scores themselves didn’t matter nearly as much as the fact that she could finally call herself a collegiate athlete. “I can’t even describe the feeling,” Chang said of her emotions heading into that first meet. “I was so excited just to show what I had been working hard for all my life.” Chang soon scored a high of 9.750 on bars in back-to-back meets vs. UC Davis, helping the Bears to a pair of wins, and tallied a best of 9.750 on beam in the regular-season finale vs. Washington. ‘I haven’t been in collegiate coaching very long but I have been on the club side for a long time,” said current head coach Justin Howell, who took over for Durante over the summer. “I haven’t seen anybody come back from multiple surgeries, let alone retiring, and coming back. Not only coming back, but coming back strong and adding events to what she was competing from before.” If anyone should know Chang’s capabilities, it is Howell. Not only did he serve as Chang’s club coach at Airborne Gymnastics for nearly a decade, but he was an assistant for the Bears last year before being elevated into the head position. With Chang now preparing for her second – and final – season as a collegiate gymnast before she graduates in the spring, Howell fully anticipates her being a valuable team member again on bars and beam, with the goal of adding floor exercise to her routine. “Compared to where she was last year, she’s a long stronger,” Howell said. “Just to have fought through all these difference surgeries and come back to the gym is an amazing confidence builder for her. Whether she competes on floor or not, going through the process of getting those skills back and at the end saying, ‘Wow, I did it,’ I think that’s a pretty impressive accomplishment.” Before the 2013 season gets underway, Chang can add another “I did it” moment. Based on results last year, her positive attitude, her perseverance and her prospects for this coming campaign, Howell rewarded his senior with an athletic scholarship. Now that’s an achievement worthy of a return from retirement. WINTER 2012-13
Courage to Seek Help Student-Athlete Steps Forward for Suicide Prevention By Anton Malko
n April 7, members of the Cal community with join together on Sproul Plaza for the UC Berkeley Suicide Prevention Walk, presented by the campus organization You Mean More. Founded to increase awareness on campus about the No. 2 cause of death among college students, You Mean More is expected to be joined on the front lines of the event by sophomore Blake Simons, a Golden Bear rugby student-athlete who became a vocal advocate for heightened awareness since seeking help for his own Blake Simons depression. Simons found himself struggling before college after the suicide of a friend in high school. “I became isolated,” he said. “None of my friends really knew what I was feeling and I didn’t know what was wrong with me.” Having received support and treatment since going to the medical staff in Intercollegiate Athletics and University Health Services at the Tang Center, followed by an internship in San Francisco with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Simons has since become a voice for a prevalent problem that needs more discussion. “I want to give back to the community, do something for my friend who passed away and do something for myself,” Simons said. “The first step is definitely the hardest, to admit that you have a problem and to get help. It’s a scary thing to admit. But it’s fully treatable and that’s why I’m so passionate about it.” You Mean More is working with the Greater San Francisco Bay chapter of the AFSP in seeking individual and corporate support of the event. AFSP describes itself as “the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.” Gordon Doughty, chairman of that chapter, said, “The walk is 34
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about acknowledging that suicide is an issue and breaking the stigma associated with talking about an illness from the shoulders up. Nationally, 80 percent of us will know someone and 20 percent will have a family member take their lives by suicide.” The entire UC system this past year adopted the AFSP’s interactive screening program as a primary suicide prevention tool. Run out of the Tang Center and made available to students via email, this screening resource allows students to establish their own individual ID and take the assessment. The Tang Center gets in touch with students deemed to be at risk within 24-36 hours. Simons has received support from teammates as well as his University. “We just wanted to give him all the support we could as a teammates and classmates,” said sophomore Lucas Dunne. “Seeking help doesn’t make you less of a man; it’s the complete opposite. It takes a lot of courage to go to somebody.” While Simons said he is comfortable with his name being used in ongoing efforts for his well being, the support group within the medical staff of Intercollegiate Athletics reassures those who might seek their help that their privacy and confidentiality are top priorities. “This is a great and important cause to be discussing, and something we should be talking more about, in a very global sense,” said one medical staff member from the department. “It’s not about sympathy. It’s about your health,” said sophomore teammate Scott Walsh. “It’s great that we all have this outlet and I’m glad that Blake used it to his advantage.” Registrations and donations for the April 7 event can both be made by visiting campuswalks.org and clicking “UC Berkeley Campus Walk” under the event listings. The UC Berkeley Suicide Prevention Walk also has a Facebook page, Ucbcampuswalk. The website for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is AFSP.org. The University Health Services/Tang Center is located at 2222 Bancroft Way at the southwest corner of campus between Ellsworth and Fulton (Oxford) Streets. During office hours, Counseling and Psychological Services are available in Room 3300. Those in crisis or with urgent needs should inform a staff member at the reception desk. When the Tang Center is closed, the After Hours Assistance Line is available at (510) 643-7197. A 24-Hour Community Crisis Line is also available at (800) 309-2131.
Under Richard Corso, Women’s Water Polo Understands the Cal Culture By Jonathan Okanes
al women’s water polo coach Richard Corso knows a little something about balancing athletics and academics. He was the head coach at Yale and an assistant at UCLA. So when he was hired as the Bears’ head coach seven years ago, the first thing he noticed was the program wasn’t achieving its full potential in either area. “It was a huge red light,” Corso said. “Nobody was overachieving in the water. Nobody was overachieving in the classroom. What the heck is going on here? My opinion is that you can change kids. You can change their thinking. You can change their culture.” When Corso took over, the women’s water polo program’s cumulative GPA was 2.9. It hasn’t dipped under 3.0 under his stewardship. And it’s getting better and better. Last spring, the program’s team GPA was 3.37, the second-highest on campus behind volleyball. “I knew we had to get to work,” Corso said. “Not only do we have to teach offense Richard Corso and defense, but they’re here for a reason, and the No. 1 reason is academics. I’m happy about the progress that we’ve had. It’s something to hang our hat on in some respects. We changed it and got it going in the right direction.” Corso took the women’s water polo program’s academics to the next level by taking what he learned at his previous coaching stops and employing a proactive approach to the classroom. He meets weekly with academic advisor Chris Grace, who gives him a thorough update on each player’s performance in
Richard Corso said holding players accountable for their academic performance has paid dividends for his team.
the classroom. If Grace’s report includes a subpar result on an exam or paper, or a player generally struggling in a class, Corso addresses the situation – that day. “The girls have to know that it’s important,” Corso said. “It has to start from the top. You have to talk about it as a head coach and you have to have a staff that embraces it as well. We’re lucky we have that.” Corso isn’t just cracking the whip when a player takes a dip in her studies. He’s more interested in praising a player when she has a superlative classroom accomplishment or finding ways to help those that may have a struggle or two. “Holding them accountable also means you have to give them props,” Corso said. “If someone pulls down an A or B on a paper or in a class that’s really, really difficult for them, you have to recognize that. Whatever report Chris gives me, when I go to the pool, that’s just as important as the game plan for that day.” This fall, women’s water polo won the Most Improved Team award, handed out by Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour for the program that showed the most improvement in team GPA from one semester to the next. “He takes academics very seriously, and he was very proactive from the beginning,” said Grace, who played water polo for Cal from 1997-2002. “He just really understands the academic rigors of Cal. He brings students in who should be able to do well. Because of his background and where he’s been, he gets it. He gets Cal’s culture.” Corso says he takes a big picture approach when he recruits student-athletes to come to Cal. He doesn’t just talk to them about the Cal experience. He wants to know where the high school kid wants to be doing in five years. “What is your goal? What do you want to study?” Corso said. “A lot of 18-year-olds may not know, but it gives you an indication and gets them The women’s water polo team’s GPA has risen to nearly 3.4 after being under 3.0 seven years ago. thinking about it.” WINTER 2012-13
home events 2012-13 winter calendar
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MBB vs. UNLV
WBB vs. Colorado MTN vs. Boise State
MBB vs. Creighton
MBB vs. UC Santa Barbara
WBB vs. Kansas
MBB vs. Prairie View A&M
WBB vs. George Washington
MBB vs. Harvard
WBB vs. Utah WTN vs. Fresno State
WTN in ITA Kickoff Weekend
MBB vs. Oregon State
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MBB vs. Washington
MBB vs. Washington State
MGYM vs. Stanford
WBB vs. USC
WTN in Cal Winter Invitational
RUG vs. Cal Maritime
WGYM vs. Oregon State
MSD vs. CSU Bakersfield
MSD vs. USC WBB vs. Arizona State
RUG vs. Cal Poly
WBB vs. UCLA WTN in Cal Winter Invitational
WBB vs. Arizona
MBB vs. UCLA
RUG vs. Santa Clara
BASE vs. MICHIGAN MBB vs. USC MTN vs. UC Santa Barbara
WGYM vs. Brown, San Jose State
WBB vs. Oregon WTN vs. UCLA
WGF in Cal Classic MSD vs. Stanford WTN vs. USC
BASE vs. Michigan
SB MSD WSD MTN WTN T&F WWP
Softball (Levine-Fricke Field) Men’s Swimming & Diving (Spieker Pool) Women’s Swimming & Diving (Spieker Pool) Men’s Tennis (Hellman Courts) Women’s Tennis (Hellman Courts) Track & Field (Edwards Stadium) Women’s Water Polo (Spieker Pool)
BASE vs. Fresno State WTN vs. Washington
BASE vs. Fresno State LAX vs. UC Davis MTN vs. Duke MGYM vs. Temple
LAX vs. Iona
LAX vs. Virginia Tech MTN vs. Pepperdine WGYM vs. Nebraska MGYM vs. Illinois WWP vs. Arizona State
BASE vs. San Jose State SB vs. Northern Colorado
WBB vs. Oregon State WGF in Cal Classic MTN vs. Stanford
MBB vs. Utah
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MBB vs. Colorado RUG vs. Arizona WWP vs. USC
RUG vs. Penn State
SB vs. Utah WTN vs. Utah SB vs. Utah WTN vs. Colorado WWP vs. Harvard
SB vs. Utah
T&F in California Multi-Events Meet
T&F in California Multi-Events Meet
LAX vs. Saint Mary’s
BASE vs. USC MTN vs. UCLA
WTN in Cal Winter Invitational
BASE vs. Michigan RUG vs. British Columbia WSD vs. Stanford
WGYM vs. Arizona, Auburn, Kentucky WBB vs. Stanford
WSD vs. UCLA MBB vs. Oregon MTN vs. Pacific RUG vs. Arizona State
Baseball (Evans Diamond)* Men’s Basketball (Haas Pavilion) Women’s Basketball (Haas Pavilion) Women’s Golf (Ruby Hill Golf Club) Men’s Gymnastics (Haas Pavilion) Women’s Gymnastics (Haas Pavilion) Lacrosse (Memorial Stadium) Rugby (Witter Rugby Field)
WGYM vs. Stanford MTN in ITA Kickoff Weekend RUG vs. Stanford WWP vs. Michigan
WSD vs. USC
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BASE MBB WBB WGF MGYM WGYM LAX RUG
MBB vs. Stanford RUG vs. James Madison
BASE vs. Fresno State
BASE vs. Fresno State WTN vs. Washington State
BASE vs. USC MTN vs. USC RUG vs. Utah 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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