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ABOVE: Will Taylor hypes up the Mustangs before Cal Poly’s televised rivalry matchup versus UC Santa Barbara.

ABOVE: Joe Callero and David Hanson add at the annual Big West Conference Central Day.


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LEFT: David Hanson goes for a lay-up during the first round of the 2011 Big West Tournament at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Cal Poly matched a program best by earning the second seed for the tournament.

ABOVE: Cal Poly players rush the court to celebrate Chris O’Brien’s buzzerbeating putback that helped the Mustangs defeat Hawai’i, 54-53, on Dec. 1, 2010.


Head Coach | Third Season | Central Washington, 1986 Twitter: @CoachCallero

• During 2010-11 season, directed Cal Poly to program records for highest showing in the Big West standings (second), highest seeding for the conference tournament (second) and total Big West victories (10). • Helped Cal Poly finish as one of the top defensive teams in Division I last year. Out of 335 programs, Cal Poly finished third in opponent three-point percentage (28.7), sixth in opponent scoring average (58.9 points per game) and 25th in opponent field goal defense (40.0 percent). • During first season at Cal Poly (2009-10), directed the Mustangs to a sixth-place finish in the Big West standings after the program was selected to finish last. Also guided program to its first victory at the Big West Tournament in three seasons. • Produced six all-conference selections in just two seasons, including All-Big West first team members Lorenzo Keeler (2009-10) and Shawn Lewis (2010-11) and 2011 Big West Freshman Player of the Year Maliik Love. • Led Seattle (2001-09) prior to arriving at Cal Poly, helping the Redhawks successfully transition to the Division I level. Won 75 games during final four years and, during the 2006-07 season, helped Redhawks to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title and the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in 38 seasons.

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Callero’s Former Players Now Plying their Trade Professionally

Brian Scalabrine • • • • •

Chicago Bulls (2010-Present) Boston Celtics (2005-10) 2007-08 NBA Champion New Jersey Nets (2001-05) USC (1998-01) Highline CC (1996-98)

Austen Powers • • •

Hangzhou Basketball Club, China (2010-Present) 2009-10 Most Valuable Player Liga Portuguesa de Basquetebol Seattle University (2007-09)

Lorenzo Keeler

Ryan Darling

Shawn Lewis

• Leon Lechugueros, Mexico (2010-Present) • Cal Poly (2007-10)

• SC RastaVechta, Germany (2010-Present) • Cal Poly (2008-10)

• FEVE Oviedo, Spain (2011-Present) • Cal Poly (2007-11)

Om a r lowery

Assistant Coach | Third Season | Concordia (WI), 2002

“Omar is one of the most well-respected and connected recruiters in Texas, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. His ability to identify quality student-athletes has opened new doors for the Cal Poly basketball program.” - Joe Callero

• Cal Poly’s recruiting coordinator. Responsible for helping to strengthen the program’s rebounding efforts and post play, in addition to opponent scouting and game-day preparation. • As an assistant coach at Texas State (2006-09), helped recruit seven players ranked among the top-40 Texas high school prospects. • Played collegiality for Concordia (Wisc.) University. In 2000, earned All-Lakeshore Conference first team praise and helped program to its first appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Mitch freeman

Assistant Coach | Third Season | Washington State, 2004

“Mitch is as hard working and as competitive as any assistant coach in college basketball. He earned a full-time position at Cal Poly by showcasing relentless work ethic and loyalty during four years at Seattle. His international contacts as well as attention to detail in all areas make him a key part of our staff.” - Joe Callero

• Serves as Cal Poly’s lead scout in charge of game preparation and defense. • Last season, helped Cal Poly’s defense finish third nationally in opponent three-point percentage (28.7), sixth in opponent scoring average (58.9 points per game) and 25th in opponent field goal defense (40.0 percent). • Served under Joe Callero at Seattle (2005-09). During final 2008-09 season, helped the program to its highest winning percentage in 45 years.


Assistant Coach | First Season | Seattle, 2008

“Sam has been a great addition to our staff. As a player, he was a fierce competitor and a loyal teammate. As a California native, he has a strong knowledge of the state and coaches at many levels. On the practice floor, he’s instrumental in helping the development of our young guards.” - Joe Callero

• With nine guards on Cal Poly’s 2011-12 roster, pivotal in the development of the program’s backcourt play. • Also pivotal in Cal Poly’s recruiting, scouting and game planning efforts, as well as floor coaching. • Played for Joe Callero at Seattle (2005-07). Helped the 2006-07 Redhawks to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title and the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth in 38 years.

Mitch reaves

Director of Operations | Third Season | Washington State, 2008 “Mitch is the absolute glue for our staff. His organizational skills and passion make for a smooth atmosphere in both the office and at practices. He will make a super full-time assistant in the very near future” - Joe Callero

• Duties include scheduling team travel, video exchange, summer camp organization, facility scheduling and overseeing program’s student managerial staff.


Director of Community Relations | Sixth Season | Cal State Stanislaus, 1996

“Eric is a tremendously reliable and knowledgeable coordinator and his understanding of the central coast community has really helped our program grow.” - Joe Callero

• Oversees program’s civic outreach endeavors as well as assisting with travel plans and video scout work.

Student Managers Niromal Perera|Second Season • Majoring in Economics

Dan Fisher|First Season

• Majoring in Mechanical Engineering

Jono Audish|First Season

• Majoring in Electrical Engineering

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Chris Giovannetti |Asst. Director of Media Relations

• Handles all media relations procedures for the men’s basketball program, including publicity, interview scheduling, statistical organization and web site maintenance.

David Wood | Strength and Conditioning Coach • Primary focus with the men’s basketball program includes the implementation of strength, speed and agility training and overall conditioning.

Kristal Slover | Head Trainer

• Directs Cal Poly’s sports medicine efforts and provides daily support for the men’s basketball program.

Shannon Stephens | Asst. Athletic Director, Academics • A standout pitcher for Cal Poly’s baseball program (1992-95), provides academic advising to student-athletes, monitors student-athlete progress toward degrees and ensures that each student-athlete meets NCAA academic requirements.

Cal Poly 2011-12 Senior Class

President jeffrey armstrong

“Cal Poly has an excellent reputation for preparing the knowledge leaders that help to drive California’s economy. I am honored to have joined such an outstanding university and remain excited about engaging students, faculty and alumni to build on its strong foundation and create opportunities for the future.”

• Named Cal Poly president on Feb. 1, 2011. Arrived on the central coast after serving a 10-year term as dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and professor of animal science at Michigan State. • While leading Michigan State’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, increased overall grant activity 146 percent and annual development funds by more than 250 percent. More than $200 million was raised during his time in East Lansing.

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“We will not compromise and place student-athletes on the perceived shortest path to a degree. Here’s the bottom line for Cal Poly athletics: We are in the business of developing citizens and leaders. Along the way, we can also win championships. Experiencing what it takes to be a champion is a great education in and of itself.”

• Began duties on March 17, 2011 after serving as the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Associate Athletic Director at San Diego State. • Also served as the senior associate athletic director at Southern Mississippi (2002-07), the education coordinator for athletics at Texas A&M (1998-02) and as a compliance assistant at Florida State (1995-98).


# NAME POS 1 Amaurys Fermin PG 2 Chris O’Brien G 3 Maliik Love G 5 Jordan Lewis F 12 Matt Titchenal G 13 Dylan Royer G


HT 6-3 6-4 6-2 6-5 6-3 6-1

WT 195 210 200 220 185 190

EX RS 1V 1V 3V 3V 2V

HOMETOWN / LAST SCHOOL Bronx, N.Y. / Hagerstown College Irvine, CA / San Francisco Oceanside, CA / The Bishop’s School San Rafael, CA / Terra Linda HS Sonoma, CA / Sonoma Valley HS Los Osos, CA / Morro Bay HS

22 24 25 30 33 34 35 44 52


6-5 6-0 6-7 6-2 6-6 6-5 6-0 6-8 6-7

210 175 195 195 210 215 185 240 230

1V 1V HS HS RS 3V 1V 2V 1V

Sacramento, CA / Hartford San Antonio, TX / Madison HS Maplewood, MN / Tartan HS San Pedro, CA / Peninsula HS Chicago, IL / Rice Plymouth, MN / Maranatha Christian HS Sacramento, CA / New Hampton School Gilbert, AZ / Phoenix College Williamsport, MD / Hagerstown College

Drake U’u Jamal Johnson Joel Awich Reese Morgan Chris Eversley David Hanson Kyle Odister Will Donahue Will Taylor


Will donahue 6-8 • 240 • Senior • Center | Gilbert, AZ


• Finished fourth in the Big West Conference and 49th among Division I players last season with 8.9 rebounds per game. • Entering senior season, 51.2 percent career field goal mark leads Cal Poly

Am aurysfermin 6-3 • 195 • Senior • Point Guard | Bronx, N.Y.

• Ready for Mustang debut after redshirting the last two seasons. • Earned 2008-09 All-Maryland JuCo first team praise at Hagerstown College after averaging 17.5 points, 8.2 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game.



6-5 • 215 • Senior • Forward | Plymouth, MN • Named to 2010-11 All-Big West second team after finishing second among conference players with 73 three-pointers, eighth with 15.2 points per game and ninth with 6.1 rebounds per contest. • Started all 30 games for Cal Poly last season. Ranked second among Big West players in minutes per game and led Mustangs in scoring 14 times.



6-5 • 220 • Senior • Forward | San Rafael, CA


• Earned full scholarship for 2011-12 senior season after appearing in all 30 games last year. • Led Cal Poly to a 4-1 record during the five games he started last year.

Will Taylor


6-7 • 230 • Senior • Forward | Williamsport, MD • Returning for senior season after redshirting last year. • As a junior during the 2009-10 season, led Cal Poly in steals and shot 44.7 percent from the floor.

Matt titchenal


6-3 • 185 • Senior • Guard | Sonoma, CA

• Named to the 2011 Big West Academic Winter All-Conference team and as Cal Poly’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the 2010-11 school year. • Made a career-high 15 appearances for Cal Poly last season.

Chris O’brien

6-4 • 210 • Junior • Guard | Irvine, CA • Led Cal Poly last season with an 80.6 percent free throw mark and a 1.53-to-1 assist-to turnover ratio. • Started 26 of 30 games last year and averaged 5.9 points per contest.



6-1 • 190 • Junior • Guard | Los Osos, CA


• Led Cal Poly last season with a 45.5 percent mark from three-point range. • Sunk a career-high four three-pointers during Cal Poly’s nationally-televised victory at Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 26, 2011. The victory helped Cal Poly clinch the No. 2 seed for the Big West Conference Tournament.



6-5 • 210 • Junior • Guard | Sacramento, CA • Matched a collegiate high with 18 appearances during first season as a Mustang last year. • Recorded a career-high 10 points to lead Cal Poly past Loyola Marymount on Nov. 24, 2010.



6-6 • 210 • Sophomore • Forward | Chicago, IL • Will make Mustang debut this season after redshirting last year. • Appeared in 16 of 31 games as a true freshman at Rice during 2009-10 season.

Jam al Johnson


6-0 • 175 • Sophomore • Guard | San Antonio, TX • Averaged 13.3 minutes per game and appeared in all 30 of Cal Poly’s contests as a true freshman last year. • Career scoring high came against Big West Conference regular season champion Long Beach State on Dec. 30, 2010.

Maliik Love


6-2 • 200 • Sophomore • Guard | Oceanside, CA • Named 2011 Big West Conference Freshman Player of the Year after leading Cal Poly with a 47.2 percent field goal mark. • Started 28 of 30 games as a true freshman and finished second among Mustangs with a 1.33-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Kyle odister


6-0 • 185 • Sophomore • Guard | Sacramento, CA • Redshirted 2010-11 season after suffering preseason injury. • Named to the 2009-10 Big West All-Freshman Team after finishing third among conference players with a 45.5 percent three-point mark and averaging 7.8 points per game.



6-2 • 195 • Freshman • Guard | San Pedro, CA • Named a Parade Magazine All-America fourth team selection and rated as the No. 71 guard in the class of 2011 by as a senior at Peninsula HS. • During four-year high school career, scored 2,430 points (22.5 per game), grabbed 909 rebounds (8.4), distributed 306 assists (2.8) and shot 46.4 percent from the floor.

Joel Awich


6-7 • 195 • Freshman • Forward | Maplewood, MN

• Led Maplewood HS to a 25-4 overall mark last season and a runner-up showing in the Classic Suburban Conference • Earned All-Classic Suburban Conference praise as a senior after posting 13 doubledigit scoring games

Strength &Conditioning

housing TOP: Jamal Johnson and Chris Eversley compete in Xbox at Eversley’s off-campus apartment.

ABOVE & BELOW: Opened in 2008, Poly Canyon Village houses approximately 2,700 students, contains 618 furnished apartment units and spans 30 acres. The state-of-the-art complex includes Einstein Bros. Bagels, Peet’s Coffee and Tea, Jamba Juice, a post office, community center, swimming pool and study rooms.

The central coast ABOVE: Pacific Ocean waves ripple on to the central coast beach north of San Luis Obispo.

LEFT: Cal Poly players attend the weekly Thursday night Farmer’s Market in downtown San Luis Obispo. From produce growers to food vendors, more than 120 merchant stalls line downtown each week.

BELOW: The sun sets over the Cal Poly campus (foreground) and the city of San Luis Obispo (back). Photo: Joe Christianson

LEFT: The city of San Luis Obispo, as seen from the top of nearby Bishop’s Peak, an extremely popular hiking destination

The univ

19,000 Students, Nationally-Hono Top-Ranked Public Master’s Un States ... all 11 miles fro

• Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the top public master’s university in the western United States. • Cal Poly’s College of Engineering (Top Right) ranked second by U.S. News and World Report among public engineering programs. • 64 Majors


ored Courses of Study and the niversity in the western United om the Pacific Ocean.

• 19-to-1 student-tofaculty ratio • 89.1 percent of students report working full time or attending graduate school within one year of graduation. • Median starting salary for graduates: $52,000

Cal Poly Wears the Nike Zoom Hyperdunk 2011 TB Cal Poly Wears the Nike Air Max Destiny TB

Cal Poly Will Wear the 2011-12 Nike Home Jersey When Hosting Saint Mary’s, UC Santa Barbara and Long Beach State

Cal Poly Will Wear the 2011-12 Nike Road Jersey When Battling USC, UNLV and DePaul

2011summer tou Country...

Cou Top: The Mustangs spent a day visiting Irazu Volcano. Above: David Hanson, Maliik Love and Chris O’Brien prepare to go zip-lining. Right: Cal Poly’s coaching staff enjoys a moment before facing the Costa Rica Men’s National Team.

ur of costa rica


urt... Top: Joe Callero shows a student at Guarderia El Manantial school his iPhone while Jordan Lewis plays with other students. Left: Head coach Joe Callero preps the Mustangs during a practice session.

Athletics facilities Alex G. Spanos Stadium plays host to Cal Poly’s football and soccer programs, which regularly draw sellout crowds.

Cal Poly men’s soccer fans rush the field after Cal Poly’s 2011 comefrom-behind upset victory against rival UC Santa Barbara.

Cal Poly’s football program regularly ranks among the top-20 Football Conference Subdivision programs in the nation.

The sun sets on Baggett Stadium, home of Cal Poly’s baseball program.

At more than 85,000 square feet, Cal Poly’s new state-of-the-art Rec Center is scheduled to open in early 2012.

ot able Alumni NAthletics

Wide receiver Ramses Barden (2005-08) was a third-round pick of the New York Giants in the 2009 NFL Draft.

At the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, discus thrower Stephanie Brown-Trafton (1999-03) won the first gold medal by a Cal Poly athlete.

Pittsburgh Pirates righthander Kevin Correia (2000-02) was selected to the National League roster for the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Former UFC Light Heavyweight titleholder Chuck Liddell wrestled at Cal Poly (1988-93).


 Home Game

 Away Game

* Big West Conference Game

142 TEAMS WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE TENTH ANNUAL A record total of 142 teams – representing 16 collegiate athletic conferences – will compete in the three-day event (February 17-19), with the entire SEARS BracketBusters slate of matchups to be announced in late January. Of the 71 games, a minimum of 13 will be televised, with six contests on ESPN2 which are simulcast on ESPN3. An additional five games will be aired on ESPNU and two exclusive games on ESPN3. Please consult your local listings for start times. HOME TEAMS: Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Pacific, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, Albany, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Montana, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Sacramento State, Weber State, Charleston Southern, Coastal Carolina, Gardner-Webb, Radford, Virginia Military Institute, Delaware, George Mason, Georgia State, Hofstra, Northeastern, Virginia Commonwealth, Butler, Cleveland State, Detroit, Green Bay, Milwaukee, Canisius, Iona, Loyola (Md.), Manhattan, Saint Peter’s, Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), Ohio, Morgan State, Bradley, Creighton, Evansville, Illinois State, Missouri State, Austin Peay, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State, Murray State, SIU-Edwardsville, Appalachian State, Davidson, McNeese State, Nicholls State, Northwestern State, Sam Houston State, Southeastern Louisiana, Stephen F. Austin, Missouri-Kansas City, North Dakota State, Oral Roberts, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Idaho, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State, Utah State and Loyola Marymount. AWAY TEAMS: Cal Poly, Long Beach State, UC Davis, UC Santa Barbara, Binghamton, Boston University, Hartford, Maryland-Baltimore County, Stony Brook, Eastern Washington, Idaho State, Montana State, Portland State, Campbell, High Point, Liberty, Presbyterian, UNC-Asheville, Winthrop, Drexel, James Madison, UNC-Wilmington, Old Dominion, Towson, William & Mary, Illinois-Chicago, Loyola (Ill.), Valparaiso, Wright State, Youngstown State, Fairfield, Marist, Niagara, Rider, Siena, Akron, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, Toledo, Western Michigan, Delaware State, Hampton, Drake, Indiana State, UNI, Southern Illinois, Wichita State, Morehead State, Southeast Missouri State, Tennessee-Martin, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, College of Charleston, Wofford, Central Arkansas, Lamar, Texas-Arlington, Texas-San Antonio, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas State, IUPUFW, IUPUI, Oakland, Southern Utah, Western Illinois, Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, San Jose State and St. Mary’s.

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