Feb. 24, 2010
BERKELEY - The 2010 Cal Football High School Coaches Clinic will be held April 2-3 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Emeryville. The clinic is now open for registration and will serve as as a great opportunity for coaches to network with each other as well as listen to and learn from the Cal football coaching staff and featured guests. San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator and former Cal All-American linebacker Ron Rivera will serve as the event's key note speaker. Cal football head coach Jeff Tedford will also be featured.
For more information or to pre-register for the clinic, call the Cal football office at 510-642-3857. Pre-registration fees are $30 per person if received by March 26 with a five dollar discounted $25 per person pre-registration rate available to coaching staffs with five or more clinic attendees. Registration at the door is $35 per person and available at the Hilton Garden Inn beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 2. The Hilton Garden Inn is located at 1800 Powell Street in Emeryville. Mention the "Cal Football Clinic" to receive a discounted rate of $109.00. Room reservations can be made by calling 510-658-9300.
Rivera and Tedford will be featured on the first day of the clinic Friday, along with Cal offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig and defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast. An evening social will follow. The remainder of the Cal coach staffing and additional guest speakers to be announced soon will highlight Saturday's second day of the clinic. There will also be an opportunity for clinic attendees to take in a Cal football spring practice Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
Rivera has been the defensive coordinator with San Diego since October of 2008 after spending a year and a half as the Chargers' linebackers coach. He was previously the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears from 2004-06, producing a 2005 squad that set an NFL record by allowing only 61 points in eight home games, led the NFL in scoring defense (12.6 ppg) and ranked second in total defense (281.8 ypg). In 2006, his unit paced the NFL in takeaways (44), while ranking third in scoring defense (15.9 ppg) and fifth in total defense (294.1 ypg) en route to the NFC title and an appearance in Super Bowl XLI. Rivera was the linebackers coach with the Philadelphia Eagles for five seasons (1998-2003) after beginning his coaching career with the Bears as a defensive quality control coach from 1997-98. As a player, Rivera was a member of Chicago's 1985 Super Bowl champions and spent nine NFL seasons with the Bears (1984-92) after his All-American collegiate career at Cal from 1980-83. He is still ranked among Cal's all-time leaders in tackles (No. 4, 336), sacks (No. 6T, 22.0) and tackles for loss (No. 8, 47.5).
Tedford has established Cal as one of the elite football programs in the Pac-10 and lifted the Golden Bears into the national discussion on a consistent basis during his first eight seasons as the school's head football coach. The Bears have won more games than any Pac-10 school other than USC during his eight-year tenure that began in 2002. Cal has finished among the nation's Top 25 in four of the last six seasons and been ranked among the Top 10 at some point during the season in five of the last six years (2004-07, '09). Cal also has a current school-record run of seven straight bowl appearances and is 5-2 in the postseason under Tedford, making him the first Cal mentor with more than two bowl victories. He is also one of only eight current Football Bowl Subdivision coaches to have a current string of at least eight consecutive winning seasons with only six accomplishing the feat at the same school. Tedford has posted a 67-35 (.657) all-time mark at Cal and is tied with the legendary Pappy Waldorf for the school's modern-era win record. He and Waldorf are also tied for third on the all-time list behind Andy Smith and James Schaeffer.