Feb. 8, 2010
BERKELEY - Cal defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi was named the Rivals Recruiter of the Year on Monday. Lupoi is an integral member of a Cal coaching staff that was able to ink a 2010 signing class that ranked as high as No. 11 nationally by Rivals, with the Golden Bears posting the seventh-highest ranking according to the number of average stars per signee (3.58). ESPN listed Cal's 2010 signing class at No. 15, while Scout had the Bears at No. 29.
"If you're promoting a hot product you have the ability to pass others up quickly," said Lupoi. "Focusing on the Cal degree and alumni association, longevity of a successful head coach, the amount of young present and incoming talent, and the progress of the Student-Athlete High Performance Center, Cal can be considered to be on fire right now."
"Just as in any major business, it's all about the team effort in the end," continued Lupoi. "Our staff's committment and honest love for the players is obvious, and the same goes for recruiting. To be recognized for an award is flattering, but in my opinion it should be an award that recognizes the whole staff."
Lupoi, who completed his second season in his role as the Bears' defensive line coach in 2009, has been involved with the Cal football program since 2000 when he came to Berkeley as a freshman player. After finishing his collegiate playing career in 2005, he spent two seasons as a graduate assistant on the defensive side of the ball before being hired as the team's defensive line coach in January of 2008.
"While recruiting is a team effort with the whole staff playing vital roles in our recruiting success, Tosh is worthy of being recognized as doing an exceptional job," said Cal head coach Jeff Tedford. "His dedication to develop strong relationships and communicate the great opportunities that Cal provides makes him a very strong recruiter."