Tosh Lupoi enjoyed a tremendous amount of success both as a defensive line coach and a recruiter in his four seasons as a full-time coach on the staff at Cal from 2008-11. He was the youngest full-time coach in Cal history when he joined the staff at the age of 26 in 2008 and remained the youngest full-time coach in the Pac-10 for two additional seasons. Despite his youth, he spent 12 seasons associated with Cal football, having spent six campaigns as a Golden Bear player (2000-05) that included an extra season due to the granting of a medical redshirt, two as a graduate assistant (2006-07) four as defensive line coach (2008-11).
Lupoi helped develop first-round NFL Draft picks in defensive linemen Tyson Alualu and Cameron Jordan, making Cal only the second Pac-10 team to have ever had defensive linemen selected in the first round of the NFL Draft in back-to-back years. Alualu was taken with the 10th overall pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2010, while the New Orleans Saints selected Jordan 24th overall in 2011. Alualu was the ninth-highest draft pick in Cal history and the highest since defensive end Andre Carter was taken seventh overall by the San Francisco 49ers in 2001. Alualu made a strong NFL debut in 2010, being named the AFC Rookie of the Year and earning selections to several All-Rookie teams.
Cal's defense in 2011 continued to thrive even after the departure of Alualu and Jordan, leading the Pac-12 in total defense (332.92 ypg) and pass defense (204.23 ypg), ranking 25th and 37th nationally, respectively. The Bears also paced the Pac-12 and ranked seventh nationally in tackles for loss (7.69 tflpg), while ranking third in the conference and 19th nationally in sacks (2.62 spg). In addition, the Bears led the league in opponents' first down, allowing only 17.4 per game. In the back-to-back wins over Washington State and Oregon State that started their successful final month of the regular season, Cal only allowed a combined 13 points and held the Cougars and Beavers to an average of 48.0 rushing yards per game. Cal held five opponents under 70 yards rushing in 2011.
Cal's 2010 defense that featured Jordan led the Pac-10 and ranked in the top 25 nationally in per-game averages for sacks (2.83 spg, No. 13), total defense (319.08 ypg, No. 18) and pass defense (187.00 ypg, No. 21). Cal was also first in the Pac-10 in first downs allowed (217) and second in opponents' third down conversion percentage (34.7%). The team's pass efficiency defense and scoring defense, which held opponents to 17 points or less in eight of 12 games, were both third in the Pac-10, as well as 31st and 40th nationally.
"Tosh has done a nice job of developing our defensive line," head coach Jeff Tedford said. "He brings a lot of energy, a lot of passion to what we do on defense. I think he has become a very good schematic coach and has done a real nice job fundamentally with preparing our guys to play."
The 2010 Rivals Recruiter of the Year was also part of a recruiting team that inked signing classes in 2010 and '11 that ranked as high as No. 11 and No. 13 nationally.
Lupoi joined the Cal coaching staff after playing on the team's defensive line from 2000-05. Playing alongside three future NFL players, he led the Bears' defensive line in tackles in 2003 when he was the recipient of the Ken Cotton Award as the squad's Most Courageous Player as he played the final four games of the campaign with a broken right thumb. Lupoi wrapped up his career with 40 games played, 68 tackles and 5.0 sacks. He earned Pac-10 All-Academic recognition in 2005. He picked up his bachelor's degree in American studies from Cal in 2005 and his master's in eduation in 2007.
The product of De La Salle High School, one of the most successful programs in the history of prep football, earned All-State honors and won a national title as a prep.
His father, John Lupoi, played collegiately at Brigham Young and later was a part-time assistant coach at Cal.
LAST UPDATED: January 17, 2012