Director, Football Student-Athlete Development
A former standout linebacker with the Bears, David Ortega is in his sixth year coordinating student services for Cal football and in his second year in his current role after four seasons as the team's academic coordinator. He oversees all elements of Cal players' academic careers, from the recruiting and admission process through advising, tutoring, financial aid and graduation. He also manages the Bears' summer job program and acts as a liaison with the campus. This concept offers players personal involvement throughout their Cal careers.
Ortega monitors football's study program and the study area, which is complete with private cubicles and computers with full Internet access, exclusively for use by the football players.
Ortega remains the all-time leading tackler in Cal history, recording 525 stops from 1986-89, while being named All-Pac-10 three times. He and his wife, Teresa, reside in Moraga with their son, David Jr. (9), and daughters, Gabrielle (6), and Julia (2).