Led by NCBWA National Coach of the Year David Esquer and Pac-10 Player of the Year Tony Renda, Cal advanced to the College World Series in Omaha for the first time since 1992. The Bears cames back from down three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to claim their regional final with a 9-8 win over Baylor and then swept Dallas Baptist to reach the CWS for the sixth-time ever.
Cal advanced to the postseason for the third consecutive season under head coach Mike Montgomery, reaching the second round of the National Invitational Tournament. Freshman Allen Crabbe was named the 2011 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.
The Golden Bears defeated Arizona State, 48-43, to advance to the semifinals of the Pac-10 Tournament. The semifinal game, against UCLA, was played at the Staples Center.
Former Golden Bear Associate Head Coach Lindsay Gottlieb was announced as the new head coach at Cal in April. Six weeks into the job, she signs the No. 7-ranked recruit in the country, Justine Hartman.
Cal's freshman 8+ boat captured the IRA National Championship in 2011. The Bears completed an undefeated season en route to the national title.
The Cal men, paced by Michael Coe, matched their highest finish ever at the Pac-10 Championships, taking third overall, while Deborah Maker was third in the women's race to lead the Bears to their best showing (fifth) since 1988. Maier went on to earn All-America honors at the NCAA meet, and the men took 31st at nationals as a team.
Cal finished second in the NorPac Conference, advancing to the final of the NorPac Tournament for the sixth consecutive season. The Bears also upset No. 16 Stanford on The Farm during the regular season.
Freshman wide receiver Keenan Allen began his Cal career running 18 yards for a second-quarter touchdown and catching a 48-yard TD pass from senior QB Kevin Riley to start Cal's second-half scoring in a 52-3 rout of UC Davis to open the 2010 campaign.
Cal came close to knocking off the No. 1 team in the country, but ended up falling to the Ducks, 15-13, in a Nov. 13 contest at Memorial Stadium. The Bears held the potent Oregon offense to a season-low 317 yards.
Cal earned its second straight and seventh overall trip to the NCAA National Championships by taking third at the NCAA Regional in Tucson, Arizona. Michael Weaver finished eighth at the NCAA Championships, the highest individual showing ever by a Cal player at Nationals.
The Bears finished in fifth place at the NCAA East Regional, sending Cal to the NCAA National Championships for the first time since 2006. Senior Pia Halbig, the 2011 Dinah Shore Trophy Award winner, finished in second place among the individuals at the Regional.
The Bears finished fourth at the NCAA Championships with six Bears earning All-America status and first-year head coach Tim McNeill being named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year. Additionally, seven student-athletes made the MPSF All-Academic Team.
The California Golden Bear women's gymnastics team geared up for the Pac-10 Championships by closing out the regular season with a victory in a quad meet at the University of Pennsylvania. Freshman Dallas Crawford earned one of the top marks in the history of the program, scoring a 9.925 for her bar routine.
Cal routed host Villanova, 11-2, on March 27, 2011, to give the Golden Bears a three-game road winning streak - their best stretch of the season - and an 8-4 record. They eventually finished the year with a 9-8 record and their first winning season since 2005.
Rugby won the 2011 national collegiate championship over BYU, 21-14, May 21 outside of Salt Lake City in front of 11,000 fans at Rio Tinto Stadium. Cal finished the year 27-0 for their second straight undefeated season and 26th all-time title, and Jack Clark recorded his 22nd championship as head coach.
The Golden Bears battled Akron - the eventual College Cup champion - to a 3-3 tie in the NCAA quarterfinal round before succumbing, 3-2, on penalty kicks in the snow and cold on Dec. 4, 2010, in Akron, Ohio. This matched the program's deepest run in the postseason.
Cal earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, marking the Bears' seventh straight trip, the 18th in school history and 12th in the last 13 years. Cal fell in the first round of the tournament, 2-1, to No. 2-seeded Duke.
California advanced to the Women's College World Series for the first time since 2005 after breezing through the Louisville Regional and taking two of three games from Kentucky to win their first-ever Super Regional title over an SEC team. On the hallowed of ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Cal defeated Oklahoma State but lost to Alabama and Florida in the Bears' 11th trip to the WCWS in program history.
Men's Swimming and Diving
Cal won its third national championship in school history on March 26 at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. Along the way, the Golden Bears won seven individual and/or relay titles - 50- and 100-yard freestyle (Nathan Adrian), 100 backstroke (Tom Shields), 100 breaststroke (Damir Dugonjic), 200-medley relay, 400-medley relay and 400-free relay. Coach of the Year David Durden also led Cal to nine titles and a second-place at the Pac-10 Championships.
Women's Swimming and Diving
Cal won its second NCAA team championship in three years on March 19, 2011, in Austin, Texas. The Golden Bears also collected national titles in the 100-yard butterfly (Amanda Sims), 100- yard backstroke (Cindy Tran), 200-yard freestyle relay and 200- and 400-yard medley relays.
The Golden Bears advanced to a school-record 12th straight NCAA tournament under the guidance of head coach Peter Wright. Behind the consistent play of All-Pac-10 senior Pedro Zerbini, Cal racked up 14 dual victories and advanced to the NCAA round of 16 for the first time since 2003. Cal also swept perennial conference power and rival UCLA in a two-dual series for the first time since 2002.
The Bears made their 30th appearance in the NCAA tournament and advanced at least as far as the round of 16 for the fifth consecutive year. Ranked No. 1 in singles for nearly the entire year, junior Jana Juricova claimed the 2011 NCAA Championship. Juricova and senior Mari Andersson won the Pac-10 Doubles Championship and were also champions of the 2010 USTA/ITA Northwest Regional. Juricova was honored as the Honda Sports Award winner and was named the ITA National Player of the Year- the first such honor for a Cal player.
Track & Field
Mike Morrison became the fourth Golden Bears to win the NCAA decathlon title, doing so with a school-record 8,118 points in the spring. He also won his second MPSF crown in the indoor heptathlon and finished fifth at the NCAA indoor championships.
Tracey Stewart finished 10th in the triple jump at the NCAA Championships with a best effort of 42-6.00 to earn All-America honors for the first time in her career. She graduated from Cal as a two-time Pac-10 runner-up in the triple jump and the No. 3 performer in school history with a best of 43-9.75.
Cal marched its way through the NCAA Tournament and ended its record-setting season (30-4 overall, 15-3 as the Pac-10 co-champions) as National Runner-up, falling to Penn State in the National Championship match. Senior setter Carli Lloyd was named the AVCA National Player of the Year and an All-American while head coach Rich Feller was the AVCA National Coach of the Year.
Men's Water Polo
The 2010 Cal men's water polo team went 24-4 overall, a perfect 8-0 in MPSF league play, and finished second at the NCAA National Championship, which was held for the first time ever at Spieker Aquatics Complex. Junior Ivan Rackov, who led the Bears with 79 goals, was named the 2010 National Player of the Year. The NCAA Championship will return to Spieker in 2011.
Women's Water Polo
Cal produced its best season in school history, going 26-5 overall and capturing the MPSF tournament title (with a 7-6 win over UCLA) before finishing as the NCAA runner-up. Head coach Richard Corso was named the MPSF Coach of the Year, while junior goalkeeper Stephanie Peckham was MVP of the MPSF Tournament and junior Emily Csikos was selected to the all-tournament squad.
|M Basketball||18-15||10-8||NIT (2nd Round)|
|W Basketball||18-16||7-11||WNIT (2nd Round)|
|M Crew||--||2nd*||IRA (3rd)|
|W Crew||--||1st*!||NCAA (3rd)|
|M XC||--||3rd*||NCAA (31st)|
|M Golf||--||5th*||NCAA (T19th)|
|W Golf||--||4th*||NCAA (12th)|
|M Gym||10-12||3rd*||NCAA (4th)|
|M Soccer||14-2-4||8-1-1^||NCAA (T5th)|
|W Soccer||9-6-5||4-4-1||NCAA (1st Round)|
|M Swim & Dive||4-1||2nd*||NCAA (Champions)|
|W Swim & Dive||7-1||2nd*||NCAA (Champions)|
|M Tennis||14-8||3-3||NCAA (Round of 16)|
|W Tennis||18-7||6-2||NCAA (Round of 16)|
|M Track & Field||--||6th (I)/9th (O)*||NCAA (T25th outdoors)|
|W Track & Field||--||6th (I)/8th (O)*||NCAA (65th outdoors)|
|M Water Polo||24-4||8-0^||NCAA (2nd)|
|W Water Polo||26-5||6-1!||NCAA (2nd)||
* Denotes team finish at Conference Championship
^ Denotes regular season Conference Champion
! Denotes Conference Tournament Champion