Former Cal tailback one of 20 former Golden Bears on hand Thursday at Memorial Stadium.
Strength and Conditioning Coach Mike Blazquez will also be on the show
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Michael Calvin's 4.32 time in the 40-yard dash highlights a series of strong performances.
Fans Can Listen on 910 AM or Watch in Person at the Claremont Hotel
2013 Pro Timing Day (March 14, 2013)
Director of strength and conditioning Mike Blasquez is in his 21st year as a strength and conditioning coach and his 11th season at Cal in 2013-14. Blasquez oversees strength and conditioning for 29 sports and manages the department's staff. He also plays a strategic role in linking the specific strength and conditioning programs of several sports, including football, with the overall goals of the department's student-athlete high performance unit.
Blasquez spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons with the school's football team after primarily working with the Cal men's basketball program from 2003-10.
Blasquez has also been instrumental in developing many of the elements of the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance that opened in January of 2012. He was directly involved with the strategic planning, operations and design of the state-of-the-art 18,700-square foot High Performance Zone, a fully integrated training space with world-class strength and conditioning, sports medicine and sports science facilities and services. Developed with sports performance in mind, high-quality equipment and an open layout provide impressive training options to prepare for the highest levels of competition.
Among the many features of the facility are a large weight room, synthetic turf area, fitness studio, under-water AlterG treadmills and cold plunges.
The facility's weight room is outfitted with over 50,000 pounds of weight, 22 fully customized work stations with inlaid platforms that provide student-athletes with a state-of-the-art facility that incorporates the latest technology and adaptability in exercise and monitoring equipment. The 25-yard turf area is used for warm-ups, plyometrics, short agility work, medicine ball throws, rehabilitation and much more. Spin, Pilates, yoga and back classes are among the activities that take place in the fitness studio.
The high performance zone is centrally located within the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance that also houses the program's football offices, training room, rehabilitation facilities including AlterG treadmills and cold plunges, a medical suite, dining and nutrition, academic support area, team meeting room, locker room and player lounge - all just a few steps away.
"The central location of the high performance zone is critical and a key component of our philosophy," Blasquez said. "Everything that our student-athletes need to be successful is right here for them."
In addition to training current Cal student-athletes, many former players and local professional athletes work out with Blasquez and his Cal staff during their offseason. Players that have recently completed their collegiate eligibility the previous year are part of the mix as they are afforded the opportunity to stay in the Berkeley area after they graduate, or as they finish up their academics at Cal while also preparing for events such as the NFL Scouting Combine and Cal's Pro Day, which in 2012 was held mostly inside at the team's new facility due to inclement weather.
"We want to provide a place for former Cal student-athletes and professional athletes who live in the area to come and train in the offseason," Blasquez said. "It gives our recent players a chance to stay in the area and finish up their academics while getting an opportunity to train with elite athletes at the professional level. It's a great mix."
The Bay Area native arrived at Cal in 2003 after spending 11 seasons from 1992-2002 as the head strength and conditioning coach at De La Salle High School in Concord. During his tenure at the local legendary prep football national powerhouse, Blasquez worked alongside head coach Bob Ladouceur to lead the Spartans to a perfect 138-0 record as part of the team's national-record 151-game win streak from 1992-2004. During Blasquez' 11-year stint the Spartans were named national champions six times (1994, 1998-2002), were honored as the top team in California on 10 occasions (1992, 1994-2002) and won North Coast Section titles in each of his 11 seasons. Blasquez coached several future NFL players while at De La Salle, including current standouts Jones-Drew and D.J. Williams.
During his time with the Spartans, Blasquez was named the Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the Professional Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society in 1998. From 2001-03, he was also the director of outreach at the Muir Hospital Orthopedic Center in Walnut Creek.
Blasquez received his bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Cal State Hayward in 1991, and holds certifications in athletic training (ATC) and strength and conditioning (CSCS). He and his wife, Mary, have two daughters, Makena and Bianca.
LAST UPDATED: May 15, 2013