Athletics & Spirit

Check back often as events will be added to the website frequently — right up until Homecoming weekend!

Homecoming Rally

10/16/20 7 p.m.8 p.m.  

Get a taste of the classic tradition and spirit that Golden Bears love with the talent and diversity of today’s student body: featuring performances from Cal Mariachi, Drawn to Scale, Cal Wushu, Bearettes, and more! The rally is a great event for all parents, alums, students, and friends.

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UC Rally Committee
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Cal Spirit Appreciation

10/16/20  

Kick off Homecoming festivities early by letting us know the answer to one question: “What does the spirit of California mean to you?” Send a video submission that is no longer than one minute for a chance to be featured in a video montage posted following Homecoming Week! The online form for submissions will be open from Wednesday, October 14 at midnight through Friday, October 16 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.

Link to participate: http://tinyurl.com/calspirit

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UC Rally Committee
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UC Berkeley Spotify Playlists

10/16/20  
10/17/20  
10/18/20  

Take a listen down memory lane with Spotify playlists curated by notable alums and the milestone reunion committees of the reunion years 1970, 1995, and 2010.

Tune in at http://bit.ly/CalOnSpotify.

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Friday Social Media Contests

10/16/20 9 a.m.8 p.m.  

Show your Cal pride, and participate in our social media contests this year during Reunion and Parents Weekend at Homecoming. Each social media post gives you a chance to win. One winner will be selected per contest each day and will receive a special prize. Be creative!

  • Share a photo or video of your favorite Cal tradition on Instagram, Twitter, or upload.
    • Tag #CalHC in your post.
    • A random post will be selected as the winner.
  • Submit an entry to our “Caption This” contest on the UC Berkeley Facebook page between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Pacific time. The caption with the most likes wins!
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Saturday Social Media Contests

10/17/20 8 a.m.12 p.m.  
10/17/20 12 p.m.3:30 p.m.  

Show your Cal pride, and participate in our social media contests this year during Reunion and Parents Weekend at Homecoming. Each social media post gives you a chance to win. One winner will be selected per contest each day and will receive a special prize. Be creative!

  • Saturday, 8 a.m.–noon
    • Share a photo or video of you in Cal gear on Instagram, Twitter, or upload.
    • Tag #CalHC in your post.
    • The most creative post wins.
  • Saturday, noon–3:30 p.m.
    • Fill in the sentence: “I love Cal because ___.” and post with a favorite Cal photo or video on Instagram, Twitter, or upload.
    • Tag #CalHC in your post.
    • The most inspirational post wins.
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From Alums to Coaches: Cal Then and Now

10/17/20 11:30 a.m.  

Several of Cal’s coaches were alums! Join Golden Bear coaches Jack Clark, Chelsea Spencer, Walter Chun, and Burl Toler III and hear what brought these coaches back to UC Berkeley. They’ll talk about how their experiences shaped how they coach today.

Speaker(s): 
Jack Clark ’79 (Moderator)
Head Coach, Rugby


Clark is entering his 40th year overall and 38th as Cal’s rugby head coach in 2020–21. The Bears’ era of success under Clark is unmatched: he holds an all-time record of 680-96-5 (.876) in 15s, 184-22-0 (.893) in 7s, 24 National 15s Championships, and 5 National 7s Championships. He served as head coach for the Collegiate All-America team, head coach of the United States national team, and general manager for the national team. He was named a Living Legend by Pac-12 Networks and is a member of U.S. Rugby Hall of Fame, Edison High School Alumni Hall of Fame, Orange Coast College Hall of Fame, and Cal Athletics Hall of Fame.

Chelsea Spencer ’06
Head Coach, Softball


Spencer, who won an NCAA title during an All-American career at Cal before embarking on a coaching career, agreed to become the next softball head coach for the Golden Bears in May 2020. As a shortstop, Spencer was part of four straight Women’s College World Series teams with the Golden Bears, including the 2002 NCAA championship squad. She returns to Cal after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Texas and the 2013–18 seasons at Oregon. Highlighting an impressive professional playing career from 2005–10, Spencer was a four-time All-National Pro Fastpitch selection.

Walter Chun ’01, M.A. ’03
Head Coach, Men’s Golf


Chun enters his fifth season as Cal’s Alex and Marie Shipman Director of Men’s Golf and his 24th campaign associated with the men’s golf program in 2020–21. Chun began his affiliation with Cal in 1997 on the men’s golf team and was a two-time team captain. Chun received a pair of degrees at Cal with a bachelor’s from the Haas School of Business in 2001 and a master’s from the Graduate School of Education in 2003. He was a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection (2000–02) and a two-time All-America Scholar (2001–02).

Burl Toler ’05
Coach, Wide Receivers; Cal Football


Toler is in his third season on the full-time coaching staff at Cal and his second as the Golden Bears’ wide receivers coach after spending his first campaign as an assistant coach working with the running backs. Toler’s position was a wide receiver when he played professionally and while at Cal. He graduated from Cal in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in social welfare. He was a four-year letter winner at Cal from 2001–04, helping the Bears to an Insight Bowl victory and a Holiday Bowl appearance in his final two seasons.

Sponsored by: 
The Cameron Institute for Student-Athlete Development
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2016 Cal vs. Utah football game

10/17/20 12 p.m.1 p.m.  

Tune into the Pac-12 Network for “Pac-12 Football in 60” to see Cal’s defensive goal-line stand, led by James Looney, hold off No. 18 Utah to secure the victory during Homecoming 2016.

Sponsored by: 
Cal Athletics
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2015 Cal vs. Washington State football game

10/17/20 1 p.m.2 p.m.  

Tune into the Pac-12 Network for “Pac-12 Football in 60” to see Jared Goff throw for 390 yards and 4 touchdowns passes en route to the Bears victory over Washington State during Homecoming 2015.

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Cal Athletics
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Looking Ahead to the Tokyo Olympics

10/17/20 1 p.m.1:45 p.m.  

With the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to 2021, training and preparation has changed for Olympic hopefuls. How will athletes continue the process of qualifying for the games? What might the Olympics look like, and how will the games change? Tune in for a conversation with Camryn Rogers, track & field student-athlete and Olympic hopeful, Robyne Johnson, track & field head coach and U.S. Olympic coach, and Dana Vollmer, three-time Olympian and gold medalist, to hear their perspectives on the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

Speaker(s): 
Dave Durden
Head Coach, Cal Men's Swimming and Diving


Cal men’s swimming and diving has established itself as the premier collegiate and post-graduate program in the country under the guidance of head coach Durden, who entered his 13th season in 2019–2020. For his efforts, Durden has been charged with leading the United States as the head coach for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo next summer. In 2016, Durden was selected as a men’s assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic swimming team. He was also named Coach of the Meet at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. 

Dana Vollmer ’10


Vollmer is ranked fourth all-time out of female U.S. Olympians who have won the most gold medals. She won four national titles and played a key role in bringing the Golden Bears their first NCAA national team title in women’s swimming. Vollmer’s Olympic career started in 2004 in Athens where she won gold as part of the world record setting 4×200-meter freestyle relay. After a heartbreaking miss of the national team in 2008, she came back in 2012 and won three gold medals while setting two world records at the London Olympics. Her world record in the individual 100-meter butterfly of 55.98 seconds was the first time a woman swam the event under 56 seconds. After having her first child in March 2015, Vollmer returned to the pool and quickly regained her place among the top swimmers in the world. At the 2016 Rio Olympics, she won bronze in the 100-meter butterfly, a silver medal and an American record in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay, and a gold medal in the 4×100-meter medley relay. Her gold in 2016 is the U.S. swim team’s first-ever gold medal won by a mother.

Robyne Johnson
Director, Cal Track & Field and Cross Country


Johnson is the director of Cal track & field and cross country where she leads both the men’s and women’s programs. She was named an assistant coach for multis and jumps for the 2016 U.S. Olympic team that competed in Rio de Janeiro. She also has had an extensive international coaching experience, including for Team USA at the 2016 Rio Olympics where she coached athletes to seven medals in the horizontal jump competitions: three golds, three silvers, and one bronze.

Camryn Rogers ’21


Rogers is a First Team All American Cal track & field student-athlete who was the 2019 NCAA champion in the hammer throw. She recorded several bests while at Cal, including the seventh best throw in NCAA history and the sixth best throw at an NCAA championship. She ranks second in Pac-12 history and first in Cal record books and claimed the first hammer throw championship in school history.

As a Canadian, Rogers threw the best mark in Canada in 2019, the fourth all-time throw in Canada’s history, and reset the U23 national record. An Olympic hopeful for Canada, Rogers continues to prepare for the 2021 Olympics while navigating the new normal for student-athletes. She will graduate in 2021 and has an interest in pursuing law school after graduation.

Sponsored by: 
The Cameron Institute for Student-Athlete Development
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1991 Cal vs. USC football game

10/17/20 2 p.m.4 p.m.  

Tune into the Pac-12 Network to see the Bears rout the Trojans 52–30 as Russell White runs for 229 yards and 3 touchdowns in the 1991 Joe Roth Memorial Game.

Sponsored by: 
Cal Athletics
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The Path to Playing

10/17/20 2:30 p.m.3:15 p.m.  

Join Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton in conversation with Ryan Cobb, senior associate athletics director, Justin Wilcox, Cal football head coach, and Charmin Smith, Cal women’s basketball head coach for a discussion on how Cal Athletics plans to help our 850 student-athletes safely represent the Golden Bears in the sports they love as we navigate the pandemic. This panel will provide an insider’s look at the unique challenges student-athletes face in returning to campus and to competition. 

Sponsored by: 
The Cameron Institute for Student-Athlete Development
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California Chronicles Trivia Night

10/17/20 7 p.m.8 p.m.  

Join the UC Rally Committee’s director of traditions and directors of stunts for a discussion of Cal’s unique history and traditions. A UC Berkeley trivia contest with chances to win prizes will follow the presentation.

Sponsored by: 
UC Rally Committee
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Sunday Social Media Contests

10/18/20 9 a.m.4 p.m.  

Show your Cal pride, and participate in our social media contests this year during Reunion and Parents Weekend at Homecoming. Each social media post gives you a chance to win. One winner will be selected per contest each day and will receive a special prize. Be creative!

  • Fill in the sentence: “I’ll always remember (insert class or professor) ___ because I learned ___.” and post with a favorite Cal photo or video. Share it on Instagram, Twitter, or upload.
  • Tag #CalHC in your post.
  • The most memorable post wins.
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Sing For California

10/18/20 7 p.m.7:30 p.m.  

Hear some of the best musical talent at Cal in a performance you won’t want to miss! Instead of heading over to Sather Gate, our a capella groups can be heard right from your home. Enjoy performances from various of your favorite a capella groups on campus.

Sponsored by: 
UC Rally Committee
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