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Q&A with Cal assistant Tosh Lupoi

April 27, 2010 Staff

Cal defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi was named the National Recruiter of the Year this past off-season. Lupoi played for Cal head coach Jeff Tedford from 2001-2005. He then served 2 years as a grad assistant at Cal, before taking over the defensive line in 2008.

Outside of work, what is the 1 thing you really enjoy about living in near Berkley?

With the climate, sun, and heat out here in The Bay…I love to bass fish. Anytime I can get on the boat and go catch some bass…that’s a lot of fun to me. There are some great places to go fishing.

What will be unique about working with new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast?

I’m looking forward to bringing the heat. Clancy wants to attack. He has some great ideas that I think we will utilize effectively.

What is something you will harp on during August practice that maybe you haven’t emphasized as much the last 2 previous years as defensive line coach?

The goals and mentality for our defensive line are going to remain the same. However, this year I will have emphasize more striking, more attacking, and harp on changing the line of scrimmage as much as ever. In our old scheme, at times we were more Read & React.

Cal assistant Tosh Lupoi

You were named National Recruiter of the Year by Rivals. How did you find out? Who did you call first? A friend of mine from Cal sent me an email. The subject was titled, “This must be a error, slappy.” I opened the email, and read the article.
To be honest, I didn’t call anyone. There’s no one to call. It’s a team, group effort. I was certainly honored, but there’s no question the guys I work with had a lot to do with the award. It wasn’t just me. We work together.

You went from player to GA to full-time as quick as anyone. You are the youngest coach in PAC-10 conference. What unique advice do you have for those who aspire to put themselves in the position you created for yourself?

I’ll never forget, ever, listening to Houston Nutt at convention years ago. He told a story about being a 5th year GA a long time ago. He said that one morning after serving coffee to several assistants, he was told to clean some windows in the office. So Coach Nutt used an entire bottle of windex, cleaned the mirrors as well as he possibly could and he did it with a great attitude. He wanted the windows to shine. He wanted them so clean that you could eat off the windows. The point was to take 1 day at a time and do everything as well as you possibly can. Somebody will notice. Somebody is always watching.

In season, which day of the week besides Saturday do you look forward to the most?

That’s hard to say. I really believe in taking advantage of every single day. I want to take one day at a time. I know that’s cliché’, I want to get better every day, every week.

What is the 1 place where sports commentators need to eat in Berkley?

That’s easy. Steve’s Korean BBQ. Get the #5 Chicken & Rice with teriyaki. Hold the vegetables. Seriously, you gotta get out here and go to Steve’s.

How long is your drive to work from your house? What are you usually listening to?

From front door to the football office, my drive is 25 minutes. I’m a music guy and I turn it up. When I get in my truck, let’s go. Sometimes it’s loud and I can’t wait to get to the office.

During your vacation break this summer, what do you plan to do? Any trips planned?

The plan right now is to make it to South Africa and participate in a program for the less fortunate. The non-profit program includes building homes and mentoring some of the less fortunate. Mingling with some of the animals would be neat. The World Cup is also this summer in South Africa, but I’m not sure if I be able to see a game…maybe.

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