Back to Camp: Elders, First Training Highlight Early Fall

BERKELEY- There has been a lot of energy in Strawberry Canyon the past few days with approximately 250 current and former players covering more than 50 California football seasons on Thursday for Fall Report Day.

“It was a great night of California football,” said David Ortega, who recorded 525 tackles for the Golden Bears from 1986-89 and remains the school’s all-time leading tackler. “We had six-decade Golden Bears there and everyone talked about what such a great idea it was to familiarize our current players with our former players. We all sat down in the locker room and walked out of the North Tunnel, Calif. Memorial Stadium Kudos to Coach Wilcox and his team for putting this event together.”

“Opening fall camp is an experience our players will remember for the rest of their lives,” said Ron Coccimiglio, who had 11 career interceptions for the Golden Bears from 1978 to 1980 and has worked for Cal’s football program in a variety of roles since. “It was fabulous to have so many Cal football alumni interacting with our current players. CEOs, former NFL players and entrepreneurs were all thriving when we opened camp. was great to see so many of our football alumni spanning decades together on campus.”

Cal Football 135 alumni in attendance began arriving at FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium on Thursday afternoon and were promptly greeted with a backpack of Cal Football swag and a tour of the team’s Simpson Center facility. which opened with a renovated stadium in 2012 and have continued to improve in the decade since. The current Golden Bears then joined the alumni for a barbecue at Lisa and Douglas Goldman Square.

“It was great to meet and connect with some of the great players in Cal history,” current player Matthew Cindric said. “It was fun to hear their stories and compare the Cal experience from the past to the present. The Cal family is strong and continuing to bond is what makes this place so special.”

“I really enjoyed being able to connect with the alumni and also see some of my former teammates,” added Daniel Scotta sixth-year senior who was the only player on the program’s current roster when Wilcox became head coach in 2017. “It was fun to sit at the barbecue with Cal legends who shared incredible stories about Cal’s past. I can’t wait to see how quickly barbecue grows in the years to come.”

Alumni continued with a social event at the University Club after the BBQ while current players were released for the day to prepare for Friday’s first full day of fall camp which started with breakfast at 7 h and ended early evening after meetings, practice, talks, lunch, strength and conditioning, more meetings, walk, dinner and more meetings.

The Bears will start again Saturday and most days except for the mandatory weekly fall camp rest day in preparation for the team’s 2022 season which begins against UC Davis at FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium on Saturday, September 3 (1 12:00 a.m. PT, Bay Area Pac-12).

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All team fall camp practices through Aug. 23 are scheduled to be open to the public and begin each day at 9:30 a.m. PT. Admission is free and attendees may enter FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium through Gate 2 located in the northwest corner of the stadium and proceed to the Lobby Level via stairwell 6 to available seating. on the west side of the stadium in sections E, EE, F., FF, G and GG. All other sections of the stadium, including the pitch and the north tunnel, will be closed to the public. A daily schedule of the remaining workouts, including rest days, is shown below.

2022 California Football Fall Camp Remaining Practice Schedule


Saturday August 6 – 9:30 a.m.
Sunday August 7 – 9:30 a.m.
Monday August 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday August 9 – Public holiday
Wednesday August 10 – 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, August 11 – 9:30 a.m.
Friday August 12 – 9:30 a.m.
Saturday August 13 – 9:30 a.m.
Sunday August 14 – Public holiday
Monday August 15 – 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday August 16 – 9:30 a.m.
Wednesday August 17 – 9:30 a.m.
Thursday August 18 – 9:30 a.m.
Friday, August 19 – 9:30 a.m.
Saturday August 20 – 9:30 a.m.
Sunday August 21 – Public holiday
Monday, August 22 – 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, August 23 – 9:30 a.m.
*Open Practice Schedule/Late Fall Camp Media Availability on Tuesday, August 23 (regular season schedules begin Wednesday, August 24)
*Unless otherwise noted, all events listed above at FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, CA; All Pacific Hours; Schedule subject to change

FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium

Location – FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium is located on Piedmont Avenue in Berkeley between Bancroft Way and Stadium Rim Way, adjacent to the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance at 2227 Piedmont Avenue. See below for parking suggestions in order of proximity to the stadium.

Stadium parking structure – Paid parking near the corner of Gayley Road (where Piedmont Avenue becomes Gayley Road) and Stadium Rim Way just north of the stadium
Street parking – Paid and free two-hour parking may be available on the streets near the stadium
Lot Witter – Paid parking near the corner of Centennial Drive and Stadium Rim Way just east of the stadium
Lower Sproul Garage – Paid parking on the north side of Bancroft Way between Telegraph Avenue and Dana Street
Recreational Sports Facility Garage – Paid parking on the north side of Bancroft Way between Dana Street and Ellsworth Street
Underground garage – Paid parking at the corner of Channing Way and College Avenue

Public transportation is highly recommended when visiting FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium. There are several public transport options. For more information, visit,,, and the UC Berkeley Parking and Transportation website at

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