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Cal kicks off their summer caravan with Coaching Through Crisis

Four different head coaches took their turn speaking virtually on the Cal Athletics Fund’s leadership seminar

The Cal Athletics Fund summer caravan got kicked off with their first virtual seminar titled ‘Coaching Through Crisis’ earlier this week. Four separate head coaches from Cal took turns speaking in a first-ever virtual event.

Football head coach Justin Wilcox, Rugby head coach Jack Clark, men’s basketball head coach Mark Fox and women’s basketball head coach Charmin Smith each spoke at the virtual event which typically consisted of a road trip to different spots around the west coast.

Senior Associate Athletics Director and CDO Brian Mann spoke on the alterations and importance of the event.

“The Cal Athletics Fund Caravan provides an opportunity to gather our community together for important conversations,” said Mann. “Given the current climate, we decided to pivot to a virtual format to provide opportunities for the Cal community to engage with our student-athletes, coaches and administrators, and we have been overwhelmed by the positive response.”

AD Jim Knowlton led the event with strong opening remarks as well:

“The name ‘Coaching Through Crisis’ seemed like a perfect way to share how our coaches have had to react during the pandemic,” Knowlton said. “How the current events have unfolded with the murder of George Floyd and the impact that has had on our coaches, staff, and nation, we thought it would be appropriate to include that today as well.”

For more on this event, head to the full release from the Cal Athletics Department.

The next caravan event is schedule for Thursday, June 18 at 4:30 p.m. PT and should present to the virtual audience Cal Olympians and Pro Bears.