Gladstone Highlights Best of Rest

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Editor's Note: The following are, in order, the Daily Cal sports staff's picks for the best of the rest of Cal's men's coaches.

2. Steve Gladstone (crew): One might say that becoming a champion is not the problem - it is staying the champion that is the true test of a team. What has applied to Cal crew applies just as well to its coach, Steve Gladstone.

In the fourth year of his second stint as the head coach of men's crew, Gladstone has shaped another national-champion caliber team from the scavenged hulk of last year's IRA champions. Left with only two returning rowers and a coxswain, men's crew has again exceeded expectations, setting and resetting course records and upsetting the US National team on the way to an undefeated start.

3. Barry Weiner (gymnastics): One of the best gymnastics coaches in Cal history, Weiner has led his underfunded teams to the NCAA Championship meet three times in the last 4 years, winning back-to-back titles in 1997 and '98.

Under Weiner's direction, four gymnasts advanced to the NCAA Individual Championship Meet and one won a title this season.

Weiner was selected to be an assistant coach to the US National team after his self-proclaimed "best-coaching job" this season.

4. Mike Bottom As the associate head coach of the men's swimming team, Mike Bottom may not have been the man in charge, but his impact was felt the world over.

Bottom's foremost duty was overseeing the squad's sprinters and to say that he got results from his athletes would be somewhat of an understatement. The third-year coach helped turn Anthony Ervin from a talented freshman in September into a world record breaker in March. Ervin swam a 21.21 in the 50 freestyle at the NCAA Championships to become the fastest person ever in that event.

Bottom also oversaw the 400 free relay team that set an NCAA record at the Pac-10 Championships. Under Bottom, sophomore Matt Macedo, junior Scott Greenwood, Ervin and senior Bart Kizierowski swam a time of 2:49.85 to set the record.

5. Lyle Setencich (football): Cal's defensive coordinator did a masterful job of patching up the Bears' depleted defense last fall. Season-opener starters Matt Beck, Jerry Deloach, Chidi Iwuoma, Keith Miller and Damian Marzett each missed at least one game last season, and Beck and DeLoach each missed the majority of the season.

Despite the rash of injuries, the "Hit Squad" finished first in the Pac-10 in total defense (352.6 yards per game) and scoring defense (23.1 points per game).


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