A wealth of knowledge and experience leads the Bulldog program.
Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator and Academic Planning
Coach Pollack has coached at CSM since 1994. Pollack played at CSM (1988-9) where he earned All Conference Honors as a tight end. Pollack graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in business administration and St. Mary’s College with a master’s degree in physical education. Since taking over the offense coordinator duties in 2000, CSM offenses have consistently been among the best in the state. In 2009, his first year as head coach, CSM won the Northern California Championship and finished the season ranked 4th in the nation. Pollack is married with one child.
Notable players that played for Coach Pollack:
Julian Edelman: Kent State - New England Patriots
Jason Hardee: West Virginia
Marque McCray: Nebraska
Keala Keanaaina: Cal - Cleveland Browns - San Jose Sabercats
Assistant Head Coach / Outside Linebackers
Simply put, Coach Owens is the man! Coach O has coached on every level, including NFL Europe, Major College Football, and Junior College. He was head Coach at CSM for 19 years before stepping down following the 2008 season. The Bulldogs have won over 100 games under Coach Owens' leadership. After two years away from the program - in which he got married and served as a consultant for the University of California - Coach O returned to CSM full time as an outside linebackers coach and academic advisor. Coach Owens played at Sequoia High School before attending CSM and later Long Beach State. Coach bleeds blue and white, has been a bulldog for over 25 years, and has coached or hired nearly every member of the current staff.
Notable players that played for Coach Owens:
Devin Wyman: New England Patriots
Paris Lenon: Arizona Cardinals
Donnie Spragan: Miami Dolphins
Sione Sina: Cal
Asst Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator, Recruiting and Life Skills
"Coach T" has been coaching at CSM since 1997 helping lead CSM defensive players to many Division I scholarships. Tulloch was a defensive back for Palomar College (91-92) and played for Palomar's 1991 National Championship team. Tulloch then moved on to Menlo College (93-94) where he was a captain and led his team in interceptions both his junior and senior years. Tulloch graduated with a bachelor's degree in advertising and a master's in sports studies. Tulloch is married with five children.
Notable players that played for Coach Tulloch:
Eddie Elder: Arizona State University
Terence Simien: University of Louisville
Surrell Davis: Kansas State
James Julian: University of Cincinnati
Offensive Line / Director of Athletic Development
An ex-offensive lineman at CSM himself, Coach Lindenstein has been the force behind creating dominating offensive lines year in and year out. In 2003, CSM led the nation in rushing yards with 283 per game. In 2005, CSM led Northern California in rushing with 332 yards per game. His 2005 unit all received Division I scholarships.
Notable players that played for Coach Lindenstein:
James Tretheway: University of Arizona
Greg Camarillo: Stanford - San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins
Tevita Halohalo: Idaho
Jeremy Galten: USC
Coach Heck joined the Bulldog staff in ‘02 after being the head coach for two seasons at Carlmont High School. He has helped lead many defensive linemen to Division I scholarships. The Bulldog defense allowed only 68 rushing yards per game in ‘08 and was number 1 in the state in rush defense. Heck graduated from Chico State University with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and received his master’s degree in education from Notre Dame de Namur. Heck is married and has
Notable players that played for Coach Heck:
Ryan Boschetti: UCLA - Washington Redskins / Oakland Raiders
Latu Moala: Oregon State
Bernard Wolfgram: Washington State
Ray Hisitake: Hawaii
Coach Green returned to CSM in 2009 to coach the secondary. He was the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Thurgood Marshall High School where he helped guide the school to its first successful season in school history with an 8-2 record in 2008. He played cornerback at CSM in 01-03 where his secondary lead the state in INTs with 25 in (03). He transferred to Wayne State where he was captain, a 22-game starter and an all conference player. Green is a native of San Francisco and has two children.
Notable players that played for Coach Green:
Nate Jackson: Kansas State
Ronald Fields: Hawaii
Lucky Dozier: Northern Arizona
Alex Hubbard: Cal Poly
Coach Lang has been commited to coaching football since 1998. He joined the CSM family in 2005 as an assistant coach and in 2006, began developing the running backs. His coaching career began at Woodside High School as a JV head coach and varsity defensive coordinator; for three seasons his teams made CCS playoffs and won a Co-CCS Championship (1999). His coaching career has also included stops with the Redwood City 49ers and Foothill College. As a player, Coach Lang played at Woodside High School (3 years varsity) and lead the Wildcats as a sophomore in receiving touchdowns. In 1990, he played at San Jose State University. Coach Lang was awarded Outstanding Freshmen of the Year for SJSU in 1990 (California Raisin Bowl Champions) and ended the season ranked 20th in the UPI poll. Coach Lang is married with three children.
Notable players that played for Coach Lang:
Daniel Porter: University of Kansas
David Aknin: Cal
Jerrel Brown: Idaho
Sione Tavake: Utah State
Coach Gomes returned in 2009 to coach CSM's quarterbacks again after a few years away from the program. Coach Gomes coached at CSM from 2000 to 2006 and played a key role in the development of three All-State quarterbacks. Prior to CSM, Coach Gomes had coaching stints at University of Utah as the quarterback coach and Gavilan College as the offensive coordinator. A CSM alum and former quarterback, Coach Gomes led CSM to back-to-back conference championships prior to transferring to Utah. At Utah, Gomes also led the Utes to back-to-back conference championships. After graduating from Utah, Coach Gomes played 10 years of professional baseball with the San Francisco Giants organization prior to coaching football. Gomes is a member of the Serra Padres Athletic Hall of Fame. Gomes has one daughter.
Notable players that played for Coach Gomes:
Brain Vye: San Jose State
Mike McCoy: University of Utah - Denver Broncos - Green Bay Packers
Matt Pelesasa: Western Kentucky
Jason Douglas: North Carolina A&T
Inside Linebackers / Special Teams
A CSM alum, Coach Sekona returns to coach the Inside Linebackers in his 3rd season with the Bulldogs. In 2011, Coach Sekona helped the bulldog defense rank 2nd in the state in scoring at 15.1 points per game. The unit was led by his outstanding linebackers - Tevita Lataimua and Dj McDonough - who finished first and second on the team in tackles. As a player, Sekona played at Aragon High School and went on to play at CSM in 2006-2007. While at CSM, Hansen was coached and mentored by Coach Owens. A team captain in 2007, he led his team to an 8-3 season before transferring to Kansas State University. At KSU he played in all 24 games with 6 career starts including starts in games versus Texas Tech, Texas A&M, UCLA, and Louisville. His senior year at KSU he played under legendary coach Bill Snyder and earned his Bachelors Degree in Criminology in 2009. Sekona is married to Alisi Lehuanani Unga.
Notable players that played for Coach Sekona:
Justin Sagote: Washington State
Tevita Lataimua: Hawaii
Eric Tuipulotu: Idaho
James McCullough: Texas Southern
A CSM alum, Coach Price joins the Bulldogs for his first season in 2012 to coach the slot receivers. Wes was a three year starter at quarterback at Hillsdale High School in San Mateo. He played at CSM in 07-08 under Coach Owens and was coached by Coach Pollack. Price helped the Bulldogs win the 2007 Bulldog Bowl during his freshman season, and was a team captain and Academic All-American his sophomore season. After a year at Cal-Poly, Price transferred to University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh where he played slot receiver in 2010 and 2011. Wes helped the Titans to a 7-3 mark and earned his Bachelors Degree in Philosophy in May of 2012.
Player Development and Operations
A CSM alum, Terry Butler rejoined the CSM staff in 2010 after being away from the program for several years. Coach Butler assists with player development and operations, as well as being heavily involved in recruiting. Coach Butler is a 1992 graduate of Saint Francis High School where he was a varsity player for 3 years. After a year at UC Davis, Coach Butler transferred to the College of San Mateo and played one season under Coach Larry Owens. He then earned a scholarship to Eastern Illinois University where he played for two seasons. His senior year, Butler helped the EIU Panthers finish the season with a 10-2 record, winning the Gateway Conference, playing in the D1-AA playoffs, and finishing 18th in the country. Coach Butler coached the defensive backs at CSM from '96-'98. He is married with 3 kids. He works as a fireman in Reno, NV. He has a Bachelors of Science degree in Fire Science.
When he graduated from high school, Damion Caldwell was eligible to play football for an out-of-state university but chose to attend CSM. His reasoning: he wanted to play for Larry Owens, the college’s former head football coach. That decision proved pivotal in shaping the direction Damion would follow. He credits “Coach O” and the entire football program at the college –coaches, trainers, athletic director and the rest of the staff – with providing an important support network and the structure he needed to be successful in the classroom and on the playing field. His coaches provided mentorship and counseling, they taught him life skills and they fostered a sense of independence that proved to be important when Damion transitioned to the next step in his college education. After playing two seasons at CSM, he transferred to Eastern Washington University (EWU) where he continued his studies and collegiate football career.
Damion found he was better prepared as a transfer student from CSM than many players that began at EWU as freshman. “CSM gave me a valuable foundation which has served me well beyond athletics.” A highly successful student-athlete, Damion earned a B.S. degree from EUW in developmental psychology. After seven years of working for social service agencies -- which ran the gamut of a mental health facility for youth, medium security prison, mental hospital, group home for foster children and alternative high school, he was ready for the next step: graduate school. Having recently completed a Masters in Social Work from San Francisco State University, Damion is currently a social worker in Child Protective Services with the County of San Mateo. However, his story is far from finished. Taking his experience in social work to the next level, Damion has applied for post-graduate studies with the goal of becoming a social psychologist or a researcher in the area of social welfare.
In an effort to give back what he received as an athlete at CSM, Damion has recently established a nonprofit organization, Walkthrough Inc., which provides “mentoring to community college football players throughout their journey to achieve the highest level of academic and athletic success.” His objective in developing the organization was to replicate the structure and “roadmap” that he experienced at CSM for other student athletes. It is not at all surprising that when he introduced the concept of Walkthrough, Inc. to CSM’s football staff, it was received with overwhelming support.
Coach Ware graduated from Dartmouth in 2003 where he almost set every punting and kickoff record including most tackles by a kicker in a career (46) and unofficially he was the first person in Dartmouth history to kickoff and then tackle the returner inside the opposing team's 10 yard line. These accolades awarded him into the Dartmouth Athletic Hall of Fame. At CSM Coach Ware coaches the punters, kickers, holders and snappers. Previously, Coach Ware coached for 4 years in San Francisco's AAA league at Washington and Mission high school. He helped turn around the Mission program, turning a defunct team into league champions, winning him San Francisco's Coordinator of the Year.
Kirk has been the CSM ball boy since 1970. His passion for CSM football is contagious and his commitment to the program is unmatched. Kirk is present on the sidelines of every game.