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A wealth of knowledge and experience leads the Bulldog program.

Tim Tulloch, Head Coach, Recruiting and Life Skills Tim Tulloch
Head Coach, Recruiting and Life Skills
"Coach T" has been coaching at CSM since 1997 helping lead hundreds of CSM players to Division I scholarships. Coach believes in building men of character on and off the field. The CSM staff emphasizes academic performance and the personal development of each individual scholar-athlete to prepare them for life beyond football. Coach Tulloch was awarded Bay 6 Coach of the Year (2018) and NorCal Coach of the Year (2019).

Tulloch was a defensive back for Palomar College (91-92) when Palomar won the 1991 National Championship. 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
Bret Pollack, Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator Bret Pollack
Assistant Head Coach, Offensive Line, Academics
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 has a seven year-old son.

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
Dominick Jackson:  Alabama
Haniteli Lousi: Oregon
Hansen SekonaHansen Sekona, CSM '07
Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers
Coach Sekona is in his second year as the Defensive Coordinator at the College of San Mateo. Coach Sekona returned to CSM after spending the 2017 season as the linebackers coach at Portland State University.  For the 2015 & 2016 seasons Coach Sekona was a graduate assistant at the University of Washington. Coach Sekona helped coach the linebackers for the 2016 Pac-12 Champions. Prior to his stints at Portland State and the University of Washington, Coach Sekona was the linebackers coach for the College of San Mateo from 2010 to 2014. Coach Sekona, who attended Aragon High School, began his playing career at the College of San Mateo where he was an All-State linebacker. After CSM, he transferred to Kansas State, earning two letters as a linebacker for the Wildcats.  Coach Sekona played in all 24 games during his Wildcats career. Coach Sekona earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology from Kansas State. He has also earned a master’s degree in Ed. IAL (Intercollegiate Athletics Leadership) from the University of Washington.  Coach Sekona is married.
Mike DovenbergMike Dovenberg
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
Mike Dovenberg joined the CSM coaching staff in January 2017, after spending the previous three seasons as the Head Football Coach at Gavilan College in Gilroy, CA. Coach Dovenberg will serve as Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks coach, and will assist with fundraising and student-athlete academic success. During Dovenberg’s tenure at Gavilan from 2014-2016, over 40 players earned the opportunity to continue their football and academic careers with scholarships to four-year programs. 

In 2014, Coach Dovenberg was named to the inaugural “30 Under 30” class by the NCAA and American Football Coaches Association, recognizing the top 30 future leaders of the coaching profession.

Before taking over as Head Coach at Gavilan, Coach Dovenberg spent one year as Offensive Coordinator and QB/WR coach. He came to Gavilan from Kansas Wesleyan University, where he coached wide receivers from 2012-2013. Dovenberg also coached one year at Ellsworth College, where he worked with Tight Ends in 2011. Coach Dovenberg began his coaching career at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he served as WR/DB coach and coordinated the offense and special teams from 2009-2010.
Matt DovenbergMatt Dovenberg
Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends
Coach Dovenberg joined the CSM coaching staff in January 2018.  Prior to the College of San Mateo, Coach Dovenberg served as the Special Teams Quality Control Coach at Eastern Michigan University during the 2017 season. Dovenberg returned to his Alma mater, University of Minnesota, for the 2016 season as the Special Teams Quality Control Coach. While at Minnesota, Dovenberg worked with Emmit Carpenter, who became the 2016 Big Ten Kicker of the Year. Minnesota nationally ranked 15th in KOR and 19th in Kickoff during the 2016 season.

After graduation, Dovenberg coached at Concordia University – St. Paul (MN) for the 2014 and 2015 season. As the Wide Receivers Coach / Offensive GA, he coached WR Alquawn Vickers, who was the NSIC Newcomer of the Year Award, named to the Don Hansen All-America Third Team All-Purpose, and led NCAA Division II in combined return (PR/KR) yards. Dovenberg also was responsible for the Kickoff Return unit, which ranked 15th in all of Division II Football. He received a Master's degree in Sport Management at Concordia.

Dovenberg graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2014 with a degree in Sport Management.

The Decorah, Iowa native is the son of Richard and Marian Dovenberg. He has an older brother, Mike, and is one of three triplets, with younger sisters Kate and Liz.

Larry OwensLarry Owens
Special Adviser to the Head Coach/Defensive Line
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
Jake Kearney: Cal

Omari GreenOmari Green, CSM '03
Defensive Backs/Passing Game Coordinator
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.  He is married 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
Deshane Hines: Utah St.
Bryant Hayes: Utah St.
Joe Turner: Auburn
Leighton LangLeighton Lang
Running Backs
Coach Lang has been committed 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 1990-1995, 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. He is an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. 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
Spencer GilfordSpencer Gilford
Outside Linebackers
Coach Gilford returned to the CSM coaching staff in 2015.  He's coached a variety of positions since his return to CSM.  Coach Gilford will be in charge of the Outside Linebackers.  Coach Gilford is in his  20th year of coaching and mentoring college and high school student–athletes.  His college coaching experience includes time spent as a head coach, defensive coordinator, special teams coordinator, secondary coach, inside linebacker coach, outside linebacker coach, tight ends/assistant OL coach, wide receivers coach, defensive assistant, and a recruiting assistant at the major Division I level, FCS level, Community College level and High School level.

Prior to his time at CSM, Coach GIlford served as the Head Football Coach at Gavilan College.  The Rams opened the 2014 season 2-0 and ranked #4 in the American Conference of the NCFA, which was their best start in 10 years. They also had their first four-win season in 2013, a feat they hadn’t accomplished since 2006. During his time as head coach, 32 Rams signed with four-year schools.

Prior to Gavilan College, Gilford was the Defensive Coordinator at Los Medanos College, and improved their rank 20 positions in the state, reduced opponents yards per game by 55.8 yards, reduced opponents points per game by 15.8 points and doubled the sacks to 24.  Before Los Medanos, Gilford served as Outside Linebacker Coach at the College of San Mateo.  During the 2007 season, he served as a defensive assistant and recruiting assistant at Stanford University. He has had prior stints at FCS-level St. Mary's College, Diablo Valley College and Fremont High School.  Coach Gilford is married with two children.
Jason HardeeJason Hardee, CSM '01
Defensive Line
Coach Hardee joined the CSM coaching staff in 2015.  He will be coaching Defensive Ends along with Defensive tackles. With 10 years of Coaching experience at Menlo-Atherton High School and Serra High School. He also was an assistant coach for basketball the last 2 years for Canada Junior College in Redwood City, while helping them reach the California State Final Four. Hardee played football at CSM for the 2001 Coast Conference champions as a TE. He was a 4-star recruit and caught 12 Touchdowns under Offensive Coordinator Bret Pollack. After CSM he earned a scholarship to West Virginia University where he played Defensive End and lead the team in Sacks his junior and senior seasons while also receiving Honorable Mention All-American in his senior season. After receiving his BA in Athletic Coaching Education he played Professional Arena football for the Green Bay Blizzard and New York Dragons of the AFL. For the Blizzard he set franchise records in career sacks and most in a single game. He was elected into Serra High School Hall of Fame. Hardee is a native of San Mateo.

Notable players that played for Coach Hardee:
Matt Dickerson: UCLA
David Bakhtiari: Colorado-Green Bay Packers
Luke Longinotti: Yale
Bryce Rodgers: UC Davis
Brendan Hisao: Western State Colorado University
Tevita HalaholoTevita Halaholo, CSM '07
Offensive Line
Coach Tevita joined the CSM coaching staff in 2017. Tevita graduated from Mills High School in 2006. He played OL at College of San Mateo (06-07) and University of Idaho (09-10). He graduated with a BA in Sociology-Criminology in 2011 from Idaho. He was Graduate Assistant for Idaho football from 2011-2014 while earning a Masters in Adult Organizational Learning and Leadership in 2014. Tevita returned home in 2014, where he coached OL at his alma mater, Mills High School, for two seasons.
Kevin BoothKevin Booth, CSM '05
Assistant Linebackers
Coach Booth returned to CSM as a coach in 2017.  Coach Booth will be coaching the inside linebackers. He spent 2016 and 2015 seasons at De Anza College, first as the linebackers coach, then was promoted to the Defensive coordinator position. He spent 2014 to 2011 at Gavilan College, during his time there he coached Outside Linebackers, Running Backs and was Co-special teams coordinator. Coach Booth attended Jefferson High School graduating in 2002. He played at College of San Mateo from 2003- 2005, where he benefited from the greyshirt program. Starting as a Freshmen on a defensive that lead the state in interceptions in route to a 10-1 record.  After his sophomore year at CSM, he transferred to Lane College in Jackson, TN.






Jason PollakJason Pollak
Wide Receivers

We would like to announce the arrival of our new WR Coach Jason Pollak.  Coach "JP" bring a ton of Division 1 experience to our program after spending the last 9 years at the Division 1 level.  He started his college career at San Jose State as a student assistant working with the LB's in 2010.  Knowing that his passion was on the offensive side, he moved over there the following year as a graduate assistant coaching the WR's for both the 2011 and the 2012 seasons.  During this time period he coached the #1 and #2 leading WR's in San Jose State history in Chandler Jones and Noel Grigsby.  He credits both Terry Malley and Brent Brennan for mentoring him and help molding his coaching style and philosophies.  His final year at San Jose State the team finished 11-2 winning the Military Bowl and ending the season being ranked as one of the Top 25 teams in the country. 

In 2013 he was hired by Sacramento State where he spent the next 6 seasons as the WR Coach.  During his 6 years there he had 13 All-Conference WR's and 1 All-American (DeAndre Carter).  Under Coach Pollak's tutelage DeAndre finished his senior season with 99 Receptions 1321 Receiving Yds and 17 TD's this earned him finalist honors for the Walter Payton award.  All three statistics are #1 in Sacramento State history for a single season.  DeAndre is currently a member of the Houston Texans.  During the 2017 season he also coached the #1 and #2 WR's in the nation for yards per reception (Andre Lindsey & Jaelin Ratliff).  Coach Pollak's coaching philosophy is simple: his objective is to assist in the development of student athletes in a critical point in their lives.  Never be out worked or unprepared.  He says that he always wants to maintain a professional work ethic while making decisions that are consistent with a high moral code.  He currently lives in San Jose with his wife Julie whom he as been married to for 7 years, and their son Julian.

Jesse Lindenstein, Offensive LineJesse Lindenstein
Director of Sports Performance and Wellness - Football 
Jesse Lindenstein has been associated with the CSM football program since 2003. Lindenstein has created a comprehensive player development program designed to achieve three primary goals: injury prevention, athletic performance enhancement, and mental discipline development. Integral parts of Lindenstein's program include sports nutrition education, lifestyle management, and sports psychology programming, all of which ensure the optimal physical and mental preparation of the athletes.  Lindenstein is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, USA Olympic Weightlifting Level 1, USA Track and Field, and Functional Movement Screening Level 2.

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
Terry ButlerTerry Butler, CSM '93
Recruiting Coordinator/Player Development/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 the recruiting coordinator.  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 Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership.

Kirk SandvikKirk Sandvik
Ball Boy
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
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