California Trip – Third leg


The third leg of the California trip was to the Bay Area to visit friends and family. We visited Jon Haskins, Director of Player Development for Stanford Football. Jon took us on a tour of the changes athletic complex, much of which my wife had not seen. The highlight for her was seeing the new football stadium. We then visited my wife’s roommate/bridesmaid from Stanford. It was fun visiting with her and her husband. Their son is director of Basketball operation at LSU. From there it was onto to Sacramento to visit my brother in-law and sister in law. My sister in-law Cindy Banks-Anderson was a pentathlete that I coached at Cal from 1978 to 1980. What an athlete! At one time she held the school record in the Discus, Shot Put, Javelin, Pentathlon and ran a leg on the school record 4 x 100m relay. Arguably she may be one of the best female track athletes ever at Cal. Amazingly she is not in their hall of fame. It was really fun watching their 14 year old daughter go through a training session. She may a better athlete than her mother. Now back to reality. Today we start volleyball at Venice. Should be an exciting season. Looking forward to starting, but missing California.
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Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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