View from the Hot Seats
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Toledo and Steve Lavin talk about pressure, the press, winning and
losing and playing for keeps
Paul Feinberg '85 and B.J. Violett '81
has the most successful, across-the-board athletic department of
any university in the country. It has produced world-famous athletes
too numerous to mention. In almost every sport, it ranks among the
nation's elite, and coaches like Al Scates and Guy Baker are recognized
as among the best if not the best at what they do.
no one can deny that football and basketball are the engines that
run the machine, the glamour programs, first among equals, if you
will. They get the press for better or worse; they play in
front of large crowds; they're on television. They also bring in
it's probably fair to say that Bob Toledo and Steve Lavin occupy
sort of parallel worlds in the hot seats of the UCLA sporting universe.
But the synchronicity doesn't stop there:
are Bay Area expatriates, from San Jose and San Francisco, respectively.
Both went to San Francisco State (Toledo transferred in, Lavin out).
Both were Bruin assistants to longtime, successful UCLA head coaches.
And both have already experienced the pressure-cooker ups and downs
of running big-time programs. But as they enter their third year
at the helm, they have established their respective programs as
their own. Need proof? According to the national recruiting services,
the UCLA football and basketball programs both had the top recruiting
classes in the nation. If that's ever happened before anywhere
we couldn't find evidence of it.
summer, Lavin and Toledo took a break from their summer camps to
sit down with UCLA Magazine to tell us some of their secrets. And,
no, Toledo did not reveal his next trick play.
wondered, Bob, if you knew of Steve's father, Cap, a renowned high
school and college basketball player, coach and teacher in the Bay