Del Castillo, Rickard Receive Promotions On Men's Gym Staff
BERKELEY – Two familiar names on California men's gymnastics received significant title changes this week, as Bryan Del Castillo was elevated from Assistant Coach to Associate Head Coach and newly-graduated Caleb Rickard was named Volunteer Assistant Coach.
Del Castillo, a former Cal gymnast, U.S. National Team member, Pan American gold medalist and international coach, acted as Assistant Coach of the program for the past three years before his promotion to Associate Head Coach. In that time, the Bears reached the NCAA Championships each year that they were held, reaching a high ranking of ninth in 2022. Noah Newfeld's 2021 College Gymnastics Association (CGA) Rookie of the Year campaign came under Del Castillo's watch, as did 13 CGA and MPSF weekly honors; additionally, he oversaw 11 individual and 13 team Top 3 scores in the Cal record books.
"Bryan has brought strong technical coaching and training techniques to this team," said head coach J.T. Okada. "He is thoughtful in his approach and calm in his execution. In his expanded role he will take on accountability and set the direction for certain aspects of the program."
"Going forward, I will be responsible for specific duties and projects," Del Castillo said. "I plan to bring fresh ideas to the table and implement changes to improve team performance and the student-athlete experience."
Rickard, a 2022 graduate and team captain who owns the top three vault scores in modern program history, reached All-American status in the event in 2021, as well as earning MPSF Gymnast of the Week honors in March of 2020. He most recently competed in the all-around at the 2022 NCAA Championships, reaching the finals on vault; at the end-of-year banquet, he received the program's Keeney-Frey Award for his demonstrated leadership skills and positive character.
"Having just graduated, Caleb will bring a recency lens to our coaching staff; it will greatly help our team to have a full three-coach platoon," Okada said. "As a team captain, Caleb was exceptional – I believe that he will be equally as effective as an assistant coach."
"It's definitely going to be different being on the other end of things," said Rickard, "but I'm excited to learn and experience what the team is like from a more administrative side. While I'll miss competing with the team, I'm excited to still be involved and in the gym helping them improve every day. I can't wait to step into this new role."
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