BERKELEY –Torre Becton has agreed to become the head strength and conditioning coach for the Cal football program. Becton, a well-respected coach within his industry for his educational approach to the profession, has spent the past six campaigns in the Pac-12 on the strength and conditioning staffs at USC (2016) and Washington (2011-15), helping the programs to bowl games each season.
"I am thrilled to be joining the football coaching staff at the University of California," Becton said. "Justin Wilcox is a terrific coach that I was able to make a great connection with when we worked together previously at Washington and I am excited about building upon that at Cal. I'm just looking to do my part to help develop student-athletes to their fullest potential and win championships."
Wilcox, who was named Cal's head coach this past Saturday, worked with Becton during the 2012 and '13 seasons at Washington while serving as defensive coordinator for the Huskies.
"Torre is an organized and detailed professional with a strategic plan that will help our football student-athletes reach their full potential," Wilcox said. "Certainly, the success he has had in developing tremendous football student-athletes at both Washington and USC over the past six years stands out, but even more impressive to me is the way in which he has done it. Torre has an innovative, smart and detailed plan that not only motivates student-athletes to be their best but does so efficiently. I had the pleasure of working directly with Torre when we were at Washington together and was extremely impressed."
In his most recent position at USC in 2016, Becton was the associate head strength and conditioning coach and helped the Trojans develop into one of the top teams in the nation with a final No. 3 ranking in the AP Top 25 poll.
Becton spent the five prior seasons as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Washington, the first three under head coach Steve Sarkisian and another two campaigns after being retained by head coach Chris Petersen. Becton played a significant role in developing the foundation for a 2016 squad that captured the Pac-12 title and reached the College Football Playoff semifinals before ending the season ranked No. 4 in the final AP Top 25 poll.
Becton also took on the key role of overseeing the integration of freshmen into the team training structure and football program at both USC and Washington by designing and implementing a mentoring orientation period that would help them become acclimated to life on a college campus and increase their chances of success.
Before moving to the Pac-12, Becton spent one season as the Director of Speed, Strength and Development at South Carolina State in 2010, where he helped the Bulldogs to a 9-2 overall record and a share of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship.
Becton also picked up one season of experience in the NFL as a strength and conditioning assistant with the Houston Texans in 2009 after stints on staffs at Iowa State (2007-08), Baylor (2003-06) and Oklahoma State (2002-03).
Becton was the first person in his family to attend college and played football for four seasons on the defensive line during his playing career at North Carolina A&T State (1996-2000) with the Aggies winning the MEAC title during his 1999 junior campaign. Becton graduated from North Carolina A&T State in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education/fitness and wellness management. He added a master's degree in Sport Science from the United States Sports Academy in 2014.
Becton is certified through the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) and is also Strength & Conditioning Coach (SCCC) and Functional Movement Systems (FMS) Level 1 certified.
The well-versed Becton completed 450 hours as an intern with the Director of Football Operations at Washington in 2013 and is on the programming committee for the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), a former huddle leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Becton and his wife, Chinela, have one daughter, Ariyah.
TORRE BECTON FILE
Birthdate: June 24, 1978
Hometown: Kinston, North Carolina
High School: Kinston HS
College: North Carolina A&T State, 2000, Bachelor's in Health and Physical Education/Fitness and Wellness Management; United States Sports Academy, 2014, Master's in Sport Science
Family: Wife, Chinela; Daughter, Ariyah
Season: Team – Position (Postseason)
2002: Oklahoma State – Speed, Strength and Conditioning Graduate Assistant Coach (Houston Bowl)
2003: Baylor – Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
2004: Baylor – Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
2005: Baylor – Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
2006: Baylor – Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
2007: Iowa State – Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning
2008: Iowa State – Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning
2009: Houston Texans (NFL) – Strength and Conditioning Assistant
2010: South Carolina State – Director of Strength and Conditioning
2011: Washington – Assistant Head Strength and Conditioning Coach (Alamo Bowl)
2012: Washington – Assistant Head Strength and Conditioning Coach (Las Vegas Bowl)
2013: Washington – Assistant Head Strength and Conditioning Coach (Fight Hunger Bowl)
2014: Washington – Assistant Head Strength and Conditioning Coach (Cactus Bowl)
2015: Washington – Assistant Head Strength and Conditioning Coach (Heart of Dallas Bowl)
2016: USC – Associate Head Strength and Conditioning Coach (Rose Bowl)