Former football coach will oversee Holiday and Poinsettia Bowls
SAN DIEGO – Longtime college football and NFL coach, Ted Tollner, has been elected president of the 2016 San Diego Bowl Game Association by the nonprofit organization’s board of directors. He succeeds Kimberley Layton, who becomes Chairman of the Board.
“I am honored to be a part of the bowl games and look forward to another terrific year for our region. Tollner said. “I am excited to work with a civic-minded group of leaders and to continue a great college football tradition here in San Diego.”
The Holiday Bowl is in its 39th year and will once again bring to San Diego a match-up of top teams from the Big Ten and Pac-12 Conferences. The SDCCU Poinsettia Bowl, in its 12th year, will feature a Mountain West team against bowl-eligible BYU.
Tollner served as head football coach at USC and San Diego State University. At USC, he led the Trojans to the 1984 Pac-10 Championship and a Rose Bowl victory over Ohio State. He was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year for 1984. In 1994, Tollner took over an SDSU team that had posted just four winning seasons in the previous eleven and led the team to their first post-season bowl game in seven years. He also coached in the NFL for fifteen seasons, at both the assistant level and as offensive coordinator for various teams, including the San Diego Chargers.
Tollner retired in 2011 after a 48-year coaching career. He was elected to the bowl association’s board of directors in 2013.
Tollner grew up in Palo Alto, California. He attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he played football and baseball. He and his wife, Barbara, have been married 56 years. They live in Pacific Beach and have three adult children – Linda, Tammy and Bruce – and 10 grandchildren.
The mission of the San Diego Bowl Games is to generate tourism, exposure, economic benefit and civic pride for San Diego and its citizens by producing the nation’s most exciting bowl games and festivals of events. Since 1978, the two games have combined to generate an economic benefit of more than $750 million for the San Diego region.
Other 2016 elected officers include: Marlee Ehrenfeld, President-Elect; Paul Hering, Treasurer; and Dan Moore, Secretary.