Burke spent the last year training for the Olympic trials
The junior from San Diego becomes the first Torero to be named a first team All-American
Three Toreros Named to All-WCC Team
USD will compete in the WCC Championships next weekend
Gonzaga crowned champions and receive automatic qualifier. USD has won four of the past six WCC Championships
- Four WCC championships (’10, '11, '12, & '14)
- 2014 NCAA Championship appearance - Finished No. 15
- Five-Time WCC Coach of the Year (’09, '10, '11, '12, & '14)
- Finished season in CRCA Top 20 twice ('14 & '16)
- Finished first or tied for first in six of the last seven WCC Championships
- Coached Three CRCA All-Americans
- Coached Nine CRCA All-West Region Honorees
- Coached 29 All-WCC Selections
In the past seven years, the Toreros have taken first or tied for first at the WCC Championships six times. USD has been ranked in the Top 20 nationally each of the past three years, producing All-Americans at the end of each of those seasons.
Under Cupini's guidance, the Toreros have had three All-Americans, nine All-West Region honorees and 29 All-WCC selections, including four WCC Coxswains of the Year and two WCC Newcomers of the Year (Michelle Campbell and Nneka Anyanwu). Academically, Cupini has overseen a Torero program that has had 30 rowers earn WCC All-Academic distinction and 24 CRCA Scholar-Athletes.
The Toreros finished the 2015-16 season with a No. 19 national ranking, the second time in three years that USD has finished the year in the Top 20 (No. 15 in 2014). They also ended the season No. 6 in the CRCA Regional Rankings. For the second year in a row, the Toreros won the V4+ and 2V8 races at the WCC championships and tied for first place. Junior Uche Anyanwu became the first Torero to be named a first team All-American and she was joined by Avalon Koenig and Megan McNamara on the All-WCC team. The Toreros were invited to the prestigious Windermere Cup in Seattle where the V8+ took the silver medal.
In the 2014-15 season, the Toreros won the V4+ and 2V8 races at the WCC championships and tied for first place. Nneka Anyanwu was named to the All-American second team and joined MJ Keys and Cristina Morcom on the All-WCC team.
The 2013-14 season was groundbreaking for the Torero rowing program. USD qualified for the NCAA Championships for the first time in school history and finished 15th place overall. The Torero V8 and V4 both earned 14th place finishes, coming in ahead of schools such as Washington State, Harvard, and UCLA. The strong performance gave USD a final national ranking of No. 15, putting the Toreros ahead of traditional powerhouse programs such as Wisconsin, Louisville, Yale, Syracuse, and Dartmouth. The 2014 season also saw the Toreros earn a full sweep at the WCC Championships, while also taking home all major awards; Michelle Campbell (Rower of the Year), Erica Mayer (Cox of the Year), Nneka Anyanwu (Newcomer of the Year), and Cupini took home her fifth WCC Coach of the Year award in the past six years. Campbell and Mayer were also named to the CRCA All-Region Team, and Campbell became just the second Torero ever to earn All-American Honors. The team went toe-to-toe with some of the top programs in the nation throughout the spring season to help them earn all three WCC Crew of the Month honors. In April, the V8 took fourth place at the Crew Classic Jessop-Whittier Grand Final and in the following week the USD V4 knocked off No. 1 Cal at the Lake Natoma Invite.
The Toreros completed a grueling schedule in 2012-13 that pitted them against numerous CRCA Top-25 opponents at events like the Longhorn Invitational (Austin, Tex.), Oregon State Classic (Corvallis, Ore.), and San Diego Crew Classic (Mission Bay). The Toreros received top-25 votes and the V8 was honored as the inaugural WCC Crew of the Month for April, 2013. The Toreros finished second at the WCC Championships, breaking their string of three straight championships. USD took first in the V4 race, but took second in the V8 coming in just one second behind Gonzaga.
In 2012, Cupini led the team through a competitive season of racing with duals against the nation's top crews, including four CRCA Top-25 opponents, as well as a top finish in the Cal Cup at San Diego Crew Classic. The season peaked with a third consecutive West Coast Conference championship, while Cupini garnered her fourth straight WCC Coach of the Year honor. Through Cupini's leadership, the Toreros proudly placed three rowers on the All-WCC team as well as a CRCA All-West Region first team recipient (Hannah Patrick).
In 2011, Cupini embarked on her most successful season to date as the season highlighted races in the Jessop-Whittier Cup at San Diego Crew Classic with a petite final finish with wins over Pac-12 and Big Ten programs. USD won the Oklahoma Invitational for the second consecutive year and swept all seven races at the So-Cal Invitational Dual. The team rounded out the season with a second consecutive WCC Championship win. Three athletes were recognized as All-WCC first team honorees along WCC Coxswain of the Year Allyn Delozier. The Toreros followed this success at WIRAs with a first-ever first-place finish in the V8 and All-Points Trophy as well as the Team Efficiency Trophy. The team brought home three first-team All-WIRA recipients as well as two second-team All-WIRA recipients. Under Cupini's guidance, one rower was named CRCA first team All-West Region (Hannah Patrick), while Cupini received WCC Coach of the Year for the third year.
In 2010, Cupini brought her team home from the Oklahoma Invitational undefeated. Cupini continued the team's winning streak with a championship Cal Cup win at San Diego Crew Classic. She made history for the rowing program with their first-ever WCC championship. The team followed their success with a second place finish in the V8 at WIRAs. Cupini was awarded WCC Coach of the Year as well as WIRA Coach of the Year. Her athletes came home with three All-WCC first team recipients and three first team and two second team All-WIRA recipients. The Toreros also claimed a CRCA All-West region second team recipient.
In 2009, Cupini oversaw a team that finished in the top four in all events, with highlights stemming from the West Coast Conference Championships and Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta, as well as successfully defending the Berg Cup with a first-place finish by the Second Varsity 8 squad. At the WCC Championships for the 2009 season, the team finished second place overall, capturing a gold medal in the Varsity 4 division while taking home the silver in both the Varsity 8 and Second Varsity 8 races. Cupini and the Toreros followed up their conference performance by medaling in all Varsity events at the WIRA Championships, with a silver medal finish from the Second Varsity 8 and two bronze medal finishes from the Varsity 4 and Varsity 8. Through Cupini's leadership, five Toreros were honored as All-WIRA performers, including three first-team members. The team finished the 2009 season strong in the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Advancing to the grand finals, the Second Varsity 8 captured the silver medal while the Varsity 8 finished fourth.
In her first season, Cupini led the Toreros to more top finishes in other regattas across the nation. The Toreros captured the gold in the Berg Cup, the San Diego City Championship, and the Row for the Cure. The team went on to place second in the Cal Cup event at the San Diego Crew Classic. They were only 1.1 seconds shy of the gold. Cupini also led the team to a second place finish at the West Coast Conference Championships. At Conference, the Toreros showed their depth racing to a second place finish in each event; the Varsity 4, Second Varsity 8, and the Varsity 8. The Toreros concluded the 2008 season making the grand finals at the Dad Vail Regatta. Following the 2008 season, Cupini was asked to assist with the Junior National Team Development Camp in Connecticut to prepare athletes for the Junior National Team and the Junior World Championships.
Within the Athletic Department at USD, under the guidance of Cupini, the rowing team received the Torero Champs Challenge award. This award was given to the team who showed the highest level of dedication to community service and involvement in San Diego, and an equally high level of support for other USD athletic events.
Before Cupini's arrival to the University of San Diego as Head Coach in 2007, she was the Varsity Assistant Coach at the University of Central Florida. During the 2006-2007 Season, UCF recorded its best results in program history, being one of only sixteen teams to earn a NCAA Championship berth. During the season, the Varsity 8 received its first national ranking at No. 9 and the team went on to finish third in the South Region. The squad also claimed the overall point trophy at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Championships. Individually, Cupini received a Scholar-Athlete Inspirational Award in the spring of 2007, which was nominated by UCF's first ever National Scholar-Athlete and All-American Krystina Sarff.
During the 2005-2006 Season at Central Florida, Cupini assisted the Varsity 8 in earning its first ever top 20 ranking in the USRowing/CRCA Coaches' Poll. That same year the team claimed its highest team ranking to date finishing fourth in its region at the South/Central Regional Championship. Cupini also coached the Varsity 4 to wins over Michigan, UCLA, Notre Dame, Louisville, Columbia, Syracuse, Miami, and Clemson. Cupini was nominated for South Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2006.
As a former assistant at the University of San Diego in 2004, Cupini assisted the Toreros to a second place finish at the WCC Championship in the 2004-2005 Season and boosted the largest varsity returning roster in program history. In addition to her coaching responsibilities, Cupini served as the assistant in the Student-Athlete Academic Support Program.
As an alumni of USD and a former Torero Rower, Cupini was a three-time MVP (2001-2003), a two-time Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association All-Conference pick (2002 and 2003), and a two-time All-WCC performer (2001 and 2003). In 2003, she was the recipient of the Leadership and Contribution to Student Life Award. During her rowing career at USD, she also served as co-captain, made the WCC All-Academic Team, was voted most inspirational athlete, and received the Best Effort award. Cupini graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a minor in Business Administration.
Cupini began her rowing career in her hometown of Rochester, NY as a starting member of Pittsford Rowing Club during its inaugural season. Cupini's Varsity 8 placed second at the New York State Championship and went on to compete at the Junior Nationals in their first year of competition. Today, Cupini has received the highest USRowing Coaching Certification, Level III, and continues to participate in the USRA Advanced Coaching Series.
Pick Up Tickets for the Gonzaga Game
Students that make a $5 donation will be entered to win big prizes
Baseball Season Opener Preview
San Diego plays No. 6 Vanderbilt Thursday
Torero Timeout with Sarah Kapple
Take a Timeout by the beach with cross country/track Senior Sarah Kapple as she goes for a morning jog
Softball Season Opener at Arizona
Softball kicks off their season in the Kajikawa Classic at ASU
Torero Timeout with Aubrey Ward-El
Learn a little more about Ward-El in 60 seconds of rapid fire of questions
Meet the Toreros: Gui Osorio
Get to know USD Men's Tennis Freshman Gui Osorio
For the Love of the Game Recap
USD's baseball fundraiser honored the Class of 2007 and MLB players, Kris Bryant, AJ Griffin and Sammy Solis
Torero Timeout with Filip Vittek
Senior tennis player Filip Vittek takes a timeout on the way to practice
Men's Tennis Head To L.A. To Play In ITA Kick Off Weekend
Watch the season preview with seniors Josh Page, Filip Vittek & Head Coach Ryan Keckley
USD Women's Tennis Hosts Season Opener
The Toreros open their 2017 spring season at home against UCSD and Cal State Fullerton
Torero Timeout With AS President TJ Hodges
Take 60 seconds to learn a bit about graduating junior & cross-country runner TJ Hodges
Torero Timeout With Bri Jurries
Take the first Timeout of the New Year with senior swimmer Bri Jurries
USD Men's Basketball Teams Up With PYBL Challenged Division
The Toreros teach children basketball drills and games in annual community service project
Bill McGillis Introduced as AD
Bill McGillis Introductory Press Conference
USD's White Christmas Music Video
USD student-athletes sing and dance to White Christmas as a send off for the holidays
Torero Timeout with Kat Hamilton
Catch up with Women's Basketball Guard while she studies for finals
FCS Playoff Highlights Against Cal Poly
Watch the full highlights from the historic win against Cal Poly in the first round in the FCS Playoffs
Torero Timeout with Olin Carter
Take a 60 second timeout and learn something new about the sophomore basketball player from Dallas, Texas
North Dakota State Preview
USD goes on to play in the second round of the FCS Playoffs against NDSU
Torero Timeout with Lauren Fuller
Learn some quick facts about USD Women's Volleyball Sophomore Lauren Fuller as she grabs her dinner
USD Football Makes Team History in FCS Playoffs
San Diego heads to the second round of the FCS Playoffs for the first time
USD Volleyball 2016 NCAA Selection Show
USD will play Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament
Torero Timeout with Brian Riley
Get to know Senior and Co-Captain Riley during his workout
USD Football Reacts to FCS Playoff Selection Show
USD will play Cal Poly in first round of the FCS Playoffs
USD Football Does the Mannequin Challenge
USD goes undefeated in the PFL after a win against Campbell on Saturday
Football Plays Last Game of the 2016 PFL Season
USD will be undefeated if they come home with a win at Campbell Saturday
USD Clinched PFL Championship Title
San Diego defeated Stetson 42-7 and will go on to compete in the FCS Playoffs
Senior Night and Last Home Game for USD Football
USD Plays for PFL Championship title
Men's Basketball Season Opener Friday Night
The USD Toreros play at SDSU November 11th for their first game of the season
USD Won Exhibition Game Saturday Night
San Diego defeated UDLAP with a score of 49-25
USD Play Exhibition Game Against Team From Mexico
San Diego plays Universidad de las Americas Puebla November 5th at 4
San Diego Seniors and Coaches Attend Media Day
Seniors Bailey & Hood and Coaches Fisher & Lamont attend the 2016-17 WCC Basketball Tip-Off
USD Cross Country Competes in Home Race
Hughes and Burke finish first of the USD teams
Sixth PFL Game Against Marist
The two undefeated team in the PFL go head to head Saturday morning
USD Beats Valparaiso at Home
San Diego football won it's fifth straight PFL game of the season
Toreros Play LMU & Pepperdine at Home
No. 5 USD Volleyball play LMU on Thursday night and Pepperdine Saturday Afternoon
USD Hosts Valparaiso
The Toreros take on Valparaiso at home Saturday afternoon
Women's Soccer Plays BYU at Home
After a win at Gonzaga the Toreros take on BYU in the Torero Stadium
USD Women Lead Softball Clinic
USD Softball worked with Montgomery Middle School in community service project
USD Plays Drake In Fourth PFL Game Of The Season
The Toreros travel to Iowa in hopes of continuing their undefeated PFL season
The Rise (1973-84)
Short documentary on men's basketball's jump to DI and their first WCC championship
San Diego Beats Davidson 52-3
USD now 3-0 in the PFL
Sixth Man Night: The Rise
Men's Basketball fundraiser brings together alumni, student-athletes and the USD community
Thrive Elementary Visits Men's Soccer Team
Toreros put on skills clinic for local children
Meet the Toreros: Allyson Eylers
Freshman setter from Gilbert, Arizona
USD Receives Award From Autism Tree Project Foundation
The Legacy Award goes to USD for football and baseball's work with the athlete-mentor program
USD plays Davidson in Torero Stadium for Homecoming Weekend
Toreros play Davidson hoping to take home the 25th straight PFL home victory
Pack the Pavilion Night Against BYU
No. 6 Toreros battle No. 11 BYU for the first place spot in conference
Toreros Prepare For Butler
Smith and Coach Lindsey talk challenges and strategies for first away PFL game
Meet the Toreros: Megan Jacobsen
Jacobsen is a 6'2" middle blocker from Tacoma, Washington
USD Wins Big Conference Game Against Dayton
Toreros beat Dayton 34-22
Volleyball Plays USF for First WCC Play
Kristen Gengenbacher & Kaity Edwards talk about excitement for WCC play
USD Hosts Dayton in PFL Opener
Co-Captain Brian Riley & Coach Lindsey talk about the challenges of the Saturday's game
Volleyball Highlights from Wins Over UCSB and LBSU
Volleyball up to no. 7 after dominant weekend
Meet The Toreros: Ana Ramos
Freshman guard from Portugal
Cross Country Shows Speed on Home Course
The women finished second overall & the men finished fourth overall
Meet the Toreros: Kaity Edwards
6-2 MH From Playa Del Rey, CA
Second Home Tournament Preview
Lauren Schad & Jayden Kennedy talk about new ranking and preview upcoming games
Home Cross Country Race Preview
Head Coach Guarino and seniors Benster & Smith talk about the new team
Volleyball Highlights from Home Tournament Sweep
Volleyball beats UCI, CU and UCLA at their first home tournament
Sixth Man Night
Head Coach Smith talks about upcoming annual fundraiser
Volleyball's First Home Tournament of the Season
Kramer & Jennings recap last game and share excitement for upcoming tournament
Football Plays Cal Poly After 27-0 Opening Week Win
Giorgi and Lindsey recap game against WNM and preview Cal Poly
Men's Soccer Home Opener Preview
Price & McFadden preview UCD & Sac State
Postgame Highlights & Interviews
Western New Mexico Preview
Jamal Agnew & Anthony Lawrence break down WNMU.
USD vs. Stanford Volleyball UPSET
Torero women win 3 of 5 sets against #11 Stanford.
Meet the Toreros: Isaiah Pineiro
Versatile 6'6" forward will redshirt 2016-17 season.
Men's Soccer Kicks Off Season In NC
Coach McFadden & Michael Turner Preview Matches vs Duke & Elon.
Softball Golf Tournament Promo
September 17th at Bernardo Heights CC.
Meet the Toreros: Isaiah Wright
Former Utah Ute will redshirt the 2016-17 season.
Training Camp Update
Team prepares for Saturday scrimmage.
Meet the Toreros: Patricia Brossmann
6'0" freshman forward from Berlin, Germany.
Meet the Toreros: Mark Carbone
6'2" freshman guard from Wethersfield, CT.
Meet the Toreros: Madison Pollock
6'1" freshman guard from Snohomish, Wash.
Women's Soccer In the Community
Toreros host soccer skills clinic at Linda Vista Elementary.
Meet the Toreros: Juwan Gray
6'8" freshman forward from Dover, Delaware.
Toreros Open Training Camp
The USD women's soccer team began training camp today.
Meet the Toreros: Nassir Barrino
6'0" freshman guard from Newark, New Jersey.
Meet the Toreros: José Martinez
6'10" freshman forward from Cayey, Puerto Rico.
Meet the Toreros: Frank Ryder
6'10" freshman forward from Boulder, Colo.
2015-16 Highlight Video
All the top plays from 2015-16
Jordan Angus - Male Torero of the Year
Angus reflects on his time at USD
Malina Hood - Female Torero of the Year
Malina Hood looks back at her USD career
NCAA Tournament Preview
San Diego faces Vanderbilt in first round
2016 Celebration of Excellence
Behind the Scenes at the COE
Toreros Participate in Linda Vista Parade
Toreros Participate in Linda Vista Parade
Men's Tennis senior Day
The Toreros host LMU and Pepperdine Saturday and Sunday
Softball WCC Preview
The Toreros host Saint Mary's Saturday and Sunday
2016 San Diego Crew Classic
The Toreros show speed against the nation's top crews
The Torero Baseball Experience
Kris Bryant & Brian Matusz reflect on their time at USD
MBB Senior Night
Jito Kok and Duda Sanadze prepare for the final home game
USD Baseball Season Preview
Season starts at No. 3 Vanderbilt February 19
USD Softball Season Preview
Season starts February 12
USD travels to No. 9 UCLA Friday
Toreros Host Kentucky Saturday
USD looks to defend home court against No. 22 Kentucky
Toreros Host Pepperdine & LMU
USD returns home after four-game road trip
Toreros Team Up with PYBL
Men's Basketball hosts annual clinic for Challenged Division
Men's Tennis 2016
USD opens at home vs UC Irvine and UCSD Saturday
Preview of USD women's basketball WCC opener vs. BYU.
City Championship Highlights
Relive the Toreros' Upset over SDSU at Petco Park
Toreros to Host Hope International
The 9-1 Toreros will host Hope International in their final game before WCC play
Toreros Stun Aztecs at Petco
Postgame reaction and press conferences
Toreros Return Home
USD will host Bethesda before Sunday's City Championship at Petco Park
Men's Basketball Season Tickets
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Pono Keni and Coach Lindsey talk about Saturday's Senior Day game against Butler
Coach Fisher and forward Maya Hood talk about Tuesday's home-opener against CSUN
Coach Smith and Brett Bailey preview the season opener at USC
Jonah Hodges and Dale Lindsey talk about Jonah's return and preview Davidson game
San Diego Fall Classic Preview
Coach Dagman previews the San Diego Fall Classic
USD's Women's Basketball team will start their season at Nevada this weekend
USD Men's Basketball - The Origins (1955-1973)
A Glance at the Beginnings of Torero Hoops
Coach Lindsey and Jeff Starr preview Campbell
Coach Lindsey and Jereke Armstrong talk about the season so far
WCC Media Day
Behind the scenes with Men's and Women's Basketball at WCC media day
Dale Lindsey and Anthony Lawrence on USD's 45-14 win
Anthony Lawrence and Coach Lindsey preview game vs. Warner
Torero Community Service
USD Athletics helps out at Father Joe's Village in downtown San Diego
Men's Basketball Camp Update
Kok and Carter talk about the upcoming season
Toreros host Bulldogs for Homecoming game
Toreros look for 4th straight win
Pack the Stadium Night
ITA All-American's Preview
Petronijevic, Angus, & Vittek Prepare
USD Looks to Extend Home Win Streak
Toreros First True Road Game of 2015
CSUN and UCSB Preview
Toreros Look to Extend Win Streak
Aztec Invite Recap
Both Squads Finish Second
Toreros Take on Cross-town Rival
Highlights from 45-21 win
2015 Home Opener
Previewing Western New Mexico
Volleyball Tournament Preview
A preview of the USD Tournament
Men's Soccer Season Opener
Previewing No. 16 Cal
Training Camp Update
Coach Lindsey Recaps the First Two Weeks
2015 WSOC Preview
A brief preview of the 2015 Toreros.