Andy Bark is the recipient of the 2022 Glenn Seaborg Award.
Former Cal Wide Receiver Went On To Establish Popular Sports Publication
BERKELEY – Andy Bark, a member of the Cal football team in the early 1980s who played for head coach Joe Kapp, is the recipient of the 2022 Glenn Seaborg Award and will be honored during Cal’s football game against Oregon on Saturday, Oct. 29 at FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium.
Named in honor of the Nobel Laureate and former UC Berkeley chancellor, the Seaborg Award is presented annually to a former Cal football player for his career achievements and who represents the honored Cal principles and traditions of excellence in academics, athletics, leadership and attitude.
Raised in Palos Verdes Estates, California, Bark was first introduced to Cal football as a freshman at Palos Verdes High School when he was a ball boy for USC and UCLA games at the Los Angeles Coliseum during the 1970s. Bark worked on the visitor’s sideline and got a chance to warm up with legendary Cal quarterback Joe Roth.
When Bark graduated from high school in 1979, it was his dream to play in the Pac-10. But he did not receive any scholarship offers. He had opportunities to walk on at Cal, UCLA, and Oregon but instead signed to play for coach Bill Parcells and the United States Air Force Academy. Bark’s plan was to become an airline pilot, but after two productive seasons on the field, Bark lost his pilot qualifications due to concussions.
Bark finally made his way to Strawberry Canyon and lettered for the Bears in the 1982 and ’83 seasons. Over two years he appeared in 22 games, tallying 47 receptions, 698 yards, and four touchdowns. Bark finished the 1983 season as Cal’s second-leading receiver and was the recipient of the Ken Cotton Award, given to the team’s most courageous player.
Bark’s final collegiate reception came against Stanford in the 86th Big Game, a 10-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter from roommate Gale Gilbert that put the Bears ahead 21-9. Bark finished that game with four catches for 49 yards and the touchdown, and most importantly kept the Ax in Berkeley.
“I transferred to Cal for all of the right reasons – Academics, Athletics, Social, Geographical, and ‘Playing in the Pac’,” Bark said. “Between 1981 and 1983 at Cal, we experienced a whirlwind of hirings and firings of coaches and philosophies. But we stuck together and competed our tails off. I loved my teammates and still communicate with dozens of them today. That 1982 Cal team was absolutely loaded with great players and should have gone to the Rose Bowl!”
Bark graduated from Cal with a degree in political economies of industrial societies. Immediately following his time in Berkeley, he played professionally for the USFL for former Cal assistant Larry Kuharich, who was the offensive coordinator for the San Antonio Gunslingers in the spring of 1984. In the summer of 1984, Bark played for another former Cal assistant, Al Saunders, who was an assistant head coach for the San Diego Chargers. Bark’s NFL career was brief, and that fall he was hired by Rupert Murdoch to join Network Ten Australia and host sports news shows from America, including Monday Night Football and Good Morning Australia.
After his short broadcasting career, Bark took what he learned from Murdoch’s executives and purchased a newsletter called Cal-Hi Sports for $750 dollars, and published annuals called California Football and California Basketball. Years later, Cal-Hi Sports was rebranded to a weekly magazine called Student Sports, which helped promote recruiting tournaments and camps.
In the 1990s, Student Sports launched a website and acquired and built its own events like Area Code Baseball, The Opening and Elite 11 Quarterback Competition.
Bark has networked and hired dozens of former Cal student-athletes over the years, including Brian Stumpf (president of Student Sports’ football division) and vice president Kristin O’Hara. Student Sports has worked with a long list of former Cal student-athletes, and future greats like Russell White, Jason Kidd, Tony Gonzalez and DeSean Jackson have graced the cover of his magazine. Thousands attend various Student Sports events.
Bark and his wife, Megan, have been married for 33 years and have three children – Danika, Slader, and Bryce. Bryce played beach volleyball at Cal from 2015-18.
Bark still serves as an advisor for Student Sports, which is part of the Stack Sports Group. He also consults with professional athletes and sports teams.
Established in 1995, the Seaborg Award has been presented 26 times previously. Past winners have:
1995 – Rod Franz
1996 – John Najarian, MD
1997 – John Ralston
1998 – Les Richter
1999 – Vic Bottari
2000 – Pete Schabarum
2001 – Ed Bartlett
2002 – Ray Willsey
2003 – Jack Hart
2004 – Bob Karpe
2005 – Harry Agler
2006 – Chris Markey
2007 – George Stathakis
2008 – Nick Veliotes
2009 – John Garamendi
2010 – Pete Domoto
2011 – Dick Erickson
2012 – Thelton Henderson
2013 – Mike White
2014 – Jim Hanifan
2015 – Paul Larson
2016 – Jack Clark
2017 – Ed White
2018 – Burl Toler Jr.
2019 – Craig Morton
2020 – Not Awarded
2021 – Steve Grealish