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Jun 18, 2013 1:42 AM by Andrew Masuda

Record-breaking turnout to Joe Callero basketball camp

A record 180 kids from the Central Coast are learning the Mustang way this week. They attended the first day of the fourth annual Joe Callero camp put on by the head coach of the Cal Poly men's basketball team on Monday at Nipomo High School.

Several current and former Cal Poly men's and women's players like Dylan Royer and Kristina Santiago are serving as a camp counselors and worked with each of the kids, who ranged from the second to seventh grades. The four-day camp emphasizes developing new skills, strong work habits, and carrying these traits into game situations.

"Our biggest thing is to expose the Central Coast basketball fans and young student athletes to basketball. We want to have fun, we want these guys to come out here, enjoy it. We want them to get the chance to meet the players, both of the men's team and the women's team are represented well here in camp," said coach Callero.

The camp has quadrupled in size since the first year when only 40 kids participated. It's another sign Callero continues to have an impact on the Central Coast. The 2012-13 Mustang squad established program records for Big West victories (12-6) and Big West winning percentage (.667). The Mustangs won 18 games, which matched the second highest total in 19 Division I seasons. Cal Poly also went 13-1 at home last season to set a new Division I program record for home wins, fewest home losses and home winning percentage (.929). Cal Poly also made the program's first postseason berth with an invite to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.

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