Ted Tollner. Photo via sandiegobowlgames.com

Former San Diego State University head football coach Ted Tollner has been elected president of the 2016 San Diego Bowl Game Association, organizer of the annual Holiday Bowl and Poinsettia Bowl college football games.

The nonprofit organization’s board of directors elected Tollner to succeed Kimberley Layton, who becomes chairwoman 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 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, in its 12th year, will feature a Mountain West team against bowl-eligible BYU. Tollner served as head football coach at the University of Southern California 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 15 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.

Other 2016 elected officers include Marlee Ehrenfeld, president-elect; Paul Hering, treasurer; and Dan Moore, secretary.

— City News Service

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