An outstanding football and baseball player while at Cal Poly, Ted was the starting quarterback for two seasons and pitcher for four seasons. He was an All Conference selection in both football and baseball and represented the USA baseball team in the 1962 Pan American games. He survived the football team plane crash in 1960 which killed 22 people. He earned his bachelor degree in 1962 and later received his master degree in Physical Education.
Ted has compiled 11 years as a college football coach. He began in 1983 at USC. In 1987 he began coaching with the Buffalo Bills. In 1989 he was hired with the San Diego Chargers and then moved up to Los Angeles to work with the Rams for the 1992 and 1993 season. From 1994 to 2001 he was the head coach at San Diego State University. He has coached in the East-West Shrine Games, Rose Bowl, Aloha Bowl, Citrus Bowl and Japan Bowl.
A quarterbacks coach for the San Francisco 49ers in the mid-200s, Tollner currently is passing game coordinator for the Oakland Raiders. He has 3 children and 9 grandchildren and currently resides in San Francisco with his wife Barbara.