A Brief History of UCI’s Crew Program December 5, 2013Posted by ucisca in Athletics, Early UCI Campus.
Tags: Crew, Duvall Hecht, Rowing, Shellmaker Island
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Crew became one of UCI’s six founding sports in 1965. Duvall Hecht founded the program and was the Head Coach for many years. He had been an Olympic gold medal winner while at Stanford in 1959. In 1963 he proposed to Chancellor Aldrich that UCI introduce crew. He had the idea that Newport Harbor, especially the channel between Lido Island and the Newport Beach mainland, would be a perfect course for racing. Hecht raised funds for equipment and for construction of a boat house at Shellmaker Island. The rowing program has a long line of highly successful athletes. UCI has sent six athletes to compete for the United States in the Olympics. Unfortunately, the rowing program was cut as a Varsity NCAA team in 2009, as part of significant campus financial cutbacks that year. Duvall Hecht returned as coach to help bring back the program in the 1990s, as he has done more recently to keep crew moving forward. The UCI men’s rowing team, which has been part of Campus Recreation’s club sports program since 2009, practices daily at the UCI crew base in the Back Bay. In April of 2013, the UC Irvine men’s rowing team took first place in the varsity eight-man event at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association championship. UCI overcame such league rivals as UCSB and UCLA to win its first WIRA championship title in 11 years.
The First UCI Men’s Basketball Game: December 1, 1965 January 28, 2013Posted by ucisca in Anteaters, Athletics, Early UCI Campus, Photographs, School spirit, Student Life, University Archives, Zot!.
Tags: Anteaters, Basketball, Photographs, UC Irvine, University of California Irvine
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It’s basketball season! The very first UCI basketball game was held over 47 years ago in December, 1965. The Anteaters played the Highlanders of UC Riverside in Campus Hall (now Crawford Hall), where Chancellor Dan Aldrich and UCR Chancellor Ivan Hinderaker tipped off to begin the game. The ‘Eaters went on to win the game with a score of 85 to 71! ZOT ZOT!
Good luck to the men as they play Cal Poly this Wednesday January 30th, and to the women as they play Pacific on Thursday January 31st!
Anteater Sculpture at Bren Events Center September 28, 2012Posted by ucisca in Anteaters, Athletics, mascots, Zot!.
Tags: Anteater Sculpture, Billy Fitzgerald, Bren Events Center
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The Bren Events Center opened on January 8, 1987, when the men’s basketball team beat Utah State 118-96 in front of a sold-out crowd. Current NBA Head Coach Scott Brooks (Oklahoma City Thunder) scored 41 points for the Anteaters that night.
The Graduating Class of 1987 commissioned artist Billy Fitzgerald to design and cast the 430-pound bronze sculpture which stands in front of the Bren Events Center. Fitzgerald also designed the statue of the UCLA Bruin on the UCLA campus.
AS-061. University Communication Photographs. Special Collections and Archives, the U.C. Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Box 128.
1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles August 10, 2012Posted by ucisca in Athletics.
Tags: 1932 Olympic Games, Los Angeles
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The Regional History collection in Special Collections and Archives has a collection of the daily programs issued at the 1932 Olympic Games. The Games of the 10th Olympiad took place in a variety of venues throughout Los Angeles from July 30 – August 14, 1932. The daily programs in the collection include annotations about many of the competitions, noting times or scores of particular competitions, as well as annotations of World and Olympic records. Of special interest was the demonstration game of American football, which took place on Monday, August 8, 1932. A team made up of players from USC, Cal and Stanford (the West) played against a team of Yale, Harvard and Princeton players (the East). On the West coaching staff was Glenn “Pop” Warner. Among the world records established or tied at the 1932 games were two by the legendary Mildred “Babe” Didrikson, in the 80-meter hurdles and the javelin. In all, seventeen world records were achieved at the games.
Tags: All-Americans, Buffy Rabbitt, Cross-Country, PCAA champions, Track, Vince O'Boyle
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Buffy Rabbitt, a five-time All-American in cross-country and track and a two-time NCAA Region 8 cross-country champion, ran for UCI from 1986 to 1990 under legendary coach Vince O’Boyle. In 1987, the UCI women’s cross-country team finished first in the Pacific Coast Athletic Association (in 1988 the PCAA changed its name to the Big West Conference). Buffy Rabbitt, a freshman, placed fourth in the NCAA championships that year, the highest finish to that point in the history of UCI women’s cross-country. She was women’s cross-country PCAA Athlete of the Year in 1987 and again in 1990. Buffy also worked as a student assistant in the Langson Library Reference Department during this period. It was always hard to believe that this somewhat shy, yet kind and helpful student could turn into such a fiercely competitive athlete when she ran. In 1998, Buffy Rabbitt was inducted into the UCI Athletic Hall of Fame, along with former basketball coach Bill Mulligan, water polo player Jeff Campbell and golfer Jerry Wisz.
AS-061. Communications Photographs. Special Collections and Archives, the U.C. Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.
UCI Basketball All-Americans March 28, 2011Posted by ucisca in Anteaters, Athletics, Student Life, University Archives.
Tags: All-Americans, Basketball, Bill Mulligan, Kevin Magee, Men's Basketbal, Women's Basketball
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As March Madness reaches a fevered pitch and the NCAA Division I championship games approach, a review of UCI Men’s and Women’s basketball accomplishments seems appropriate. Although neither program has ever won a national championship, there is a tradition of strong teams and players. Below is a list of UCI basketball players who have achieved All-American status while playing at UCI:
Cheri Graham 1984
Allah-mi Basheer 1996
One of the greatest UCI players ever was forward Kevin Magee, pictured in early 1981 with legendary Men’s Head Coach Bill Mulligan. Magee played at UCI in 1980-81 and 1981-82. A two-time All-American and Big West Conference (then PCAA) Player of the Year, he was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the second round of the 1982 NBA Draft. He played in Italy, France, Israel and Spain throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, and was one of the greatest European players of that (or any) era. Kevin Magee averaged 26.3 points and 12.3 rebounds for the Anteaters. He still holds school records for points, with 46 against Loyola Marymount, and rebounds, with 25 against Long Beach State. Bill Mulligan said that Kevin Magee was “the best basketball player I ever coached.” Kevin Magee died in a car accident in Louisiana in 2003.
AS-061. University Communication Photographs. Special Collections and Archives, the U.C. Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California.