UCSB Leads Big West Commissioner's Cup Standings After Fall Sports
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IRVINE, Calif. - Defending Commissioner's Cup champion UC Santa Barbara started the defense of its title with an impressive fall, resulting in the top spot in the Cup standings.
The Gauchos averaged 124.0 points over its five fall sports, bouyed by the North Division title in men's soccer as well as top three finishes at the Cross Country Championships for both its clubs. UCSB, which ended the five-year reign of Long Beach State with its Cup title a year ago, finished in the top four in four of its five fall championships.
Second place belonged to Hawai'i with a 120.0-point average, the highest placing after the fall for UH since returning to the Big West in the 2012-13 season. The 'Bows claimed the women's volleyball championship and finished in the top five in women's soccer and women's cross country to post its highest fall average since 2012 (116.7). Hawai'i's point average is also the most for the program after the fall season in the current nine-team conference alignment.
Cal Poly came in third after the fall, registering a 114.0-point average over five championships. The Mustangs swept the Cross Country Championships and also recorded a top-three finish in women's volleyball. This marks the fourth time in the last five seasons that Cal Poly has registered a top three finish after the fall.
Cal State Fullerton and CSUN completed the fall tied for fourth with 100.0 points. The Titans finished no lower than fourth in four of their five fall sports, while the Matadors claimed the women's soccer regular season title and the South Division title in men's soccer.
Long Beach State was sixth with an average of 97.5 points, while UC Davis was seventh with a 94.0-point average. Eighth place belonged to UC Irvine with an 86.0-point average and UC Riverside wrapped up the standings with a 58.0-point average.
The Big West Commissioner's Cup, which started during the 1998-99 season, is awarded to the institution with the highest average point total following the 17 Conference sport seasons. Points are not awarded if the institution or conference does not sponsor the sport.
In determining a champion, the following round robin sports have points awarded on the basis of the final regular season standings, including a 20-point bonus for the champion. These sports are baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, women's tennis and women's volleyball. In the sports of cross country, golf, men's tennis, track & field, women's beach volleyball and women's water polo, the points are awarded based on finish at the Conference Championship.
In the case of ties in all sports, points shall be awarded.
The Gregg and Carol Wilson Swimming Enhancement Fund
Legendary swimming coach Gregg Wilson (entering his 40th year at UC Santa Barbara) announced his retirement from head coaching in October 2015. Wilson embarked on his Gaucho journey in 1975-76 when he assumed the reins of the men's program. In 1985, after spending one year at his alma mater Cal, he took control of the women's program as well. What followed was a period of unprecedented success for both programs.
He coached his UCSB men's team to the Big West Conference title in 1979, beginning a run of 23 consecutive championships for the Gauchos, all but one coming with him at the helm of the program. In 1985, Wilson coached the women's team to the first of 13 championships over a 25-year stretch, giving him 36 total Big West titles. In his illustrious career, he was named Big West Coach of the Year 27 times and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year twice. On the national level, Wilson guided 72 swimmers to All-American status, while on the international stage he coached three Olympians with Team USA, including gold medalists Richard Schroeder and Jason Lezak.
Much more difficult to measure than the All-Americans, conference titles and coach of the year honors are the scores of athletes that were influenced by Wilson during his four decades in coaching.
Established in 2015 by the UCSB Athletics Department, the Gregg and Carol Wilson Swimming Enhancement Fund affirms the strong tradition of excellence that the Wilson's have provided to the swim programs. This fund, used at the discretion of the Swimming Head Coach and the Athletic Director, supports the men's and women's teams in its primary mission of developing student athletes who are committed to academic excellence in the classroom, sportsmanship and success in the pool, and service to the community.
The fund assists the teams by helping to:
Provide supplimential support to the operational budgets.
Sustain the presence of an NCAA Division I Swimming Program at UCSB.
Recruit the most promising student-athletes through scholarships.
To contribute to this fund:
Pay online: visit gauchofund.com and select "Donate Now" at the top of the page and select The Gregg and Carol Wilson Swimming Enhancement Fund.
Respond by mail: make your check payable to the UC Regents, specifying the Gregg and Carol Wilson Swimming Enhancement Fund and return to:
The Gaucho Fund
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5200
Pay by phone: call the Gaucho Fund Office at 805-893-5372.
For more information on this giving opportunity, contact:
The month of December often affords us the time to give thanks for the many experiences and people who have enriched our lives. At UCSB, we are extremely thankful for the generosity of our donors, who provide our student-athletes with the opportunity to realize their academic and athletic goals.
As we approach the end of the calendar year and people look to make their 2016 charitable contributions, we ask that you consider renewing your support of The Gaucho Fund. Annual fund donations can be restricted to the sport you choose and help fund program resources, such as: scholarships, travel, operations, and academic support.
In order for a donor to qualify for a charitable income tax deduction for 2016, the gift must be received no later than December 31, 2016. Some assets, including securities, personal or real property, require special action to assure timely receipt.
Checks should be made out to "UC Regents".
For income tax purposes, gifts delivered by U.S. Mail are considered to be received on the date of the postmark.
In addition to the important tax benefits of supporting the Gauchos, donor gifts had a direct and profound impact on UCSB's student-athletes and 20 different sports. Donor support is vital to their opportunity and success.
For more information regarding year-end donations, please call:
Assistant Athletics Director 805-722-8606
UCSB has one of the top Baseball programs in the nation. In 2015 UCSB hosted a NCAA Regional Tournament as the #16 seed overall. However, due to our current home facility the program was forced to host the Regional in Lake Elsinore. Proposed upgrades include lights for night games, field upgrades, scoreboard, permanent restrooms, concessions and entry plaza. This will allow UCSB to host first class events and enrich the experience of our student-athletes and the Santa Barbara community.