Volume II, Issue 2: October 2009
Athletics

Athletics

Anteaters move closer to the action

Members of 'Eater Nation cheer basketball team
UC Irvine Athletics
Members of 'Eater Nation have increased in number - and volume.

With a vision of making the Bren Events Center one of the toughest venues in the Big West Conference, the 'Eater Nation student section has shifted to the lower seating areas along the entire sideline from sections 101 to 105 for men's basketball games.

Last season, the student spirit group 'Eater Nation grew from 4,000 to 9,000 members and broke the UCI single-game student attendance record, with more than 2,500 attending a matchup between UCI and Cal State Northridge.

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Coaches make a comeback - to UCI

Women's water polo head coach Dan Klatt
UC Irvine Athletics
Women's water polo head coach Dan Klatt is a UCI alumnus; he was last year's Big West Coach of the Year.

Who says you can't go home again? Several Anteater alums did just that — returning to UCI to serve as head coaches at their alma mater.

Men's water polo coach Marc Hunt was a two-time All-American at UCI; women's water polo coach Dan Klatt also earned All-American honors with the Anteaters and played on the 2004 U.S. Olympic team. 

Men's tennis coach Trevor Kronemann was a four-time All-American and the 1990 Big West Conference Player of the Year, while women's tennis coach Mike Edles was an All-American tennis player at UCI in 1977.

Women's volleyball to 'dig' for a good cause

Women's volleyball will "Dig for the Cure" when UCI takes on Big West Conference rival Cal Poly at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Crawford Court.

The team will collect pledges and solicit donations throughout October to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure Orange County. A team-signed pink jersey will be auctioned online during the month, and players and staff will wear pink on the day of the match.

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Alumnus is all-around sports success

Jerry Maras with basketball team in the '70s
UC Irvine Athletics
Jerry Maras (No. 40) played basketball and baseball for UCI in the '70s.

In the early '70s, he was a standout member of the basketball and baseball teams. Now alumnus Jerry Maras is enjoying success in a different game. In September, he earned a spot in the U.S. Golf Association Senior Amateur Championship at Chicago's Beverly Country Club.

Maras qualified Aug. 11 with a round of 73 at Spanish Trail Golf & Country Club in Las Vegas. At the Senior Amateur Championship, he shot rounds of 76-76 in stroke play, missing by just one stroke an opportunity to compete in the round of 64 match play.

He competed in basketball at UCI from 1971 to 1975 and ranks ninth in career rebounds (614) and 15th in points (1,212). Maras also was on the Anteater baseball teams that won Division II national titles in 1973 and 1974. As pitcher, he holds the single-season record for ERA (1.60 in 1973) and is third in career ERA (2.59) and ninth in wins (21).