UCI head coach Mike Gillespie was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Jan. 8 at the ABCA convention in Dallas.
Gillespie, who took over the reins of the UCI baseball program in fall 2007, has had a storied career. Ranked 24th in victories among active coaches at the Division I level, he holds an 850-504-2 record with a winning percentage of .627.
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Jane Chin '09 tied for 32nd place at the Ladies Professional Golf Association Qualifying Tournament in December to become the Anteaters' first LPGA member.
Chin, a first team All-American her senior year, shot a 71 in the final round Dec. 7 to finish with a five-round total of 363 (73, 65, 78, 76, 71) at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. She shared the second round lead after shooting a 7-under-par 65. Her tournament caddie was UCI women's golf head coach Julie Brooks.
Senior Irving Garcia became the most decorated player in UCI men's soccer history with a host of postseason honors in 2009.
This fall, he was named the Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Year and was selected for the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-America third team, College Soccer News All-America second team, TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Season first team and Goal.com Team of the Year second team. Garcia kicked off 2010 with a first team All-America designation by Soccer America.
His College Soccer News and TopDrawerSoccer.com honors are the highest any Anteater has received from the Web sites, and it's the first time a UCI player has been named first-team All-America.
Garcia, who stands 5 feet 5 inches tall, was drafted by Red Bull New York in the fourth round of the Major League Soccer SuperDraft Jan. 14.
Freshman women's tennis player Kristina Smith comes from a long line of Anteaters.
Her grandmother graduated from UCI, and her mother, Maria (Myers), was an outstanding tennis player for the Anteaters in the early 1980s, twice competing individually in the NCAA championships.
Nine of Maria's siblings also attended UCI. Her sister Melinda and brother James played tennis at the university as well.
Kristina, a Dana Hills High School graduate, and her Anteater teammates open their 2010 schedule with a dual match against the University of San Francisco at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21.
UCI baseball opens its season by hosting Loyola Marymount University at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at Anteater Ballpark's Cicerone Field.
The Anteaters, recently ranked No. 8 in the Collegiate Baseball national preseason poll, have advanced to NCAA postseason play for the last four seasons. Coach Mike Gillespie's squad captured the program's first Big West Conference title in 2009 and was ranked No. 1 nationally for six consecutive weeks. In May, UCI hosted an NCAA regional for the first time.
UCI will have seven returning All-Big West Conference honorees and 17 letter winners on its roster, including senior Daniel Bibona, a 2009 All-American and Big West Pitcher of the Year. A lefty, Bibona posted a 12-1 record last year and was undefeated in conference games, 7-0.