Former UCI standout Scott Brooks '87 has been named 2009-10 NBA Coach of the Year.
Brooks collected 480 points, including 71 first-place votes, to garner the Red Auerbach Trophy. In his first full season as head coach at Oklahoma City, he led the Thunder to a 50-32 record, a league-best 27-game turnaround from last season's 23-59 record.
Brooks played for the Anteaters from 1985-'87, averaging 23.8 points as a senior en route to first-team All-Big West Conference honors. An 11-year player in the NBA, he was on the 1994 Houston Rockets championship team.
UCI sophomore track sensation Charles Jock has drawn national attention as one of the top 800-meter runners in the country this season.
He won the event at the Cal/Nevada championships March 28 at UCLA with a time of 1:47.46, breaking Steve Scott's 32-year-old school record. That time ranked No. 1 in the nation this season for nearly a month.
Jock also won the 800 meters at the 52nd annual Mt. SAC Relays April 17. He'll compete in the NCAA preliminary round at Austin, Texas, May 27-29, with a strong chance of advancing to the NCAA finals at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., June 9-12.
Senior golfer John Chin has been named to the U.S. Palmer Cup team, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced April 21.
It's the first time an Anteater will represent the U.S. in the annual, Ryder Cup-style competition — named for golf legend Arnold Palmer — that pits an eight-member American squad against eight European players.
The 2010 Palmer Cup is set for June 24-26 at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland.
"It feels great and actually was one of my goals entering the spring," Chin said of his selection. "To represent the U.S. in anything is a great honor."
Thanks to the Anteaters' dominance in the pool, UCI water polo coaches Marc Hunt and Dan Klatt have been tapped for positions with U.S. national teams.
Hunt has been named head coach of the USA Men's Senior National "B" Team.
"The 'B' team is the first stop for college graduates aiming to make the Olympic team," he said. "It's an honor to help talented young men achieve such a prestigious goal."
Hunt, who has led the Anteaters to a top-five national ranking for three of the five years he's been at UCI, also will be head coach of the U.S. team at the 2011 World University Summer Games in China.
Klatt, women's head coach, has been selected as assistant coach of the USA Women's Senior National Team that will prepare for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. He led the Anteaters to their second consecutive Big West Tournament title in April.