Volume III, Issue 7: April 2011


900 and counting for Coach Gillespie

Mike Gillespie
Baseball head coach Mike Gillespie

Baseball coach Mike Gillespie earned career win No. 900 with the Anteaters' 5-3 victory March 12 over Sacramento State.

Gillespie is in his 24th season as a head coach at the NCAA Division I level, including 20 years at USC, where he guided the Trojans to 15 postseason appearances and the 1998 national title.

Now in his fourth season with the Anteaters, Gillespie led UCI to a No. 1 national ranking in 2009 — the first time in the university's Division I history — and the program's first Big West Conference title. UCI also was a regional host for the first time that season.

Gillespie was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in January 2010.

UCI offers summer of sports fun

Russell Turner and camper Maxx Hazely
Men's basketball head coach Russell Turner with 2010 camper Maxx Hazely

For nine weeks during the summer, UCI Athletics offers more than 70 different youth camps in 18 sports programs. Each camp is designed to teach children and teens new skills while increasing their confidence and appreciation for health and fitness.

Camp counselors — most of them UCI student-athletes — emphasize fun, learning and sportsmanship.

"As players, we love to share our passion for the game and some of the things that have made us successful," says camp coach and UCI soccer player Amani Walker, a 2010 Big West Co-Offensive Player of the Year.

Men's basketball head coach Russell Turner says: "I love summer basketball camp and the energy our staff brings to working with eager young players. I'm especially excited that so many UCI student-athletes will influence the young people in our community."

For more information and to register, visit www.ucirvinesports.com/camps/.

Another Anteater goes pro

Men's soccer player Spencer Thompson
Men's soccer player Spencer Thompson

Men's soccer forward Spencer Thompson signed with the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer in March.

Thompson ended his UCI soccer career last fall as a three-time All-Big West Conference honoree. Included on the 2010 Hermann Trophy Award watch list, he recorded 18 points on six goals and six assists last season. Thompson ranks fifth in the UCI career record book, with 67 points on 25 goals and 17 assists.

He's the second UCI graduate currently in Major League Soccer; Brad Evans is a member of the Seattle Sounders.

Basketball players score Big West honors

Jade Smith-Williams on the court
Basketball player Jade Smith-Williams

Several UCI basketball players earned All-Big West Conference recognition for the 2010-11 season.

Senior guard Jade Smith-Williams was named first team All-Big West by a vote of the league's female coaches. She led the conference in assists and was third in scoring (14.9 points per game) and free-throw percentage (.845). Smith-Williams has 263 career assists, which ranks eighth all-time at UCI.

In men's basketball, senior guard Darren Moore was selected to the All-Big West second team. Moore was second in the conference in scoring (17.2) and steals (1.84), and he is 13th at UCI in career steals with 91 in just two seasons.

Senior guard Patrick Rembert and junior forward Eric Wise were named to the All-Big West honorable mention squad.