UCI track star Charles Jock '12 capped a brilliant collegiate career by winning the 800 meters June 1 at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
He becomes UCI's first individual NCAA champion in 34 years. Steve Scott (1,500 meters) and Mauricio Bardales (decathlon) earned titles at the 1978 NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships.
Jock led for virtually the entire race and drew away from nearest competitors Erik Sowinski of Iowa and Elijah Greer of Oregon in the final 100 meters to finish in 1:45.59. Sowinski was second, clocking 1:45.90, and Greer took third with 1:46.05.
Jock will compete in the 800 meters at the U.S. Olympic trials beginning June 22 in Eugene, Ore. The top three finishers will go to London for this summer's Olympic Games.
Doug Oliver, a familiar figure on UCI sidelines with nearly 40 years of coaching experience, has been named head coach of women's basketball.
He was an assistant coach with the women's team last season and previously served two seasons as an assistant with the men's program and one year in an external-relations position with UCI Athletics.
Oliver's experience includes 14 years as the top assistant with the Stanford men's program. He also was head coach at Idaho State for eight seasons.
"I'm looking forward to working with these young women in the coming years," Oliver said. "Basketball is basketball, whether it's [played by] men or women, and I love teaching the game."
UCI Athletics honored 113 young men and women at its annual Salute to Scholar-Athletes banquet May 30 at the Bren Events Center.
The Big West Conference awards the title to those who have maintained a high level of scholastic excellence while participating in intercollegiate athletics. UCI expanded the award to include players on teams that do not participate in Big West-sponsored sports. This year's list of scholar-athletes brings UCI's total to 3,616 since 1983.
Amber Middleton (track) and Crosby Slaught (baseball) were named the female and male UCI Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Jacob Yowell (track) and Katie Croghan (water polo) received the UCI admissions office's Academic Achievement Award, and Stephanie Hammel (tennis) won the Athletics Leadership Award. Women's golf earned the Faculty Athletic Representative Award for highest team grade point average.
Women's water polo finished a stellar season with a record fourth-place showing in May at the NCAA Championships in San Diego.
Coach Dan Klatt's Anteaters opened tournament action with an 8-6 victory over Loyola Marymount. UCI lost to top-seeded Stanford in the semifinals and was edged out 10-9 by UCLA in the third-place game.
Two-time Big West Conference Athlete of the Year Jessy Cardey was named to the All-NCAA Tournament first team, and Kelsey Klatt garnered second-team honors. Cardey set the UCI single-season record with 74 goals.
The Anteater women captured their fourth straight Big West tournament title this season and had a record 25 wins. Dan Klatt earned his fourth consecutive Big West Coach of the Year title.