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(Class of 1967)
Fred Arp is synonymous with Aggie Football. After 41 years as the Assistant Head Coach and defensive line coach, Fred retired in 2008.
During his career, Arp assisted four Aggie head coaches - Herb Schmalenberger, Jim Sochor, Bob Foster and Bob Biggs. Although he quietly toiled behind the scenes, his contributions were recognized in 2003 when he won AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year honors. Arp began his coaching career while he was still an undergraduate at UC Davis and - save for a one-year stint as a graduate assistant at Northern Colorado in 1972 - was a part of the successful Aggie football program for more than four decades.
Arp graduated from UC Davis in 1967, earning his bachelor's degree in physical education. He went on to earn his master's from Sacramento State in 1971. His philanthropic efforts have generously benefitted the entire UC Davis athletics department. Arp was instrumental in the completion of the ICA weight room campaign and was the first to establish a football endowment for athletic aid.
Arp and his wife Jane reside in the foothill community of Weimar, not far from Arp's hometown of Colfax. Their son, Ben, maintained a comprehensive website chronicling the history of the UC Davis football program for many years. Jane is an avid photographer who has shot more than three decades of Aggie football.
(Class of 1971)
Pam Gill-Fisher was a Supervisor of Physical Education, Emeritus of the UC Davis faculty, the former Senior Woman's Administrator and Senior Associate Athletics Director for the Aggies. A member of the Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame, she has served the university as a player, coach, faculty member and administrator. Her involvement UC Davis spanned five decades.
Gill-Fisher was especially instrumental in the continued growth of women's athletics on campus. During her tenure UC Davis won five NCAA women's championships. Gill-Fisher helped capture one of those titles, coaching the Aggies to am NCAA Division II Tennis Championship. She served on many NCAA committees including the Division II Management Council. Additionally she served as the chair of the campus Academic Federation, a group which represents non-senate faculty members on campus.
Gill-Fisher coached volleyball, basketball and tennis during her tenure and earned numerous coaching awards with successful teams in all three sports. As an administrator she supervised eight sports in addition to supervising athletic training, compliance, academic advising, and financial aid. Gill-Fisher has received several honors for her outstanding service, including being named in 1994 and 2001 as the NCAA Division II Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators. She also served on the Board of Directors and as President of the organization from 2000-2004.
Gill-Fisher earned her undergraduate degree in physical education and her master's degree in sports psychology from UC Davis before doing additional graduate work in sports administration at Penn State University. She also has a master's in counseling psychology from National University as well as a California Lifetime Teaching Credential from UC Davis. She and her husband Ron live in Davis.
Tiffany Hodgens Johnson
(Class of 2004)
Tiffany Johnson is in her fourth year as an academic advisor in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and enjoys working with undergraduate students in the Viticulture & Enology and Food Science and Technology majors. Tiffany graduated from UC Davis in 2004 with a undergraduate degrees in English and Studio Art.
She was also a standout member of the UC Davis women's water polo team from 1999-2004 and was inducted into the Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010 after finishing a prolific scoring career.
Tiffany volunteers for various organizations in Yolo County and is active in the Esparto/Capay Valley 4-H club. She resides in Esparto with her husband, Jason, and daughter, Sierra.
(Class of 1976)
Carolyn Ishii attended UC Davis from 1973-1976, earning her bachelor's degree in English. She played on the women's tennis team all four years, earning All-America honors in 1976. In 1983 she was inducted into the Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame. After graduating from UC Davis, she attended Washington University School of Dental Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., graduating in 1981. Since then, she has had a general dentistry practice in Sacramento.
Ishi is a native Sacramentan (C.K.McClatchy High School) and continues to live there with her husband, daughter and four-legged daughter (yellow lab).
Barbara Jahn is now in her fourth decade at the helm of the UC Davis women's swimming program, having guided the team from AIAW Division III through the ranks of NCAA Division II to Division I status. Entering her 37th year, she owns the unusual distinction of earning Coach of the Year honors in four different conferences.
Jahn is a respected member of the faculty at UC Davis, teaching a number of aquatics courses in the exercise biology program. A 1973 graduate of UC Santa Barbara, Jahn was also a diver for the Gauchos. She received her degree from UCSB in cultural anthropology with minors in ergonomics and coaching. Jahn earned her master's degree in kinesiology from UCLA in 1975. She and her husband, Tom, reside in El Macero.
(Class of 1964)
John Patella graduated from UC Davis in January 1964 with undegraduate degrees in history and physical education. John was a member of the basketball and baseball teams while he attended UC Davis. After serving three years in the Army, he went to work for a pharmaceutical company. John purchased the Davis Sport Shop in 1978 and sold it to his son Aaron in 2001.
He has continued to be a major force with his alma mater and has worked in the press box at Aggie football games for more than 44 years. John was one of the founding fathers of the Cal Aggie Boosters which has evolved into our present TeamAGGIE.Recently John worked part time in the Athletics Development department fundraising for the new stadium. He presently spends his time as a volunteer for the Yolo County Veterans Affairs office and also serves as an official scorer for the UC Davis baseball team.
John and his wife Rhonda live in Davis and spend much of their time with their three grandchildren.
(Class of 1981)
Sandy Simpson retired in 2011 as head coach after his 14th the helm of the UC Davis women's basketball program and an overall collegiate coaching career that spanned more than three decades.Simpson guided the Aggies to a third-place NCAA Division II finish in 1997, a successful transition to Division I and the Big West Conference, and appearances in the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) in 2008 and 2010, capping his career with an appearance in the NCAA Division I Tournament in 2011.
His coaching career started in 1977 when he began a four-year stint as an assistant under former coach Pam Gill-Fisher. He served on the Aggie staff during the program's heydays in the AIAW, helping UC Davis capture a pair of Golden State Conference titles. In 1980-81, his final season before graduating with a degree in history, the Aggies went 23-8 and advanced to the AIAW Division III quarterfinals.
Simpson then moved on to the University of Washington staff for three years while doing graduate work in kinesiology. He later served on the George Washington University staff for a year, then assisted at Washington State until 1990. He spent a year as head coach of a First Division professional team in Germany before returning to coach collegiately in the United States.
Simpson, who remains on staff with UC Davis Athletics, and his wife, Chris, live in nearby Dixon. They are parents to daughters Olivia (13) and Ingra (7), and son Sebastian (10).
(Class of 1958)
Robert Warren has been connected to UC Davis since 1953 when he enrolled as a freshman. Bob was a four-year letterman in football, spent one season on the swim team and compete three years in track and field.
He graduated in 1958 with a major in physical education. In addition to eight years with the California State Department of Corrections, Bob enjoyed a successful 40-year residential and commercial real estate career in Davis. He has remained active as a volunteer with UC Davis football for 45 years, serving on the chain gang at home games.
He has been active in recent years supporting fundraising events and extending donations to the new stadium and special program needs. He currently serves on the Director's Leadership Council of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Bob and his wife Lani live in Davis with six grandchildren close at hand in Northern California.
Jennifer Wong Wade
(Class of 2003)
Jen Wade attended UC Davis from 1998 - 2003, earning undergraduate degrees in managerial economics and communication. She was a member of the women's cross country team for four years (1998 - 2001) under former head coach Sue Williams.
If she wasn't studying or running, you could probably find her at a UC Davis athletic event as one of the Aggie Pack Extremists, proudly sporting her GI Aggie camouflage, or interning with sports marketing and promotions department.
While in college she studied abroad one summer in Salamanca, Spain which sparked her interest in travel. After graduating from UC Davis, she found a job that allowed her to take off for several months at a time to travel. She traveled around the world twice, exploring many big cities and small towns in North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania. Proudly sporting her UC Davis attire around the world, she encountered many UC Davis alumni and former Aggie student-athletes.
In 2007 she decided to return to UC Davis and now works as a development analyst in the Office of University Outreach and International Programs. She currently serves as a Team Aggie Ambassador and on the Athletic Administrative Advisory Committee.
Jen and her husband Phil live in Sacramento.