March 28, 2012
DAVIS, Calif. - Six former UC Davis student-athletes and a longtime coach and administrator have been selected for induction into the Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame, it was announced by interim athletics director Nona Richardson. The CAAHOF honors outstanding achievements and distinction in Aggie intercollegiate athletics. The inductees are chosen by the CAAHOF Advisory Board, with final approval by Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi.
Alphabetically, the student-athlete induction class comprises gymnast Tiffany Chan, distance runner Jeff Kaiser, football player Tony Kays, swimmer Yuka Kobayashi, swimmer Koren Pollock Motekaitis and soccer player Ryan Shaw. Pam Gill-Fisher, already enshrined in the CAAHOF as an athlete, will become the first individual to re-enter in the non-participant category.
Additionally, six-time Ironman Triathlon world champion Dave Scott will earn the Aggie Legacy Award for former student-athletes who have attained outstanding post-UC Davis achievements.
Chan captured seven All-America awards, including four national titles, at the USAG Collegiate Championships from 2002 through 2005. She also won or tied for three Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championships and twice earned an individual at-large qualifier to the NCAA West Regional. Chan, originally from nearby Nevada City, still shares UC Davis records on balance beam (9.900) and floor exercise (9.950). She scored 9.900 or better on floor 11 times
Kaiser, the school recordholder in the 10,000 meters, won five All-America awards in track & field and another in cross country during his career from 1997 to 2001. In the fall, he posted four all-conference and three All-West Region cross country finishes, capturing the regional title in both 1999 and 2000. On the track, Kaiser captured three straight All-America honors in the 10K while adding his fourth in the 5K as a junior. The Modesto, Calif. native set school records in the indoor 5K and outdoor 10K, the latter of which still stands.
A two-time winner of the team's Jerry Norris Award as the most valuable and inspirational player during the school's NCAA Division I reclassification period, Tony Kays caught a then-record 207 passes for 2,752 yards and 17 touchdowns in his four-year career. As a junior, he shattered Michael Oliva'sprevious Aggie benchmark with 93 receptions - a total that would have led all NCAA Division I-AA (now FCS) players had UC Davis officially counted in the rankings - and made three All-America squads. Kays, who hails from Elk Grove, was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as a free agent in the spring of 2007.
Kobayashi won two All-America awards in the program's final year at the Division II championships then became the entire university's first Big West Conference champion during the Div. I reclassification period. Additionally, she claimed five All-America awards and nine total league titles - six in the multidivisional Pacific Collegiate Swimming Conference and three more in the Big West. Kobayashi, who attended an American high school in Tokyo, Japan, set a total of 12 school records in a career that also included two Hubert Heitman Awards for the outstanding female athlete of the year.
Pollock garnered eight All-America awards and eight conference titles during her career from 1990 through 1994. As a junior, she captured both PCSC and NCAA championships in the 200-yard butterfly, setting a school record that stood for more than a decade before Kobayashi broke it in 2004. Pollock captured five of her All-America awards in the two butterfly events, adding two more in the individual medleys and another as part of the 800 free relay as a freshman. Now a Davis resident, Pollock Motekaitis originally hails from Fremont, Calif.
The first Aggie to be drafted by Major League Soccer, Shaw continues to hold program records of 43 career goals and 98 career points. He made the NSCAA All-Region and All-California Collegiate Athletic Association first teams as a sophomore and junior, then earned the department's Colby E. "Babe" Slater Award as the outstanding male athlete of the year as a senior in 2004. The LaCañada, Calif. standout led the Aggies in scoring in each of his last three seasons, then was selected by the L.A. Galaxy in the MLS supplemental draft in the spring of 2005.
Already enshrined in the CAAHOF as a standout athlete in the university's Women's Athletic Association era, Gill-Fisher likely could have warranted separate inductions for each of her coaching and administrative careers at UC Davis. She mentored the women's tennis program to an NCAA title in 1990 and compiled a 164-129 record in 12 years as the women's basketball coach. However, she is perhaps better known as the athletics department's senior woman administrator. A protégé of Marya Welch, the founder of Aggie women's athletics, Gill-Fisher devoted nearly three decades as the university's leading voice for athletics gender equity. She was selected as the District Administrator of the Year in 1994 then the NCAA Division II Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators. Gill-Fisher's expertise has also earned her positions on numerous NCAA national committees.
A former Davis High and UC Davis swimmer and water polo player, Scott becomes the second recipient of the Aggie Legacy Award. He won his first gold medal at the Ironman World Championship in 1980 then added five more titles from 1982 through 1987. In 1993, Scott was selected as the charter inductee into the Ironman Hall of Fame. A year later, at the age of 40, he returned to the Kona, Hawaii event, where he finished second. Now a coach, author and motivational speaker, Scott entered the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame in 2010.
The CAAHOF nomination period runs throughout the year, ending annually on November 30. The Advisory Board members convene in the winter to choose a slate of inductees, which is submitted to the Chancellor's Office for approval. Each inductee is then contacted individually to accept or deny the honor. Nominations are open to the public; a form is available on the official UC Davis athletics website at www.ucdavisaggies.com.
The 2012 CAAHOF Inductions and Student-Athlete Awards banquet takes place at Freeborn Hall on Saturday, June 2. Tickets are available by contacting Ashley Williams in the athletics development office at (530) 754-2583.