July 5, 2013
UC Davis athletics wrapped up a successful overall year of accomplishments, as compiled by the athletics communications office in the annual Year In Review almanac. The document is now available on this website via PDF or ISSUU formats. The Aggies enjoyed a year that featured four conference team championships, 10 All-Americans, eight NCAA postseason appearances, the debuts of three new head coaches and the arrival of a new athletics director.
The 2012-13 school year marked the first for new director of athletics Terrance J. "Terry" Tumey, who was announced during the previous July... Tumey, formerly the athletics director at Dominican University, had served on the San Francisco 49ers front office for almost a full decade... He took over for Nona Richardson, the executive senior associate athletics director, who in turn had guided the program for a year after Greg Warzecka retired in 2011.
CAL AGGIE ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME/STUDENT-ATHLETE AWARDS
The husband-and-wife team of Jon and Deanne Vochatzer highlighted another strong induction class to the Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame... The beloved track & field coaches joined former student-athletes Louie Bishop (golf), Katherine O'Rourke Shroyer (water polo), Dave Roberts (football), Kari Sivesind Montero (basketball) and Robby Tulk (baseball) into the CAAHOF at the annual induction ceremony in June... Also honored at the banquet was Aggie Legacy Award winner Rolf Benirschke, the Aggie soccer/football standout turned NFL kicker, author and philanthropist... Jane Arp, wife of longtime assistant football coach Fred Arp, received the Special Recognition Award for volunteer contributions.
Along with the CAAHOF inductions, the June 1 banquet honored the annual student-athlete award winners... Corey Hawkins (basketball) captured the Colby E. "Babe" Slater Award as outstanding male athlete of the year, Demi Runas (golf) won the Hubert Heitman Award as the top female athlete, and Mustafa Chopan (soccer) captured the W.P. Lindley Award for the scholar-athlete of the year... Additionally, women's golf and men's cross country respectively won the Marya Welch and Lysle Leach team awards for compiling the top GPAs.
2013 CAAHOF Induction class (left to right): Jon Vochatzer, Deanne Vochatzer, Dave Roberts, Kari Sivesind Montero, Katherine O'Rourke Shroyer, Robby Tulk. Not pictured: Louie Bishop.
Four Aggie teams captured their respective conference championships in 2012-13... Women's swimming & diving was the first, outdueling an increasingly tough Mountain Pacific Sports Federation that now includes Hawai'i and Brigham Young... Women's gymnastics closed out its record-breaking year with its fourth consecutive MPSF title... Women's golf scored its fourth straight Big West Conference championship in dominating fashion, sweeping the top four individual places... Women's track & field won nine events en route to repeating as Big West Conference champions.
AGGIES IN THE POSTSEASON
Eight Aggie sports saw NCAA postseason action, including one team and four individuals who reached the national finals... Women's golf finished 16th at the NCAA Championship, its best showing in three trips to the national tournament... Swimmer Liliana Alvarez qualified for the NCAA championship meet for her third straight year, although she was forced to withdraw from the meet due to illness... The trio of Lauren Wallace (800 meters), Ashley Marshall (100 meters) and Katie Fry (steeplechase) advanced from the West prelim meet to the NCAA outdoor championship at Oregon... All three earned All-America honors in the process, while Wallace picked up first-team distinction for reaching the 800 final... Wallace, Marshall and Fry later joined Sarah Sumpter (10,000 meters) and Matthew Bender (junior discus) to form a UC Davis delegation at the USATF Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
RED, WHITE, BLUE & GOLD
Swimmer Scott Weltz and distance runner Kim Conley represented UC Davis on the national stage, most notably at the London Olympics in August... Weltz placed fifth in the Olympic 200 breast final after posting a personal-best 2:08.99 in the semifinal round... He later finished 10th in that event at the 11th FINA World Championships in December and, more recently, placed 6th in the 100 breast at the Phillips 66 National Championships... Conley, who placed 12th in the 5,000 in London, finished second at the USA cross country championship... She went on to compete at the IAAF world cross country meet (March) and will represent the U.S. at the world track championships in August.
Senior attacker Carmen Eggert became the first player from women's water polo's varsity era to make the U.S. Senior National Team... She took part in a tryout in Los Alamitos in May, earning a spot on the No. 2 roster... Eggert won three straight ACWPC All-America honorable mentions in her Aggie career.
AGGIES ON THE AIRWAVES
ESPN2 aired a live telecast of the March 7 Big West Conference men's basketball game between UC Davis and Long Beach State, marking the first home basketball to appear on national television... The Aggies fell in a 77-76 thriller to the first-place 49ers, but the early-arriving crowd of 5,670 provided an unprecedented atmosphere in the Pavilion... "I've been to a lot of arenas and a lot of places, this building took a backseat to nobody tonight," said head coach Jim Les after the game.
Both men's soccer and football also played televised home games... The Aggies faced off with Cal State Northridge in the Big West men's soccer championship game, aired on Fox College Sports... Football's near upset of No. 2 Montana State was broadcast on Root Sports... Aggie football played its first year as a member of the Big Sky Conference, of which Root broadcasts a dozen games annually.
Aggie Sports Update, a weekly sports talk radio show, made its debut on KSAC 105.5 on December 1... Hosted by longtime UC Davis broadcaster Scott Marsh and KSAC Sports Director Phil Getman, the show featured updates on all Aggie sports plus interviews with various coaches and student-athletes... The half-hour show ran through the end of basketball season.
OFF THE FIELD
Women's basketball, women's gymnastics and women's tennis each earned NCAA Public Recognition awards for their academic progress rates... This is the sixth such APR honor for women's tennis, the third for gymnastics and first for women's hoop... In related news, the FCS Athletics Directors Association honored UC Davis football for having the highest APR in the Big Sky Conference... The Aggies won a similar honor in 2011 when they were members of the Great West Conference.
The Aggies continued to demonstrate their off-field talents in the form of The Art of Athletes (Feb. 1-4) and Aggie Idol (May 15)... Founded by running back and art studio major Brandon Tucker in 2009-10, The Art of Athletes showcases all forms of fine arts by UC Davis student-athletes... Field hockey player Amanda Marinac organized the fourth-annual installment... Aggie Idol, the student-athlete charity talent show, completed its sixth run at Freeborn Hall... Proceeds supported Team Davis, a local non-profit for those with developmental, cognitive and/or physical disabilities... Basketball player Clint Bozner (Individual/Duo) and the track & field trio of Karlaina Gipson, Murphy Nicholson and Thomas Gore-Schreck (Group) won their respective categories.
UC Davis defeated Sacramento State, 60.417 to 39.583, in the Causeway Cup presented by ScholarShare... This is Aggies' third win in the past four years, and the fifth in the nine-year history of the multi-sport rivalry contest... UC Davis enjoyed sweeps in women's volleyball, men's soccer, men's cross country, football, men's basketball, women's tennis and men's golf... The Aggies also picked up partial points in women's soccer, gymnastics, softball and women's track & field.
In a smaller version of the "Farm vs. Farm" collection of Aggie upsets in 2005-06, UC Davis defeated Stanford in baseball, softball and women's lacrosse in a span of approximately a month... All three contests featured a game-ending score... Baseball claimed the first upset on March 26, with Nick Lynch's walkoff single providing the heroics... Women's lacrosse celebrated Senior Night with its first-ever win against a ranked Div. I program, taking down the No. 14 Cardinal in a 15-14 overtime thriller on April 25... Elizabeth Datino hit the game-winner with two seconds remaining before the game would have gone to sudden victory... Softball completed the set as Christa Castello's walkoff single capped a 5-4 win against No. 17/16 Stanford on May 1... That marks the second straight year UC Davis softball has beaten a ranked Cardinal team: the Aggies stunned No. 8 Stanford in February of 2012.
HANGING IT UP
Head football coach Bob Biggs and head athletics trainer Jeff Hogan announced their respective retirements after more than six combined decades of service to UC Davis... Biggs served on the Aggie football staff for 35 years, including the last 20 as head coach... He also coached men's tennis during the late 1970s and early 1980s... In December, Biggs welcomed his successor, Ron Gould, a 16-year assistant at California... Hogan ended a 29-year career at the helm of the "healer of champions."
Past versions of the year-end recaps are available at http://www.ucdavisaggies.com/ot/ucda-year-recaps.html. The 2012-13 Year In Review will be updated to include awards announced later in the summer (e.g. NACGC/W and ACWPC All-Academic).