LA JOLLA, Calif. - The University of California San Diego Department of Intercollegiate Athletics proudly inducted four new members into its Hall of Fame Sunday during a ceremony at the Great Hall on campus.
The fifth induction class includes Derek Armstrong (men's soccer coach, 1982-2007), Dana Chaiken (softball, 1988-1991), Rosanna Delurgio (swimming and diving, 2002-2005), and Tim Rapp (men's basketball, 1987-1991).
"Our Hall of Fame exists to provide a place where we look for, and find, true inspiration," said UC San Diego Director of Athletics Earl Edwards. "Today, it is our great honor to welcome [the Class of 2017] into the UC San Diego Hall of Fame. They represent for us the very best of what we all can be if we just try. Their achievements speak for themselves, their successes and motivations are clear. "
The 2017 inductees span the years of 1982 through 2005. Armstrong is the second coach to become a UC San Diego Hall of Famer. Chaiken is the first softball player to go in, while Delurgio is the fifth swimmer and Rapp is the second basketball standout to be named to the Hall of Fame. The foursome brings the total number of Hall of Fame members to 27.
"I want to thank [the players], it comes from here (the heart), and it's special," said Armstrong, the winningest coach in UCSD men's soccer history.
"I owe so much to all of my teammates, and I share this honor with them," said Chaiken, who led the Triton softball team to three NCAA Division 3 Regional tournament appearances. "Softball is a team game and I know that a large part of my individual success and the reason I'm standing here today is because I was lucky enough to play with amazing athletes and on winning teams."
In addition, Sunday's event paid homage to three special UC San Diego teams that are celebrating anniversaries of winning NCAA national championships - the 1993 men's golf team, the 1997 women's soccer team, and the 1997 women's volleyball team.
"Thank you for allowing us to remember each other and to celebrate each other, and, most importantly, remember all these relationships and all the people that make it so special," said Maricela Oceguera, a member of not only UCSD's 1997 championship soccer team, but also the 1995 and 1996 squads that won national titles.
The UC San Diego Athletics Hall of Fame was established in 2013. Its intent and purpose is to recognize and honor student-athletes, teams, coaches, staff, and others who have made exceptional contributions to the tradition and heritage of UC San Diego Athletics. For details on all former honorees, please visit the UCSD Athletics Hall of Fame page.
To nominate an individual for future Hall of Fame consideration, please fill out either an electronic form or a printable mail-in form. Student-athletes may be considered for Hall of Fame induction 10 years after the completion of their eligibility. Coaches and staff qualify following three years of separation from UC San Diego. No coach on the current staff is eligible for the Hall of Fame.
Throughout its history of academic and athletic excellence, UC San Diego teams have captured 30 national championships while 44 squads have finished as national runner-up and 49 others have achieved national third-place honors. All told, UC San Diego has won 251 national, regional, and conference championships. A remarkable 1,309 student-athletes have been named to All-America teams and 78 have garnered Academic All-America accolades.
UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME
CLASS OF 2017
Men's Soccer Coach • 1982-2007
• Winningest men's soccer head coach in UCSD history
• Career record of 326-138-48 (.684) over 26 seasons
• Led UCSD to all three of the program's national championships, all at the NCAA Division III level (1988, 1991, 1993)
• Led UCSD to seasons with top three win totals in program history (23 in 1988; 21 in 1985 and 1993)
• Led UCSD to its only three seasons with 20-plus wins in program history
• Led UCSD to lone undefeated season at a program-best 23-0-2 1988
• In NCAA Division III record book, ranks 49th in win percentage and 33rd in total wins
• Led UCSD to 16 NCAA Championship appearances (15 in Division III, one in Division II)
• Led UCSD to nine consecutive NCAA Division III Championship appearances from 1983-91, and in 15 of 17 years (1983-99)
• NCAA Division III national runner-up in 1986, semifinalist in 1989 and quarterfinalist in 1985, 1990, and 1994
• Led UCSD to first NCAA Division II Championship appearance in 2003
• Division III Far West Coach of the Year in 1985
• Led UCSD to first CCAA Tournament in first season as member in 2000, and five tourneys in all
• UCSD reached final of CCAA Tournament for first time in 2003
• Tritons topped CCAA South in two of first three seasons as member, in 2000 and 2002
Softball • 1988-1991
• Three NCAA DIII Regional appearances (1988, 1989, 1991)
• NCAA DIII Regional All-Tournament Team (1991)
• Led team in batting average (.361), stolen bases (31), runs (38), home runs (1), and on-base percentage (.503) in 1988
• Led team in batting average (.366), runs (34), hits (49), doubles (5), stolen bases (25), walks (20), slugging percentage (.418), on-base percentage (.452), and assists (98) in 1989
• Led team in runs (22), triples (3), stolen bases (2), slugging percentage (.429), and assists (65) in 1990
• Led team in batting average (.342), hits (51), runs (33), doubles (8), triples (8), RBI (16), stolen bases (24), total bases (78), slugging percentage (.523), on-base percentage (.399), and assists (105) in 1991
• UCSD Distinguished Alumni Award honoree (2004)
• UCSD top 10:
- No. 2 career steals (84)
- No. 3 career runs (127)
- No. 3 career triples (12)
- No. 3 career walks (76)
- No. 6 career hits (176)
- No. 7 career batting average (.347)
- No. 9 career assists (354)
- No. 1 single season triples (8, 1991)
- No. 4 single season steals (31, 1988)
- No. 6 single season walks (33, 1988)
- No. 7 single season steals (25, 1989)
- No. 8 single season steals (24, 1991)
Swimming and Diving • 2002-2005
Santa Cruz, Calif.
• Eight-time NCAA Division II national champion (six individual, two relay)
• Swept 100- and 200-yard breaststroke national titles in 2003, 2004, and 2005
• Swam breast leg of first-place 400 medley relay at 2005 NCAA Championships
• Swam third leg of first-place 200 free relay at 2004 NCAA Championships
• Tied (with Jennifer Watanabe) for most national titles by a Triton women's swimmer
• Three-time UCSD Athlete of the Year (2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05)
• UCSD top 10:
- No. 1 100 breaststroke
- No. 2 100 freestyle
- No. 2 200 breaststroke
- No. 6 50 freestyle
Men's Basketball • 1988-1991
San Jose, Calif.
• Team qualified for NCAA postseason play in 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons
• Team advanced to NCAA DIII sectional semifinals in 1990-91 season
• NCAA DIII All-American (1990-91)
• NCAA DIII All-Region (1989-90)
• Led team in scoring average in 1989-90 (23.9, ninth nationally)
• Led team in scoring average in 1990-91 (24.4)
• Team went 69-37 (.651) during his time
• 17 games with 30 or more points
• Two-time UCSD Athlete of the Year (1989-90, 1990-91)
• Two-time team MVP (1989-90, 1990-91)
• UCSD top 10:
- No. 1 career scoring average (20.7)
- No. 5 career points (1556)
- No. 1 single season points (659, 1990-91)