On the heels of a fourth place finish in the 2007-08 NCAA Division II Directors’ Cup competition, the UC San Diego Athletic program takes the first steps of the 2008-09 campaign when five of six fall teams begin pre-season training this week...Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Women’s Volleyball start workouts today with Men’s Water Polo debuting next week...Storylines abound.
Soccer will feature Head Coach Brian McManus, with seven NCAA Championships on his resume, entering his 22nd year at the helm...His counterpart, Triton men’s Head Coach Jon Pascale, will be a rookie this fall, taking over for Derek Armstrong who retired at mid-season in 2007 after 26 years as head coach at UCSD.
UCSD alum Nate Garcia opens his second season with the two Cross Country squads after getting both to the NCAA Division II Championships in his first season succeeding long time mentor Ted Van Arsdale.
Another Triton alum, Women’s Volleyball Coach Tom Black, will be looking to gethis club to the NCAA Playoffs for the third consecutive season.
For up-to-date, behind-the-scenes pre-season information, check the UCSD Athletics website for Triton Training Camp EXTRA each day for the next two weeks (home page link)...Different UCSD student-athletes will provide daily reports about what’s happening in the lead-up to the 2008 season.
UCSD DOMINATES CCAA ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM
The California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) released its 2007-08 All-Academic team last week and UC San Diego placed a whopping 79 student-athletes on the squad, 27 more than runner-up Cal State StAnislaus.
For a full list of Tritonhonorees, check the UCSD Athletics website at http://ucsdtritons.com.
HOMECOMING 2008 - OCTOBER 18
UCSD Alumni Athletes are reminded to get Saturday, Oct. 18 marked on your calendars...That will be Homecoming 2008, highlighted by the annual department-hosted AlumniAthleteBBQ-BeerGarden at in the Track & Field Stadium.
The 1988 NCAA Division III champion Men’s Soccer team, 1988 NCAA Division III champion Women’s Volleyball team and 1989 NCAA Division III champion Women’s Tennis team, all celebrating 20th anniversary benchmarks, will be feted.
Fall quarter classes start Thursday, Sept. 25 and although the UCSD fall athletic seasons will already be in full swing, there will be plenty of action to coincide with the influx of students to campus.
“Opening Day” will feature the traditional UCSD-Loyola Marymount Men’s Water Polo Rivalry, starting at 6:00 PM in Canyonview Pool...There will be a pre-game BBQ on Warren Field co-sponsored by the Warren Student Affairs and Warren College Student Council Events Board and Triton Tide and free thunderstix will be distributed to the first 1,000 students through the gates.
Friday night will feature both Women’s Volleyball and a Soccer doubleheader...Blacks spikers will host CCAA rival Cal State San Bernardino at in RIMAC Arena...Triton Tide will be sponsoring a pre-game BBQ and face-painting competition in conjunction with the game and the UCSD Athletic Dept. will be teaming with Southwest Airlines for a halftime ticket giveaway...Meanwhile, the Triton men’s soccer team will kick-off at against Cal Poly Pomona followed by the women at .
Women’s Volleyball is back in action Saturday night against Cal Poly Pomona and an afternoon soccer twinbill against Cal State San Bernardino is slated for Sunday beginning with the men’s contest at .
FORMER TRITONS IN BEIJING FOR 2008 SUMMER GAMES
UC San Diego Athletics is represented by both a former student-athlete and a former coach at the ongoing 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing...The athlete, Julie Swail Ertel, is competing in her second Olympic Games...The captain of the silver medal-winning U.S. Women's Water Polo team at Sydney in 2000, Ertel is now part of the three-person American triathlon team...The women's race is scheduled for August 19.
Ron Larsen, head coach of the UCSD Men's Volleyball team from 2000-05, is currently an assistant coach for the U.S. Men's Volleyball team...His 2000 Triton team captured the Division III National Championship...Larsen was thrust into the spotlight over the weekend due to the tragic death of head coach Hugh McCutcheon's father-in-law in Beijing...With McCutcheon attending to the needs of his family, Larsen assumed the head coaching duties in the U.S. team's first round victory over Venezuela Sunday...It is not known when McCutcheon will return to the team...The U.S. Men play Italy Tuesday.
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