Johnny Morris '58
Former Chicago Bears wide receiver and Sportscaster.
Jason Lezak - Swimmer - Won Gold Medal at 2004 Olympics
Jason Lezak joined Irvine (California) Novaquatics swim team at the age of five and has never left. He first qualified for the nationals while a senior in high school. In 1999 he won the bronze medal in the 100-meter freestyle at the U.S. Open. At the Pan Pacific Championships that year, he won a silver medal as a member of the 400-meter relay team. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, he competed in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay and his team won the silver medal. He also swam in the preliminary heat of the 4x100-meter medley relay; the U.S. finished third in the heat and went on to win the gold medal. At the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials, Jason broke the American record in the 100-meter freestyle in the semifinals. He eventually won the 100-meter and also qualified for the Olympics in the 50-meter freestyle. He was picked to swim the fourth leg in the 4x100 medley relay final on August 21 and helped the U.S.A. to a gold medal, as well as a new world record.
Lynne Cox '79 - Long distance swimmer
As a cold water swimmer, Cox is known not only for her athletic achievements, but also for her ability to unite countries. In 1987, for instance, she symbolically united the United States and the Soviet Union by swimming across the 40 degree Bering Strait. Cox's tremendous athletic ability also helped her in 1972 to break both the men's and women's records for swimming across the English Channel.
Larry Dierker - Played for Houston Astros
This former pitcher has long been associated with the Houston Astros. Dierker recently resigned as the manager of the Astros, the same team he began his baseball career with as a starting pitcher. After pitching for thirteen years, Dierker went on to broadcast for the Astros for another eighteen years before becoming the team's general manager.
Eric Fonoimoana '93 - US Olympian
After playing for UCSB, Fonoimoana began playing volleyball on the Association of Volleyball Professionals tour in 1993. Over the next several years he rose up the charts with win after win, finally earning the King of the Beach title in 1998. That year he began playing international matches. In 2000, Fonoimoana and his partner, Dain Blanton compete at the Olympics in Sydney, bringing home a gold medal.
Don Ford '76
Rob Heidger '92
Played Beach Volleyball as a US Olympian in the Sydney games.
Carin Gabarra '87 - US Olympian
After being a four time All American at UCSB, Carin continued to earn respect and admiration from fans around the nation. She is the 3rd leading goal scorer in US women's history, MVP of the 1991 World Championships, 1996 Olympic champion, U.S. Soccer Federation Player of the Year, 1987 and 1992, and was selected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2000. Currently she is the head coach for the US Naval Academy soccer team.
Sandra Nielson '62
Nielson won a gold medal at the 1972 Olympics with a time of 58.59 in the 100-Meter Freestyle.
Joe Redfield '93
Played for the Pittsburg Pirates
Richard Schroeder '86 - US Olympian, gold medallist
This Olympian first swam and dove for the UCSB men's team before winning a gold medal at the 1988 Olympics in the 4x100-medley event.
Brian Shaw '88 - NBA player, Lakers
At 6'6", 200lbs and over 12 years as a NBA player, Shaw is no small opponent. Over the span of his career, he has played for and broken records with, the Portland Trailblazers, Philadelphia 76ers and the Orlando Magic, but it was on the UCSB men's basketball team were he first got noticed for Player of the Year. His current home is with the LA Lakers where he continues to work magic on the court.
Robert Sherman '47 - Tennis Player
Since 1965, Sherman has won more senior tennis titles than all but one other player. He is currently #1 in the nation for USTA Men's 80 singles.