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UCLA's Title IX 40


1970s

Evelyn Ashford - Track & Field (1976-78)
One of the greatest sprinters in UCLA, USA and Olympic women's track & field history, Evelyn Ashford won four gold and one silver medal over four Olympic Games. As a sophomore, she led the Bruins to the 1977 AIAW Outdoor title, winning the 100m (11.32), 200m (23.0) and running the first leg of the winning 880y medley relay (1:39.4).

Carol Bower - Rowing (1978-79)
Olympic gold medalist Carol Bower is one of the most successful international rowers in UCLA history and has established herself as one of the nation's top women's rowing coaches. After graduating from UCLA in 1979, she earned a bronze medal at the 1979 World Championships, was named to the 1980 U.S. Olympic team, and won silver medals at the World Championships from 1981-83. In 1982, she was awarded the honor of Oarswoman of the Year by the USOC, and in 1984, she won Olympic gold in the women's eight.

Janet Coles - Golf (1972-76)
The first scholarship women's golfer at UCLA, Janet Coles later competed on the LPGA Tour for 14 years, and more recently, coached at the collegiate and high school levels for more than a decade. As a Bruin, she won her first collegiate tournament by 13 strokes and represented UCLA at the 1975 and 1976 AIAW Championships.

Terry Condon - Volleyball (1974-76)
Terry Condon helped lead UCLA to back-to-back AIAW National Championships in 1974, 1975 and a two-year record of 60-4. In her senior season (1976) the Bruins were the national runners-up and finished with a 29-8 overall mark. Meanwhile, throughout the 1970s, Condon was a U.S. Indoor National team member and the 1971 Player of the Year.

Denise Corlett - Volleyball, Basketball, Badminton (1976-80)
One of the elite multi-sport standouts in UCLA history, Denise Corlett starred for the Bruins in volleyball, basketball and badminton and was named the 1979 All-University Athlete of the Year. In volleyball, she was a two-time All-American and helped lead UCLA to four consecutive Final Four appearances. In basketball, she was a key player on the Bruins' 1978 AIAW championship squad. In badminton, she led the Bruins to the 1977 National Championship, winning the singles title and the Broderick Award as the nation's top badminton player.

Sue Enquist - Softball (1975-78)
During her 31 years with the UCLA Softball team, Sue Enquist achieved elite status at all levels - player, assistant coach, co-head coach and head coach - and was involved in a total of 11 national championships. As a standout player with a career batting average of .401 from 1975-78, Enquist led the Bruins to their first national championship, the 1978 AIAW crown. That year, she became UCLA's first-ever softball All-American.

Ann Meyers - Basketball (1975-78)
Ann Meyers has been at the forefront of women's advancement in sports throughout her career. The first woman to receive a full athletic scholarship to UCLA, Meyers was the first collegiate women's basketball player ever to earn four All-America honors (1975-78). As a senior in 1978, she helped lead UCLA to the school's first women's basketball national title and earned the Broderick Cup as the Collegiate Athlete of the Year across all women's sports.

Karen Moe - Swimming (1973-75)
Karen Moe overcame physical challenges to become one of the top female 200-meter butterfly performers in U.S. history. Moe was one of the first women to receive an athletic scholarship to UCLA and was a three-year All-American for the Bruins from 1973-75. Additionally, in 1976, she won the collegiate title in the 200-meter butterfly with a time of 2:02.88.

Anita Ortega - Basketball (1976-79)
Anita Ortega etched her name in UCLA lore after scoring a game-high 23 points in the 1978 national championship game to lead the Bruins to their first AIAW title in women's basketball. A four-year starter, Ortega is ranked among UCLA's all-time leaders in points (1,751), scoring average (16.1), rebounds (559), assists (317) and steals (240).

Jan Palchikoff - Rowing (1974-75)
One of the pioneers of women's rowing, Jan Palchikoff was a member of the UCLA rowing program as a club sport in 1973 and recognized later when UCLA awarded varsity letters in 1974 and 1975. Palchikoff was a 1976 and 1980 U.S. Olympian and a five-time member (1975-77; 1979-1980) of the U.S. National Rowing Team, representing the U.S. 13 times in international competition.

Coach of the Decade - Women's Basketball Head Coach Billie Moore
Billie Moore was the first coach to lead two schools to the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) national basketball championships. In her second season at UCLA in 1978, she led the Bruins to the AIAW crown, eight years after guiding Cal State Fullerton to the championship in 1970.

Administrator of the Decade - Chancellor Charles E. Young
Dr. Charles E. Young served as UCLA's Chancellor for 29 years (1968-1997). Just 36 years old when he became Chancellor, he was, at the time, the youngest person directing any major university. During his tenure as Chancellor, UCLA won a record 61 NCAA women's and men's team championships in 14 different sports, along with nine AIAW titles and four Rose Bowls.

1980s

Kay Cockerill - Golf (1983-87)
Kay Cockerill entered UCLA as a walk-on and went on to become UCLA Golf's first All-American and first Academic All-American, a two-time U.S. Amateur Golf champion, a 10-year pro in the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), and, since 1995, one of nation's leading television analysts and experts on the professional golf tours. She ended her Bruin career with a UCLA-record six tournament wins and was an all-conference performer all four years.

Denise Curry - Basketball (1978-81)
The all-time leading scorer in UCLA women's basketball history with 3,198 career points, Denise Curry was a four-year starter and three-time All-American. Curry helped lead UCLA to the AIAW National Championship in 1978 as a freshman starting forward and was the Western Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year from 1979-81. During her Bruin career, she set a collegiate record by scoring in double figures in all of her 130 career games and set 14 school records, including scoring and rebounding (1,310) and averaged a double-double (24.6 points/10.1 rebounds per game).

Gail Devers - Track & Field (1985-88)
Following her outstanding collegiate career as a Bruin, Gail Devers overcame Graves Disease to become one of the most dominant sprinters and hurdles in the history of women's track & field. As a Bruin, she earned 13 All-America accolades and won nine Pac-10 titles in six different events (100m, 200m, 100m hurdles, 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay, long jump). She competed in five Olympic Games from 1988-2004 and won back-to-back gold medals in the 100m in 1992 and 1996, as well as gold in the 4x100m relay in 1996.

Florence Griffith-Joyner - Track & Field (1981-83)
Nicknamed Flo Jo, Florence Griffith-Joyner is simply the greatest sprinter in the history of women's track & field, setting world records in both the 100m and 200m and winning five Olympic medals, including three gold. At UCLA, she was part of NCAA Championship teams in 1982 and 1983 and won the NCAA 200m title as a junior and the 400m crown as a senior in an NCAA record time of 50.94.

Kim Hamilton - Gymnastics (1987-90)
Kim Hamilton became the first African-American female to be recruited and receive a scholarship to compete on the UCLA women's gymnastics team. During her four years (1987-90) of collegiate competition, she became the first Bruin to win an NCAA woman's gymnastics individual title (1987 floor exercise) and the first (and still only) woman in NCAA Championship history to win three consecutive (1987-89) floor exercise crowns. She also won the vault title at the 1989 NCAA Championships to become the first Bruin woman to win two NCAA titles in one season. It took 13 years for another UCLA female gymnast to accomplish that feat.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee - Track & Field/Basketball (1981-85)
Jackie Joyner-Kersee (JJK) earned the title of "world's greatest female athlete" as she dominated the track & field events of the heptathlon and long jump from the mid-1980s into the late 1990s, winning six Olympic medals. In track & field, she led UCLA to the 1982 and 1983 NCAA team titles, winning the heptathlon both years. She still holds the collegiate records and the top UCLA marks in the heptathlon (6,718 points) and long jump (23-9). As a basketball player, she was a four-year started and still listed among UCLA's all-time best in scoring, rebounding and assists.

Liz Masakayan - Volleyball (1982-85)
A four-year standout, Liz Masakayan led UCLA to its first-ever NCAA team championship as a junior in 1984 with a dominating 32-kill, 24-dig performance in the final match against Stanford. She went on to earn first-team All-America honors as a junior and senior, and at the conclusion of the 1985-86 school year, she was named the UCLA Female Athlete of the Year. She was a member of the U.S. volleyball team at the 1988 Olympics and was a 1994 World Champion on the WPVA beach tour.

Dot Richardson - Softball (1981-83)
A standout on UCLA's 1982 NCAA Championship team and a two-time Olympic gold medalist (1996, 2000), Dr. Dot Richardson is one of the most recognizable names and faces in the sport of softball. Richardson was an All-American for the Bruins from 1981-83 and led UCLA in hits and batting average each season. She hit above .300 all three seasons, including a career-best .379 batting average in her first year as a Bruin in 1981. Richardson won gold medals at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games.

Stella Sampras (1988-91)
Stella Sampras was a four-year (1988-91) UCLA women's tennis standout who is now beginning her 17th season as the head coach of the highly-successful Bruin women's tennis program. While playing at UCLA, Sampras won the NCAA doubles championship with Allyson Cooper as a freshman in 1988, was NCAA runner-up with Kimberly Po as a senior in 1991 and became just the second four-time All-American in school history. Sampras also won the 1989 and 1991 Pac-10 doubles championships and the 1990 Rolex Regional doubles title.

Sharon Shapiro - Gymnastics (1980-82)
Sharon Shapiro won UCLA's first-ever individual national title in women's gymnastics and made history as a true freshman at the 1980 AIAW Championships when she became the first collegiate woman to sweep all four events (vault, uneven bars, balance beam, floor exercise) and the all-around. To this day, no collegiate gymnast has ever duplicated that feat. In 1981, she won the Broderick Award as the nation's most outstanding gymnast after winning the all-around and vault at the AIAW Championships.

Coach of the Decade - Softball Head Coach Sharron Backus
For 22 seasons (1975-96) as head coach, Sharron Backus built the Bruins into the No. 1 collegiate softball program in the nation. Backus, who was co-head coach with Sue Enquist from 1989-96, led UCLA to eight national championships (seven NCAA, one AIAW), including three in a row from 1988-1990, and 10 conference titles. Her UCLA teams played in the College World Series 16 times.

Administrator of the Decade - Women's Athletic Director/Senior Associate Athletic Director Dr. Judith R. Holland
Throughout her 20-plus years at UCLA, Dr. Judith R. Holland was regarded as the nation's foremost women's athletics administrator. She came to UCLA as the Bruin Women's Athletic Director in 1974 and later became the Senior Associate Athletic Director when the UCLA women's and men's departments merged in 1980, with major responsibilities for both women's and men's sports. In 1980, Dr. Holland was the driving force behind the merger of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) and the NCAA, leading to the popularity and achievement of women's collegiate athletics.

1990s

Amy Acuff - Track & Field (1994-97)
Amy Acuff is one of the great women's high jumpers in the history of UCLA and USA Track & Field. A five-time NCAA champion as a Bruin, Acuff recently competed in her fifth consecutive Olympic Games, becoming only the fifth U.S. woman to do so. In each of her four years at UCLA, she won at least one NCAA title, capturing five national championships in her collegiate career. She was also the first woman in Pac-10 history to win four consecutive track and field individual titles and was twice the conference's Female Athlete of the Year.

Lisa Fernandez - Softball (1990-93)
The greatest pitcher in the history of the sport of softball, Lisa Fernandez led UCLA to two NCAA Championships in 1990 and 1992 and helped lead Team USA to three Olympic gold medals in 1996, 2000 and 2004. Fernandez played at UCLA from 1990-93 and was a three-time winner of the sport's Honda Award. In 1993, she became the first softball player ever to win the Honda-Broderick Cup, awarded to the most outstanding collegiate female athlete in all sports. She also earned first-team All-America honors four times.

Leah Homma - Gymnastics (1994-97)
Two-time Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year Leah Homma led UCLA to its first-ever NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championship team title in 1997 as a senior captain. Homma placed fourth in the 1997 NCAA all-around to help bring the national championship to Westwood. Homma's UCLA honors included the 1994 and 1997 Pac-10 all-around titles, along with the 1996 and 1997 conference uneven bar crowns. She twice earned the Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year Award (1995, 1997) and captured eight All-America honors.

Maylana Martin - Basketball (1997-2000)
A four-year starting forward and three-time All-American, Maylana Martin led UCLA to two 20-win seasons and a school-best three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 1998-2000. Martin led the Bruins in scoring (18.2 ppg) and rebounding (9.4 rpg) during her junior year as the team enjoyed one of the finest seasons in school history. The 1999 Bruins advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, won the program's first Pac-10 Conference regular season title, and finished with 26 victories. Martin earned first-team Kodak All-America honors and was honored as the 1999 Pac-10 Player of the Year.

Nicolle Payne - Water Polo (1995-98)
Goalkeeper Nicolle Payne, the first women's water polo recruit in UCLA history, helped lead the Bruins to three consecutive National Championships in 1996, 1997 and 1998. Payne was a second-team All-American as a freshman in 1995, the National Player of the Year as a sophomore in 1996 and a first-team All-American both as a junior and senior. An 11-year member of the U.S. national team, Payne won medals at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games.

Keri Phebus - Tennis (1993-96)
Keri Phebus is the most decorated player in the history of UCLA women's tennis. A four-year All-American and two-time NCAA champion during her Bruin career, Phebus earned the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Player of the Year award in 1995. In 1995 at the NCAA Championships, Phoebus became the first Bruin to win the singles championship, and she also won the doubles title with teammate Susie Starrett. Phebus became only the second woman in history to capture both NCAA crowns in the same season.

Kristee Porter - Volleyball/Basketball/Track & Field (1998-2002)
Kristee Porter is one of the most versatile and elite athletes in the history of UCLA women's athletics. During her Bruin career, she was a standout performer in volleyball, basketball and track & field. Porter was a four-time All-American and 2000 Volleyball Magazine National Player of the Year. In basketball, she ranked second in the Pac-10 in 2001 in rebounding (8.1), third in blocked shots (1.77) and 11th in scoring (13.0). As a member of the track and field team, she earned points for the Bruins three times at the Pac-10 Championships and twice placed third in the conference in the triple jump.

Annette Salmeen - Swimming (1993-96)
Annette Salmeen was the quintessential UCLA student-athlete, earning the highest possible honors both in the pool and in the classroom. In 1996, she not only won a gold medal at the Olympic Games but was also named a Rhodes Scholar. A four-time All-American, she became the first-ever UCLA women's swimmer to win an NCAA individual event (200m butterfly in 1996) and was the 1996 Pac-10 Champion in the 100m (54.59) and 200m butterfly (1:57.00). Additionally, she was the UCLA Female Athlete of the Year, UCLA Alumni Association Outstanding Senior, and a finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year.

Seilala Sua - Track & Field (1997-2000)
The most decorated athlete in NCAA track & field history, Seilala Sua earned seven national outdoor and indoor titles in the discus and shot put while also earning NCAA outdoor and indoor All-American honors 14 times during her illustrious UCLA career. Sua became only the second woman in NCAA history to win four consecutive individual crowns in the same event when she captured the NCAA outdoor discus title every year from 1997-2000. She also earned consecutive NCAA outdoor shot put championships in 1999 and 2000. Sua was a member of the USA Olympic team in the discus in both 2000 and 2004.

Natalie Williams - Volleyball/Basketball (1989-94)
One of the finest two-sport standouts in history, Natalie Williams was the first collegiate woman ever to earn All-America honors in both volleyball and basketball in the same year. Williams was honored as the Pac-10 Female Athlete of the Decade (1987-96). She helped lead the UCLA volleyball team to two consecutive NCAA Championships in 1990 and 1991 and was named the NCAA Tournament MVP both times. She won the Honda Award in volleyball twice (1992, 1993). In basketball, she was an All-American and finalist for the Naismith Award as a junior and senior. She averaged a career double-double (20.4 point/12.8 rebounds).

Coach of the Decade - Women's Volleyball Head Coach Andy Banachowski
When Andy Banachowski retired from UCLA on June 30, 2010, he had served as the women's volleyball coach for 43 seasons and was the winningest coach in that sport's history, with a career mark of 1,106-301 (.786). Under Banachowski, the Bruin women won six national championships, including NCAA titles in 1984, 1990 and 1991. Banachowski coached Bruin players to 42 AVCA All-America honors and coached five Pac-10 Players of the Year and a National Player of the Year

Administrator of the Decade - Associate Athletic Director/Senior Women's Administrator Betsy Stephenson
For nearly eight years (1996-2004) Betsy Stephenson was UCLA's Associate Athletic Director and Senior Women's Administrator. As Associate Athletics Director, she supervised Bruin head coaches, academic services, recruiting and student services and marketing and promotions. During her UCLA career, the Bruins won 16 NCAA Division I national team titles, including 11 in women's sports - five in gymnastics, two each in softball and water polo, and one apiece in indoor and outdoor track.

2000s

Mohini Bhardwaj - Gymnastics (1998-2001)
Three years after winning the last of her four NCAA titles, Mohini Bhardwaj broke new ground for post-collegiate gymnasts by making the 2004 U.S. Olympic team, serving as its captain and becoming the first UCLA woman ever to win an Olympic gymnastics medal, capturing team silver. Bhardwaj led UCLA to consecutive NCAA Championships in 2000 and 2001, and won NCAA individual titles on uneven bars in 2000 and floor exercise in 2001. She produced one of the greatest individual performances in NCAA history in a dual meet against Georgia on Mar. 18, 2001 with a UCLA record 39.975 all-around score. Bhardwaj finished her career with eight perfect 10s.

Lauren Cheney - Soccer (2006-09)
One of the greatest players in the history of UCLA women's soccer, Lauren Cheney is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and the only player in school history to earn four NSCAA/adidas first-team All-America honors. Cheney led her teams to four NCAA College Cup appearances, three Pac-10 team titles, and an overall record of 84-10-5 during her career. During her UCLA career, Cheney rewrote the UCLA career record books. She ranks No. 1 in scoring (173 points), goals (71, tied for first) and game-winning-goals (28) and No. 2 in assists (31).

Jamie Dantzscher - Gymnastics (2001-04)
Jamie Dantzscher's UCLA debut in 2001 set the tone for the remainder of her record-breaking collegiate career. After scoring a perfect 10 on her first-ever collegiate routine, Dantzscher went on to score 27 more over the course of four seasons, and she finished her Bruin career with a combined seven NCAA titles (three team, four individual), 15 All-America honors, eight NCAA Regional titles and three Pac-10 individual championships.

Emily Feher - Water Polo (2004-07)
One of the nation's elite goalkeepers, Emily Feher was a four-time All-American (2004-07) and the first goalie in UCLA's illustrious history to win three consecutive NCAA Women's Water Polo titles (2005-07). In her UCLA career, she started all 107 matches in which she participated, playing 2,873 minutes (395 quarters), with 713 saves and allowing only 456 goals for a goals-against average of 4.61. Her 713 career saves is No. 2 in school history, and her 4.61 goals-against average ranks No. 4 in Bruin history.

Monique Henderson - Track & Field (2002-05)
Two-time Olympic gold medalist, an NCAA Outdoor and Indoor champion and the winner of the 2005 Honda Award for track and field, Monique Henderson is one of the great 400m and relay runners in the history of UCLA and USA women's track & field. Henderson won two NCAA event titles, capturing the 400m at the NCAA outdoor championships with a meet record 50.10 and running the second leg of UCLA's winning distance medley relay at the 2002 NCAA indoor championship.

Tiffany Joh - Golf (2006-09)
Tiffany Joh was the first four-time All-American in UCLA women's golf history and won two U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links (USWAPL) Championships while at UCLA. In her four-year career, she led the Bruins to a Pac-10 title, two NCAA runner-up finishes and a pair of third-place finishes.During Joh's Bruin career, she set the school season record for most rounds under 70 (nine, 2006-07) and shares the school season mark for most rounds under par (15, 2007-08).

Stacey Nuveman - Softball (1997-2002)
Considered one of the greatest players in UCLA, NCAA and USA Softball history, Stacey Nuveman finished her Bruin career as the all-time NCAA leader in home runs (90) and slugging percentage (.945) and won three Olympic medals, including gold medals in 2000 and 2004. Nuveman led UCLA to four Women's College World Series appearances, including the 1999 NCAA championship, and two Pac-10 titles. A four-time first-team All-American and three-time Pac-10 Player of the Year (1999, 2001, 2002), Nuveman was named the inaugural USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year in 2002.

Noelle Quinn (2004-07)
Noelle Quinn accomplished something no other Bruin basketball player, male or female, has ever achieved - totaling at least 1,700 points, 700 rebounds and 400 assists during her four-year collegiate career. She concluded her UCLA career just short of becoming just the second player in Pac-10 history to have reached 1,800 points, 800 rebounds and 400 assists. On the UCLA career charts, she is No. 4 in scoring, No. 6 in scoring average, No. 8 in rebound and rebound average and No. 7 in assists. As a senior, she was a finalist for the Wade Trophy and earned honorable mention All-America honors.

Kelly Rulon - Water Polo (2003-07)
Kelly Rulon helped lead UCLA to four NCAA team championships (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007). While competing internationally for the USA, she was a member of the gold medal-winning team at the 2012 Olympic Games and the bronze medal-winning team at the 2004 Olympics. During her UCLA career, she was the program's all-time leading scorer with 237 goals, and her single-season mark of 70 goals, set in 2005, 2006 and 2007, is No. 3 in school history. Rulon's Bruin teams had an impressive overall won-loss record of 113-10.

Natasha Watley - Softball (2000-03)
Shortstop Natasha Watley capped her stellar collegiate career by leading UCLA to the 2003 NCAA Championship, earning her fourth consecutive first-team All-America honor, and winning the Honda-Broderick Cup as the nation's top collegiate female athlete. Watley made history in 2004 when she became the first African-American to represent USA Softball at the Olympics. Starting all nine games for the U.S. at shortstop, she hit .400 (12-for-30) in Athens and had an Olympic record five stolen bases to help lead the team to a gold medal. She also won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics.

Coach of the Decade - Gymnastics Head Coach Valorie Kondos Field
During her 22 years (1991-present) as the UCLA women's gymnastics head coach, Valorie Kondos Field has elevated the Bruins to one of the premier programs in collegiate gymnastics. The Bruins won their first NCAA Championship in 1997 under Kondos Field and twice won in back-to-back seasons in both 2000-01 and 2003-04. In 2010, UCLA won its sixth NCAA title, and under her direction, the team has won 12 Pac-12/Pac-10 Conference titles, to go along with 16 NCAA Regional crowns. A four-time National and Conference Coach of the Year, Kondos Field was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.

Administrator of the Decade - Senior Associate Athletic Director/Senior Women's Administrator Petrina Long
A member of the UCLA staff since June 2004, Petrina Long has oversight responsibility for several sports, including women's basketball, women's volleyball, softball and gymnastics, as well as several administrative areas, among them academic services, compliance, equity issues, and governmental relations. In her eight years as a Bruin, UCLA has won 14 NCAA team championships, including 10 in women's sports, led by water polo's five consecutive national titles from 2005-09.


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