A number of top athletes have signed letters of intent during the fall signing period to attend UCLA and participate in sports other than men's basketball. Here is a closer look at the latest crop of new Bruins.
Head coach Kathy Olivier has signed four new players who will enter UCLA in the fall of 2003. "This is a class that brings in a great deal of talent and promise," Olivier said. We competed with many of the other top programs across the country and came out on top."
Noelle Quinn, G, 6-0, Torrance (Calif.) Bishop Montgomery is rated the No. 1 two-guard in the nation by All-Star Girls Report, and named the nation's No. 8 recruit by Student Sports. Quinn is included in virtually every national Top 10 list of recruits. As a junior she averaged 21.9 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.8 steals and 2.3 blocks, and she was named Division III California State Player of the Year.
Amanda Livingston, F, 6-1,
Consuelo Lezcano, C, 6-4,
Shaina Zaidl, G, 5-8, Los Angeles Marlborough averaged 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists last season. She was named first-team Southern Section All-CIF IV-AA.
With the signing of these four new players, head coach, Andy Banachowski believes this is one of the best classes he's signed in several years. "They will add to the depth of our team and challenge for playing time immediately next fall," Banachowski said.
Becky Green, 6-1, outside hitter,
Katie Carter, 6-3, middle blocker, Steamboat Springs (
Rachell Johnson, 5-11, outside hitter, San Diego Torrey Pines led her team to the state championship match as a sophomore. As a junior she was named All-State and named a Pre-Season All-American this year.
Colby Lyman, 6-0, outside hitter,
UCLA head coach Valorie Kondos Field signed three top gymnasts to letters of intent. "Once again we are reloading with amazing talent," said Kondos Field. "Not only are they talented and powerful athletes, but they are also excellent students in the classroom."
One of the nation's top junior golfers has signed a letter of intent to join head coach, Carrie Leary's golf team
Hannah Jun, San Diego Torrey Pines is rated the No. 16 by Golfweek/Titleist and has six top 10 finishes in eight American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) events in 2002. She finished second at the 2002 Callaway Junior World Championships. Jun is an All-CIF performer, and she just completed winning her third straight CIF San Diego Section Championship.
Three new recruits have signed letters of intent to join head coach, Cyndi Gallagher's program at UCLA. Gallagher believes all three swimmers will have an immediate impact on the program in 2003.
Brent Rustich, RHP, 6-6,
Brian Schroeder, LHP, San Diego Christian is the son of 1980 Bruin quarterback Jay Schroeder. Brian has a ton of movement on his fastball coupled with a real nasty slider.
UCLA head coach, Al Scates, enters his 41st season signing two of the nation's top men's volleyball players. "At the Junior Olympics they were the best players out there," Scates said. "This ensures that UCLA will be a championship contender for the next several years." Both players are rated No. 1 at their positions.
Steve Klosterman, 6-7, outside hitter,
Julio "Gaby" Acevedo, 6-2, setter, Puerto Rico is a three-time Junior National All-American, and he earned Rookie of the Year honors at the 2001 Puerto Rican Championships. He joins four other players from
The No. 1 rated player in the United States Tennis Association Boys' 18s singles rankings has signed to play for UCLA men's tennis coach Billy Martin. "I'm extremely happy that we were able to sign the top-ranked junior in the country," said Martin.
Head coach O.D. Vincent signed his first two players since taking the position. "Both players are very excited about the future of our program," Vincent said. "I really appreciate the faith both these young men have shown in me and Bruin golf."
Peter Campbell is ranked No. 26 by Golfweek/Titleist. He was voted San Diego Hall of Champions Athlete of the Year, and named All-League, All-CIF and All-State.