UCLABruins.com: Women’s Basketball

UCLA Women’s Basketball starts the 2011-12 season with a new head coach and one senior among its 11 eligible players. That senior, Rebekah Gardner, has been a role player for the Bruins during her first three seasons.

It is a season of change for UCLA women’s basketball.

With first-year head coach Cori Close concluding pre-season practices and preparations for the 2011-12 season nearly complete, the team’s lone senior leads the way for this year’s Bruins. Read more…

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UCLABruins.com: Men’s Tennis

Michael Hui did not come to UCLA as part of the men’s tennis team. He played two years of club tennis and was added to the varsity roster for the 2011-12 season.

Michael Hui has always been a tennis player.

But he hasn’t always been a varsity tennis player. Read more…

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UCLABruins.com: General Releases

A very important program, Operation Mend, will be honored at the UCLA football homecoming game on October 29, 2011.

Any Division I football game is full of recognitions during the breaks in action. Quarter breaks could see a sponsor recognition, while halftime could see an NCAA Championship team being recognized for its achievement.

In addition to the usual homecoming festivities, Saturday’s 4 p.m. football game against California at the Rose Bowl will feature a very special recognition of a truly special program housed right on UCLA’s campus. Read more…

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UCLABruins.com: Women’s Golf

With a very small squad size, UCLA women’s golf head coach Carrie Forsyth has chosen to focus on team chemistry rather than top scores while recruiting for the Bruins women’s golf team. This has not compromised the program’s success, as the Bruins are the defending NCAA Champions.

What happens if a golfer’s scores and rankings aren’t the most important thing in shaping a team?

In the case of head coach Carrie Forsyth’s UCLA women’s golf program, you bring home an NCAA Championship anyway. Read more… 

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UCLABruins.com: Women’s Soccer

Ally Courtnall, a freshman on the UCLA women’s soccer team, is the daughter of former NHL player Russ Courtnall. She is now starring in a versatile role for the Bruins, playing both defense and forward.

Ally Courtnall grew up all over North America.

Her father, Russ Courtnall, spent 16 seasons as a right wing in the National Hockey League, playing over 1,000 career games for Toronto, Montreal, Minnesota, Dallas, Vancouver, New York and Los Angeles. Read more…

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UCLABruins.com: Men’s Soccer

Senior defender Shawn Singh walked on to the UCLA men’s soccer team and has become a top contributor and starter for the Bruins. 

UCLA men’s soccer head coach Jorge Salcedo has potential walk-ons venture into his office on a near-daily basis. It is rare for one of those “cold calls” to become a starter for the Bruins.

Senior defender Shawn Singh is one of those success stories. Read more…

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UCLABruins.com: Women’s Volleyball

UCLA women’s volleyball is one of several sports displaced from their regular home venue due to the ongoing renovation of Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins had beyond-capacity crowds in their opening home weekend and have made changes to gameday procedures to accommodate as many fans as possible.

The UCLA women’s volleyball team returns to Westwood this weekend for matches against Oregon State and Oregon at the Wooden Center. The last time the team played at home, the Bruins played host to and defeated the top two squads in the AVCA Top-25 poll, then-No. 1 California, and then-No. 2 Stanford. Read more…

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UCLABruins.com: I’m Going to College

Feature story on UCLA’s “I’m Going to College” community outreach program that brings school children from all over Southern California to UCLA’s campus and UCLA athletic events. This story was picked up by the NACDA Daily Review Listserv.

It has become one of the largest public outreach programs in the country.

It has taken thousands of elementary, middle school and high school students onto UCLA’s Westwood campus and to the Rose Bowl in its 15-plus years of existence.

It is the “I’m Going to College” (IGTC) program administered by the UCLA Athletics Marketing and Promotions office, led by Associate Athletic Director Scott Mitchell. Read more…

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UCLABruins.com: Men’s Cross Country

A Q&A session with UCLA’s cross country coach, Forest Braden.

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UCLABruins.com: Football/Baseball

Story on UCLA junior starting quarterback Richard Brehaut, who is a two-sport athlete for the Bruins (football/baseball)

The road to success as a Division I starting quarterback is rarely smooth. UCLA junior Richard Brehaut is no exception.

“Richard has matured on schedule,” said UCLA head football coach Rick Neuheisel. “Unfortunately, he had to play earlier than he was ready. Because of that, he took a lot of criticism and I think he’s starting to settle down and play with poise because of his development in the position. Read more…

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