There's some exciting news surrounding our non-revenue programs so let's have a non-revenue round up of our other Bruin teams. It also couldn't hurt to talk about programs far more stable than the two big ones, at least as a break for our own sanity.
First off, Cobi Jones has been elected to the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, an honor he clearly deserves. He also led all of those elected this year by garnering 87% of the vote.
Jones earned a record 164 caps for the U.S. Men's National team and played in three World Cups (1994, 1998 and 2002). On a professional level, he was the only player in MLS history to have played in each of the first 12 seasons of the league with the same team, the Los Angeles Galaxy, and he totaled 70 goals and 91 assists in 306 career regular season games. He led the Galaxy to a pair of MLS Cup titles (2002 and 2005) before retiring in 2007. His jersey #13 was the first retired jersey in MLS history.
Of all the UCLA athletes, so many of them absolutely incredible, it's tough to be prouder of anyone than Jones. He went to UCLA as a walk-on and earned his way onto the Bruin team. He helped bring a national title to Westwood in 1990 and was an All-American in 1991. That was all before he had his storied professional career, both in Los Angeles and representing the U.S. internationally.
A huge congratulations to Jones and a most deserved induction. As someone who has excelled for both club and country, worked his way up from a walk-on at UCLA and did it all while carrying himself with class, Jones has made all Bruins proud.
While Jones won a NCAA title with the Bruins, two other Bruin teams will look to do the same in 2013 inside a renovated Pauley Pavilion. In 2012-2013, the first year in the new Pauley Pavilion, UCLA will host the NCAA Championships in women's gymnastics and men's volleyball.
This will be UCLA's fourth time hosting the NCAA gymnastics championships. The Bruins won the national title the last time they hosted in 2004, scoring an NCAA record 198.125. UCLA also previously hosted in 1998 and 1984.
"We're excited to bring the Women's National Gymnastics Championship back to Southern California," said UCLA gymnastics head coach Valorie Kondos Field. "It will be the first National Championship to be held in the newly renovated Pauley Pavilion, and I know our team will be proud to showcase our new competitive home."
UCLA has hosted 13 prior NCAA Men's Volleyball Championships, most recently in 2005. The Bruins have won the NCAA title in nine of those 13 years they have hosted.
"It is gratifying that the Championships are returning to the original site of NCAA Volleyball," said UCLA men's volleyball head coach Al Scates. "We have won nine of our 19 NCAA titles on our home court, and we are looking forward to hosting again."
The gymnastics team are the defending national champions and while they have struggled this season as seemingly every member of the team has been injured they remain one of the most storied programs in UCLA history. Then there's the men's volleyball team, which is the most storied and successful program in school history. Hopefully they can add to their remarkable history in 2013.