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Conference  Pac-12
Athletic director  Dan Guerrero
NCAA  Division I / FBS
Varsity teams  22
UCLA Bruins
University  University of California, Los Angeles
Location  Los Angeles, California

The UCLA Bruins are the athletic teams that represent the University of California, Los Angeles. The Bruin men's and women's teams participate in NCAA Division I as part of the Pac-12 Conference and the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). For football, they are in the Football Bowl Subdivision of Division I (formerly Division I-A). UCLA has the most decorated athletic program in NCAA history, with 113 NCAA team championships. UCLA offers 10 varsity sports programs for men and 13 for women.


Sports teams

UCLA sponsors teams in eleven men's and fourteen women's NCAA sanctioned sports:

  • # = Teams competing in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
  • * = Beach volleyball is a fully sanctioned NCAA sport which had its first national championship in the spring of 2016.
  • School colors

    The UCLA athletic teams' colors are True Blue and Gold. In the early days of the school, UCLA had the same colors as the University of California, Berkeley; Yale blue and gold.

    When football coach Red Sanders came to UCLA for the 1949 season he redesigned the football uniforms. The Yale blue was changed to a lighter shade of blue. Sanders figured that the baby blue would look better on the field and in film. He would dub the baby blue uniform "Powderkeg blue", powder blue with an explosive kick. For the 1954 football season, Sanders added a gold loop on the shoulders, the UCLA Stripe. UCLA still uses different color blues. They have an alternate uniform that is predominately Navy. Their helmet has the UCLA script in Royal.

    Athletics facilities

    In 2014, UCLA named all of its recreation and athletics facilities in honor of Jackie Robinson, who was a four-sport student-athlete at the school and went on to play Major League baseball as the first African American to do so in the league. The Jackie Robinson "42" Athletics and Recreation Complex monument was installed in front of the John Wooden Recreation Center and was unveiled on March 5, 2016. The school also retired number 42 which was the number Robinson worn as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

    Two notable sports facilities serve as home venues for UCLA sports. Since 1982, the Bruin football team has played home games at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. From 1923–81, including the Bruins' 1954 National Championship year, the team played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The women’s gymnastics, men's and women's basketball, and volleyball teams play at Pauley Pavilion on campus. The softball team plays on campus at Easton Stadium. Down the hill, the waterpolo teams as well as the swim and dive team compete at Spieker Aquatics Center. For baseball, there is the Steele Field at the Jackie Robinson Stadium, located close to campus.

    See also: Drake Stadium, Los Angeles Tennis Center, Spieker Aquatics Center.

    Championship notes

    As of December 2015, UCLA has won 113 NCAA team championships, and 133 total national team championships—more than any other university.

    The ten most recent championships came on December 6, 2015 (10th men's water polo title: defeated crosstown rival USC, 10–7), December 7, 2014 (9th men's water polo title: defeated crosstown rival USC, 9–8), May 20, 2014 (2nd women's tennis title), December 8, 2013 (1st women's soccer team championship); June 25, 2013 (1st men's baseball team title); December 17, 2011 (4th women's volleyball team title); May 21, 2011 (3rd women's golf team title); June 2010 (11th women's softball team title); April 24, 2010 (6th women's gymnastics team title); and May 10, 2009 (7th women's water polo team title: defeated crosstown rival USC, 5–4).

    UCLA also secured three NCAA championships during the month of May 2008: on May 11, 2008 when UCLA defeated archrival USC, 6–3, for the Women's Water Polo Championship, on May 20, 2008 when the Bruins defeated California for the Women's Tennis Championship, and on May 31, 2008 when UCLA defeated archrivals Stanford and USC for the Men's Golf Championship.

    On May 13, 2007, UCLA became the first school to win 100 NCAA championships, defeating Stanford, 5–4, for the 2007 Women's Water Polo Championship. In the following 2007–08 sports season, some UCLA sports teams commemorated this achievement by replacing the blue letter 'C' on their uniforms with a gold 'C' ('C' being the Roman numeral for 100).

    NCAA team championships

    UCLA has 113 NCAA team national championships.

  • Men's sports (74):
  • Baseball (1): 2013
  • Basketball (11): 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1995
  • Golf (2): 1988, 2008
  • Gymnastics (2): 1984, 1987
  • Outdoor Track & Field (8): 1956, 1966, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1978, 1987, 1988
  • Soccer (4): 1985, 1990, 1997, 2002
  • Swimming (1): 1982
  • Tennis (16): 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1960, 1961, 1965, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1976(co), 1979, 1982, 1984, 2005
  • Volleyball (19): 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2006
  • Water Polo (10): 1969, 1971, 1972, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2014, 2015
  • Women's sports (39):
  • Golf (3): 1991, 2004, 2011
  • Gymnastics (6): 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2010
  • Indoor Track and Field (2): 2000, 2001
  • Outdoor Track and Field (3):1982, 1983, 2004
  • Soccer (1): 2013
  • Softball (11): 1982, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2010
  • Tennis (2): 2008, 2014
  • Volleyball (4):1984, 1990, 1991, 2011
  • Water Polo (7): 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • see also:
  • Pac-12 Conference NCAA championships
  • List of NCAA schools with the most NCAA Division I championships
  • List of NCAA schools with the most AIAW Division I national championships
  • Baseball

    The 2010 team, under head coach John Savage, won the Los Angeles Regional and Super-Regional, and was the first team to win 48 games in a season. The Bruins joined seven other teams in the 2010 College World Series and finished in second place, behind the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. The 2011 team won the Pac-10 Conference title.

    The 2013 team won UCLA's 109th NCAA Championship and their first in baseball in the 2013 College World Series by beating Mississippi State 3–1 and 8–0.

    Many UCLA baseball players have gone on to play in Major League Baseball (MLB). In the 2009 World Series, Chase Utley hit two home runs to help the Philadelphia Phillies win Game 1. There were a total of four former UCLA baseball players in the 2009 playoffs: Philadelphia's Ben Francisco and Chase Utley, Colorado's Garrett Atkins, and St. Louis' Troy Glaus, who was the 2002 World Series MVP for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Chris Chambliss and Gerrit Cole were No. 1 overall picks in the MLB drafts. Trevor Bauer was drafted as the No. 3 pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 6, 2011. Former UCLA shortstop Brandon Crawford hit a grand-slam home run in his major-league debut with the San Francisco Giants on May 27, 2011 and helped the Giants to win the 2012 Major League World Series. Cole debuted with the Pittsburgh Pirates by winning his first four games he pitched and also drove in two runs with a single in his first at-bat in the 2013 major league.

    Basketball (men)

    Several of the most revered championships were won by the Men's Basketball team under coaches John Wooden and Jim Harrick. The rich legacy of UCLA basketball has produced 11 NCAA championships – 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, and 1995. From 1971 to 1974, UCLA won 88 consecutive men's basketball games, an NCAA record for men. Recent UConn Huskies women's basketball teams have set overall NCAA basketball records with 90-game and (ongoing) 91-game winning streaks. The 35-year period (1940-1974) preceding and including the UCLA streak was characterized by less dynasties, however: 20 different men's teams won titles during that span. In comparison, the women's game to date has produced 35% less (tournament) parity, with 13 schools winning all 35 titles offered since its inception.

    Past rosters of UCLA basketball teams have included greats such as Rafer Johnson who was the 1960 Olympic Decathlon Champion, Gail Goodrich, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then known as Lew Alcindor), Bill Walton, Reggie Miller and Walt Hazzard. The Bruins also had a winning record for 54 consecutive seasons from the 1948–1949 season to the 2001–2002 season.

    In recent years, UCLA Men's Basketball has returned to prominence under Coach Ben Howland. Between 2006 and 2008, UCLA has been to three consecutive Final Fours, while UCLA's players have received numerous awards, most notably Arron Afflalo, a 2007 First-Team All American and the Pac-10 Player of the Year, and Kevin Love, a 2008 First-Team All American and the Pac-10 Player of the Year. UCLA has produced the most NBA Most Valuable Player Award winners, six of them by Abdul-Jabbar and one by Walton, who was Abdul-Jabbar's successor.

    In March 2013, UCLA relieved head men's basketball coach Ben Howland of his duties after UCLA dropped an 83–63 decision to Minnesota in a second-round game of the NCAA Tournament. The current head coach is Steve Alford, former coach at New Mexico and Iowa. He won a NCAA championship as a player under Bobby Knight at Indiana.

    Basketball (women)

    In the 1977–78 season, the women's basketball team, with a 27–2 record, were the AIAW Champions under head coach Billie Moore. The 2014–15 team won the 2015 WNIT championship by defeating the West Virginia Mountaineers 62–60 on April 4, 2015.


    In 1954, the UCLA football team earned a share of the national title with a 9–0 record and a #1 ranking in the UPI football poll, while Ohio State was ranked #1 in the AP Poll. Owing to rules in place at the time, UCLA was unable to face off against Ohio State in the Rose Bowl, which would have resulted in one or the other being declared national champion. The Bruins have played in the Rose Bowl Game 12 times, winning 5 of them. The Bruins have won or shared the conference title 17 times. Among the many former UCLA football stars are Jackie Robinson (better known for his exploits as a baseball player, but nevertheless a 4-sport letterman and All-American), Heisman Trophy winner Gary Beban, Bob Waterfield, Troy Aikman, Carnell Lake, and Tommy Maddox. One of the great moments in recent history for the Bruins came on December 2, 2006, when they beat USC 13–9 in one of the greatest upsets in the rivalry. The Bruins are the Pac-12 Conference South Division Champions for two years in a row and played in both the 2011 and 2012 Pac-12 Football Championship Games.

    UCLA became the first school to have a top winner in both basketball and football in the same year with Gary Beban winning the Heisman Trophy and Lew Alcindor (now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) winning the U.S. Basketball Writers Association player of the year award in 1968.

    15 football players and coaches have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, John Sciarra being the latest inductee in the Class of 2014. A notable player and alumnus of the UCLA football team is current NCIS star, actor Mark Harmon. Winner of the "all-around excellence" award, Harmon led his team to victory several times as the quarterback.

    The current head Coach is Jim L. Mora. He went 9–5 in his first season as head coach and led the Bruins to a victory against USC for the first time since 2006


    The UCLA Bruins men's golf team has won two NCAA Championships, in 1988 and 2008. In the 2008 national championship, the team was led by senior Kevin Chappell, who won the respective individual title. In that championship, UCLA won by one shot over USC, and by two shots over Stanford. In 2009, UCLA came first in the NCAA Central Regional, pulling off their third regional championship in the last seven years. With that victory, the defending national champions, advanced to their seventh consecutive NCAA Championship, a school record. For 2011, the Bruins were first in stroke play before losing in the match play of the national championship tournament; and freshman golfer Patrick Cantlay was named GCAA Division I Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award, the fourth player from UCLA. Cantlay was also the National Freshman of the Year, winning the Phil Mickelson Award in addition to being the Pac-10 Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. Chappell won National Player of the Year in 2008, Corey Pavin in 1982 and Duffy Waldorf in 1985. At the 2011 U.S. Open, Chappell was the low American (tie with Robert Garrigus) and Cantlay was the low amateur. The team has won five Pac-12 Conference championships: 1982, 1983, 1985, 2003, 2006 and has had numerous individual conference champions the first of which was Peter Laszlo in 1970.

    The women's team won the national championship in 1971 (DGWS), 1991, 2004 and 2011. In 2014, sophomore Alison Lee won the inaugural ANNIKA Award, which was created to honor the women's collegiate player of the year as chosen by a vote of coaches, college golfers, and members of the media. In 2016, junior Bronte Law won the prestigious award as well. The women's program also has many notable professional alumnae on tour, including British Open Champion Mo Martin, Sydnee Michaels, and Mariajo Uribe.

    Former Bruin golf professionals include Scott McCarron, John Merrick, Corey Pavin, and Duffy Waldorf. Bruin alum Brandt Jobe tied for second at the 2011 Memorial Tournament. Maiya Tanaka, a member of the UCLA Women's Golf team from 2007–09, is competing with her sister Misa on The Amazing Race Season 20.


    The women's gymnastics team has won six NCAA Women's Gymnastics championships under head coach Valorie Kondos Field, including championships in 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, and 2010. Two NCAA Men's Gymnastics championships (1984 and 1987) were won by the men's team before the program was discontinued.

    Some notable former UCLA gymnasts include current stuntwoman Heidi Moneymaker and U.S. Olympic Team members Samantha Peszek, Jamie Dantzscher, Mohini Bhardwaj, Kate Richardson, Tasha Schwikert, Kristen Maloney, Yvonne Tousek, Stella Umeh, Luisa Portocarrero, Tim Daggett, Mitch Gaylord, and Peter Vidmar. 2008 Canadian Olympic Gymnastics team member Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs attended UCLA and was a member of the team for the 2008–2009 season. The team took home its 15th Pac-10 Gymnastics Championship on March 27, 2009. Most recently, on April 23, 2010, the team won their 6th National Championship in Gainesville, Florida; the win brought the total number of national championships for UCLA to 105.

    At the 2015 NCAA National Championship, Samantha Peszek was the All Around co-champion and the balance beam champion.



    Since the beginning of the men's soccer tournament in 1959, UCLA has won national championship in 1985, 1990, 1997, and 2002; and finished second in 1970, 1972, 1973, and 2006. The men's soccer team won the 2008 Pacific-10 Conference championship and received the conference's automatic bid in the NCAA National Championship Tournament, their 26 consecutive appearances. The conference title makes it the sixth title in 9 years.

    Three UCLA alumni – Frankie Hejduk, Sigi Schmid and Mike Lapper – helped the Columbus Crew to win its first-ever Major League Soccer title by defeating the New York Red Bulls 3–1 in the 2008 MLS Cup. Cobi Jones, USA's most capped national player, played for UCLA. Also, four former Bruin players, Carlos Bocanegra, Benny Feilhaber, Jonathan Bornstein and Marvell Wynne, were on the U.S. men's national team squad that defeated No. 1 ranked Spain in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final.


    The women's soccer team has won the Pac-10 championships eight times since beginning play in 1993. It has appeared six times in the College Cup and made 12 appearances in the NCAA National Championship Tournament. They finished second three times (2000, 2004, and 2005).

    For the 2008 Women's Soccer Championships, the undefeated UCLA women's soccer team was named one of the four No. 1 seeds, the third time in program history. The Bruins advanced to the quarterfinals, where they defeated the Duke Blue Devils 6–1, to earn a spot in the College Cup semifinals.

    During the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, former player Lauren Cheney played for the U.S. women's national team and scored against North Korea. She scored the first goal and assisted on the winning goal in the semi-final against France to lead the USA to the finals.


    The Bruins have been 11-time NCAA champions, including the first one in 1982. Since then, they were second 7 times in the Women's College World Series (WCWS), last one in 2005.

    They won the World Series in 1978, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2003, 2004 and 2010. The 2010 title was guided by head coach Kelly Inouye-Perez, a former player and assistant coach.

    Former Bruin Natasha Watley went on to help the United States women's national softball team win a gold medal in the 2004 Olympics and a silver medal in 2008. Andrea Duran helped Team USA win a gold medal at the 2006 ISF World Championship and a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics. Other famous Bruin players include Lisa Fernandez (two time NCAA Champion and three time Olympic gold medalist) and Dot Richardson (NCAA Champion [1982] and Olympic medal winner).


    The UCLA men's tennis team defeated USC for the Pac-12 regular season title on April 17, 2016 at USC campus, and is shooting for the Pac-12 tournament title and a NCAA championship in the current season. The only school to have competed in every NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament, the team has won 16 national championships and 37 Pac-12 conference titles. Coach Billy Martin, who played at UCLA, has a 14 straight top 5 NCAA team finishes and a 9 consecutive 20-win seasons. He was named ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) division 1 National Coach of the Year and is a member of ITA Hall of Fame. The 1950 men's tennis team won UCLA's first-ever NCAA Championship. In 2014, Marcos Giron became the school's 11th NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Champion, joining Jack Tidball (1933), Herbert Flam (1950), Larry Nagler (1960), Allen Fox (1961), Arthur Ashe (1965), Charles Pasarell (1966), Jeff Borowiak (1970), Jimmy Connors (1971), Billy Martin (1975), and Benjamin Kohlloeffel (2006). Mackenzie McDonald claimed the school's 12th individual singles championship and the schools's 12th doubles individual championship when he teamed with Martin Redlicki at the 2016 tournament.

    The women's team, which won national championships in 1981 (AIAW), 2008 and 2014, is coached by Stella Sampras the sister of Pete Sampras, who donated a scholarship at UCLA. Number of players have won the individual titles, including Keri Phebus (1995 Singles), Heather Ludloff and Lynn Lewis (1982 Doubles), Allyson Cooper and Stella Sampras (1988 Doubles), Mamie Ceniza and Iwalani McCalla (1992 Doubles), Keri Phebus and Susie Starrett (1995 Doubles), Daniela Bercek and Lauren Fisher (2004 Doubles), and Tracey Lin and Riza Zalameda (2008 Doubles).

    UCLA alumni in the ATP included Jimmy Connors, Arthur Ashe, Eliot Teltscher, Brian Teacher, Peter Fleming, Fritz Buehning, and Jeff Borowiak.

    Inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Hall of Fame:

    Track and field

  • Men's Championships: 1956, 1966, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1978,1987, 1988
  • Women's Championships: 1975 (Outdoor), 1977 (Outdoor), 1982 (Outdoor), 1983 (Outdoor), 2000 (Indoor), 2001 (Indoor), 2004 (Outdoor)
  • The UCLA-USC Dual Meet Hall of Fame inducted Willie Banks (triple-jump), John Brenner (shot put), Wayne Collett (sprints) and Seilala Sua (shot put and discus) into the hall's first class in 2009.

    Other notable team members are: Rafer Johnson, Dwight Stones, C. K. Yang.

    When Meb Keflezighi was running for UCLA, he won four NCAA championships in one year, including the cross-country title, the 10,000 meters outdoors and the 5,000 meters indoors and outdoors titles in track. At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, Meb ran to a second-place finish and winning the silver medal in the marathon with a then personal-best time of 2:11.29. In 2009, he became the first American to win the New York City Marathon in 17 years. At the 2014 Boston Marathon, he became the first American to win the men’s race since 1983 with the time of 2:08.37. He paid tribute to the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings by writing their names on his running bib.


    Men's National Championships: 1953, 1954, 1956, 1965, 1967, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2006

    Two of the UCLA's men's volleyball team 5 USVBA titles were under Scates. John Speraw became head coach as of the 2012–2013 season. Volleyball star Karch Kiraly (1983) is one of the inductees into the College Sports Information Directors of America (COSIDA) Academic All-America Hall of Fame.

    Women's National Championships: 1972, 1974, 1975, 1984, 1990, 1991, 2011

    Andy Banachowski led UCLA to six national championships (3 NCAA-1984, 1990, 1991; 2 AIAW-1974, 1975; and 1 DGWS-1972). The women's team played in 6 DGWS/AIAW championship games, has made 12 NCAA Final Four appearances, and has won 4 NCAA titles. Most recently, the women's team defeated Illinois to claim the 2011 NCAA title, twenty years after their previous title run.

    Water polo

    The women's team has captured 7 of the championships since it became an NCAA sponsored event. They also won non-NCAA national titles in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2000. The men's team were champions 9 times and as runner-up 9 times.

    Four UCLA water polo alumni and former coach Guy Baker were members of the USA women's and men's teams participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Natalie Golda (now Benson) and Jaime Hipp were members of the women's team, while Adam Wright and Brandon Brooks were on the men's team. Both teams won a silver medal.

    Sean Kern, Coralie Simmons, Natalie Golda, Kelly Rulon, Kelly Kathleen Hall and Courtney Mathewson won many prestigious individual award in American collegiate water polo.

    The then No. 2-ranked men's water polo team opened the newest athletic facility at UCLA, the Spieker Aquatics Center, with a win over the No. 7-ranked UC Irvine Anteaters, 10–4, on Saturday, September 26, 2009. The center hosted the MPSF Women's Water Polo Championship Tournament April 30 – May 2, 2010 and the MPSF Men's Water Polo Championship Tournament November 25–27, 2011.

    In 2009, the men's team defeated #1 ranked USC and #3 ranked California for the MPSF tournament championship to advance to the NCAA Men's Water Polo Championship. On February 28, 2010, the women's team played the longest match in NCAA women’s water polo history, winning 7–6 over California at the UC Irvine Invitational.

    On December 7, 2014, the men's team defeated #3 seed USC 9–8 to win its ninth NCAA National Championship at UC San Diego's Canyonview Aquatic Center at La Jolla, CA.

    On December 6, 2015, the men's team once again defeated USC 10–7 to win back to back NCAA championships and finish with a perfect season at 30–0 on the UCLA campus. Outstanding goalkeeper and MPSF Player of the Year Garrett Danner won the prestigious Cutino Award, the second Bruin to do so.

    On October 9, 2016, the men's team defeated UC Davis to set an NCAA record of 52 straight wins.

    On October 22, 2016, the men's team defeated the Cal Bears to improve their NCAA record to 54 straight wins.

    USA Water Polo Hall of Fame
  • Natalie Golda Benson, 2015
  • Rich Corso, a former UCLA swimming and water polo coach, 2015
  • Swimming and Diving

    Although the men's team was cut in 1994, the women's team currently trains at Spieker Aquatics Center under head coach Cyndi Gallagher.


    Founded in 1934, UCLA Rugby is one of the historically great college rugby teams. UCLA won 3 national championships, and amassed a 362–46–2 record from 1966–1982, but the program lost its varsity status in 1982. The Bruins play Division 1 college rugby in the PAC Rugby Conference. The Bruins are led by head coach Scott Stewart, who formerly played international rugby for Canada.

    UCLA rugby has been steadily improving in recent years. UCLA finished the 2010–11 season ranked 25th in the country. In the 2011–12 season UCLA placed second in the Pacific Conference, reached the quarterfinals of the 2012 men's national playoffs, and finished the season ranked 11th in the nation. During the 2012–13 season, UCLA finished second in the PAC conference, highlighted by a 50–38 win over #6 ranked Utah, which propelled UCLA into a top 10 position in the national rankings. UCLA — along with fellow PAC schools Cal and Utah — was one of the original 8 teams to form the Varsity Cup, which began play in 2013. UCLA reached the quarterfinals of the 2015 Varsity Cup, before losing to eventual champions BYU.

    UCLA has also been successful in rugby sevens. UCLA reached the quarterfinals of the 2012 Las Vegas Invitational college rugby sevens tournament. UCLA defeated Arizona State to finish third at the 2012 PAC 7s tournament. UCLA defeated Dartmouth to reach the semifinals of the 2013 Collegiate Rugby Championship at PPL Park in Philadelphia in a tournament broadcast live on NBC. UCLA again reached the semifinals of the 2014 Collegiate Rugby Championship, before losing 17–20 to eventual champions Cal. UCLA won the 2014 West Coast 7s with a 14–12 upset victory over Cal in the final.


    The UCLA varsity men's badminton team won three national championships in 1977, 1981 and 1982. The 1977 squad was led by Chris Kinard, multiple winner of the U.S. Men's Singles Championship before and during his career at UCLA. Kinard is a member of the U.S. Badminton Hall of Fame.

    The women's varsity badminton team also won the AIAW intercollegiate championship in 1977.

    Athletic alumni

    Mark Harmon, Lynn "Buck" Compton, Jackie Robinson, Rafer Johnson, Walt Hazzard, Gail Goodrich, Troy Aikman, Gary Beban, Kenny Easley, Tom Fears, Billy Kilmer, Bob Waterfield, Jimmy Connors, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor), Jamaal Wilkes, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Evelyn Ashford, Bill Walton, Kenny Washington, Arthur Ashe, Reggie Miller, Troy Glaus, Tim Daggett, Baron Davis, Stacey Nuveman, Lisa Fernandez, Amanda Freed, Tairia Flowers, Donna de Varona, Cobi Jones, Lauren Cheney, Sydney Leroux and Ann Meyers are just some of the notable athletic alumni.

    Its coaches have included Red Sanders, Tommy Prothro, Dick Vermeil, Terry Donahue, Al Scates, Adam Krikorian, Jonathan Bornstein, Andy Banachowski, Jim Harrick, and John Wooden.

    Olympic competitors

    In addition to the success of its collegiate sports program, UCLA is always well represented at the Olympics. In the 2004 Athens games, UCLA sent 56 athletes, more than any other university in the country. At the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Bruins won 15 medals, including 4 gold, 9 silver, and 2 bronze. Additionally, five coaches came from UCLA: Jill Ellis (women's soccer, gold), Guy Baker (women's water polo, silver), Bob Alejo (men's beach volleyball, gold), Jeannette Boldon (women's track and field, multiple medals), and John Speraw (men's volleyball, gold).


    The Bruin mascots are Joe and Josephine Bruin. There have been a number of editions of the bruins over the years, with the happy bruins as the favorites of the fans. The mean ones were retired. One of the old mascots has been retired to the Bruin Hall of Fame. They have participated in other events for UCLA besides athletic events.

    In 1984, the UCLA Alumni Association celebrated its 50th anniversary by presenting "The Bruin" statue, located at Bruin Plaza, to the university (see picture above). It was billed as the largest bear sculpture in the United States, at 10 feet long, 6 feet wide, 3 feet across and weighing more than 2 tons.

    The Solid Gold Sound of the UCLA Bruin Marching Band entertains the crowds at Bruin games. The school fight songs are "Sons of Westwood" and "The Mighty Bruins".

    The spirit squad includes the cheer squad, the dance team, and the yell crew in addition to the mascots. The UCLA alumni band is the official band of the gymnastics team at the school.


    UCLA shares a traditional sports rivalry with the nearby University of Southern California. This rivalry is relatively unique in NCAA Division I sports because both schools are located within the same city, Los Angeles. The Lexus Gauntlet was the name given to a now defunct competition between UCLA and the University of Southern California in the 18 varsity sports that both competed in head-to-head; in 2003, 2005, and 2007 UCLA won the Lexus Gauntlet Trophy, while the University of Southern California won the trophy in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2009. Competitions with official sponsorship were held from 2001 until the licensing contract ended in 2009. The annual football game features both teams vying for the Victory Bell.

    California and UCLA have meet annually on the football field since 1939. Because UCLA was founded as the southern branch of the University of California, the series takes on the quality of a sibling rivalry. The series was dominated early by Cal, followed by dominance by UCLA in the 50s until 80s, and has become more evenly matched recently.

    UCLA had a basketball rivalry with Notre Dame, with games played every year from 1966 to 1995. After UCLA's victory on February 7, 2009, UCLA leads the all-time series 28–19. The performance UCLA and Arizona influences the national opinion of the conference.

    UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame

    In conjunction with the opening of the J.D. Morgan Athletics Center in November 1983, UCLA established an athletics Hall of Fame with 25 charter members representing a cross-section of the school's athletic history. Each year, a minimum of one and a maximum of eight former UCLA athletes, coaches or administrators are added to the Hall of Fame. Upon its 23rd year of existence, The Hall of Fame was moved to a new location facing Westwood Plaza. The new Hall of Fame is now double in size after its renovation and expansion, which was completed in the Winter of 2000. The first floor in the east wing of the new J.D. Morgan Athletics Center features the 8,000-square-foot (740 m2) Athletics Hall of Fame and serves as the main entrance to the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

    1984 (25 charter members): Bill Ackerman, athletic director; Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), basketball; Arthur Ashe, tennis; Gary Beban, football; Mike Burton, swimming; Paul Cameron, football; Chris Chambliss, baseball; Elvin 'Ducky' Drake, track coach and trainer; Gail Goodrich, basketball; Walt Hazzard (Mahdi Abdul-Rahman), basketball; Cecil Hollingsworth, football scout and gymnastics and wrestling coach; Rafer Johnson, track; Kirk Kilgour, volleyball; Billy Kilmer, football; Donn Moomaw, football; J.D. Morgan, athletic director and tennis coach; Jackie Robinson, football, baseball, basketball and track; Henry 'Red' Sanders, football coach; Al Sparlis, football; Bill Spaulding, football coach; Bill Walton, basketball; Kenny Washington, football; Bob Waterfield, football; Keith (Jamaal) Wilkes, basketball; and John Wooden, basketball coach. 1985 (6): Bob Davenport, football; Craig Dixon, track; Wilbur Johns, athletic director/basketball coach; Tommy Prothro, football coach; George Stanich, basketball; and Sidney Wicks, basketball. 1986 (8): Kermit Alexander, football; Burr Baldwin, football; Keith Erickson, basketball; Mike Frankovich, football; Jimmy LuValle, track; Willie Naulls, basketball; Jerry Norman, basketball player and assistant coach; and Don Paul, football. 1987 (8): Don Barksdale, basketball; George Dickerson, football; Jack Ellena, football; Bert LaBrucherie, football; Dick Linthicum, basketball; Jim Salsbury, football; John Smith, track; Jack Tidball, tennis. 1988 (6): Sam Balter, basketball; Mel Farr Sr., football; Robert Fischer, athletic director; Marques Johnson, basketball; Ann Meyers, basketball; and C.K. Yang, track. 1989 (7): Pete Dailey, football; Tom Fears, football; Vic Kelley, sports information director, Carl McBain, track; Karen Moe-Thornton, swimming; Ernie Suwara, volleyball; and Pat Turner, track. 1990 (7): Evelyn Ashford, track; Dr. Bobby Brown, baseball; Stan Cole, water polo; Denny Crum, basketball; Norm Duncan, football/administration; Mike Marienthal, football/special service; Mike Warren, basketball. 1991 (7): Willie Banks, track; Kenny Easley, football; Brian Goodell, swimming; Briggs Hunt, wrestling; Tim Leary, baseball; Jerry Robinson, football; Christopher "Sinjin" Smith, volleyball. 1992 (9): Wayne Collett, track; Terry Condon, volleyball; Jim Johnson, football; Robin Leamy, swimming; Freeman McNeil, football; Dave Meyers, basketball; Jack Myers, baseball; Corey Pavin, golf; Woody Strode, football. 1993 (8): Sue Enquist, softball; Greg Foster, track; Maurice (Mac) Goodstein, football; Charles "Karch" Kiraly, volleyball; Jose Lopez, soccer; Don Manning, football; Bill Putnam, basketball; Curtis Rowe, basketball. 1994 (7): Donald Bragg, basketball; Denise Curry, basketball; John Richardson, football; Larry Rundle, volleyball; John Sciarra, football; Kiki Vandeweghe, basketball; Peter Vidmar, gymnastics. 1995 (8): Jimmy Connors, tennis; Debbie Doom, softball; Mitch Gaylord, gymnastics; Ricci Luyties, volleyball; Stephen Pate, golf; John Peterson, football/track; Jerry Shipkey, football; Mike Tully, track. 1996 (7): Bill Barrett, swimming; Jackie Joyner-Kersee, track; Liz Masakayan, volleyball; Eddie Merrins, golf coach; Dot Richardson, softball; Skip Rowland, football; Dick Wallen, football. 1997 (8): Jim Bush, track coach; Paul Caligiuri, soccer; Tim Daggett, gymnastics; David Greenwood, basketball; Frank Lubin, basketball; Doug Partie, volleyball; Cal Rossi, football/baseball; Charles Young, chancellor. 1998 (12): Glenn Bassett, tennis coach; Sheila Cornell, softball; Randy Cross, football; Gaston Green, football; Florence Griffith-Joyner, track; Tom Jager, swimming; Eric Karros, baseball; Reggie Miller, basketball; Ken Norton, Jr., football; Tom Ramsey, football; Art Reichle, baseball coach; Cy Young, track. 1999 (12): Troy Aikman, football; Sam Boghosian, football; Kay Cockerill, golf; Tracy Compton, softball; Denise Corlett, volleyball/basketball; Dave Dalby, football; Gail Devers, track; Bob Horn, water polo; Ernie Johnson, football; Torey Lovullo, baseball; Sharon Shapiro, gymnastics; Kevin Young, track. 2000 (10): Lucius Allen, basketball; Jeanne Beauprey-Reeves, volleyball; John Brenner, track and field; George Farmer, football; Kim Hamilton, gymnastics; Carnell Lake, football; Billie Moore, basketball; Steve Salmons, volleyball; Eddie Sheldrake, basketball; Dick Vermeil, football. 2001 (11): Jill Andrews, gymnastics; Sharron Backus, softball; Jim Brown, football; Charles Cheshire, football; Gary Cunningham, basketball; Terry Donahue, football; Warren Edmonson, track and field; John Green, basketball; John Lee, football; Lisa Longaker, softball; and Ozzie Volstad, volleyball. 2002 (9): Denny Cline, volleyball; Bob Day, track and field; Cobi Jones, soccer; Don MacLean, basketball; Shane Mack, baseball; Ted Narleski, football; Anita Ortega, basketball; Duffy Waldorf, golf; Russell Webb, water polo/swimming. 2003 (8): Danny Everett, track and field; Lisa Fernandez, softball; Brad Friedel, soccer; Ryan McGuire, baseball; Jerome "Pooh" Richardson, basketball; Don Rogers, football; Al Scates, volleyball; Tim Wrightman, football. 2004 (8): Henry Bibby, basketball; Dennis Dummit, football; Carlton Gray, football; Steve Lewis, track & field; James Owens, football/track & field; Sigi Schmid, soccer; Fred Slaughter, basketball; Natalie Williams, basketball/volleyball. 2005 (8): Hardiman Cureton, football; Dawn Dumble, track & field; Allen Fox, tennis; John Godina, track & field; Ed O'Bannon, basketball; Mike O'Hara, volleyball; Art Shurlock, gymnastics; Kenneth Washington, basketball. 2006 (8): Carol Bower, rowing; Herb Flam, tennis; Monte Nitzkowski, swimming/water polo; Jonathan Ogden, football/track and field; Annette Salmeen, swimming; Dennis Storer, soccer/rugby; John Vallely, basketball; Elaine Youngs, volleyball. 2007 (8): Amy Acuff, track & field; George Brown, track & field; Jennifer Brundage, softball; Jim Ferguson, water polo; Troy Glaus, baseball; John Moore, basketball; Jeff Nygaard, volleyball; Keri Phebus, tennis 2008 (8): Traci Arkenberg, Soccer; Peter T. Dalis, Athletic Director/Administration; Kurt Krumpholz, Water Polo/Swimming; Leah Homma, Gymnastics; Robert Seaman, Track & Field; Jackie Tobian-Steinmann, Women's Golf Coach; Eric Turner, Football; Todd Zeile, Baseball 2009 (8): Tyus Edney, basketball; James "Cap" Haralson, football/track & field; Cade McNown, football; Stein Metzger, volleyball; Nicolle Payne, water polo; J.J. Stokes, football; Daiva Tomkus, volleyball; Walt Torrence, basketball 2010 (8): David Ashleigh, men's water polo; Andy Banachowski, women's volleyball coach; Judith Holland, administration; Mebrahtom Keflezighi, men's track & field; Valorie Kondos Field, women's gymnastics coach; Seilala Sua, women's track & field; Chase Utley, baseball; and Catherine Von Schwarz, women's water polo. 2011 (8): Gary Adams, baseball; Ato Boldon, track & field; Theotis Brown, football; Ernie Case, football; Larry Nagler, tennis; Mel North, fencing; Alex Rousseau, water polo; and Janeene Vickers-McKinney, track & field. 2012 (9): Ron Ballatore, men's swimming coach; Dr. Julie Bremner Romias, women's volleyball; Jack Hirsch, men's basketball; Fred McNeill, football; Stacey Nuveman, softball; Charles Pasarell, men's tennis; Coralie Simmons, women's water polo; Stella Umeh, gymnastics; and Dr. Gerald Finerman, team doctor 2013 (8): Mohini Bhardwaj, gymnastics; Carlos Bocanegra, men's soccer; Fred Bohna, wrestling; Eric Byrnes, baseball; Yvonne Gutierrez, softball; Don Johnson, men's basketball; Maylana Martin Douglas, women's basketball; Nandi Pryce, women's soccer 2014 (8): Guy Baker (water polo), James Butts (men's track & field), Joanna Hayes (women's track & field), Joe-Max Moore (men's soccer), Francis Wai (football, basketball, track & field, rugby), Natasha Watley (softball), and Onnie Willis (women's gymnastics). 2015 (8): Annett Buckner Davis (volleyball), Danny Farmer (football/volleyball), Billy Martin (men’s tennis), Paul Nihipali (men's volleyball), Jan Palchikoff (women’s rowing/swimming & diving), Janice Parks (softball), Eric Valent (baseball) and Richard Washington (men’s basketball). 2016 (8): Julie Adams (softball), Jamie Dantzscher (women’s gymnastics), Baron Davis (men’s basketball), Natalie Golda (women’s water polo), Chris Henderson (men’s soccer), Adam Krikorian (water polo), Mike Marsh (track & field) and Wendell Tyler (football).

    Athletics Apparel Sponsorships

    From 1993 to 1999 the school had an apparel contract with Reebok.

    In 1999, an agreement was reached with Adidas for six years, ending in June 2005. The deal was to provide equipment and apparel to UCLA's 21 intercollegiate teams. Additional terms of the deal included internship opportunities for UCLA students and an exclusive licensee for athletic replica wear. The reported monetary terms of the agreement included $1.625 million in cash and $1.3 million in equipment each year.

    In 2005, the deal was renewed for $2.6 million in cash and $1.6 million in equipment. Additional terms included one full-time Adidas employee on the UCLA campus, $2,500 each year for a "non-UCLA charitable" project selected by the Football or Basketball head coach, game tickets for Adidas executives, radio acknowledgements during games, and appearances by the Football and Basketball head coaches at Adidas events.

    In April 2010, a letter of intent to renew was reached between UCLA Athletics and Adidas. By June of that same year the terms of the deal were finalized but not published. In a report, UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero stated that the deal is for seven years and "will approach" the deal Adidas has with Michigan worth $7.5 million.


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