UCSB is postponing its Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony to next year.
The Hall of Fame ceremony was scheduled on Saturday, April 25 at Hahn Hall at the Music Academy of the West. It was part of the 2020 All Gaucho Reunion weekend, which was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The UCSB Department of Intercollegiate Athletics decided against doing a virtual induction ceremony for its latest Hall of Fame class and instead will honor the group next year.
The members of the class are:
Jennifer Borcich – Women’s Soccer (2001-04): The third all-time at UCSB in goals with 56 and points with 138. She was a four-time First Team All-Big West player, a three-time Big West Offensive Player of the Year, the 2001 Big West Conference Freshman of the Year and a two-time NCAA All-Far West selection.
1988 UC Santa Barbara Men’s Volleyball Team: Won the California Intercollegiate Volleyball Association and advanced to the NCAA Final Four in Fort Wayne, Ind. In the national semifinal UCSB defeated George Mason, advancing to the NCAA Championship match against USC. In the final match, UCSB lost in five sets and finished with a 28-11 overall record.
Chad Peshke – Baseball (1998-2001): The only player in UCSB baseball history to play in and start every game during his four-year career. He was a two-time All-Big West Conference player and an All-Region choice at second base. Peshke remains the school’s all-time leader in hits with 294 and doubles with 68. He is second all-time in runs scored with 206, third in triples with 11, fourth in total bases with 427, second in at bats with 876 and sixth in games played with 214.
Tom Harris – Track & Field (1978-80): Set UCSB’s decathlon record of 7,660 in 1980, finishing sixth at the NCAA Championships and earning All-American honors. The 7,660 point were a school record that stood for more than 30 years. In 1978, he scored 7,416 and finished 10th at the NCAA Championships. Harris qualified and competed in two U.S. Olympic Trials, 1980 and 1984. In 1984, he finished sixth with a personal best score of 7,835.
Damon Jones, Distinguished Gaucho Award: Jones played baseball at UCSB. He graduated from Harvard Law School and has been the General Counsel for the 2019 World Series-Champion Washington Nationals for more than a decade.
One All Gaucho Reunion activity that is being conducted in a virtual format is the Gaucho Gallop 5k run.
Participants can enter for free at eventbrite.com and do their run/walk or other physical activity during the week of April 20-26. Those who take part are encouraged to send a photo of yourself wearing the Gallop T-Shirt or UCSB gear and post it to social media using the #virtualgallop2020.
The most creative participant will win some exclusive UCSB merchandise.