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UC Irvine News Brief: UCI earns inaugural U.S. Olympic Achievement Award

Campus is one of 41 colleges and universities honored for having student-athletes or coaches who won medals during the last two games.

June 23, 2011
UC Irvine News Brief: UCI earns inaugural U.S. Olympic Achievement Award

UCI is among 41 recipients of the inaugural U.S. Olympic Achievement Award, which recognizes colleges and universities whose student-athletes or coaches won medals in the last two Olympic Games. The award was created jointly by the U.S. Olympic Committee, the U.S. National Governing Bodies for Sport, and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. Twenty-eight athletes and 38 coaches from 41 institutions contributed to the U.S.’s medal success in Beijing (2008) and Vancouver (2010). At the Beijing Olympics, UCI men’s volleyball coach John Speraw (pictured) was an assistant coach for the men’s indoor volleyball team that won gold, and Tim Hutten ’08 was a member of the men’s water polo squad that earned silver.