Mark Massari's Annual 'State of the Gauchos' Address Featured on Final Talk'n Gauchos Tuesday

Mark Massari's Annual 'State of the Gauchos' Address Featured on Final Talk'n Gauchos Tuesday

UCSB Athletics' weekly radio show, Talk'n Gauchos, will wrap up its 2013-14 talk show season with a very special finale on Tuesday, May 20. The show is broadcast from the Beachside Bar-Cafe, located on beautiful Goleta Beach and airs live from 6-7 p.m. on AM 1290 and streams online at

UCSB Director of Athletics Mark Massari will be the special guest for the one-hour show as he will discuss all things related to UCSB Athletics. Massari will give his annual "State of the Gauchos" update to recap another exciting year in Gaucho athletics and also to look ahead at what is in store for the future of UCSB and its Athletics Department.

Here are some of the 2013-14 highlights that may be discussed:

  • Seven teams in latest NCAA APR report with perfect 1,000 score, Women's Basketball topped the Big West
  • Graduation success rate remains at all time high 85%
  • 3.02 GPA for student-athletes overall, an all time high
  • 77 student-athletes at 3.5 or higher GPA for Winter term, an all-time high 
  • Facilities – with successful referendum last Spring to update several shared athletics and recreation venues Rob Gym lights installed with next wave of renovations coming by the fall. Pauley Track renovation bid process expected by the fall as well
  • Thunderdome main lobby re-branding
  • Closed-out fundraising year with over $2.1 million raised to support athletics through the Gaucho Fund, highlighted by one million dollar gift. Fifth consecutive year reaching near the one million dollar mark in annual support by 900 donors, 70 at the Living Scholar level, an all time high
  • Largest single gift ($2 million) in University history in support of athletics (endowing men's and women's tennis scholarships). This is in addition to the over $2.1 million raised for athletics in 2013-14 
  • Celebrated Hall of Fame class including Phil Patton (Broadcaster), 1972-74 Women's Volleyball, 2004 Men's Soccer, Andy Schaefer (Track/Field) and Lindsay Taylor (Women's Basketball)
  • 5,000 hours collectively of outreach to the community through Gauchos Give
  • Exciting new additions in student-athlete support services such as Gauchos Guide (transition for new student-athletes) and success series with career fair and dress for success where introduced
  • Launched Gauchos Care initiative as a centered model to support student-athlete across sports medicine, performance, services, life skills and academic success
  • Men's Soccer won Big West, Tim Vom Steeg Coach of the Year, Ismaila Jome Freshman of the Year, hosted and appeared in NCAA second round, lead the country in attendance again (began leading nation in 2009)
  • Baseball highest ranking in nearly 30 years and recorded back-to-back 30-wins season for the first time since 1991-92
  • Softball had the best record in program history while Kristen Clark was named Big West Freshman of the Year after setting the school's all-time single season hits leader
  • Women's Volleyball won its first Big West title since 2005, Nicole Lantange Welch named Big West Coach of the Year, Ali Spindt selected Freshman of the Year and program appeared in 28th NCAA tournament and along the way recorded a historic win at Hawaii
  • Men's Basketball had a second-place finish Big West with 21-9 record, posted a huge home over Cal and Alan Williams was named Big West Player of the Year
  • Andrea Ward in women's swimming 4th place finish at NCAA's, Gregg Wilson MPSF Coach of the Year
  • Men's Volleyball electrifying first round MPSF win over UCLA, ranked as high as second in the nation
  • Won Blue-Green Rivalry, 13-12

Gerry Fall, the Voice of the Gauchos, will host the show.