University director of athletics
Before he took charge of University of Maryland’s Terps, he was the director of athletics at West Point, where he turned an operating deficit of more than $1 million into a surplus of $2.73 million.
A seven-time world champion, six-time America's Cup veteran and two-time Olympian, this business major was elected to the Sailing World Hall of Fame in 2002 and named Rolex Yachtsman of the Year in 1998.
He played shortstop for the 1969 World Champion New York Mets then managed the team in 1990 and '91. Today, "Buddy" is part owner and first base coach of the Long Island Ducks.
As the Offensive Coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks, he worked with his longtime friend, Seahawks Coach Mike Holmgren, who coached Gators football under the legendary Vic Rowen.
She won a gold medal with the U.S. Synchronized Swimming Team in the 1996 Olympics before coaching the 2008 team. Along the way, she's drawn from her studies in fashion, designing swimsuits for the team and lending her honed eye for trends to its choreography.
This gators gridiron star was too light when he played for Baltimore but after bulking up gained notice as a defensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles, performing in three Pro Bowls.
Former baseball and basketball coach
This late Oakland High school coach earned a teaching certificate in 1936 before he prepared players for Major League Baseball, including Frank Robinson. As a basketball coach he discovered Bill Russell.
The 2008 U.S. Synchronized Swimming Team co-captain and "base," the swimmer responsible for hoisting her teammates' bodies above water, this diminutive but fiercely muscled athlete was described by her coach as "the engine" of the team that competed in Beijing.
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This honors graduate, whose last name is pronounced "van rock out," placed second in her first skateboarding contest, Vancouver's Slam City Jam, and has consistently placed in the top five ever since.
His 18 consecutive conference championships as head coach of the UC Davis Aggies earned this former Gator quarterback a coveted spot in the College Football Hall of Fame.
As a quarterback for SF State's erstwhile football team, he helped the Gators take the Far Western Conference in 1967. From 1995-2002, he was head coach of the UCLA Bruins.