IRVINE, Calif. - The newest episode of “Big West Now,” a half-hour magazine show devoted to showcasing team and individual success stories from across the Conference, debuts on Prime Ticket Thursday, December 19 at 9:30 p.m. (PST).
This episode of “Big West Now” delves into the various rivalries, personalities and accomplishments at conference schools. The latest program tracks stories from the fall sports of women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, and cross country.
The Cal State Fullerton athletics program receives attention in the final segment for its brand new strength and conditioning facility, located in the Kinesiology and Health Science building on campus. The 4,000 square-foot facility is among other planned upgrades for student-athlete welfare in the classroom and on the playing field. The piece explores the equipment and custom flooring arrangements that were designed to provide the student-athlete with the best training resources to develop over the course of their careers.
Repeat airings of “Big West Now” are scheduled as follows on Prime Ticket: Friday, Dec. 20 at 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 22 at 10:30 a.m.; Friday, Dec. 27 at 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 28 at 5:00 p.m.; and Monday, Dec. 30 at 3:30 p.m.
In addition, “Big West Now” will feature Head coach Jeff Stork and his Cal State Northridge women’s volleyball program. Stork led the renaissance of the Matador program, guiding it to a Big West tri-championship and the first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2004. The Matadors claimed a share of their first-ever Big West crown and knocked off two nationally ranked opponents – No. 8 Hawai‘i and No. 12 Colorado State.
The five-set victory over the Rams represented CSUN’s first NCAA Tournament victory in school history.
Vince O’Boyle is a household name around the UC Irvine athletic department. The longtime cross country and track and field coach announced his retirement, effective Dec. 31, after three decades of service to the university. During his UCI career, O’Boyle has earned Big West Conference Coach of the Year citations 20 times in cross country and track and field. He has coached the women’s cross country program to 12 Big West titles and the men’s to seven more. In track and field, he oversaw 16 All-Americans, including Charles Jock, who became UCI’s first NCAA individual national champion in 34 years when he won the 800 meters at the 2012 NCAA Championships.
A prestigious Central Coast rivalry takes center stage in another “Big West Now” segment as the cameras follow the UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly men’s soccer programs. Anointed the greatest rivalry in college soccer by CollegeSoccerNews.com, the Cal Poly-UC Santa Barbara series has drawn 10 of the top 20 regular season attendance figures in NCAA history. A sellout crowd of 11,075 fans attended this year’s match in San Luis Obispo. In the rematch in Santa Barbara, a total of 12,805 fans went through the turnstiles – the eighth-largest regular season attendance figure in NCAA history. “Big West Now” explores the history of the rivalry and chats with the ringleaders of two renowned student cheering sections – the Gaucho Locos and the Mustang Manglers.
The pitch at Cal Poly garners further attention, this time on the women’s side, as “Big West Now” chronicles the rise of sophomore star Elise Krieghoff. The 2012 Big West Freshman of the Year and 2013 Big West Offensive Player of the Year scored a Cal Poly record 21 goals this past season, a total that placed her third all-time in Big West single-season history. In just two seasons, Krieghoff is tied for third on Cal Poly’s career goals list with 32.