DEPARTMENT OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS
UC Irvine’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics enriches students’ education and personal growth by providing opportunities to participate in competitive NCAA Division I athletics. Intercollegiate Athletics is committed to the welfare of student-athletes and staff and promotes excellence in athletic and academic performance, sportsmanship, diversity and gender equity. Intercollegiate Athletics also supports the University of California’s mission of public service and generates a unifying spirit among students, faculty, staff and alumni that transcends communities, cultures and generations.
UCI’s first intercollegiate athletics program in 1965-66 offered men’s basketball, crew, golf, sailing, swimming, tennis and water polo. Other sports were added through the next decade as the university competed as a member of NCAA Division II. In 1977, UCI moved up to NCAA Division I status and joined the Pacific Coast Athletic Association, now the Big West Conference. Men’s volleyball, men’s and women’s water polo, and women’s indoor track & field compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. UCI sponsors 18 intercollegiate athletic teams: nine men’s teams and nine women’s teams.
UCI has won 27 national team championships in nine different sports since 1969 and has had 63 individual national champions. More than 400 UCI student-athletes have earned All-America distinction, and Anteater teams have captured 66 conference championships. Since 1983, 3,616 UCI student-athletes have earned conference scholar-athlete awards.
Mike Izzi, Athletics Director
Mike Izzi has served as Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of California, Irvine since December 2007. Under his leadership, UC Irvine’s 18-sport intercollegiate athletics program has demonstrated extensive success.
Over the past three years, UCI has continued to stand out as one of the nation's top mid-major athletic programs, earning a Top-5 finish in NACDA's Division I-AAA Directors’ Cup Standings each of those years. During the 2009-10 year, five UCI coaches were named Conference Coach of the Year, tying a school record, and five of the university's athletic teams ended the year ranked in the nation’s Top 25.
Under Izzi's guidance, UCI has becoming more visible on the national stage by hosting postseason events including the 2008 Men’s Volleyball NCAA Championship, an NCAA baseball regional in 2009 and an NCAA men's soccer second-round game in 2008.
Izzi is a member of the Compliance Committee for the Big West Conference. He also serves as a voting member of the Lott Trophy, an award given to college football’s Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year.
Prior to his arrival at UCI, Izzi spent 16 years at Stanford University, most recently serving as associate athletic director for sports administration and development. Izzi was the primary supervisor for several sports and led one of the most successful athletic fundraising efforts in college sports. He implemented fund-raising strategies which led to over $30 million in renovations to Maples Pavilion, over $100 million in renovations to Stanford Stadium, $70 million in scholarships endowments, and the endowment of several staff positions.
Izzi received his bachelor’s in sociology from UCLA in 1984. He competed in track and field for the Bruins and ranks fifth all-time at UCLA in the javelin throw with a mark of 251-11 set in 1983.
Izzi has two sons, Weston and Conrad, and a daughter, McKenna.