SAN LUIS OBISPO – A former standout player and coach with the UCLA softball program, Cal Poly associate head coach Gina Vecchione will be inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 20.
A member of UCLA's first Women's College World Series championship squad in 1982, Vecchione earned NFCA All-Pacific Region honors three times and was an All-America second team selection in 1982, as well as a member of that year's All-WCWS team.
A member of the Pac-12 Conference All-Century Team, Vecchione – who had her No. 2 jersey retired by the program in 2007 – led UCLA in doubles and triples during the 1981 season.
Following her UCLA career, Vecchione played 12 years professionally with the Raybestos Brakettes and won eight ASA national titles. She was a seven-time ASA All-America selection and became the first UCLA player inducted into the ASA Hall of Fame in 1997.
Vecchione coached at UCLA from 2000-12, helping guide the Bruins to three WCWS titles (2003, 2004 and 2010).
Vecchione, who arrived as Cal Poly's associate head coach in 2012, has helped the 2014 Mustangs to a runner-up finish in the Big West Conference standings and the 2017 Mustangs to a fourth-place showing in the 26-team National Invitational Softball Championship postseason tournament – a run that included the program's first postseason victories in eight seasons.