Former Men’s Basketball Head Coach John Masi To Be Honored

The UC Riverside Men’s Basketball Program is honoring former Head Coach John Masi at halftime of the team’s Saturday, Jan. 28 game against Cal State University, Northridge. Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m.

“We are thrilled and excited to honor Coach Masi,” said Head Men’s Basketball Coach Dennis Cutts. “He has meant so much to this program, first as a player, then as an assistant coach, and of course for nearly three decades as the head coach of the Highlanders.

Former Head Coach John Masi ucr file

“Coach Masi’s lifetime impact on his players, his coaching staff, the university, and the community is immeasurable. It will be a special moment for all of our fans to celebrate his legacy next Saturday.”

Masi played two seasons with the UCR Men’s Basketball Team, serving as team captain during his senior campaign and leading the team to a third place national finish. He went on to oversee that same program for 26 seasons as its head coach, accumulating a 463-269 record. His teams reached the Division II NCAA tournament 11 times, finishing second in 1995.

During the 1988-89 season, the Highlanders went 30-4, advancing to the semifinals of the NCAA tournament. Included in that season is arguably the biggest win in the history of UCR athletics; on Christmas Day, the Highlanders squared off against Iowa, ranked fourth in the nation among Division I programs at the time.  They defeated the Hawkeyes, 110-92.

In addition to his coaching duties, Masi served as the Highlanders director of intercollegiate athletics from 1992-98. He was inducted into the UC Riverside Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.

For tickets, please contact the UC Riverside Athletics Ticket Office at (951) 827-4653 or visit

Professor of Entomology Alec Gerry Receives Award for Research Project

A USDA multi-state research project led by Alec Gerry, cooperative extension specialist and professor of entomology at UC Riverside, recently received the 2016 Experiment Station Section Award for Excellence in Multistate Research.

Alec Gerry

The $15,000 award recognizes one project each year for scientific quality, a high level of collaboration, and professional leadership shown in conducting the project.

The “Fly Management in Animal Agriculture Systems and Impacts on Animal Health and Food Safety” project that Gerry directed from 2013 to 2016 project dealt with the threat flies pose to livestock and poultry. Project researchers, including Alec Gerry, developed new chemical, biological, and microbial control methods for managing flies.

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