SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Matt Bly, an alumnus of the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer program, was sworn in as a sergeant of the UCSB Police Department on Thursday morning following a multi-year stint as a detective on the force.
The Promotional Swearing-In Ceremony was held on Thursday, May 15 at 9:00 a.m. at the Santa Barbara Fire Station 17 Firebay on the campus of UCSB.
Waid Ibrahim, fellow UCSB soccer alum and current community outreach coordinator with the Gauchos, was in attendance as a representative of the team.
"We would like to extend our congratulations to Matt as a program," said UCSB head coach Tim Vom Steeg. "The same work ethic and dedication that made him a great player is now serving him well in his post-soccer career. We're all very proud of him."
Bly played for UCSB from 2001-04, serving as a key member of the 2004 team that reached the NCAA Championship Game. In his blue-and-gold career, he made 76 appearances while notching 10 goals and 10 assists. The midfielder was one of just two players to enter every game of the 2004 campaign.
His career highlights include scoring the game-winning overtime goal in the 2004 Sweet Sixteen against UNC Greensboro, notching one of UCSB's five goals in a 5-0 rout of Duke in the 2004 Final Four, and a brace – the only two-goal performance of his career – against rival Cal Poly on Oct. 22, 2003.
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Matt Bly, pictured second from the left here, was sworn in as a UCPD sergeant on May 15, 2014.