March 2, 2007
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara's was not selected by the NCAA in its bid to host either the 2008 or 2009 NCAA Men's College Cup. Dallas, Texas and Cary, N.C., were chosen, it was announced Friday.
UCSB, which won the College Cup in St. Louis this past season, submitted the bid in January.
"I want to thank everybody at the University and in the community who worked so hard to get this bid submitted," said Gaucho Athletics Director Gary Cunningham. "In particular I want to thank Diane O'Brien (Associate Athletics Director) who really did an outstanding job pulling this together."
Cunningham also noted that the NCAA did not award bids for 2010 or 2011 and that UCSB will re-submit its bid for both years.
"We will continue to put forth bids to host the College Cup," Cunningham said. "It would be a great event for this community and it is definitely worthy of the time and effort."
O'Brien believes that the experience of submitting the bids for 2008 and 2009 was valuable.
"The value of going through the process is immeasurable," O'Brien said. "We can use the experience as we submit future bids."
"I appreciate the effort that our department and the community put into this bid," said UCSB head coach Tim Vom Steeg. "I am disappointed that we were not awarded the bid because we believe that we could host a great event, but we are also looking forward to addressing some of the concerns raised by the committee and hopefully we will be successful in our effort in 2010 or 2011."