National Action Network L...
Queen Latifah and Jill Sc...
“As a Black woman, I defi...
It’s hard to predict sudd...
It's that time of year ag...
US and South Korean destr...
Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the annual convention of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), during which I attended an event that gathered more than 1,500 Latinos and the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. During the event, the First Lady emphasized the importance of education for the success of our country in addition to ensuring that younger generations complete their university studies. I applaud the First Lady for talking about such an important issue that I am also truly passionate about. This is not just about the future of the country but about the future of our community and my own children, who still have a lot of ground to cover in their trajectory through the education system. The reality is that there are still many young Latinos throughout the country that are not finishing their studies, whether high school or college. In today’s economy it is essential to have a post-secondary education, either collegiate or vocational. With less than 15 percent of Latinos in the United States over the age of 25 with a university degree, it is imperative that our community pay attention to this important issue. The Latino community must work together to ensure that our children and young people all across the country complete some type of post-secondary education. For example, as parents we should read to our children at an early age and make sure to turn off the television, and pay attention to their studies and homework every night. Additionally, young people also have an important role to play. They must ensure that their highest priority is their education, as well as serve as a model for others in their communities. The First Lady’s initiative, “Reach Higher” focuses on inspiring all youth in the country to complete their post-secondary studies. The initiative also urges private and public companies, as well as educational institutions and governments at the local and state level to seek new ways to support our young people and ensure that they have the tools necessary to succeed. The First Lady also took the time to remind us about the importance of being proactive in ensuring that our children have the tools necessary to flourish. For example, we must look at our surroundings and begin asking ourselves if the high schools in our community offer advanced courses, or if the community library offers reading programs during the summer. Being active participants in the future of our children is the only way in which we can ensure the United States remains the greatest country in the world, and that our children have the opportunity to achieve the American Dream. - See more at: http://www.latinovations.com/2014/07/28/comentarios-from-maria-education-is-key-for-the-future-of-our-community-and-our-country/#sthash.yzJz65te.dpuf
UC Riverside Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Jim Wooldridge today named former Highlanders standout and 14-year major leaguer Troy Percival ’91 the fifth head baseball coach in UC Riverside’s six decades of NCAA competition.
“As we went through the hiring process for this position, it became clear that we had a special candidate in Troy Percival,” said Wooldridge. “First and foremost, a coach is a teacher and a leader, and Troy’s former coaches and teammates from both his collegiate and professional playing days all spoke very highly of him in that regard.
“Troy is a also winner who has seen just about everything one can as a baseball player at every level of competition. When he speaks to his team, his players know that he speaks from experience.
“And lastly, Troy is Riverside. He has life-long ties to the university, to the community, and to the region, and that is of particular importance as it relates to recruiting and generating interest and excitement around our baseball program here in the Inland Empire.
“All of this combines to make Troy the perfect coach to lead UC Riverside Baseball back to the top of the Big West Conference and to the NCAA Tournament.”
Percival was a catcher during his three years with the Highlanders, and was drafted after his junior year by the California Angels in the sixth round of the 1990 Amateur Draft.
Troy Percival pitches during the final game of the World Series for the Angels.
Following a year as a catcher in the minors,Percival was converted to a relief pitcher, and during his rookie season of 1995, he finished fourth in American League Rookie of the Year balloting, going 3-2 with three saves and a 1.95 ERA, striking out 94 batters in 74.0 innings. The Angels made him their full-time closer in 1996, and he rewarded them by recording 36 saves and striking out 100 batters in 74.0 innings. Percival earned his first of four All-Star nods that season as he finished fourth in the league in saves.
Two years later he would notch 42 saves, the second most in Angels history at the time, en route to his second All-Star selection. Percivalrecorded 30 or more saves in each of the next six seasons, including the 2002 campaign where he went 4-1 with a 1.92 ERA and 40 saves. He also was credited with seven saves during the Angels 2002 postseason run, including Game 7 of the Halos’ World Series victory over the San Francisco Giants.
By the time his professional career ended in 2009, Percival had 358 saves on his big-league résumé, which is still ninth on Major League Baseball’s all-time career list.
“I’m really excited about the opportunity to take over as the head baseball coach at UC Riverside, and I’d like to thank Jim Wooldridge for the confidence he has shown in me,” said Percival. “It’s been a dream of mine for quite some time to be a collegiate head coach. I truly believe that the most formative years for a baseball player are your collegiate years, and I can’t think of any better place to live out that dream that back here at UCR.
“I played at UCR, I’ve remained active with the program over the years, and I know the importance that Highlanders baseball has in the community. Part of what makes UC Riverside Baseball so special is that the coaches never stop coaching. They are still there for you long after you’ve left the program, and I plan on carrying on that legacy during my time here as head coach.
“On the field, our goal is to take the program to a level where every year we are battling for a Big West Conference Championship and a trip to the NCAA Tournament, and I believe that is well within our reach.”