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1987

'87
Savage, John

John Savage ’87 was named Coach of the Year this season, by both Collegiate Baseball Newspaper and Baseball America magazines. Savage was also named the ABCA West Region Coach of the Year earlier this summer.

One of the most respected coaches in college baseball, Savage led the Bruins to their first national baseball championship at the recent College World Series with an 8-0 win over Mississippi St. The Bruins, 49-17, rolled through the NCAA Tournament with a 10-0 record and finished 5-0 at the College World Series.
 
UCLA faced possibly the most difficult gauntlet of teams in history during its undefeated run to the national championship. The Bruins started off by beating two ranked teams in Cal. Poly and San Diego in Regional action along with San Diego St. Then UCLA travelled to No. 4 ranked Cal. St. Fullerton and eliminated the Titans two straight.
 
At the College World Series, UCLA knocked off No. 1 ranked LSU, No. 5 N.C. State, No. 2 North Carolina and then swept Mississippi State two straight in the Championship Series. Incredibly, the Bruins’ pitching staff only allowed four runs over five CWS games against these elite teams.
 
That achievement is especially relevant because Savage is also the pitching coach at UCLA and one of the best in the business.
In the 67-year-history of the College World Series, only one national champion has given up fewer runs than UCLA this year as California allowed three in 1957.
The Bruins were the first team in CWS history to allow one run or less in each of the five games they played.
 
UCLA only surrendered one run in two games played against hard-hitting Mississippi State in the Championship Finals. The lone run is the fewest ever given up by a team in the Finals.
 
UCLA’s pitchers only allowed 14 runs in 10 games during Regional, Super Regional and College World Series games. The core of every Savage team has been the remarkable pitching staffs he has molded. The top three starters on the 2013 staff included Adam Plutko (10-3, 2.25 ERA), Nick Vander Tuig (14-4, 2.16 ERA) and Grant Watson (9-3, 3.01 ERA).
 
The bullpen was incredible with All-American closer David Berg (NCAA record 24 saves in 51 appearances, 0.92 ERA, 78 strikeouts, 11 walks), James Kaprielian (34 appearances, 1.55 ERA in 40 2/3 innings), and Zack Weiss (43 appearances, 2.25 ERA in 40 innings), among others.
 
Pitchers posted a 2.55 ERA and struck out 457 batters with only 163 walks.
The staff, along with catcher Shane Zeile, only allowed 42 stolen bases in 64 attempts over 66 games and just one stolen base at the College World Series.
UCLA’s team ERA the last four years has been remarkable thanks to the tireless work of Savage.
  • 2010 (3.00 ERA).
  • 2011 (2.44 ERA).
  • 2012 (3.13 ERA).
  • 2013 (2.55 ERA).
Never in the history of UCLA baseball has the pitching been so good for so long, and that is a direct reflection of Savage who teaches every aspect of pitching to his hurlers, including the vital mental and emotional side.
 
Over his nine years, Savage has produced some of the nation’s top drafted pitchers, including Gerrit Cole (first overall pick in 2011 Draft by Pirates), Trevor Bauer (third overall pick in 2011 draft by Diamondbacks), David Huff (first round supplemental pick in 2006 by the Indians) and Rob Rasmussen (second round pick in 2010 by the Marlins), just to name a few.
Savage has guided the Bruins to the post-season in seven of the last eight seasons. 
 
He became UCLA’s first head baseball coach to lead the Bruins to the finals of the College World Series in 2010, guiding UCLA to a 51-17 record that year in a second place national finish to South Carolina.
 
Savage has also led the Bruins to their third College World Series appearance in four years and guided the Bruins to a top three Pac-12 Conference finish in each of the last eight seasons, the only Pac-12 team to do so.
UCLA has had 65 players drafted by professional baseball since Savage came on the scene.
 
Savage, 47, and his wife, Lisa, have four children: Julia (17), Jack (15), Ryan (13) and Gabrielle (11).

 

submitted Jul. 4, 2013 6:39A
'87
Oppenheimer, Peter

The Board of Directors of The Goldman Sachs Group announced the appointment of Peter Oppenheimer MBA ’87 as an independent director of the firm, effective immediately. Oppenheimer will be a member of each of the firm’s Audit, Risk, Compensation and Corporate Governance, Nominating and Public Responsibilities committees.

“Peter’s 25 years of broad experience across important industries will add a valuable perspective to our Board of Directors,” said Lloyd C. Blankfein, Chairman and CEO. “We appreciate his willingness to serve as a director and look forward to benefitting from his judgment and counsel.”
 
Mr. Oppenheimer is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Apple, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of electronic devices and related software services. Before becoming Chief Financial Officer at Apple, he was Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller from 2002 to 2004, and prior to that, from 1996 to 2002, he served first as Senior Director of Finance and Controller for the Americas, then as Vice President and Controller of Worldwide Sales and later as Vice President and Corporate Controller. Before joining Apple, from 1992 to 1996 Mr. Oppenheimer was the Divisional Chief Financial Officer of Finance, MIS, Administration and Equipment Leasing Portfolio at Automatic Data Processing, Inc., a leading provider of human capital management and integrated computing solutions, and prior to that, from 1988 to 1992 he was a consultant within the Information Technology Practice at Coopers & Lybrand, LLP.
 
Mr. Oppenheimer is a member of the boards of the California Polytechnic State University Foundation and of the Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, California. He is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, and received an MBA from Santa Clara University.
submitted Mar. 4, 2014 12:31P
UGRD Arts & Sciences '87
Olson, Kim

Kim Olson '87 lives with her husband, Jim Beit, and their three daughters in Bronxville, New York. She is a principal in advisory practice at Deloitte. She works in the intersection of risk management and regulation, primarily serving bank and investment bank clients. She specializes in assisting clients to implement Dodd Frank reforms, Federal Reserve stress testing requirements and capital adequacy standards, and risk and control governance structures.

submitted May. 28, 2013 8:02P
'87
Laird, Laurie
Laurie Laird '87 has left Santa Clara University as associate director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education to assume a new position as associate director of Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest.
 
In the 15 years that Laird has devoted to community-based learning at SCU, she has affected the lives of more than 11,000 students. Her efforts as associate director of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education have been key in the creation of strong and sustainable partnerships between the University and more than 60 community organizations in the South Bay.
 
In 2011, California Campus Compact (CCC) awarded her the Richard E. Cone Award for Excellence & Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships in Higher Education. A coalition of leading colleges and universities, CCC established the award in 1999 to inspire institutions to deepen their efforts to create and sustain authentic community campus partnerships.
 
Among her accomplishments, Laird founded and co-directed the Jean Donovan Summer Fellowship Program, which provides grants for undergraduate students for summer community-based social justice work. She also led a delegation of faculty and staff on an immersion trip to El Salvador each year.
submitted Sep. 19, 2013 10:50A
'87
Calcagno, Greg

Greg Calcagno '87 was named head football coach at St. Francis High School in Mountain View. Calcagno was quarterback and captain on the St. Francis team that went 13-0 in 1982, the school's first undefeated football team. He graduated in 1983 and went on to play at Santa Clara University. He is currently the St. Francis' alumni director and assistant junior varsity football coach.

Read more in the San Jose Mercury News.

submitted May. 5, 2013 9:02P
'87
Agrimonti, Lisa

Lisa Agrimonti ’87 married her partner of eight years, Verlynn Pinkney, on December 7, 2013 in Minn. Lisa is a shareholder and energy law attorney with the law firm of Briggs and Morgan, P.A. in Minneapolis. Verlynn is a retired retail executive.

submitted Jan. 14, 2014 7:25P

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