February 20, 2009

Jeff Kubiak - 2009 Hall Of Fame Inductee

Feb. 20, 2009

Northridge, Calif. - Jeff Kubiak is simply the greatest swimmer in Cal State Northridge Matador history.

In 1985 and 1986, Kubiak was named NCAA Swimmer of the Year. From 1985 to 1987, Kubiak captured seven NCAA individual titles. From 1987-90, Kubiak was a member of the United States National Team.

Because of his outstanding exploits in the pool while a member of the Matador swim team, Kubiak is one of four former Matador student-athletes, two former Cal State Northridge head coaches, and one NCAA championship team that will be formally inducted into the Matador Hall of Fame on March 1 at the Warner Center Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills.

Kubiak was excited when he received a phone call that he was being inducted into the Matador Hall of Fame.

"I never thought about making the Hall of Fame as one of my goals," said Kubiak, "but I always thought it would be pretty cool if I ever did make it one day. I left in 1989, and thought that I did some great things, but I thought that others did a lot more great things during their athletic careers. It was cool to have some team records, and the scores, but being selected helps me look back at the glory days, and appreciate what I did during that time.

"I am truly thankful to the program (CSUN swim program), and Pete Accardy (former CSUN swim coach) for helping me become not only a world-class swimmer, and helping me pursue my career. I am forever indebted to him."

Barry Schreifels is the current head coach of the Matadors swimming and diving program, and said Kubiak's induction into the Matador Hall of Fame is well deserved.

"I am happy because I know that it means a lot to him," said Schreifels. "Jeff gave a lot to this university and I think to be recognized by the school is a big deal for him. Jeff developed his skills at Cal State Northridge, and that is a credit to his coach, Pete Accardy. Peter took an athlete (Jeff Kubiak) with a lot potential and turned him into a national champion, a Division II record holder, and a swimmer who chalked up times that still stand today for Division I. Those are some terrific times for Division I."

Schreifels also admired Kubiak for being just a good person.

"Jeff has no ego," said Schreifels. "He came here without being a super star and worked extremely hard to become a great swimmer. He certainly deserves this accolade with what he accomplished because it did not come quickly or easily.

"Jeff still continues to coach swimmers today. Some of the athletes that swim here have been coached by Jeff, so he continues to give back. He continues to contact me at least once a year to find out how things are going with our program. I appreciated that outreach."

Kubiak will join Marcus Brady (1998-01, football), Brian Heinle (1997-01, basketball) and Beth Onestinghel-Woll (1985-88, softball) into this year's class of Hall of Fame inductees.

The two former head coaches are Marwan Ass'ad (men's soccer, 1983-98) and Dr. Barbara Swerkes (track & field, 1972-80).

The 1970 Matador baseball team, which captured the NCAA Division II national title, will also be inducted into the CSUN Hall of Fame, the first time in school history that a team will be honored in such a manner.

The 2009 inductees join 99 other distinguished members of the Cal State Northridge Athletic Hall of Fame.

On Saturday, Beth Onestinghel-Woll (softball, 1983-88) will be profiled.

Matador Memo
If you would like more information on the Hall of Fame luncheon on March 1, please contact Megan Norman at 818-677-3208 or at megan.norman@ csun.edu

Jeff Kubiak - Men's Swimming (1985-87)
*** The 1985 and 1986 NCAA Swimmer of the Year
*** In 1985, won the NCAA titles in the 200 IM, the 200 breast (all NCAA record times), and second in the 100 breast ... All the times were CSUN school records
*** In 1986, captured the NCAA titles in the 200 and 400 IM and the 200 breast all in NCAA record and CSUN best times
*** During his senior season in 1987, captured the NCAA titles in the 200 IM, the 200 breast (record times), and second place in the 100 breast...All were school records
*** In 1987 at the U.S. National Championships, took first place in the 200 meter breast
*** In 1987, won the gold medal in record time in the 200 meter breast at the Pan American Games
*** Also the U.S. Open champion in the 200 meter breast
*** In 1988, won the 200 meter breast title at the U.S.S. National Championships
*** At the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials, took third place in the 200 meter breast
*** A U.S. National Team member from 1987-90, and ranked in Top 10 in the world during that time in the 200 meter breast