Wednesday, October 16


Chrissy Baird was a part of the UCLA women's basketball team for five seasons before graduating. After leaving her sport behind, the guard struggled to redefine herself outside of athletics. (Tanmay Shankar/Assistant Photo editor)

Former women’s basketball player works to redefine herself outside of the sport

Almost everyone has a rehearsed way they introduce themselves when they meet someone new. It’s those few words that follow a person’s name and explain what they do – a job, a major, a sport. Read more...

Photo: Chrissy Baird was a part of the UCLA women's basketball team for five seasons before graduating. After leaving her sport behind, the guard struggled to redefine herself outside of athletics. (Tanmay Shankar/Assistant Photo editor)

Chrissy Baird was a part of the UCLA women's basketball team for five seasons before graduating. After leaving her sport behind, the guard struggled to redefine herself outside of athletics. (Tanmay Shankar/Assistant Photo editor)

Adalberto "Albert" Duran has been working at Oakley's Barber Shop in Westwood for over 40 years, and has cut the hair of multiple well-known UCLA athletes and coaches such as John Wooden, Josh Rosen and Chip Kelly. (Tanmay Shankar/Assistant Photo editor)

Local barber cuts out place in Westwood as the go-to for renowned Bruin athletes

The Rose Bowl. Pauley Pavillion. Adalberto “Albert” Duran’s station in Oakley’s Barber Shop. All have hosted some of UCLA’s most legendary athletes and coaches. Duran has been working at Oakley’s, a barbershop on Gayley Avenue in Westwood, for over 40 years and has cut the hair of widely recognized Bruin athletes and coaches such as John Wooden, Reggie Miller and Troy Aikman. Read more...

Photo: Adalberto "Albert" Duran has been working at Oakley's Barber Shop in Westwood for over 40 years, and has cut the hair of multiple well-known UCLA athletes and coaches such as John Wooden, Josh Rosen and Chip Kelly. (Tanmay Shankar/Assistant Photo editor)

Adalberto "Albert" Duran has been working at Oakley's Barber Shop in Westwood for over 40 years, and has cut the hair of multiple well-known UCLA athletes and coaches such as John Wooden, Josh Rosen and Chip Kelly. (Tanmay Shankar/Assistant Photo editor)

Assistant coach Lisa Fernandez has worked with her pitching staff on and off the field this season. The former UCLA pitcher helped lead UCLA softball to the 2019 NCAA championship. (Ashley Kenney/Daily Bruin)

Lisa Fernandez shifts focus to pitchers in 12th year as assistant softball coach

This post was updated June 10 at 12:20 a.m. Lisa Fernandez first met Rachel Garcia at a game in Garcia’s hometown when the redshirt junior pitcher was just a kid. Read more...

Photo: Assistant coach Lisa Fernandez has worked with her pitching staff on and off the field this season. The former UCLA pitcher helped lead UCLA softball to the 2019 NCAA championship. (Ashley Kenney/Daily Bruin)

Assistant coach Lisa Fernandez has worked with her pitching staff on and off the field this season. The former UCLA pitcher helped lead UCLA softball to the 2019 NCAA championship. (Ashley Kenney/Daily Bruin)

Junior long snapper Johnny Den Bleyker has been the long snapper on every kick and punt for UCLA football over the past three seasons. Den Bleyker attended the Rubio Long Snapping camps in high school. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Long snapper’s unique role requires careful technique and a strong mentality

Aggressive traps and a stifling attack – that’s how Johnny Den Bleyker said he likes to play chess. Set to graduate a year early and pursue a master’s degree, the junior long snapper for UCLA football has been playing chess since elementary school. Read more...

Photo: Junior long snapper Johnny Den Bleyker has been the long snapper on every kick and punt for UCLA football over the past three seasons. Den Bleyker attended the Rubio Long Snapping camps in high school. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin senior staff)

Junior long snapper Johnny Den Bleyker has been the long snapper on every kick and punt for UCLA football over the past three seasons. Den Bleyker attended the Rubio Long Snapping camps in high school. (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin senior staff)

UCLA men's golf senior Patrick Murphy grew up playing both golf and hockey in his hometown of Crossfield, Alberta. Murphy suffered an elbow injury at age 13 that played a role in his decision to give up hockey in favor of golf. (Axel Lopez/Assistant Photo editor)

Hockey player-turned-golfer follows in footsteps of favorite movie character

Patrick Murphy used to spend more time on the ice than he did on the links. Just like his favorite movie character, Happy Gilmore. The senior UCLA men’s golfer, who was raised in Crossfield, Alberta, noted some similarities between himself and the fictional hockey player-turned-golfer. Read more...

Photo: UCLA men's golf senior Patrick Murphy grew up playing both golf and hockey in his hometown of Crossfield, Alberta. Murphy suffered an elbow injury at age 13 that played a role in his decision to give up hockey in favor of golf. (Axel Lopez/Assistant Photo editor)

UCLA men's golf senior Patrick Murphy grew up playing both golf and hockey in his hometown of Crossfield, Alberta. Murphy suffered an elbow injury at age 13 that played a role in his decision to give up hockey in favor of golf. (Axel Lopez/Assistant Photo editor)

(Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin senior staff)

The Centennial Issue: Miss Val

Valorie Kondos Field tells her athletes that changed plans aren’t scary – they’re exciting. And she would know. Kondos Field, whom the nation has nicknamed “Miss Val,” has captained seven national championship-winning teams during her time with UCLA gymnastics. Read more...

Photo: (Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin senior staff)

(Kristie-Valerie Hoang/Daily Bruin senior staff)


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