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  John Ricksen
John Ricksen

Player Profile

John and his twin brother Rupert were superb two-sport stars at Cal during the early 1950s...both were NCAA quarterfinalists in NCAA singles, Rupe in 1951 and John in 1953...as a tandem they were NCAA semifinalists in 1951 and were quarterfinalists in '52 and '53...won the 1952 Doubles Heart of America tournament and the '53 Eastern Intercollegiate title...John was a first team all-conference player in basketball in 1953...the pair were finalists in the 35 hardcourt tennis championships following graduation in the mid '60s...both also started three years on the Cal basketball team and were co-captains on Cal's 1953 team that won the PCC title...both were co-recipients of the Jake Gimbel Award (excellence in athletics and academics) in '53...they stayed on at Cal as freshmen coaches in 1954...both have been extremely active in the Bear Backers and other alumni groups...served on Cal's Executive Committee for the Haas Pavilion Capitol campaign...Rupe served as chairman of Friends of Cal Tennis for multiple years and John is a past president of the Bear Boosters for women's athletics...both have also served as Alumni Council members...both were co-recipients of the Bear of the Year award by Intercollegiate Athletics in 1997.


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