December 17, 2008
Four outstanding former Cal State Northridge student-athletes, two former Matador head coaches, and one NCAA championship team have been voted into the Cal State Northridge Athletic Hall of Fame. Marcus Brady (football, 1998-01), Brian Heinle (basketball, 1997-01), Jeff Kubiak (swimming, 1985-87) and Beth Onestinghel-Woll (softball, 1985-88).
Kubiak is simply the greatest swimmer in 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.
“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." He 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."
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.