Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Gayle Hopkins
Gayle Hopkins reports directly to Athletics Director Jim Livengood and spearheads the effort to secure support from former athletes as well as other special efforts to incorporate alumni in current departmental activities. He also directs projects to influence former athletes to return to complete their degree. Hopkins' background covers the last three decades of Arizona Athletics. He initially joined the UA staff in 1983 - coming from Claremont College where he was track coach and director of physical education - to help develop Arizona's academic services office. He assumed development duties in 1992. A native of Davenport, Iowa, Hopkins was one of the greatest athletes in Iowa prep history and is a member of the Quad Cities Sports and the Drake Relays Halls of Fame. He also was elected to his High Schools' Wall of Honor. He was a standout athlete in track at Arizona and was the Wildcats' first NCAA champion (long jump, 1964). He represented the United States in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics as a long jumper. He is a charter member of the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame and a former member of the NCAA Track and Field Committee. He is active in many community activities including the Urban League Caucus, and is on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Children's Association and the Carondelet Health Network Public Policy Council . He also is the President of the University of Arizona Black Alumni Association. Hopkins taught school in Tucson and California and was an instructor at San Francisco State and Claremont. He was an EEO specialist for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture in 1979-80. He holds a bachelor's degree from Arizona, a master's degree from San Francisco State and a doctorate from Claremont. He is married to Patricia Hopkins, and they have a daughter, Alissa, a 1992 UA graduate, and a son, Chris, who played running back at Arizona State from 1992-95.