Hughes named UCSB’s Scholar-Athlete of Year

UCSB's Albert Hughes

UCSB’s Albert Hughes

UCSB’s Albert Hughes hits the books as hard as he hits the weight room. One of the best throwers in UCSB track & field history, Hughes also has a 3.5 GPA and plans to go to law school after college.

The senior philosophy major was recognized as UCSB’s Athletic Round Table Scholar-Athlete of the Year at Monday’s press luncheon.

Hughes is not just UCSB’s scholar-athlete of the year but has also been awarded the Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the entire Big West Conference.

A member of Student-Athlete Advisory Board, Hughes’ leadership qualities led him to being named captain of the Gauchos’ track & field team. Hughes came to UCSB as a walk-on but has risen to No. 3 all-time in the hammer throw and No. 8 all-time in discus.

Other than attending law school, his plans for after college include training for a possible run at the Olympics and continuing a burgeoning coaching career.


The Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table recognizes a senior from each local high school and college throughout the school year. UCSB was the last for 2014-15.