This week, we break down the top 100 male UCF Knights athletes of all-time.
Some of the criteria include the impact they made to their respective sport, as well as their accomplishments on the field while at UCF and post-UCF. Every UCF sport is represented on this list.
Now, let’s begin the countdown:
T- #100 - Blayne Barber (Golf)
Barber won C-USA Golfer of the Year in 2009, and C-USA Freshman of Year in 2008, and was a big part of UCF’s first two C-USA Championship teams (2009, 2010).
T- #100 Korey Lovett ( Tennis)
Lovett helped take UCF Men’s Tennis where it never had been before. He was ranked 26th nationally in singles in 2017 and was the first UCF tennis player to advance in NCAA singles competition, advancing to round of 32.
Lovett helped UCF as a team reach the NCAA Tournament in 2017, which was the first time the Knights had been to the NCAA Tournament since 2005. He also made school history in doubles in 2018 with Eero Veras as they were ranked as high as 2nd in country, and were the first doubles pair in UCF history to win a match at the NCAA Championships.
#99 - Romario Williams (Soccer)
The 2013 AAC Offensive Player of Year was First Team All-AAC in 2013 and 2014. Williams was the 3rd pick overall of 2014 MLS Draft by the Montreal Impact. He won the 2018 MLS Cup Championship with Atlanta United.
#98 - Matt Williams (Basketball)
Williams scored 1,105 career points in four seasons at UCF (‘12-’17). He set program records for three-pointers in a career (274), a season (126), and a game (11) and averaged 15.1 points per game as a senior, leading UCF to the NIT Semifinals at Madison Square Garden.
His 38-point, 11-three outburst against USF was the third-highest single-game total ever by a Knight in the Division I era. He also played 1,315 minutes as a senior, which was a single-season record.
#97 - Jorge Magluta (Football)
Magluta was a member of the Orlando Sentinel’s UCF 25th Anniversary team at guard, where he played from 1981-1985. Magluta was inducted into UCF Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.
#96 - Dan Burke (Football)
Burke was the anchor on the offensive line for the first four seasons of the UCF football program, starting every game at center his first two years. He also played at tackle during his career, as he made the switch in the middle of 1981 due to injuries. Burke was an AP Honorable Mention All-American in 1981, while Orlando Touchdown Club named him its Offensive Player of the Year in 1981. Burke was inducted into UCF Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.
He signed with the New Jersey Generals of the USFL in 1984 and had a stint with the Baltimore Stars in 1985. He also signed with the Orlando Predators in 1991.
Burke is probably best known locally as the long time head coach at Palm Bay High School, where he won 214 games, two state titles (2000 and 2002) and 15 district championships in 23 seasons (1996-2019).
#95 - Mike Maroth (Baseball)
Maroth pitched at UCF from 1996-1998 and help UCF win the TAAC and make the NCAA Tournament in 1996 and 1997. He was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1998 and reached the majors in 2002 with the Detroit Tigers. He last threw in an MLB game in 2007 with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since then, he has coached in the Tigers’ minor league organization before joining the Atlanta Braves in the same capacity currently.
#94 - Aubrey Dawkins (Basketball)
Dawkins was Second Team All-AAC in his only season at UCF (2018-2019) and helped lead the Knights to the NCAA Tournament in 2019. Dawkins put on a clinic in one of greatest performances by any Knight in the 2nd Round of NCAA Tournament against Duke:
T-#93 - Nakia Reddick (Football)
Reddick finished in the top five in tackles all-time at UCF with 354 from 1993-1996. He then made it to the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts in 1998, and played with the NY/NJ Hitmen of the first XFL in 2001.
T- #93- Elton Patterson ( Football)
Elton Patterson ranks 4th all-time at UCF in career sacks (30.5) and is the Knights all-time leader in tackles for loss (59.5). Patterson was drafted in the 7th round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. Patterson played in the NFL with the Bengals (2003-2005), Minnesota Vikings (2005) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2006). Patterson also played in the Arena Football League, Canadian Football League and NFL Europe.
#92 - Siaha Burley (Football)
Burley caught 165 passes for 2,248 yards and 15 touchdowns in his two seasons at UCF (1997-1998). Burley would go on to have a long and distinguished career in Arena Football from 2001-2012, and was most recently the head coach of the Jacksonville Sharks up until 2019.
T-#91 - Lou Cioffi (Soccer)
Cioffi played for UCF Athletics Hall of Fame coach Jim Rudy, and had 111 career saves to rank 10th all-time. He was part of the 1979 team that won the Sunshine State Conference Tournament Championship. He was All-South Region, All-Sunshine State Conference, and the Most Valuable Defensive Player for UCF that year.
Cioffi ranked 11th in UCF history with six shutouts, and eighth with a 1.54 GAA upon his inclusion in the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.
T-91 Yannik Oettl (Soccer)
Yannik Oettl (2017-present) is only UCF Goalkeeper to ever win goalie of year in Division 1 era as Oettl has won it twice (2018,2019). Oettl has help UCF win two American regular season championships (2018-2019), Two NCAA Tournament appearances (2018-2019) including run to program’s first ever trip to the sweet 16 in 2019.
Oettl ranks 4th all-time at UCF at Goals against average (1.09), 7th in career in shutouts (12) and saves (164).