BERKELEY, Calif., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A 300-pound bronze statue of a former University of California crew coach was stolen from the university's campus.
The life-size statue of crew coach Carrol 'Ky' Ebright was taken from the university's boathouse in Oakland on Jan. 12, according to a news release from UC Berkeley police.
The statue of the 20th century coach holds an estimated value of $80,000 and was funded by alumni donations.
The university decided to immortalize Ebright with a statue after he coached the crew team to three Olympic gold medals and multiple championships between 1924 and 1959. The legendary coach was also inducted into the United States Rowing Hall of fame in 1956.
The coach, known as "The Little Admiral" was beloved by the community and police said the bronze statue bearing his likeness holds "significant symbolic and sentimental value."