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End of Year Message from Athletics Director Andy Fee

July 11, 2018

Greetings LB Nation!

Our student-athletes and coaches are passionate and resilient in their endeavors. When confronted with challenges, our Beach Family consistently perseveres and overcomes obstacles to achieve excellence. Whether it is a Men's Volleyball National Championship on the court, conquering a tough exam in the classroom, or excelling in a job interview, we set lofty goals and realize those dreams.

As I reflect back on my first year here at the Beach, we achieved tremendous success academically and athletically. I continue to be amazed at what our student-athletes, coaches, and staff continue to accomplish in elevating our programs. It takes a village to accomplish these achievements!

Here are some highlights of the exceptional accomplishments and events from this past year:
• Men's Volleyball defeated UCLA to win the 2018 National Championship
• First Women's Track & Field Big West Conference Championship in program history
• Women's Golf Big West Conference Championship
• Softball was ranked in Top 20 and finished with 43 wins and appeared in the NCAA post-season tournament
• Received multi-million dollar gift from Marilyn Bohl for the Campaign for Blair Field, renaming the baseball stadium "Bohl Diamond at Blair Field"
• Department raised $8.92M in FY 2017-2018
• Established the Department Operations Plan and Initiation of Athletics Strategic Planning Process
• Set new record for season ticket sales in Baseball and Men's Volleyball
• Set new single-game attendance record in Men's Volleyball vs. UCLA (4,560)
• Set season ticket, average attendance, total attendance and total revenue record for Baseball
• Graduation of 81 Student-Athletes
• Created "Leadership Academy" focused on preparing our student-athletes for the larger journey in life. Over 90 student-athletes participated in "Career Night" with interviews and job preparation.
• The Beach remains the only school in the CSU System to have passed the minimum NCAA APR academic standard in all sports since the initiation of the four-year standard, now 13 years in a row. The minimum is currently set at 930, while Long Beach State had no program with a score under 950. Three programs received APR Public Recognition Awards, with Beach Volleyball, Women's Cross Country and Men's Water Polo all posting an APR in the Top 10 percent of all participating schools in the nation in those three sports. All three had a perfect score of 1000, tying for the best for this four-year cycle. 14 of the 17 LBSU sports tracked by the NCAA had a score of 975 or better including Men's Basketball, the program that saw the largest growth, improving to a score of 985, the highest score in the Big West. For the APR program, indoor and outdoor track and field are combined as one sport.
• 86% Student Athlete Graduation Success Rate (GSR) which is highest among Division I CSU institutions
• Spring 2018 Cumulative GPA of 3.03 across all 19 sports with 22 student-athletes at a 4.0 GPA, 50 at 3.75 or higher, 27 with a 3.5-3.74 GPA, and 87 at 3.0-4.49 GPA
• Groundbreaking for new Soccer & Softball Clubhouse (opening October 2018)
• Construction completed of new permanent spectator seating (1,500 seats) at Jack Rose Track
• Naming of Dan Bailey Sports Medicine Center
• Men's Volleyball Coach, Alan Knipe, was named the AVCA National Head Coach of the Year
• Men's Volleyball Coach, Nick MacRae, was named the AVCA National Assistant Coach of the Year
• Men's Volleyball Student-Athlete, Josh Tuaniga, was named the AVCA National Player of the Year
• Men's Volleyball had 5 Student-Athletes named to the AVCA All-American Team
• Men's and Women's Water Polo Coach, Gavin Arroyo, named as an Assistant Coach on Team USA Water Polo
• Women's Soccer Coach, Mauricio Ingrassia, named as a camp coach for US Women's National Soccer team camp
• Women's Golf Coach, Joey Cerulle, named Big West Co-Coach of the Year
• Track & Field Coach, Andy Sythe, named Big West Women's Coach of the Year
• Men's Track & Field Student-Athlete, Jason Smith, named Big West Men's Field Athlete of the Year
• Women's Track & Field Student-Athlete, Shalee Reynolds, named Big West Women's Freshman of the Year
• Women's Golf Student-Athlete, Jennifer Yu, claimed Individual Big West Championship
• Baseball Student-Athlete, Clayton Andrews, was the first student-athlete ever to be named as both Big West Pitcher of the Week and Player of the Week in the same season
• Had 15 former Dirtbags in MLB 2017 season, the most active players from ANY college for the 8th straight year

Our advancement as a program is a direct result of the passion, perseverance, and commitment year-in and year-out from over 350 student-athletes, coaches, staff, campus administration, faculty members, alumni, parents and friends. I sincerely thank you for your dedication to Beach Athletics. All of you are critical to our continued success.

Go Beach!
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Andy Fee
Director of Athletics
Long Beach State University

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