Long Beach State Athletics Director Vic Cegles Named I-AAA Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year
Cegles has helped Long Beach State raise over $20 million dollars in his eight-plus years at the Beach.
View the first monthly update from Director of Athletics Vic Cegles, highlighting 49er accomplishments and advancements.
Primary donors Glen and Debbie Bickerstaff were also honored at the event.
2011-12 was a record year at Long Beach State
Cegles, who was hired as the school's 12th Director of Athletics in April 2006, has made an impact in the athletic department's ability to fundraise which is key to his goal of making Long Beach State not only the premiere school in the Big West Conference, but a player on the national stage when it comes to both athletics and academics.
Since coming to Long Beach State, Cegles has placed strong emphasis on resource acquisition targeting the annual fund, capital improvements, scholarship endowments, ticket sales and corporate sponsorships. He established what is now known as the Beach Athletic Club in 2006 and focused on centralizing annual giving. The reorganization has enabled teams to continue sport-specific solicitations and provide consistent recognition and benefits to donors.
The annual fund has increased in each year of Cegles' tenure, and in 2015 reached over $2.3 million dollars in total gifts towards Athletics.
Cegles continues to focus on facility enhancements and a $25 million capital campaign for athletics. Within the last year, Long Beach State debuted the largest in-arena basketball videoboard in the nation, a 14x60 foot screen with a HD production crew to match. Cegles also achieved one of the major capital goals of his tenure, as the Jack Rose Track Stadium opened in 2015 after a $4 million renovation, turning a once-dilapidated track into one of the finest facilities in the nation.
Other major projects that have been finished under Cegles include a $2 million expansion and renovation of the Walter Pyramid locker rooms, providing state of the art homes for men's and women's basketball and volleyball and a strength and conditioning center within the Walter Pyramid overlooking the floor, which was redone in 2014 with all-maple flooring, replacing the original beechwood installed in 1994. Additionally, new scoreboards have been installed for baseball, softball, soccer, tennis, and water polo, along with the installation of lights at George Allen Field.
Under Cegles' leadership the university entered a long-term 55-year lease with the city of Long Beach to operate the iconic Blair Field, ensuring an improved home for Dirtbag baseball. With that commitment, a $17 million campaign for improvements at Blair Field is underway, which includes a new practice infield, safer walls and remodeled batting cages, locker room, offices and suites at the iconic stadium. Four-time MLB All-Star Troy Tulowitzki pledged $1 million to the project, offered at his LBSU Hall of Fame induction, which breaks ground for Phase 1 in 2015.
Cegles and Beach Athletics have also contracted with Learfield Sports Marketing, outsourcing all media and sponsorship rights with the national collegiate sales company. Learfield spearheads a commitment to increasing corporate sponsorships and sales of season and individual game tickets for baseball and basketball. Overall attendance rose in nine of the ten ticketed sports of Long Beach State last season, and the 49ers consistently rank second in the Big West in Men’s Basketball attendance to only Hawai’i.
Long Beach State has excelled both on the playing fields and in the classroom under Cegles' leadership. For the ninth consecutive year all NCAA sponsored teams at Long Beach State scored above the required 925 on the Academic Progress Rate (APR), the only California State University to do so under the four-year standard, and 83 student-athletes were recognized as Academic All-Conference honorees after meeting competition and academic standards, most often a 3.2 cumulative GPA.
Diversity in the coaching and administrative staff is a fundamental goal and the athletics department was recognized under Cegles' leadership in 2008 as a national NCAA diversity winner.
Competitively, in his nine seasons at the helm of the Long Beach State athletic department, the 49ers have won 34 conference championships, with 33 LBSU teams advancing to the NCAA Tournament.
Long Beach State has become the gold standard of the Big West Conference, winning five straight Commissioner's Cups, awarded annually to the most successful athletic department as a whole. The 49ers have won six of the last seven cups, and set a competition points record in 2011-12.
The Beach captured three Big West Championships last season, in Women's Tennis, Men's Track & Field, and Women’s Volleyball. Women's Tennis has now won either the regular-season or tournament title in 12 straight seasons, and Men's Track and Field has won three Big West Championships in a row. The Beach Volleyball program, established under Cegles’ tenure, won the 2012-13 national championship, and reached the AVCA finals for the third time in four seasons.
Cegles has reorganized and refocused the entire administrative staff, and also negotiated new contract extensions for men's basketball coach Dan Monson and women's volleyball coach Brian Gimmillaro. During his tenure, Cegles has also hired nine new head coaches in softball, water polo, men's and women's golf, men's and women's basketball, and baseball.
From 2003-06 Cegles was the associate athletics director at Temple University where he directed athletics fundraising, marketing and promotions, sponsorship and ticket sales while planning an athletics capital campaign with university development.
Previously he was vice president of business development for Gaylord Sports Management in Scottsdale, Ariz., after serving 16 years at Arizona State University in athletic development and external affairs. He ultimately served as the lead senior associate athletic director for external affairs in his final two years at ASU.
While at Arizona State he led the athletics department's $25 million capital campaign to enhance facilities and endowments and, among other responsibilities, supervised baseball, men's and women's golf and women's gymnastics. He also was the assistant athletic director for development at Rutgers University for five years.
Cegles served as assistant basketball coach at Carnegie Mellon University and as an assistant basketball and baseball coach at West Virginia Wesleyan College and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He holds a degree in business administration from Bucknell and a master's in counseling and student personnel services from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Cegles and his wife Bonnie have two sons. Vic, a former baseball standout at Rutgers, is the Director of External Relations for Athletics at Minnesota and Casey, a former wide receiver at Towson University, is Deputy Athletic Director at Kent State.
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