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Beach Fan Council

Long Beach State Athletics is proud to announce the creation of a group of dedicated, loyal fans who make up the Beach Fan Council! This council will work closely with the Long Beach State Athletic Department to provide valuable feedback regarding the fan experience, game day environment, branding, tickets, and marketing efforts.

Our Mission

The Beach Fan Council is a group of loyal fans who provide feedback and new ideas to increase fan loyalty and attendance of Beach Athletics games and matches. Beach Athletics strives to build a first-class fan experience and takes the input received from fans very seriously. The Beach Fan Council formalizes this process and allows for direct contact between fans and the Long Beach State Athletic Department.

Members of the Fan Council

We've found fans that are committed to helping grow the passionate fan base of Long Beach State Athletics and include:

  • Long-time fans of Long Beach State
  • Former student-athletes
  • Season ticket holders
  • Beach Athletic Club members
  • Members of Student Organizations on campus
  • Long Beach State Alumni or friends of the University
  • Members of the Long Beach community

The 2016 Beach Fan Council

Angie Avery
My favorite Long Beach State experience was being a senior on the women's basketball team representing the Beach at the 1976 AIAW National Basketball Championships at Penn State as one of the top 16 teams in the nation. We beat UCLA in the Regional semifinals to qualify. Ultimately we finished in the top 12 nationally.
Alvaro Castillo
My favorite memory, is on my son Diego's 8th Birthday, we had the party at the pyramid during basketball game and he brought out the game ball at center court. He was surprised and in shock, he was speechless for the FIRST time in his life. Really great day!
Debbie Dakouzlian
Receiving my Master's degree in Sports Management is among the best personal accomplishments of my life. Its attainment meant I was a now member of an outstanding academic and athletic family at the Beach. I trusted that little voice in my head: "wouldn't it be interesting if ..." I did it for me. I've lived a life of "paying it forward" so being a member of the Fan Council is my time to help make everyone's "fan" experience "Simply The Best at the Beach."
Andrew De Lara
When a core group of student spirit leaders (including me) went on a secret night mission to prank the annoying student fans at UC Irvine in retaliation for something they did to our campus earlier in the season. Amongst other things that shouldn't be named in public, there were flyers taunting Irvine's fans at their dorms - challenging them to show up to the Pyramid for the last home game of the season. They showed up, and it was one of the most raucous Long Beach State home games aired on Fox Sports to date - complete with foam pick axes waving in the air, held by all students in attendance. We won that game, of course.
Herman Few
Go Beach!
James Gardikas
One experience, wow that's tough. I would have to say in 20012 when they went to the NCAA tournament behind the leadership of Casper Ware. Even though they went on to lose the games they won in order to get there were exhilarating and I can't remember the entire campus ever being near as excited about any sports program as they were that year. Casper Ware put on a show to remember and our fans came in drones to support.
Bonnie Gasior
My favorite memory was a recent one: when we broke the attendance record at the MVB game!
Dan Gooch
That's "Easy".....sitting in the gym watching "Easy" Ed Ratleff bring the ball down the court knowing you were about to see something happen that is going to be truly amazing.....and, enjoying the many, many relationships formed with the athletes from all sports.
Chris Gutierrez
My favorite moment (s) occured during my first year at LBSU, at the 2013 Big West Tournament. As a junior college transfer, this was my first taste of tournament basketball. For the first time, I had a personal stake in March Madness. I carpooled to Anaheim the first night, then rode the bus with the student section the second night. The #1 seeded men ultimately lost to UCI in the semifinals. Despite the loss, I think fondly of the Beach camaraderie at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Those two days cemented my commitment to Beach athletics.
Elias Hiller
Go Beach!
Bill Kalhert
1. Hearing the upset of KU on the radio
2. Watching bryon Russell score 33pts against unlv
3. Attending the games with my fraternity buddies
4. Taking my daughters to the games when they were younger and eating chocolate malts
Gary Little
Go Beach!
Debra Lopez
Go Beach!
Chris Niemeyer
My favorite Long Beach State game was this year's men's home basketball game against Hawaii. We had already beaten them once before but Hawaii was the top team in the conference, it was a nail biter all the way through but we were able to pull it out for a victory.
Mark Paczkowski
Go Beach!
Ray Rivera
I've had many favorite LB State experiences, mostly having to do with men's basketball. I loved the intimate setting (and hot) experience of games in the Gold Mine. I also enjoyed the electricity of opening night at the Pyramid on November 30, 1994. In addition, as a former school principal in Long Beach, I enjoyed having Coach Seth Greenberg come to my school with players to speak to students about their lives and the importance of doing well in school. He brought many players to my schools including Bryon Russell, Joaquin Hawkins and James Cotton.
Tanya Schoen
My memorable event was in my last year at Long Beach State when I attended the Men's Basketball game against UC Davis. I was on a date with me who was also a Long Beach State alumni and loved sports and we had such a great time. It became one of my memorable experiences because the game was action packed and the crowd was lively and also because that date I took became my husband.
Donna Schultze
My favorite moment/game was watching the 1998 Women's Volleyball team go undefeated for the season, and watching Misty May put the team on her back to beat Penn State in an exciting 5 set battle in the finals. Doesn't get much better than that.
Matthew Seward
My favorite moment would be when the men's basketball team finally won the Big West Tournament in 2012. We had expected them to win the previous 2 years but had lost in the championship game against UCSB. They were there again, regular season champs again, facing UCSB again. My wife and I bravely purchased tickets to the game at the Honda Center and the experience was worth the expense. Seeing the seniors who had come so close the previous years, to finally win and move-on, was beyond words.
Michael Shapiro
Watching both our men's and women's basketball teams win conference titles and attend NCAA tournaments. Attending playoff games for the Dirtbags. Interactions with our students and boosters at athletic events and helping to promote the spirit of LBSU. Making life long friendships with those that are passionate of the athletic teams of our student athletes.
Michelle Silvey
Go Beach!
Dana Wilkerson
My favorite Long Beach State fan moment is actually the first game that I played in as a 49er. As a member of the 1987-88 Final Four Women's Basketball team, we hosted the Russian national team in the Gold Mine. The place was packed to the rafters, and the walls were sweating. The atmosphere was Electric and the place was rocking! I remember the crowd going absolutely crazy when I hit the shot to put us ahead by 1 with a few seconds left in the game. They storm the floor and the celebration began. I got carried off the floor on one of the Men's basketball player's shoulders. It was an incredible experience!
Miles Williams
Go Beach!
Mike Wilson
My favorite fan moment occurred on November 17, 2012 when the University of North Carolina Tar Heels came to the Pyramid. In anticipation of an overflow crowd, the athletic department added extra seating an there were close to 7,000 fans in attendance. Although the team was defeated that night, it was an electric atmosphere, and one that I hope can become more commonplace in supporting the program.
Ryan ZuMallen
I have never cheered so passionately for a team as I did for the 2006-07 Long Beach State men's basketball team. My friends and I spent the season designing, printing and distributing fliers to hand out on campus, occupying the first two rows of the student section and cheering our hearts out. So when they made the NCAA Tournament, there was never any question that we were going. When they announced the site in Columbus, Ohio, we looked at each other and said: "Road trip."

They will offer constructive feedback and provide a true reflection of what they see, hear and experience while attending Long Beach State games.

Required Commitment

Beach Fan Council Members will commit to being on the Council for the period of at least one fiscal year (July 1 through June 30). They will have access to email and the internet, enabling them to respond to occasional surveys and will have texting capacity on their mobile phone. While access to social media is preferred, it is not mandatory for membership on the Beach Fan Council.Information discussed in Fan Council meetings is considered confidential unless otherwise stated by Long Beach State Athletic Department staff. Fan Council Members will also be tasked to evaluate certain aspects of the Long Beach State Athletics operations or fan experiences throughout the year.

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