Jan. 2, 2014
LONG BEACH - Long Beach State head track & field coach Andy Sythe has added a new member to his staff with the hiring of former 49er All-American Greg Magee. Magee will work primarily with the long jump and triple jump.
"Coach Magee brings a wealth of knowledge and success to the Long Beach State track & field program," Sythe said. "He is excited to return home to his alma mater where he left an outstanding legacy as a five-time All-American and former school-record holder at The Beach. I look forward to working with Greg as we continue to develop our athletes and to recruit the next generation of great talent for our program."
Magee returns to his alma mater after serving as an assistant coach at San Bernardino Valley College (2012-13) and Riverside Community College (2007-12). During his tenure as an assistant, he saw nine of his athletes qualify for the National Junior College Athletic Association championships, and guided two of them to national titles. Magee also tutored 23 NJCAA All-Americans.
While at RCC, Magee helped lead the men's team to four state titles. Under his guidance, the Tigers also had five individual state champions in the horizontal jumps (4 long jump, 1 triple jump).
As an athlete, Magee was a five-time All-American at Long Beach State. He earned indoor All-America honors in the long jump and outdoor All-America honors in the triple jump in 1976 and 1977. Magee was also a member of the 49ers' 1977 4x400 relay team that garnered All-America distinction. In addition, Magee was the Pacific Coast Athletic Association long jump champion in 1977.
In his two years with the 49ers, Magee established a then school record in the indoor triple jump (currently No. 3). He also registered a pair of top-10 outdoor marks in the triple jump and long jump, which still rank third and eighth, respectively.
Magee transferred to LBSU from Los Angeles Trade Tech College. Upon completing his education at Long Beach State, Magee joined the Army where he continued his athletic career.
With the addition of Magee, head coach Andy Sythe will capitalize on his newest staff member's strengths and move himself out of the role as triple jump coach. Sythe will remain the pole vault coach for the 26th consecutive year and shift himself back into a familiar role as the high jump coach and multi-events coordinator. Sythe served in those roles from 1989-2003, prior to Dave Rodda's arrival at LBSU.
As the high jump coach, Sythe developed five NCAA All-Americans and six Big West champions. He also saw three school records established, while 10 of his athletes are still ranked on the program's all-time high jump list.
As the multi-events coordinator, Sythe tutored one NCAA All-American and two Big West champions.
Coach Sythe has kept strong ties with former LBSU track athletes as he now has eight alumni and two undergraduate assistants on his staff.
Long Beach State Alums on 49er Track & Field Staff
Cory Loebl - Throws Coach (LBSU, 2003)
Greg Magee - Horizontal Jumps Coach (LBSU, 1977)
Jessica Barnard - Assistant Distance Coach (LBSU, 2012)
Colin Dunbar - Assistant Throws Coach (LBSU, 2011)
Ben Woodruff - Assistant Throws Coach (LBSU, 2012)
Sara Macey - Assistant Jumps Coach (LBSU, 2013)
Jason Reyes - Director of Track & Field Operations (LBSU, 2013)
Michelle Thompson - Director of Cross Country Operations (LBSU, 2013)
Nathan Alade - Undergraduate Assistant for Sprints/Hurdles (LBSU, 2014)
Dominic Mah - Undergraduate Assistant for Jumps (LBSU, 2015)
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