John McConnell was the head coach of the inaugural team in 1954 and remained head coach until 1959.
Jan. 3, 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. - John McConnell, the original head coach at Long Beach State, will celebrate the start of the Dirtbags' new season as the keynote speaker at the Leadoff Event. McConnell will join the Dirtbags at the annual Leadoff Event on Jan. 23 as part of the Alumni Weekend that also includes a golf tournament and an alumni game.
McConnell came to The Beach in 1954 to start the baseball program at Long Beach State. He spent six years as the head coach from 1954-59 and spent over 30 years leading Long Beach State students in a variety of roles. As the head coach, McConnell compiled an 86-64 overall record with the budding program and enjoyed four winning seasons.
He led the Beach through three years as an Independent program and then led the program into its first conference, the California Collegiate Athletic Association. After his coaching days, McConnell remained at The Beach as a professor in the Men's Physical Education Department. He served as the Chair of the department, was a Student Teacher Coordinator and was the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Applied Arts and Sciences. He retired in 1986 but remains involved on campus.
Alumni, players and all supporters of Dirtbag baseball are invited to join Coach McConnell and the 2014 Dirtbags at the Leadoff Event. The event will begin on Thursday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. in Walter Pyramid.
The cost for the Leadoff Event is $75 per person, which includes heavy hors d'oeuvres and a hosted bar. The Alumni Weekend continues on Friday with golf tournament at Recreation Golf Course behind Blair Field and on Saturday with an Alumni Game and Intrasquad Scrimmage.
Registration for all of the events is now available by following the "Online Registration" link at the top of the page. For more information contact Katie Tuller at Katie.Tuller@csulb.edu.
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