July 12, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. - Former Long Beach State baseball head coach and Long Beach State Athletics Hall of Famer Bob Wuesthoff died on Friday after a long battle with illness at the age of 87.
Wuesthoff was the head coach for the Long Beach State baseball program for six years, from 1964-69, leading the 49ers to a pair of CCAA titles with an overall record of 158-101-4. Wuesthoff was also an Associate Athletic Director for Long Beach State, and served as the Interim Athletics Director during the 1969 football season.
"The Long Beach State baseball family extends our condolences to the Wuesthoff family," said Troy Buckley. "We have lost one of the finest people that have represented this program and university, yet his impact on the people that he touched will always live on and be remembered."
Inducted into the Long Beach State Athletics Hall of Fame in just its second class, Wuesthoff was a continuing source of support for the baseball program, and in 2005, an endowed scholarship for the program was named in his honor. The scholarship is offered in his name each year during the program's leadoff dinner prior to the upcoming campaign.
A physical education professor at the University, Wuesthoff was the founder, long-time director, and continuing consultant to the 49er Camps on campus, which continues today in its goals of increasing physical fitness for children while providing an enjoyable learning experience in a college atmosphere.
A memorial service for Weusthoff will be held at Blair Field on Tuesday, July 23 at 10 a.m.
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