49ers earn invitation to WNIT for first time since 2000
LBSU made its first postseason appearance in 13 years
49ers will be making first postseason appearance since 2000
Sophomore Devin Hudson had 17 points and a career-high 24 rebounds
49ers will face Cal State Fullerton in first-round match-up
Jody Wynn is in her sixth year as the head coach of the Long Beach State women's basketball program. Since her arrival in April 2009, LBSU has seen rapid improvements with its first postseason bid in 13 years and five-straight Big West Tournament appearances, including a run to the championship game in 2012.
Last year, Wynn led the 49ers to their first winning record in nine seasons, finishing with an overall mark of 17-15. The Beach also advanced to its fifth consecutive Big West Tournament under Wynn's direction. Lauren Spargo and Ella Clark both garnered All-Big West honorable mention recognition, while Raven Benton and Anna Kim were named to the conference's all-freshman team.
In 2012-13, Wynn guided LBSU to an at-large berth into the WNIT, marking the program's first posteason appearance since 2000. Long Beach State ended up hosting eventual runner-up Utah in the first round where it dropped a narrow 56-49 decision. Both Devin Hudson and Alex Sanchez received All-Big West honors, while Hudson was also selected to the Big West All-Tournament Team.
In 2011-12, The Beach finished sixth in the conference, but found themselves one win away from earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. In the Big West Tournament, LBSU came back from a 19-point deficit on the road to defeat No. 2 seed Cal State Northridge in the first round before upending top-seeded Cal Poly, 51-48, in a semifinal match-up. Long Beach State then fell to a streaking UC Santa Barbara, 63-54, in its first championship appearance in 11 years. Three 49ers were named to the all-tournament team, while Wynn also saw two of her athletes, Tipesa Moorer and Alex Sanchez, garner All-Big West honors.
In her first year at The Beach (2009-10), Wynn led a senior-laden squad to a fourth-place finish in conference play with a 9-7 record. They swept eventual Big West Tournament champion UC Riverside and defending Big West champion UCSB during the regular season. LBSU also defeated the Gauchos on their home floor for the first time in 19 years.
In 2010-11, Long Beach State finished sixth in the Big West and had two players named to the all-conference team. The 49ers also claimed the Big West Freshman of the Year and the Big West Hustle Player of the Year awards.
Wynn came to Long Beach State with 13 years of collegiate coaching experience under her belt. She spent five seasons as the senior assistant, recruiting coordinator and head of scouting at USC, where she was in charge of bringing in four nationally-ranked recruiting classes, including the No. 1-ranked group in 2006. On the court, Wynn coached seven All-Pac-10 performers, a conference freshman of the year and a WNBA draft pick.
In 2008-09, Wynn helped the Trojans advance to their first-ever Pac-10 championship game, with five players garnering all-league honors. In her first season at USC (2004-05), the Women of Troy tied for second in the conference and rolled into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1997, finishing the campaign ranked 22nd in the nation. One year later, the Trojans were back in the postseason, advancing to the second round.
Wynn entered the coaching ranks in 1996-97 as an assistant at Pepperdine under former USC head coach Mark Trakh. She helped the Waves to six postseason appearances, including three bids to the NCAA Tournament. In her eight seasons in Malibu, Pepperdine had six 20-win campaigns and captured four West Coast Conference championships.
The Brea, Calif., native was a four-year letterwinner and starting guard at USC from 1993-96. During her playing career, the Trojans compiled a record of 79-35 (.693), won the 1994 Pac-10 Conference championship and made three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.
Wynn was also a prep standout at Brea Olinda High School, where she guided the Ladycats to three California state championships. She earned CIF Southern Section and Orange County Player of the Year accolades in 1991 and 1992, while also being tabbed a USA Today and Streets & Smith honorable mention All-American.
Wynn earned her bachelor's degree in exercise science from USC in 1996 and attained a master's in education from Pepperdine in 2000.
The former Jody Anton is married to Derek Wynn and the couple has two daughters, Jada and Kaeli.
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