Jeff Joyner enters his ninth year at Long Beach State, and his fourth as the associate head coach.
In Joyner's eight years with the program, the Beach has claimed two Big West regular season championships and two Big West Tournament titles. He has also been a part of all four of LBSU's NCAA Tournament teams.
Last year, Joyner helped the 49ers post a winning record for the fifth consecutive season. They finished third in the Big West and advanced to the conference tournament finals for the fourth time during his tenure. The Beach racked up the postseason awards, claiming four of the major Big West honors as Taylor Nelson was named the league's defensive player of the year, Mimi Rangel the midfielder of the year, Ashton McKeown the goalkeeper of the year and Ashley Gonzales the freshman of the year. The quartet also received All-Big West accolades, along with Jessica Vincent, who was selected to the all-freshman team. In addition, Nelson, Rangel, McKeown and Gonzales received NSCAA All-West Region honors, while Gonzales was also a Soccer America Freshman All-American.
In 2013, the 49ers went 8-7-3 overall and picked up big wins over nationally-ranked Texas Tech (No. 23) and BYU (No. 11). Mimi Rangel was tabbed the Big West Freshman of the Year, while she was also a first-team all-conference selection. Taylor Nelson joined Rangel on the All-Big West First Team, and Elizabeth Lyons garnered second-team recognition. In addition, Rangel and Mimi Akaogi were named to Big West All-Freshman Team.
In 2012, Joyner's first year as associate head coach, Long Beach State earned its third-straight NCAA Tournament berth. LBSU, which went 12-8-0 overall, received an at-large selection after finishing fifth in the Big West.
Four years ago, Joyner helped the Beach reach new heights as the 2011 squad won its second consecutive conference tournament and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, the furthest that any Big West team has gone in the postseason. Long Beach State, which was 18-6-1 overall, shattered the school record for wins (18), goals (49), assists (52) and points (150). Nadia Link was named a third-team All-American and the Big West Offensive Player of the Year, while Shawna Gordon earned Big West Midfielder of the Year honors. Four other 49ers garnered all-conference recognition.
In 2010, the team claimed its first Big West Tournament title and earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. LBSU closed out the campaign with an overall record of 14-6-2. Seven 49ers were selected to the All-Big West team, while Lindsay Bullock garnered midfielder of the year honors.
Joyner was also a volunteer assistant at Long Beach State in 2005, 2006 and 2008. In 2008, the Beach claimed its third consecutive Big West Conference regular season title and made its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
In his first two years at LBSU (2005-06), the squad twice set school records for victories, winning 12 games in 2005, before topping that with 14 wins and the program's first-ever Big West championship in 2006. In both seasons, Long Beach State was nationally ranked for the first time in school history.
Joyner had previously spent five years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Cal State Dominguez Hills. His first year with the men's program resulted in an NCAA Division II National Championship, before he coached the women's squad from 2001-04.
Joyner played for CSUDH in 1999, after transferring from Harbor Junior College where he was a two-time All-South Coast selection. Joyner prepped at South Torrance High School, where he was a two-time all-league pick and an All-CIF honoree as a senior. He earned his bachelor's degree in economics in 2001.
Joyner resides in Long Beach with his wife, Tiffany. The couple has a daughter, Kennedy, and a son, Declan.
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