Jeff Joyner enters his 10th year at Long Beach State, and his fifth as associate head coach.
In Joyner’s nine years with the program, the Beach has claimed three Big West regular season championships and two Big West Tournament titles. He has also been a part of all five of LBSU’s NCAA Tournament teams.
Last year, Joyner helped the 49ers to their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in six years. They earned an at-large bid after claiming a share of the Big West regular-season title and advancing to the finals of the conference tournament for the second-straight season. LBSU concluded the campaign with a 12-7-3 overall record, marking its sixth consecutive winning season. Long Beach State also saw six of its athletes earn All-Big West honors, while three were named to the NSCAA All-West Region Team.
In 2014, the Beach finished third in the Big West and advanced to the conference tournament finals for the fourth time during Joyner’s tenure. The 49ers 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, LBSU 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.
Joyner was promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2012 season and Long Beach State went on to earn 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.
In 2011, Joyner helped the Beach reach new heights as the 49ers won their 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 went 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.
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 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, daughter, Kennedy, and son, Declan.
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