A three-time AVCA All-American, middle
blocker Danielle Scott capped her senior campaign by being named the
AVCA Player of the Year (1993), leading The Beach to their second
NCAA title. Scott led Long Beach State to three straight Final Fours
over her four seasons (1990-1993), ranking second all-time in kills
(1778). She set four single-season attack percentage marks, highlighted
by a record .452 clip in 1992. Her hitting percentage of .421 ended
up as the second-highest in NCAA history. In January, 2001, she was
named along with former 49ers Tara Cross-Battle and Misty May as three
of the six greatest collegiate players of all-time. Scott also exceled
in two other sports-- earning first team All-Big West honors in basketball
after a 17.4 points per game and league-best 10.4 rebounds per game
average in 1993-94; while competing in the high jump, long jump, triple
jump and 4x100-meter relay team at the Big West Championships.
Can you say one of the best women's collegiate
volleyball player of all-time? Misty May closed out a fabulous four-year
career (1995-1998) by capturing every honor available in leading the
49ers to volleyball's first undefeated season (36-0). and third National
Championship. She capped the season by winning the 1998-99 Honda Broderick
Cup. A two-time AVCA Player of the Year at setter, and three-time
Big West Player of the Year, May quarterbacked back-to-back Final
Four squads in 1997 and 1998. May etched her named second all-time
in assists (5045) and aces (160), and third in digs (1277). In her
final collegiate game,she notched nine kills, 70 assists and 11 digs.
In January, 2001, she was named along with former 49ers Tara Cross-Battle
and Danielle Scott as three of the six greatest collegiate players
of all-time by the NCAA
Antoinnette White aced her way into 49er
history by capping off her senior season, in 1991, with AVCA Player
of the Year honors, as The Beach played in the NCAA title match. A
two-time first team All-Big West selection and the 1991 Big West Player
of the Year, White was named a second team All-American in 1991. In
just three seasons (1989-1991), White talled the third-most kills
in 49er history (1717) and the second-best ace total (208). Her 1052
digs ranked sixth-best in 49er history. Her 91 aces in 1990 are still
a school-record. White was a member of the 49ers' first national championship
team in 1989.
A four-time All-American (1986-1989)
and two-time AVCA Player of the Year (1988, 1989), Cross-Battle put
49er volleyball on the map in the late 1980's. She broke nearly every
Long Beach State record in her career in leading the 49ers to its
first title in 1989.Cross-Battle concluded her career with a 49er
record and the third-most kills in NCAA history (2767),and the most
digs in 49er history (1578). She set the top three single-season kill
marks, highlighted by a remarkable 779 during her senior season. Her
career hitting percentage of .344 was the seventh-best in LBSU history.
Cross-Battle set an NCAA Tournament record with 126 kills during the
1989 NCAA title run. In January, 2001, she was named along with former
49ers Misty May and Danielle Scott as three of the six greatest collegiate
players of all-time.
Toler played on both Final Four teams
in 1987 and 1988, also earning All-America honors during each of those
seasons. Toler is one of just three players to score over 2000 points
(2193) while averaging 21.7 points per game from 1986 to 1989. Toler
also racked up a school-record 513 assists, tallying a school-record
237 in 1986-87. Toler was a two-time conference player of the year,
earning the honor following the 1988 and 1989 seasons. Toler, the
general manager of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks playd three seasons
in the WNBA from 1997 to 1999. The 49ers retired her number on January
A 1983 Wade Trophy award winner, Pollard
set the stanford for others to follow at The Beach. Pollard set the
school-record for scoring, field goals and free throws made, and was
second in rebounds and field goals shooting. Pollard was a two-time
Kodak All-American , as the only 49er to eclipe 3,000 points. A two-time
conference Player of the Year, her #15 jersey hangs in the rafters
of The Pyramid. Pollard was a member of the 1980 U.S. National team
which boycotted the games. She Played on three Regional Final teams.
Brown played from 1983 to 1987 and was
instrumental on the 49ers' first Final Four team in 1987, earning
All-America honors two times. The Pacific Coast Athletic Association
Player of the Year in 1987 finished her career second all-time in
career points (2696) and first in total rebounds (1184), blocks (318)
and steals (400). Posting a career average of 21.0 points per game,
she set the single-season scoring record with 974 points, second-highest
in NCAA history, in 1986-87. Brown went on to earn a gold medal at
the 1988 Olympics. Her number, along with Toler's, were retired on
January 27, 2007.
In the past 25 years of basketball, Lucious
Harris has been the most visible player connected to the program.
Harris is the 49ers career scoring leader at 2,312 points and he is
also the career scoring leader in the Big West Conference. He was
a two-time first team All-Big West selection and led the team in scoring
four consecutive years. As a senior in the 1992-93 season, he averaged
23.1 points per game and scored a school-record 739 points. Harris
was a second team all-league pick in 1990, was the Big West Freshman
of the Year in 1990 and he was named MVP of the 1993 Big West Tournament,
leading the 49ers to the championship.Drafted in the second round
(28th pick overall) of the 1993 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks,
Harris 12 years in the NBA for Dallas, Philadelphia, and New Jersey.
He finished his career in 2004-05 with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He
played in a total of 800 career NBA games, scoring 5,784 career points,
1,864 rebounds, 1,130 assists and 556 steals. His jersey was retired
February 3, 2007.
Bryon Russell played three seasons at The Beach and finished his career with 1,003 points, one of just 17 players in school history to score 1,000 career points. Russell, who played for the 49ers from 1990-1993, ranks among the school's all-time leaders in four separate career statistical categories. Even more impressively, he was a two-time All-Big West Tournament selection and led The Beach to the NIT in 1992 and the NCAA Tournament in 1993. He was inducted into the Long Beach State Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.
After leaving Long Beach State, Russell was selected in the second round of the 1993 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz. He spent the next 12 seasons in the NBA, the first nine of those with the Jazz. He finished his professional career averaging 7.9 points and 3.5 rebounds, while improving those numbers to 9.9 points and 4.2 rebounds in 105 career playoff games. Russell helped the Jazz to the Western Conference championship twice, in 1997 and 1998, and a spot in the NBA Finals. He is listed as one of the 20 all-time greatest Jazz players by nbahoopsonline.com.
A two-time consensus All-American at
a time when only 12 players in NCAA history had been so honored, Ratleff
led the 49ers to PCAA titles and NCAA playoff apperances in 1971,
1972, and 1973/ The 49ers were 74-12 during the Ratleff era. He finished
his three-year career as the 49ers' all-time scoring, rebounding and
assist leader. All of those records have since been broken, each by
a different player, each playing four seasons. Ratleff was a co-captain
on the 1972 U.S. Olympic Team, which lost a controversial title game
to Russia, before playing six seasons with Houston of the NBA.
The man who coined the term, "Dirtbags",
for the style of play the Long Beach State baseball team played from
1989 to 2001, went 511-290-4 (.637), reaching four College World Series,
and winning six Big West titles. LBSU reached the NCAA Regionals in
11 of his 13 seasons, as he was a five-time Big West Coach of the
Year and the 1989 NCAA Coach of the Year. In 1989, his first year,
the Dirtbags went from 14 wins in the year prior to his arrival, to
18-straight to open 1989 and a school-record 50-15 record. The Beach
made the first of four College World Series (1989, 1991, 1993, 1998).
He coached 102 professional players including four first round picks
as 13 players reached the Majors under his tutelage. He was inducted
into the Long Beach State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003.
Gonsalves spent 19 seasons as the head
coach for the 49ers, going 462-634-16, winning the Pacific Coast Athletic
Association title in 1970. He left the school as the all-time winingest
coach in 49er history. His best season came in 1979, when the team
went 40-22-3 (.638) and 17-6-1 in conference play. Three other times,
The Beach topped 30 wins, going 30-22-1 in 1971 and 1976 and 32-34-4
in 1984. His teams won at least 20 games in 13 of his 19 seasons.
A 1992 National Player of the Year, a
three-time first team All-American and a member of the 49ers' first
national championship team in 1991, Hilliard re-wrote the record book.
From 1990 to 1993, Hilliard pounded out 3,034 kills (1200 more than
record holder Brett Winslow), averaged 7.1 kills per game in his career
and tallied a record 132 aces. He also left the school in the top-five
in career digs with 73. He also had a 49er-record 39 games with 30
or more kills and had double digit kills a record 110 times. When
it was all said and done, each of his four seasons, had a kill total
ranked in the top-four including a single-season record 821 in 1991.
He is also the only player to top 50 kills in a match twice (both
times a record 53).