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ATHLETICS

The Long Beach State men’s volleyball team added its third national title in 2019 with a four-set victory against Hawai’i in the NCAA Division I title match at Walter Pyramid. The No. 1-ranked Beach finished with an overall record of 28-1, which included a program-record 24-match winning streak and a 15-0 Big West Conference mark.

The athletics department has won eight national championships – three men’s and five women’s volleyball titles – and routinely sends teams to NCAA postseason events. In 2019, women’s golf and tennis competed in their respective NCAA Championships after clinching Big West titles as well as four track and field athletes.

The Dirtbags baseball team has played in four College World Series, the women’s basketball team has reached the NCAA Final Four twice and the men’s basketball team has competed in nine NCAA Tournaments, while softball has appeared in five College Softball World Series. More than 100 of the school's athletes have competed for various countries in the Olympics, with the promise of additional Beach athletes in the 2020 Tokyo Games. Women’s track coach LaTanya Sheffield has been selected to coach the women’s sprints and hurdles for Team USA for a second consecutive Olympic Games.

More Beach athletes also have excelled at the professional level, predominantly in baseball, with 51 former players having dotted major-league rosters. In eight of the last nine seasons, Long Beach has had more players in the majors than any other college or university. Among the current MLB players are Troy Tulowitzki, Marco Estrada, Evan Longoria and Matt Duffy. Several Beach athletes have competed in the National Basketball Association, National Football League, Association of Volleyball Professionals, women’s basketball and Professional Golf Association. 

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A HISTORY OF EXCELLENCE

EIGHT BIG WEST COMMISSIONER’S CUPS 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017


BASEBALL

Four College World Series Appearances
1989, 1991, 1993, 1999
Three Super Regionals
2003, 2004, 2017 22
NCAA Regional Appearances
1964, 1971, 1989, 1991-99, 2001-05, 2007-08, 2014, 2016-17

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Nine NCAA Tournaments
1970-73, 1977, 1993, 1995, 2007, 2012
Eight NIT Appearances
1980, 1988, 1990, 1992, 2000, 2011, 2013, 2016

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Two NCAA Final Fours
1987, 1988 12
NCAA Tournaments
1982-92, 2017
Four WNIT Appearances
(2000, 2013, 2015-16)

CROSS COUNTRY

10 Men's Conference Titles
1959, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1969-72, 1974-75

GOLF

11 NCAA Appearances
M: 1971-75, 1982, 2000, 2004, 2012
W: 2006, 2009, 2018 

BEACH VOLLEYBALL

One NCAA Appearance 2017

MEN’S WATER POLO

12 NCAA Tournament Appearances
1969-71, 1973, 1975, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1991, 2018

WOMEN’S WATER POLO

Two National Tournament Appearances
1999, 2000

SOCCER

SOFTBALL

Seven NCAA Appearances
2008, 2010-12, 2016-17, 2017-2018 

Five College World Series Appearances
1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993
23 NCAA Regional Appearances
1986-93, 1996-2000, 2003-06, 2008-09, 2011-12, 2014, 2016

TENNIS

13 NCAA Appearances
2002, 2004-09, 2011-15, 2019
13 Big West Titles
2002, 2004-09, 2011-15, 2019

TRACK AND FIELD

TRACK AND FIELD 1
NCAA Appearances 14
Conference Titles
M: 1962, 1965, 1971-72, 1976, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2013-16, 2019
W: 1978, 2018

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Three NCAA Titles
1991, 2018, 2019
Ten NCAA Final Four Appearances
1970, 1973, 1990, 1991, 1999, 2004, 2008, 2016, 2017, 2018

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Five National Championships
1972, 1973, 1989, 1993, 1998
Eight Final Four Appearances
1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001
27 NCAA Tournament Appearances
1985, 1987-2011, 2014