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THE DIRTBAGS BASEBALL TEAM ROUTINELY RANKS AMONG THE BEST IN THE NATION. THE PROGRAM HAS PRODUCED MORE MAJOR LEAGUE PLAYERS THAN ANY OTHER UNIVERSITY.

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THE DIRTBAGS BASEBALL TEAM ROUTINELY RANKS AMONG THE BEST IN THE NATION. THE PROGRAM HAS PRODUCED MORE MAJOR LEAGUE PLAYERS THAN ANY OTHER UNIVERSITY.

With its second national championship, the men’s volleyball team helped solidify Long Beach State’s standing as one of the most successful athletic programs in the Big West Conference. The top-ranked Beach came from behind to defeat UCLA in the NCAA Division I title match, adding another trophy to the university’s crowded case.

The athletics department has produced seven national championships – two men’s volleyball and five women’s volleyball titles – and routinely sends teams to NCAA postseason tournaments. The Dirtbags baseball team has appeared in four College World Series, the women’s basketball team reached the NCAA Final Four twice and the men’s basketball team has competed in nine NCAA Tournaments.

Additionally, men’s and women’s water polo, tennis, soccer and golf have enjoyed postseason success. The women’s soccer and golf teams both won their respective conference titles in 2018 and went on to compete in NCAA tournaments.

More than 100 Long Beach State athletes have competed for various countries in the Olympics. Most recently, David Lee (U.S., volleyball), Marina Canetti (Brazil, women’s water polo), Liz Grimes (U.S. women’s water polo administration), Tyler Hildebrand (U.S. men’s volleyball coach), and LaTanya Sheffield (U.S. track & field coach) were in Rio for the 2016 Olympics.

Former Long Beach State athletes also have excelled at the professional level, mainly in baseball. Since 2010, Long Beach State has produced the most Major League Baseball players, the number reaching 50 when infielder Garrett Hampson was called up last season by the Colorado Rockies. Other current players are Troy Tulowitzki, Marco Estrada, Drew Gagnon, Jared Hughes, Evan Longoria, Mike Marjama, Bryan Shaw, Jason Vargas, and Nick Vincent.

Several former Beach athletes have competed in the National Basketball Association (20), National Football League (33), Association of Volleyball Professionals (11), women’s basketball (five) and Professional Golf Association (five).

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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

SOCCER
Seven NCAA Appearances
2008, 2010-12, 2016-17, 2017-18

SOFTBALL
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
12 NCAA Appearances
2002, 2004-09, 2011-15
12 Big West Titles 2002, 2004-09, 2011-15

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

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL
Two NCAA Titles, 1991, 2018
10 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

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

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