In the biggest “name” hire for a Long Beach sports team since George Allen came to Cal State Long Beach a quarter century ago, Long Beach City College confirmed Thursday that the Vikings’ new director of volleyball operations will be three-time Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor.
May-Treanor will start in the first week of July, and she will be the head coach for the women’s volleyball team as well as a newly created beach volleyball team. She will also oversee the defending state champion LBCC men’s volleyball team.
“I really like the community college level,” said May-Treanor. “I love getting the players to move on to four-year schools; it’s rewarding.”
May-Treanor’s Long Beach ties run deep. After a star turn playing for the Cal State Long Beach women’s volleyball team, she embarked on a professional beach career that saw her pile up 112 tournament wins, most ever, including the unprecedented three straight Olympic golds from 2004-2012 as well as three other world championships. May-Treanor and her husband, longtime MLB player Matt Treanor, reside in East Long Beach.
The four-time AVP most valuable player and 11-time AVP best offensive player has also become the face of her sport, as the most recognizable women’s volleyball player in the world, thanks to a career that has earned her appearances on Wheaties boxes and a season on “Dancing With the Stars”.
It’s been no secret that May-Treanor has wanted to break into coaching. She got her master’s degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University and has served as a volunteer assistant at Irvine Valley College, as well as Cal State Long Beach and USC’s beach teams recently.
“We are thrilled to have an athlete of Misty’s caliber lead our volleyball program,” LBCC President Eloy Ortiz Oakley said in the school’s official statement. “She is an icon in her sport and a longtime Long Beach resident with deep roots in our community. She will serve as an inspiration to our students and a strong leader in our athletics department.”
The work won’t be easy. May-Treanor inherits a women’s volleyball team that was one of just three Vikings teams to not make the playoffs last season, after a disappointing 7-17 record.
The hire is a particular thrill for LBCC athletic director Randy Totorp, who played collegiate volleyball and who is the former coach of the LBCC men’s team.
“I don’t know if I can even process it one hundred percent,” he said. “To bring in the biggest athlete in the sport to come in and help us, you can’t even measure it.”
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