By Cindy Luis
Pretty amazing career for ‘Big Al’ He was offered the UH job before Wilton took it.
The release from UCLA
UCLA’s Al Scates, the most successful and longest tenured collegiate volleyball coach in the history of the game, will retire on June 30, 2012 the athletic department announced Tuesday.
Scates will retire after 50 years of service at UCLA with a nation-leading Division I record of more than 1,200 victories. To date he has captured 19 NCAA championships, 21 overall national championships, 24 conference titles and compiled a legacy unmatched by few college coaches in any sport. In 49 seasons, Scates has coached 52 different first-team NCAA All-Americans, 44 U.S. National Team members, 27 Olympians, 26 USVBA All-Americans and seven collegiate Players of the Year.
In addition, he is the only coach to lead three teams to undefeated records (1979, ’82 and ’84), and he has also led the Bruins to three consecutive NCAA titles three times, including four in a row from 1981-84. His teams have recorded 48 playoff appearances and the same number of winning seasons during his coaching era. He guided the Bruins to 46 consecutive winning seasons from 1963-2008.