UCLA’s Scates retiring after 2012 season

May 11th, 2011
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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.
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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.

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  • po'okela May 11, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    good luck al.

  • roygbivs[TerenceTwkWong] May 12, 2011 at 1:58 am

    what can you say? Amazing coach!! Good luck to you in the future and thank for the memories!

  • Ron May 12, 2011 at 5:40 am

    The John Wooden of volleyball.

  • zzzzzz May 12, 2011 at 8:06 am

    “…a legacy unmatched by few …” Really?

  • Matt May 12, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Cindy, any truth to the rumor that Scates turned in Costas to the NCAA, taking away UH’s championship?

  • Cindy Luis May 12, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    lots of rumors out there. Don’t believe it was Scates.

    • Who Dat Be ? May 13, 2011 at 11:01 am

      LOL, looks like Shoji gave us something to speculate on in today’s SA article.

      Taking into account the known returnees and incoming freshman the numbers add up for the middles and outsides but who are the possible third and fourth setters that he teases us with ?

      • Cindy Luis May 14, 2011 at 10:33 am

        think the speculation began a while ago when we first began discussing how many walkons he anticipated.

  • warriorfan May 12, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Never liked him, always seemed like an arrogant man.
    I think this means Speraw to UCLA, and San Diego’s Ring to Irvine.

  • Cindy Luis May 12, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Well, I would think they’d give Rofer a chance. he’s been the No. 1 assistant for 21 years.

  • wahine-vball May 14, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    is there a reason Josh Taylor hasn’t been playin for punahou?

    • ... May 17, 2011 at 5:56 am

      Still no reversal of fortune (4 UH)…in the ‘Wave’ commitment on the Josh-a-nator, ay?

  • Cindy Luis May 14, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    He’s 19. too old for high school competition.

  • wahine-vball May 15, 2011 at 10:55 am

    rumor has it that misty finally committed…

    • ??? May 15, 2011 at 11:14 am

      OK I’ll bite..where ?

  • warriorfan May 15, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Where is Misty off too? for a while I thought maybe she would sign with a modeling agency instead.

  • ??? May 15, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Is she also no longer with Asics Rainbows Club ?

  • Cindy Luis May 15, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    haven’t heard from her folks. And they said they’d let us know when she did.

  • Cindy Luis May 15, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    can tell you it won’t be UCLA>

    • Warrior15 May 16, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      Not UCLA? Interesting… I thought UCLA was the frontrunner.

      I know Stanford was mentioned in past threads (I can’t remember now if it was here or on VT). But there is a VT thread on 2012 Stanford recruits, and no mention of her. (Looking back though, I have no idea if Stanford was ever really in the picture.)

      What other schools were in the running?

      • ... May 17, 2011 at 5:32 am

        Something’s COOKing (believe, milled masa) over in that truly RED state of a thousand shucks…

        • jeff May 17, 2011 at 5:41 pm

          Interesting if she did end up in Nebraska. The Rolfzen twins are headed their in 2013. 6’2 outside hitters and considered near the top of their class (if not tied for the top with one another). If anything, Nebraska is a bit short on middles for 2012.

      • Cindy Luis May 18, 2011 at 3:52 am

        ucla was her dream school growing up. two years ago it was USC. things chang. UCLA isn’t recruiting her. wouldn’t be surprised if she ends up at an WCC school.

        • Dat Be 'Where Dat' May 18, 2011 at 5:20 am

          (Malibu) Pepperdine

  • Dat Be 'Who Dat' May 17, 2011 at 5:49 am

    (#3/4) Kuulei Kabalis, whose sister is NO LONGER in Pullman either.

  • Jeff May 17, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Mens vb recruits per Stephen Tsai

    Jan Phillip Marks OH from German JNT
    Taylor Averill S/OH transfer from UC Irvine

    • rayson May 17, 2011 at 5:37 pm

      So what happened to the rest of the recruits? Stan Hinkle, Brian Bieth, Dominic Lile and that 2nd transfer?

      • warriorfan May 17, 2011 at 7:32 pm

        UH doesn’t announce players walking on, remember whole team only has 4 and a half scholarships to give out.

        • ... May 18, 2011 at 5:29 am

          Yeah, & some body who ‘received’ this past year ISN’T going to be, quite, so blessed this upcoming 2012 season.

          If I had it to guess:
          Hunt
          Castello
          Hartley

          Is everyone doing well academically???

      • Cindy Luis May 18, 2011 at 3:53 am

        thanks WF, am on vacation and haven’t been on the computer. Walkons not announced, even invited walkons

      • ... May 18, 2011 at 5:17 am

        Only, D. Lile is NO walk-on.

        Unless he absolutely, positively, confidently wants to be in Mano’a…he won’t be in 2012. :-(

        • warriorfan May 19, 2011 at 4:28 pm

          No offense to Lile, but I doubt any MPSF school will be offering him a scholarship.

          He needs to earn it, walk on his first year ( or get very little) earn a starting spot and then more scholarship money will be awarded to him.

          • Hi_Life808 May 20, 2011 at 8:05 am

            [Pacific, CSNorthridge, San Diego], MIVA: Ball State, Loyola, Lewis, EIVA: George Mason, …

  • fan May 19, 2011 at 3:59 am

    So is Misty Ma’a completely out of the picture for Hawaii.

  • Cindy Luis May 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    believe it’s the other way around. Hawaii not in the picture for Ma’a.

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