Olympic gold medalist and Long Beach treasure Misty May-Treanor will join Long Beach City College (LBCC) as the Director of Volleyball Operations, effective July 5.
“I’m excited to join the LBCC family,” May-Treanor said in a statement. “My family lives in Long Beach and I want to help the next generation of players in my community. I’m very excited to help the players at LBCC and advance the volleyball program.”
The revered athlete and Long Beach local will oversee both the men’s and women’s volleyball program and serve as head coach for the indoor women’s volleyball team and the newly established women’s beach volleyball team, according to the announcement.
The LBCC beach volleyball program is set to be launched in the 2016-17 school year.
“We are thrilled to have an athlete of Misty’s caliber lead our volleyball program,” stated LBCC President Eloy Ortiz Oakley. “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.”
May-Treanor is the most decorated athlete in beach volleyball history, dominating the beach volleyball scene earning three gold medals for the sport at the Olympic Games in 2004, 2008 and 2012, as well as three gold medals in 2003, 2005 and 2007 and one silver medal in 2011 at the Beach Volleyball World Championships.
As an indoor volleyball champion, she won one bronze medal at the Pan American Games in 1999, one NCAA Division 1 Championship at Cal State Long Beach in 1998 and two California State Championships at Newport Harbor High School between 1991 and 1995.
May-Treanor joins the LBCC athletics department with impeccable timing, as the college gears up to launch their new beach volleyball program.
“Having excelled at the highest levels of the sport, Misty knows what it takes to build a championship-level team,” LBCC Athletics Director Randy Totorp stated. “She brings a great perspective and experience that will help strengthen our entire program.”
A graduate of Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) with a BA in kinesiology/fitness, May-Treanor also received the Honda-Broderick Award for the nation’s collegiate female athlete of the year and is a 2004 inductee of the Long Beach State Athletics Hall of Fame.
May-Treanor has a master’s degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University Irvine. She previously served as a member of the women’s volleyball coaching staff at Irvine Valley College.
A native to Southern California, she lives in Long Beach with her husband, Major League Baseball catcher Matt Treanor and their daughter.