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The last year (prior to 2012) UCLA did not win a National Championship was....

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....1994. Can you imagine that the combined power of Al Scates, Andy Banachowski, Sigi Schmid, Guy Baker, Sharon Backus, and Sue Enquist failed to net a national championship? I would KILL to have that talented a coaching staff again. Pathetic that we can barely attract any good coaches these days... DAN GUERRERO MUST GO!!!!

The Legacy of Al Scates: UCLA Volleyball Wizard of Westwood

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A long read but well worth the time. A detailed history of Coach Scates' accomplishments and impact on former players, assistant coaches and the sport of volleyball. Although not as polished, I think this is a more compelling piece than the recent LA Times article. Go Bruins!

Al Scates Goes for 20th NCAA Volleyball Title

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Al Scates is coaching his 50th year at UCLA, looking for his 20th NCAA title. He has coached more than two dozen Olympians. Good luck coach & bring home #109, and make it championships for both men and women in volleyball.

Al Scates to retire after 2012

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No release yet, but the UCLA athletics official twitter announced it. EDIT: Here's the release The main paragraph that sums it all up from the release: 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. *** It's hard to overstate what Scates did in his career. I hope he gets some mainstream publicity in his final season next year and that he goes out a winner to give him a nice round number of 20 NCAA championships.

AOL: That '60s Show Continues to Grow Legacy of UCLA Volleyball

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A really cool post from AOL's John Walters on Andy Banachowski and Al Scates, two of our legends from Westwood.

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