California State University, Long Beach

Megan Smith Named Long Beach State Women’s Rowing Asst. Coach

Monday, 7. July 2014


July 7, 2014

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Long Beach, Calif. - Megan Smith (“Smitty”) has been named the new assistant women’s rowing coach at Long Beach State, as announced by head coach Ian Simpson today.

As an athlete, Megan competed in two NCAA championships with the University of California, Berkeley, helping the varsity eight to a second place finish in 2006 and winning the NCAA Division I team championship in 2005 and 2006. At the elite level, Smith has most recently trained with the US Women’s National Team at the Olympic Training Center in Princeton, New Jersey. Her international results include winning a gold medal at the 2006 U-23 World Championships in the Women’s Eight and a bronze medal in the Women’s Eight at the 2007 U-23 World Championships. Megan won a silver medal at the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico in the Women’s Pair.

Smith’s on the water duty will be coaching the novice women. Off the water, she will be working in collaboration with Simpson and volunteer assistant coach Jackie Flietstra in all aspects of the program. She replaces former assistant coach Tamar Schaap.

Smith graduated from the University of California with a B.A. in Psychology in 2007. She learned to row at Cal “…I chose rowing because of the women on the team at Cal, because their intense drive and team effort were unlike anything I had ever been a part of before…”

“This is a great hire for our program,” Simpson said. “Smitty is passionate about the sport and is poised to make a big impact at Long Beach State. She learned to row at college and has experienced success as an athlete at both the collegiate and elite levels of our sport and is excited about sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with the team.”

CSULB Partners with Livestream’s Rowing Channel

Thursday, 24. April 2014


In a massive effort by Southern California colleges and the American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA), CSU Long Beach has joined the efforts of The Rowing Channel (TRC) consortium to bring live webcasts of major regattas to our ever-growing community of alums, their families, and our community. Other SoCal institutions include Orange Coast College, who had a widely popular webcast of the 2014 Newport Regatta. CSULB will add the Southern California Opening Day Regatta and the new Naples Island Collegiate Challenge to the lineup of annual events. In addition, regional events such as the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships (WIRA) and the annual national championships of the ACRA will be the flagship events of the channel.

It is the goal of the consortium to pool together resources, establish best practice, and obtain the proper manpower to make this operation possible.

TRC is operated by Netrendity Network Services, a provider of infrastructure consulting.

You can find The Beach on TRC at

Priority Registration Restored for Crew Athletes

Thursday, 6. March 2014


The Beach Crew Alumni Association (BCA), in cooperation with Interim University President, Dr. Donald Para, and Athletic Director, Victor Cegles, announced that priority class registration has been restored for crew athletes, effective Fall Semester 2014. Crew is the first team as part of a pilot project to expand the privilege to other teams in our department that express the need due to practice time constraints.

The BCA Board of Directors has been at the helm of these discussions in efforts to increase support and visibility of the sport at CSULB. The efforts have been led over the past six months by board members, Victor Grgas and Ken Glenn, Head Coach Robert Edwards, and Club Sports and Recreation Director Rita Hayes. The BCA also gained access to some athletic facilities such as meeting areas and preliminary access to training facilities starting Fall 2014.

BCA’s Director of Outreach, Brandin Grams, explains how this will greatly expose the team’s visibility and vitality at the school. “We are seeing a renewed interest in this sport by the most prominent athletic functions at the university. The strong efforts of the BCA are gaining attention and we can’t wait for these benefits to reward our hard-working athletes, with all we can get. Not only will this keep our athletes committed, it will also motivate all of us, on and off the water, to keep the movement going. All of us have a renewed responsibility to keep the school’s spirit strong. We have 50 years worth of alumni who are getting reconnected to what they once loved. We will continue to work hard and keep looking ahead.”

The BCA’s campus efforts started six months ago with Former University President, Dr. F. King Alexander, who resigned in June 2013, to become the Chancellor of the Louisiana State University system. The BCA continues to strive for additional support, including preferred admission to freshman students interested in attending CSULB, which was not approved in this round of support.