California State University, Long Beach

BCA Announces Campaign for “Olympiad” 8+

Saturday, 13. September 2014


By: Ken Glenn

This year the BCA in undertaking its most ambitious fundraising effort ever and we need your help! I will let our Women’s Team Coach Ian Simpson explain.

The men’s and women’s rowing teams of CSULB need your help to raise $12,000 which will provide each team with a new boat.

The men’s team needs a boat for its lightweight rowers to train and race in. The women’s team is proposing to give the men their Vespoli eight, the Gold Member. The Gold Member is too large for the women and has sat unused on its rack for the past two years, but is in excellent condition and is the perfect boat for lightweight and novice men.

The women’s team has a unique opportunity to replace the Gold Member with the Olympiad, a fully factory-refurbished Resolute eight. The Olympiad, currently owned by the USC women’s team, was the boat in which the University of California, Berkeley women won two NCAA national titles. Fun fact: first-year CSULB assistant/novice coach Megan Smith (“Coach Smitty”) rowed in the Olympiad when she was at Cal.

Your tax-deductible donation will keep the Gold Member in the boathouse. Your donation will provide the men with a top-class boat which they will be able to use immediately. But that’s not all! Your donation will also enable us to buy the Olympiad from USC which will be a perfect fit for the varsity women.

If we sell the Gold Member to another team the men will miss out on this unique opportunity – it may be several years before we’ll be in a position to buy the men a comparable boat. Sure, $12,000 is a lot of money, until you consider that our rival Orange Coast College recently took delivery of a $55,000 German-made Empacher eight. Even a new Vespoli similar to the Gold Member will cost nearly $45,000 to be shipped from Connecticut. With your assistance, for only $12,000, our club will get the benefit of not just one, but two eights which will have an immediate impact on both teams.

Please pledge whatever you can. We have already received a couple of commitments of $500 each, but no amount is too small, every dollar counts. See if your employer has a gift-matching program that you can take advantage of to potentially double your donation.

We will memorialize large donations ($1,500 and above) by naming a seat in either the Olympiad or the Gold Member in your honor. In exchange for an exceptionally generous donation we will conduct a ceremony to rename the Gold Member in your honor. If we raise more than $12,000, the excess will be used primarily for refurbishments to the Gold Member and the Olympiad.
Please make your donation using cashnet, the CSULB administered secure site. Go to “Crew Donation,” input your donation amount and specify “New Boat” in the Comments box:

– Coach Ian Simpson

Beach crew is looking forward to a great season. Your continued support is making a difference!

Go Beach!

Kenneth Glenn ’71
President – The Beach Crew Alumni Association

LBSU Athletics Announces Revised Branding, Beach Crew Follows

Friday, 12. September 2014


The sport of rowing at Long Beach State has the dis&nc&on of being among the oldest, continuous, teams on campus since its founding in 1949. We are fortunate of having a modern boathouse less than a mile from campus. With a renewed interest in our efforts on campus, having reconnected with our founders and alumni, we wanted to update you on some important changes to Beach Crew effective Fall 2014.

On July 15, 2014, Long Beach State Athletics unveiled a refreshed visual identity that includes a word mark, a new font, refreshed logos, and other improvements that will serve a variety of goals: ensuring continuity regarding program names and marks, increasing pride and support among fans and the Long Beach community, and helping to celebrate the successes of LBSU’s athletic programs.

“The refreshed visual identity will provide an increased focus on the athletic programs of the only four-year university in the city of Long Beach, as well as a concentration on the moniker, “The Beach.” The team nickname for all sports except baseball will remain the 49ers, as it has been since the university’s founding in 1949. The first step in this process is the introduction of refreshed logos, which will immediately look familiar to Long Beach State supporters.”

While Beach Crew has operated through the Department of Club Sports & Recreation for a number of years, there are four highly competitive teams in our department that will also follow this movement. In preparation of this change, the team has filed for an official name change with CSULB Student Life and Development to be recognized as “Long Beach State Rowing”. The term “rowing” rather than “crew” has been identified to have better impact for prospective athletes and general awareness in the community.

While you may see many changes on campus, at the Walter Pyramid, and Blair Field, not much will be changing at our boathouse. “Beach Crew’s” traditional identity will live on to maintain our long heritage since its founding in the late 1950’s.

We invite you to look at the new logos, word mark and branding updates that will highlight the look of LBSU Athletics from 2014-15 onward.

Rowing Becomes a Key Venue at SmorgaSport 2014

Friday, 5. September 2014


CSULB Associated Students (ASI) kicked off another year with the annual “Week of Welcome” activities. More than 300 student clubs and organizations call CSULB home, and that number alone can be daunting for new students trying to figure out where they fit in.

ASI makes the choice a little easier by inviting these clubs and organizations to come out and introduce themselves to new and returning students. This year, get involved by visiting Week of Welcome ’14.

On Friday, September 5th from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m., Beach Crew hosted the annual SmorgaSport Regatta using the RowPro simulator on a big screen and eight Concept2 ergometers. In years past, Beach Crew has stolen crowds from around the event over to what looks like a game, but in reality, they get hooked on rowing. The rest is history! Someone’s rowing career could start that night. The SmorgaSport Regatta has become a key venue at the event.

Novice rowers start on Monday, September, 8 at 5:30 AM.

More information regarding ASI’s Week of Welcome can be found here.