Beach Crew Alumni Association (BCA)

Boat Dedication to John O’Donnell

On Saturday, John O’Donnell christened a new Fluid Design 4 man racing shell named in his honor. 

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Surrounded by the LBSU Rowing team, John O Donnell and CSULB President Jane Conoley, display the commemorative rowing blade. The inscription reads:

John O’Donnell
His dedication as a rower, coach, and boatmaster has been instrumental in advancing the success of Beach Crew. He represents the best traditions of Long Beach State Rowing and is a role model to future rowers and coaches.

LBSU Racing shell dedicated in his honor – April 2, 2022

Boat dedication ceremony

Standing in front of his new boat, John shares the event with his children (Left to right) Caitlin, Rayne, and Sean along with BCA President Ken Glenn.


Beach Crew celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2018. We are proud to be one of the oldest collegiate sports at LBSU that is still active. Most of this distinction is due to the fact that the alumni of Beach Crew are a proud family. It is important to us that you keep in touch with the organization, and your crew family. The involvement and support of the alumni is the life-blood of this team. Our traditions are strong and meaningful not only to alumni but also to the current rowers and their families.

Beach Crew is excited to move forward with a more comprehensive website that will continue to evolve with updates coming to the alumni that will retain stories of lore and success. This will keep you posted on events that will be driven around embracing the alumni back into an active role in the program. We hope to include you in crew functions, days on the water with the coaches, and any other kind of gathering to help make the rowing experience a special one for the athletes as it was for you. Keep the traditions and create new experiences for the athletes that will leave a lifelong impression on them.

As of April 2016, the BCA is now an independent 501.c3 non-profit organization, while maintaining our relationship with the LBSU 49er Foundation.

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Beach Crew Alumni Association (BCA) is to enhance the rowing program at Long Beach State, provide scholarship opportunities to student-athletes, and maintain the relationship with alumni to extend the involvement of the program.

The Beach Crew Alumni Association is open to all rowers, men, and women, who have rowed with the university through at least one season regardless of the level of competition.


The BCA Board of Directors

The Beach Crew Alumni Association is made up of volunteers across several decades of Beach Crew rowers, coaches, and campus staff. Members below can be contacted at the contact page.

The Board of Directors

Ken Glenn LBSU Beach Crew Alumni

Kenneth Glenn
(’71), President

Neil Swaigler ('69), Treasurer

Neil Swaigler
(’69), Treasurer

John ODonnellJohn O’Donnell
(’74) Boatmaster

Dave Straley ('70) at-large

Dave Straley
(’70) at-large

Dave Chaffee ('69), at-large

Dave Chaffee
(’69), at-large

Wolfram Thiele ('93) at-large

Wolfram Thiele
(’93) at-large

Scott Charette ('91) at-large

Scott Charette
(’91) at-large

Gary Barton

Gary Barton
(’67) at-large

Michelle MoweryMichelle Mowery
(’81) at-large

Ex-officio Members
(as designated by by-laws or BOD)

Brian Coriaty
Student Life & Development Adviser, CSULB

John O’Donnell (’74)
Boatmaster

Special Committees

Gary Barton
Chairmen – Recruiting Committee

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