The summer has been a busy time for the Long Beach State athletic department. With four notable coaching hires over the last four months.
The first of the four hires started with Andy Fee coming in as the Athletic Director after he was officially announced to the position on April 20.
Fee spend the last seven years working for the UC Santa Barbara athletic department serving under titles such as the Deputy Athletics Director. He also worked at the University of San Diego.
The first coaching hire under Fee’s tenure was announced on May 10 when Jeff Cammon was tabbed as the women’s basketball coach.
He was brought in to replace Jody Wynn, who took the head coaching job at the University of Washington after eight seasons in Long Beach. Cammon is a familiar face to the women’s basketball program having served on Wynn’s coaching staff prior to taking on assistant coach jobs with Cal Berkley and Colorado.
The trend of familiar faces being brought back into the Beach family continued with the hiring of LBSU alumna Joy McKienzie-Fuerbringer as the new women’s volleyball coach.
McKienzie-Fuerbringer has over 20 years of coaching experience and played a role during the 1993 season that brought a second national championship to the volleyball program.
She fills the coaching role that became open following the retirement of Brian Gimmillaro, who served as head coach of the program for 32 years.
Her husband Matt will join her staff as an associate head coach, according to a press release posted on the athletic department’s website when Joy’s hiring was announced.
The volleyball team will open the season at home in the Walter Pyramid against defending national champion Stanford on August 25.
The men’s golf team will have a new head coach in Michael Wilson, who comes to Long Beach State after three seasons as an assistant coach for the Washington Huskies.
Wilson was the 2003 Pac-10 Co-Freshman of the Year and was a memeber of the 2004 team that won the NCAA national championship. Prior to coaching, he played three seasons on the professional golf tour in Canada.
The Inland Empire’s eSports community will finally have a place to call home with the grand opening of the “eSports Battleground” in Moreno Valley.
The Battleground is calling itself the Inland Empire’s first dedicated eSports venue and gaming community hub.
As featured on its website, logos for popular games such as Overwatch, NBA 2k, Madden, League of Legends and Call of Duty can be found and likely hint at the theme of possible events or tournaments the venue can showcase in the future.
For the venue’s grand opening on July 1, there will be an Injustice 2 tournament with a cash reward going out to first, second and third place winners. There is a $10 entry fee and a $10 venue fee.
Injustice 2 is a video game that pits superheroes and villans from the DC Universe like Batman, Superman, Harley Quinn and the Joker against each other.
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Want to compete in the NBA 2k eLeague in the future?
Scouts for the NBA eSports teams are expected to have their eyes set on the ProAM Tournament hosted by 2K Tournaments this weekend, June 9-11.
A tournament will be held for both the Playstation 4 and Xbox One consoles.
There is a $65 tournament entry fee but the prize pool is listed to be as much as $1,400 if the bracket features 32 teams for a console.
All games played on the final two days of the event will be streamed on the official 2K Tournament channel. Sign up here to enter.
2 Games Between 6pm-1am est. Scheduled by Famous & 2KT Staff
2 Games Between 6pm-1am est. Scheduled by Famous & 2KT Staff
Championship Match Scheduled by Famous & 2KT Staff
(All events scheduled by Famous Enough and the 2KT Staff)
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I have had the urge to pick up something new and provide coverage for it. Among the ideas that have come to mind is eSports.
The latest niche in sports, believe it or not.
With the fans of video games filling up venues to watch gamers compete in leagues and tournaments on games such as Call of Duty, Overwatch and League of Legends.
Speaking of leagues, the one I am most interested in covering would be the NBA 2K eLeague.
The league that was announced in February is the first to be operated by one of the four major pro sports leagues in North America.
While there might be questions left unanswered, having the NBA to back the eLeague will give it a good chance of becoming the new big thing in eSports.
The 2k league will have 17 of the NBA’s 30 teams represented in 2018 for the inaugural season including the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The teams are reportedly paying close to $750,000 for a three-year commitment to take part in the new venture, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell.
The Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and the Minnesota Timberwolves are among the 13 teams not participating in the first season.
Since I started following gamers and personalities on Twitter, it has become clear the announcement of the new league has motivated the community with the goal of becoming drafted by an organization.
While the league is still getting off the ground, gamers have taken it upon themselves to prepare and showcase their abilities by teaming up with friends, streaming gameplay and competing in tournaments hosted by MPBA2KT.
The only question remaining is whether you would like to see coverage of the NBA 2k eLeague and other eSports. Let me know. I would like to hear from you.
A chapter completed.
Yesterday was probably the last day in which I will have my core Viewpoints staff from the 2016 Spring Semester all in one room. While some of them will remain with the college newspaper to continue what has been started, others will be moving on including myself. For all stories we have written for the newspaper, the stories we all have with each other as a staff, not only from this semester but from my entire time with the program, are the stories I will remember most. Dare I say, the highs and lows we shared together is a book that could write itself.
None of this would of been possible without my family, who have always supported me. Which is something I was never really able to appreciate to the fullest until I found my passion and career. If it wasn’t for their support, I would be lost. So to Joy (mom), Clarence (dad), Michelle (sister) and Jesse (brother) I say thank you.
To my Viewpoints family (which includes just about everyone I ever worked with), I say thank you. As much as many of you have claimed to have learned from me….I learned just as much if not more from many of you! Just writing this is making me think of the people I have worked with during my time at Viewpoints.
Whether I was the Editor-In-Chief or just a section editor, I strived to be the best leader that I could be and serve as that support system for you guys as you guys were for me whether you knew it or not.
Alexis, Matt, Valerie, Laura, Jim and Luis are just some of the many that have helped make my time at Viewpoints a memorable experience.
Obviously this is not the end of my journalism career, I am just getting started and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if I work with some of you again in the future.
In closing, stay true to your gimmick and never trifle.