Long Beach,
03:15 AM

Long Beach State President Jane Close Conoley Taps Andy Fee as New Athletics Director


LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 20, 2017) – Long Beach State University President Jane Close Conoley announced she has named Andy Fee to head up her Department of Athletics

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 20, 2017) – Following a nationwide search, Long Beach State University President Jane Close Conoley today announced she has named Andy Fee to head her Department of Athletics. Fee will replace Vic Cegles who departed last May. Since then, long-time athletics administrator Cindy Masner has been serving as the interim athletics director.

“Andy brings a wealth of experience and energy to Long Beach State,” said Conoley. “His vision for the future of our athletics program provides me confidence that he will build on the many successes we have had over the years and he will take our student-athletes to the next level, athletically and academically.”

Fee comes from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) where he spent seven years as the Intercollegiate Athletics Deputy AD/Chief Development Officer. The nationwide search was steered by Long Beach State’s Vice President for University Relations and Development’s Andrea Taylor. Taylor led a search committee consisting of coaches, students, community boosters, faculty and staff. More than 75 candidates applied. The committee selected four candidates to come to campus for a day-and-a-half interview process, during which they met with a diverse set of stakeholders−community supporters, athletic department staff, Bickerstaff Academic Center staff, coaches, student-athletes, student leaders, faculty and administrators−as well as two meetings with President Conoley.

“I am honored and thrilled to join Long Beach State University as its new Director of Athletics. I am grateful for the support of President Conoley, search committee chair Andrea Taylor and all those who were involved in the process,” said Fee. “I am looking forward to building on the already successful foundation at Long Beach State and engaging the entire campus and community, to work together to fulfill the bold vision for Long Beach State Athletics. I was impressed and inspired at every turn during the search process with those who shared their love and commitment to Long Beach State.

“It is not easy to leave my UC Santa Barbara family," added Fee. "However, as I look ahead to this wonderful opportunity at Long Beach State, I am especially grateful to UCSB Athletics Director John McCutcheon, Chancellor Henry T. Yang and Associate Vice Chancellor Beverly Colgate who have been wonderful mentors and friends. My wife and I are thrilled to join the Long Beach State family!"

More information about Fee is included in his bio.

Fee officially will be introduced to the campus community as Long Beach State’s 12th athletics director via a welcoming event. This event/press conference will be open to media. The date is TBD.

Below is additional information Long Beach State’s athletics program.


Long Beach State Athletics: Background

Long Beach State works to prepare its student-athletes to succeed and thrive as leaders after achieving graduation, as well as competing for championships and striving to the be the best in competition while representing the university.

Over the last 10 years, no sport at Long Beach State has fallen under the minimum standards set by the NCAA through the Academic Progress Rate, which holds an institution accountable for the academic progress of its student-athletes and rewards superior academic performance.

Competitively, Long Beach State has won six out of the last 10 Big West Commissioner’s Cups, honoring the most successful athletics program in the conference. In addition, former student-athletes compete professionally in six different domestic leagues, most notably in Major League Baseball, where there have been more former Dirtbags active than players from any other college for the last seven years. Long Beach State has also had a representative in the Summer Olympics in each Olympiad since the school’s founding, beginning in 1952, and those former competitors have won 56 medals over that time.

The Long Beach State athletics program consists of 19 NCAA Division I sports with more than 350 student-athletes and 100 coaches, administrators and staff.