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Dan Monson, Long Beach State parting ways after 17 seasons

Dan Monson, who has been the head men’s basketball coach at Long Beach State since 2007, has agreed to part ways from the program. Monson has an overall record of 272-272 with the Beach and has taken the program to one NCAA Tournament and four NITs.

“On behalf of the entire Long Beach State community, I would like to thank Coach Monson for his 17 seasons of service to Beach Athletics and his many contributions to our men’s basketball program,” AD Bobby Smitheran said. “As the all-time leader in career victories, he has positively impacted countless student-athletes to strive athletically and academically, and he leaves our program in great shape to continue our pursuit for championships. We wish the best for Dan, Darci, and the rest of his family as his coaching journey continues.”

Monson, 62, will continue to coach the team until their postseason ends, starting with their first Big West Tournament game on Thursday against either UC Riverside or CSU Bakersfield. The Beach earned the 4-seed, finishing 10-10 in league play (18-14 overall) this season.

“I want to personally thank Long Beach State for being an awesome place to raise a family and work at a job I loved for 17 years,” said Monson. “I am proud of what we have accomplished on and off the court, but it is time for a new voice for the program. I wish nothing but the best for a special university and a tremendous group of student athletes. I am also personally excited for what lies ahead for the Monson family and myself.”

The program last played in the NCAA Tournament in 2012, but is just two years removed from its most recent Big West title in 2022.


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