Basketball Long Beach State

Long Beach State Retires Glenn McDonald’s Jersey

Long Beach State men’s basketball great Glenn McDonald received the ultimate honor at Saturday’s men’s basketball Homecoming game, as the university retired his No. 20 jersey.

After being introduced by university president Jane Close Conoley and athletic director Andy Fee, McDonald gave a brief speech and was presented with a framed jersey before the lights dimmed and the jersey was unveiled in the rafters.

McDonald was a star with the 49ers from 1971-74, helping to lead them to back-to-back Sweet 16s, then went on to an NBA title in 1976 with the Celtics. McDonald has remained in the community as a coach at Long Beach State (succeeding Joan Bonvicini as women’s coach in 1991) and with the Sparks. McDonald recently retired from the university after a lengthy tenure as the Director of Intramural Sports.

He joins Ed Ratleff (No. 42), Lucious Harris (No. 30) and Bryon Russell (No. 32) as the only men’s basketball players with their jerseys retired.

 

Mike Guardabascio
Mike Guardabascio
Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for a decade, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards and is the author of the books "Football in Long Beach" and "Basketball in Long Beach."
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