The 50-year tenure of UCLA men’s volleyball Coach Al Scates came to an end Saturday night when the Bruins were beaten by UC Irvine in four sets in a quarterfinal match of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament.
Scates, 72, guided the Bruins to 19 NCAA championships and had an overall record of 1,239-290. He produced 33 Olympians and 78 All-Americans. He’s the only volleyball coach to lead three teams to undefeated records, in 1979, ’82 and ’84.
Scates announced that he would retire at the end of this season.
Irvine won the match, 25-14, 23-25, 25-16, 25-23.
Irvine is coached by John Speraw, who played for Scates at UCLA, became a Bruins assistant and could be a candidate to replace him.