Jan. 30, 2012
UCLA Men's Volleyball Head Coach Al Scates and Chris Roberts, voice of the Bruins for 20 years, were honored today by the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Assn. at its awards luncheon. Scates received the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Roberts was inducted into the SCSB Hall of Fame.
Scates, who is in his 50th and final season as coach of the Bruins, will retire on July 1, 2012. He has captured 21 national championships, including 19 NCAA titles, and won more than 1,225 matches in a career that spans six decades. No coach in Division I history has served as long, or won more contests and championships than Scates.
In addition, Scates has guided the Bruins to 24 conference titles and mentored 52 First-Team All-Americans, 33 Olympians and 44 U.S. National Team players -- more than any volleyball coach in the country.
"Al Scates stands alone in his contributions to the sport of men's volleyball," said Athletic Director Dan Guerrero last summer when Scates announced his retirement. "Al is among the greatest coaches in the history of college sports and a legend in the annals of UCLA Athletics. He is a Bruin in every sense of the word and we are so thankful for his 50 years of service to the University."
Roberts, in his 20th season as the Bruins' play-by-play voice, has broadcast Southern California sporting events for more than 30 years. He was behind the mic for the Bruins' 1993 Rose Bowl appearance, their 1995 NCAA men's basketball championship and their consecutive runs to the Final Four from 2006-08.
In addition, he holds the distinction of having broadcast more NCAA Division I games on Los Angeles radio than anyone currently working.
Prior to joining the Bruins in the Fall of 1992, he served as the voice of the Long Beach State 49ers for 10 years and one with Cal State Fullerton. During that time, he was also the sports director at KFI/KOST 103 FM.
A four-time Golden Mike award winner, he has also authored two books, Stadium Stories: UCLA Bruins and UCLA Football Vault, which he co-wrote with Bill Bennett.
"Chris Roberts has been an undeniable part of UCLA sports history over the last two decades," said Guerrero. "He has captured many special moments for Bruin fans everywhere and his induction into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame is a fitting and well-deserved honor."