Men's Volleyball vs. Pepperdine; UCLA 3, Pepperdine 0; March 16, 2012
UCLA volleyball legend Sinjin Smith served one season as the Bruins' volunteer assistant coach, assuming the duties of Greg Harasymowycz, who was promoted to full-time assistant coach on Feb. 6, 2012.
A four-year letterman at setter for the Bruins from 1976-79, Smith was a member of the 1976 and '79 NCAA title teams. He earned All-America honors in 1978 and '79 and was voted the Most Outstanding Player of the 1979 NCAA Championship. Smith served as captain of the 1979 UCLA team that became the first undefeated (30-0) collegiate volleyball team in history. He also played on the USA National Team for four years.
After his indoor playing days, Smith became one of the world's greatest beach players, and dominated the sand game with partner Randy Stoklos throughout the 1980s. The pair won 114 beach titles together and Smith, the original King of the Beach, ended his beach volleyball career with over 140 beach doubles victories. He won the Manhattan Beach Open six times, the FIVB World Championship four times and was voted the AVP's Best Defensive Player three times.
In addition, Smith is a member of the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame (1991), the International Volleyball Hall of Fame (2003) and the California Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame (2002). His No. 22 jersey is one of 13 UCLA volleyball jerseys that are retired.
Smith, 54, lives in Pacific Palisades with his wife Patti and their three sons.
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