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UCLA's Al Scates to retire in 2012

Al Scates, UCLA's legendary men's volleyball coach, will retire in June 2012 following his 50th season at the helm of the Bruins.

Scates, 71, took over at UCLA in 1963 and has become the most successful coach in the history of the sport. His 1,217 career victories, 19 NCAA titles and 24 conference titles are all national records and he is a six-time national coach of the year.

"Al Scates stands alone in his contributions to the sport of men's volleyball," athletic director Dan Guerrero said in a statement. "While bittersweet, Coach Scates' final year at the helm of Bruin volleyball will be a well-deserved season-long celebration for an individual whose lifetime achievements are truly remarkable."

Scates is a member of The American Volleyball Coaches Association, The UCLA Athletics, The California Beach Volleyball and the Volleyball Halls of Fame. He was the first active coach inducted into the UCLA and Volleyball Halls of Fame.

His team's have produced some of the most recognized names in volleyball, including Karch Kiraly, Sinjin Smith, Randy Stoklos, Ricci Luyties, Kent Steffes, Mike Dodd, Stein Metzger and Jeff Nygaard.

He has coached 52 first-team NCAA All-Americans, 44 U.S. National Team members, 27 Olympians, 26 USVBA All-Americans and seven collegiate Players of the Year.

"It is a privilege to coach the fine men that have participated and continue to compete for UCLA volleyball," Scates said in a statement. "I have enjoyed being a continuous member of UCLA volleyball since I walked onto the team as a junior in 1959."

Peter Yoon covers UCLA for ESPNLosAngeles.com.