Albert Gasparian, 2023
A graduate of Golden West College in 1975, and UCLA in 1977, with a 1985 Master’s degree from Azusa Pacific, Gasparian took over the Golden West JC women’s volleyball program in 1983. He compiled a career record of 509-46, with an amazing .917 winning percentage, including a 103-match winning streak over five seasons (1997-2001), including consecutive 27-0 records in 1998, 1999 and 2001, plus 22-0 in 2003. Gasparian’s women’s teams won 16 state championships, including 12 straight, and averaged 23 wins per season. He also coached the Rustlers’ men’s team from 1984-91, finishing as state runners-up four times. In 1993, 1995, and 1997, he assisted the USA Women’s teams at the World University Games, winning a silver medal in both 1993 and 1997. He also coached five years professionally, leading the LA Starlites to a Major League Volleyball championship in 1987, and the Orange County Diggers to consecutive titles in 1995 and 1996. In 1999, Gasparian was named athletic director at Golden West. In 2007, he was inducted into the California Community College Women’s Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and in 2014, he was inducted into the CCCAA Hall of Fame. The National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) announced him as the 2021 recipient of the Association’s L. William Miller Award.