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2018 Distinguished Alumni

Bonnie Lowenthal

Penny Toler

Executive Vice President and General Manager,
Los Angeles Sparks
Psychology

Penny Toler is entering her 20th season as the general manager of the Los Angeles Sparks WNBA team. Under her leadership, the Sparks have won three WNBA championships and have qualified for the playoffs a record 18 times. She is the winningest and longest tenured general manager in WNBA history and is the first female athlete to have her jersey retired in Staples Center.

Toler began her Sparks tenure as a player during the WNBA’s inaugural season in 1997, scoring the first basket in league history on June 21, 1997 against the New York Liberty. In 1999, Toler took over as general manager, and the team went on to win back-to-back titles in 2001 and 2002 as part of a string of eight straight playoff berths from 1999-2007.

As a student at Long Beach State, Toler set records for career assists and career free-throws, was a member of two Final Four teams, and earned numerous player-of-the-year honors. Her collegiate career was recognized with her induction into the LBSU Hall of Fame in 1995 and a jersey retirement ceremony in 2007.

Outside of the WNBA, Toler’s “Points from Penny” program taught youth in Los Angeles and Las Vegas the fundamentals of basketball and the importance of teamwork. Toler now sits on the Long Beach State Advisory Committee for the sports management program as well as the WNBA Labor Relations Committee, which will negotiate the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Toler’s hobbies include going to the movies, getting interior design tips from HGTV and working with underprivileged youth. Raised in Washington D.C. with three brothers and four sisters, Toler currently resides in Los Angeles.


2018
Bonnie Lowenthal
Bonnie Lowenthal, '87

2017
Dennis J. Keough
Dennis J. Keough, '71

2016
Kevin M. Nagle
Kevin M. Nagle, '76

2016
Brian Gimmillaro
Brian Gimmillaro, '70, '71, '74

2015
Bill Shumard
Bill Shumard, '72

2015
Michael Houlihan
Michael Houlihan, '68

2014
Clyde Kendzierski
Clyde Kendzierski, '69, '72

2014
Nelson Farris
Nelson Farris, '69

2013
Diane G. Van Hook
Dianne G. Van Hook, '72

2013
Timothy Gary Plax
Timothy Gary Plax, '70, '71

2012
George Gascon
George Gascon, '77

2012
Richard W. Bryson
Richard W. Bryson, '66

2011
John P. McElroy
John P. McElroy, '78

2011
Alyce D. LaViolette
Alyce D. LaViolette, '69, '80

2010
Michael L. Douglas
Michael L. Douglas, '71

2010
William P. Bennett
William P. Bennett, '61

2009
Kenneth W. Gronbach
Kenneth W. Gronbach, '70

2009
Retha C. Evans
Retha C. Evans, '97

2008
Deborah L. Sanchez
Deborah L. Sanchez, '82

2008
Robert J. Gore
Robert J. Gore, '72, '75

2007
Paul A. Turner
Paul A. Turner, '69

2007
Jan F. Burke
Jan F. Burke, '78

2006
Michael P. Ukleja
Michael P. Ukleja, '73

2006
Jeffery B. Erickson
Jeffery B. Erickson, '73, '76

2005
Nancy M. Yoho
Nancy M. Yoho, '81

2005
Lucia Galindo Kos
Lucia Galindo Kos, '75

2004
Jerry Miller
Jerry Miller, '76, '04

2004
Deborah B. Andrews
Deborah B. Andrews, '71, '76

2003
Robert A. Spidell
Robert A. Spidell, '65, '08

2003
Robin D. G. Kelley
Robin D. G. Kelley, '83

2002
Eric A. Draper
Eric A. Draper, '01

2002
Jose B. Cuellar
Jose B. Cuellar, '69

2001
Jerry E. Mandel
Jerry E. Mandel, '62, '65

2001
James F. Alexander
James F. Alexander, '64

2000
Daniel B. Rodriguez
Daniel B. Rodriguez, '84

2000
Audrey N. Hauth
Audrey N. Hauth, '67

1998
Alfred L. Pepin Jr.
Alfred L. Pepin Jr. , '63

1998
Roger S. Fouts
Roger S. Fouts, '64

1997
James Vigil
James Vigil, '62

1996
Chris C. Carter
Chris C. Carter, '79

1995
James L. Cradduck
James L. Cradduck, '72

1994
Thomas E. Miller
Thomas E. Miller, '70

1993
Alan M. Brennert
Alan M. Brennert, '77

1992
Robert H. Murphy
Robert H. Murphy, '62

1992
Harold M. Kester
Harold M. Kester, '69

1991
Richard O. Huffman
Richard O. Huffman, '61

1991
Ronald L. Applbaum
Ronald L. Applbaum, '65, '66

1990
Maxine Zinn
Maxine Zinn, '65

1990
Sharlene E. Goodman
Sharlene E. Goodman, '73, '75

1988
Kenneth L. Perrin
Kenneth L. Perrin, '64

1988
Jane H. Barrett
Jane H. Barrett, '69

1987
Christine C. Hall
Christine C. Hall, '74

1987
Edwin C. Arnold
Edwin C. Arnold, '67

1986
Isabel Patterson
Isabel Patterson, '51, '95

1986
James C. Hankla Jr.
James C. Hankla Jr. , '61

1985
Shirley Gottlieb
Shirley Gottlieb, '78, '81

1985
Victor M. Valle
Victor M. Valle, '74, '77

1984
Francisco J. Alarcon-Vargas
Francisco J. Alarcon-Vargas, '77

1984
Jerry M. Patterson
Jerry M. Patterson, '60

1981
William S. Tilney
William S. Tilney, '61

1978
Jane H. Barrett
Steve L. Weber, '69

1977
Stuart M. Rosen
Stuart M. Rosen, '63

1975
Huey P. Shepard Sr.
Huey P. Shepard Sr., '57

1963
William O'Neill
William O'Neill, '51, '52

1961
James H. Boren
James H. Boren, '50