LONG BEACH, Calif. – Duke track & field associate head coach Shawn Wilbourn was one of nine former student-athletes selected for induction into Long Beach State University’s hall of fame on Tuesday, Aug. 13. A dual-athlete for the 49ers, Wilbourn competed on both the football team and track & field team.
Wilbourn excelled as a decathlete while competing for Long Beach State. He set a school-record in the event, which stood until 2006. His mark of 7,148 points remains the third-highest in school history. Wilbourn also earned all-conference honors for a 1990 second-place finish in the decathlon at the Big West Conference Championship.
The Long Beach State alum also appeared at defensive back for the school’s football team. In his senior year of competition, Wilbourn earned All-Big West honors. During that year, he led the team in tackles, with 96. He also forced one fumble, recovered an additional four, and recorded one interception for the 49ers. Wilbourn’s play on the field caught the eye of NFL scouts, and the former defensive back was drafted in the fifth-round of the 1991 draft by the Buffalo Bills. Wilbourn became just the 26th Long Beach State 49er drafted into the NFL.
Wilbourn joins a prestigious list of track & field athletes with his induction into the University’s hall of fame, including former Olympic-high jumper Dwight Stones.
Founded in 1986, the Long Beach State University athletics hall of fame currently includes more than 175 athletes and coaches. The induction ceremony will occur on Tuesday, Nov. 12.