Trojan And Volleyball Hall Of Famer Patti Lucas Bright Dies

Sept. 15, 2004

LOS ANGELES - Patti Lucas Bright, a two-time Olympian and a member of the U.S. Volleyball Association Hall of Fame, died at her home in Malibu on Wednesday (Sept. 8) of heart disease. She was 63.

A memorial service will be held on the Pepperdine campus running track on Saturday, Oct. 2, at 11 a.m. Parking will be available at Firestone Fieldhouse and handicap parking will be available at the track. Bright's family has requested that guests wear only walking or tennis shoes to preserve the track surface and in her memory. For more information, please go to

A scholarship fund is being established on her behalf. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the fund by contacting the Pepperdine athletic department at (310) 506-4150.

Bright graduated from USC in 1964 with a bachelor's degree in physical education and a minor in English. Having attended USC before scholarships were awarded to women athletes, Bright never donned a Trojan uniform, but would go on to set the standard for the USC players to follow.

She represented the United States at the 1964 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo and the 1968 Games in Mexico City. Bright also played three seasons (1968, 73-74) of beach volleyball. She continued to play on competitive indoor national age-group teams until this past February.

Following her playing career, Bright enjoyed a successful coaching career at all levels, including several years as the head coach at Santa Monica (Calif.) High and Los Angeles City College. From 1973-77, she was the head women's volleyball coach at Pepperdine.

In 1996, Bright was inducted into the U.S. Volleyball Association Hall of Fame.

Most recently, Bright was a faculty member in the physical education/natural sciences department at Pepperdine.

Bright is survived by her husband, Mike, her daughters, Bonnie Counts, Lari Nusinov and Jodi Saucedo, her son, David Bright, five grandchildren, her mother, Bertha Lucas, her sister, Nancy Evans, four nephews, one niece and many grandnephews and nieces.

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