Coach Alan Knipe spoke on his team’s breakthrough to their first national championship after semi-final losses in each of the last 2 years.
Twenty-seven years ago, before any of the players on the 2018 Long Beach State men’s volleyball team were even born, a core group of players hit the hardwood inside the Gold Mine and won a program-record 31 matches en route to bringing home a National Championship. On Saturday, with the season on the line, the 1991 Long Beach State National Champion Men’s Volleyball team will be there, cheering on the Beach.
A common theme arose when the Long Beach State players and head coach Alan Knipe took the stage in front of the NCAA media contingent on Wednesday: the team does not see themselves as the favorite and is looking to build on team chemistry and past experiences to push through to a national title.
As the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, LBSU earned a bye to the Final Four, but head coach Alan Knipe says that the team will continue its weekly routine of attempting to reach small goals of one or two percent improvement even in the final week of the season.
Long Beach State’s Alan Knipe leads his team into the NCAA tournament with the #1 overall seed and a 26-1 record.
Top-ranked Long Beach State men’s volleyball head coach Alan Knipe has signed a contract extension through the 2023 season, LBSU Athletics Director Andy Fee announced.
The top-ranked Long Beach State 49ers are the No. 1 seed in the inaugural Big West Conference Tournament and have earned a bye into the semifinals.
Long Beach State secured the inaugural Big West conference title and earned the league’s Player of the Year and Coach of the Year accolades for its efforts. Meanwhile, third place UC Irvine boasted the league’s first Freshman of the Year honor.
VolleyMob sat down with Long Beach State coach Alan Knipe ahead of the team’s road trip to the East Coast to find out what has the 49ers humming this season and how the 1992 alum has developed a culture of success.
A former All-American at Long Beach State, Scott Touzinsky heads back to the team as an assistant coach.