Oct. 5, 2011
Long Beach, Calif. - In the fourth of an ongoing series honoring the 2011 Long Beach State Hall of Fame nominees, we take a look at men's volleyball star Alan Knipe.
Knipe was a three-year letterwinner with the 49ers from 1990-1992, earning first-team All-American honors in 1992 following a second-team All-America selection in 1991, when Knipe helped lead the 49ers to the team's first and only National Championship, earning All-Final Four honors for his effort in that championship run after making 16 kills and eight blocks on .636 hitting in the NCAA Championship.
Knipe hit .433 with 127 blocks that season as Long Beach State's middle blocker, making 384 total kills, part of his 946 total over three seasons. He had 426 as a senior on the way to his first-team All-America honors in 1992.
For his efforts as a player, Knipe was honored as an inaugural member of the Wall of Honor for Long Beach State men's volleyball in 2006, and has earned consideration for the Long Beach State Hall of Fame for his time as a student-athlete.
Following his playing career with Long Beach State, Knipe played for the USA National team during 1992-1993, and then returned to his alma mater in as a coach, eventually taking over as the 49ers head coach in 2001. After leading Long Beach State to a pair of NCAA Final Four appearances in 2004 and 2008, Knipe took a leave of absence prior to the 2010 season as he was selected as the head coach the USA Men's National team, and will lead the squad as the Americans get ready to participate in the 2012 London Olympics.
The 2011 Long Beach State Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Long Beach Hotel & Executive Meeting Center. Tickets are available online here.
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