49ers host the Cardinal in MPSF Quarterfinals
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49ers will honor their three seniors prior to the match
49ers hit the road for the first time in over a month
49ers will host top-ranked Cougars in the Gold Mine on Saturday
Alan Knipe enters his 15th season at the helm of the Long Beach State men's volleyball program after having led the Beach to four NCAA Final Fours, one Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) regular season title, one MPSF Tournament Championships, 13 MPSF Tournament appearances, including five trips to the championship match, and four NCAA Championship appearances.
A year ago, Knipe led the Beach to one of their best seasons as Long Beach State finished the year with a 27-4 overall record and was 16-2 in MPSF action en route to winning the team's first-ever MPSF Tournament Championship. The Beach went a perfect 16-0 at home and made their second-straight NCAA Final Four appearance.
With six All-Americans in TJ DeFalco, Josh Tuaniga, Kyle Ensing, Andrew Sato, Amir Lugo-Rodriguez, and Bryce Yould, the Beach finished the season with a No. 3 national ranking. DeFalco was named both AVCA and MPSF Player of the Year, while Knipe garnered AVCA and MPSF Coach of the Year accolades for the second time in his career.
Under Knipe's tutelage, Long Beach State has posted a 278-146 record as Knipe boasts a .656 winning percentage. In conference action, the Beach is 190-113 (.627) with Knipe on the bench. He has served as head coach of the Beach since 2001, with a brief hiatus from 2010-12 in which he coached the U.S. Men's National Team.
As head coach of the Beach, Knipe has been named AVCA National Coach of the Year on two occasions (2004 and 2017) and MPSF Coach of the Year twice (2008 and 2017). He has coached four National Players of the Year in TJ DeFalco, (AVCA, 2017) Taylor Crabb (AVCA, 2013), Paul Lotman (AVCA, 2008) and Tyler Hildebrand (Volleyball Magazine, 2006).
During his tenure as head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team, Knipe guided the Americans to the quarterfinals of the 2012 Olympic Games in London as they advanced to the knockout round after finishing first in Pool B, which also featured Brazil and Russia, who were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the world, respectively.
With Knipe at the helm, the United States also qualified for the World League Finals on three occasions (2009, 2011 and 2012). In 2012, they claimed the FIVB World League silver medal, marking their second-best finish since the World League began in 1990. Additionally, the U.S. won the gold medal at the 2012 NORCECA Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament, securing their eighth consecutive berth to the Olympics.
Knipe played three years (1990-92) at Long Beach State under Ray Ratelle, where he was a key member of the 49ers' 1991 National Championship team. In the1991 title match, Knipe racked up 16 kills, nine digs, eight blocks and hit .636 (16-2-22) as LBSU topped USC, 3-1.
As a student-athlete at LBSU, Knipe received numerous honors including all-conference (First Team, 1992), All-American (Frist Team, 1992; Second Team, 1991) and All-NCAA Tournament (1991) accolades. He also helped the Beach advance to the 1990 NCAA Finals.
Knipe continued his playing career following his graduation from Long Beach State as he was a member of the United States National Team from 1992-93. He also played on the Bud Light 4-Man Pro Beach Volleyball Tour and won seven USVB National Open Championships with Team Paul Mitchell. In 1993, he was named the United States Volleyball Association Player of the Year. Two years later, Knipe played overseas for Spoleto in the Italian Pro League and played for the Zellik Club in Belgium the following year.
In October 2006, Knipe was inducted into the inaugural Long Beach State Men's Volleyball Wall of Honor which recognizes former players who represented 49er men's volleyball with unparalleled success or achievement. He was also inducted into the Long Beach State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.
Knipe graduated from Marina High School in Huntington Beach, Calif., and spent one year at Orange Coast College before transferring to Long Beach State, where he received his bachelor's degree in speech communications in 1992.
Knipe and his wife, Jennifer, have two sons, Aidan and Evan.
|2001||Long Beach State||18-7||12-5 (T1st)||MPSF Semifinals|
|2002||Long Beach State||13-18||9-13 (7th)||MPSF Quarterfinals|
|2003||Long Beach State||17-13||11-11 (8th)||MPSF Quarterfinals|
|2004||Long Beach State||28-7||18-4 (2nd)||NCAA Finals
|2005||Long Beach State||22-10||14-8 (5th)||MPSF Finals|
|2006||Long Beach State||23-10||14-8 (T4th)||MPSF Finals|
|2007||Long Beach State||11-17||6-16 (10th)||None|
|2008||Long Beach State||23-7||18-4 (T1st)||NCAA Semifinals
|2009||Long Beach State||14-14||11-11 (7th)||MPSF Quarterfinals|
|2013||Long Beach State||24-8||18-6 (T2nd)||MPSF Finals|
|2014||Long Beach State||18-10||15-9 (T5th)||MPSF Quarterfinals|
|2015||Long Beach State||15-13||11-11 (7th)||MPSF Quarterfinals|
|2016||Long Beach State||25-8||17-5 (T2nd)||NCAA Semifinals
|2017||Long Beach State||27-4||16-2 (T1st)||NCAA Semifinals
|TOTAL (14 Seasons)||278-146 (.656)||190-113 (.627)||4 NCAA Appearances
13 MPSF Tournaments
KNIPE AT THE BEACH
7 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES
2017 - NCAA Semifinalists (Head Coach)
2016 - NCAA Semifinalists (Head Coach)
2008 - NCAA Semifinalists (Head Coach)
2004 - NCAA Finalists (Head Coach)
1999 - NCAA Finalists (Assistant Coach)
1991 - NCAA Champions (Player)
1990 - NCAA Finalists (Player)
4 NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
TJ DeFalco - 2017 AVCA National Player of the Year
Taylor Crabb - 2013 AVCA National Player of the Year
Paul Lotman - 2008 AVCA National Player of the Year
Tyler Hildebrand - 2006 Volleyball Magazine National Player of the Year
U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM COACH
2012 London Olympics
- 2012 Quarterfinalists
- Finished 1st in Pool B (Pool included No. 1 Brazil and No. 2 Russia)
3 World League Finals
- 2012 Silver Medalists
NORCECA Continential Olympic Qualification
- 2012 Gold Medalists
- 2004, 2008, 2016, 2017 NCAA Final Four
- 2008, 2017 MPSF Coach of the Year
- 2004, 2017 AVCA National Coach of the Year
- 13 MPSF Tournament Appearances
- 1 MPSF Tournament Championship
- 4 National Players of the Year
- 1 AVCA Newcomer of the Year
- 42 All-America Selections
- 58 All-MPSF Selections
Long Beach State (1990-92)
- 1991 National Champions
- 1990 NCAA Finalists
Bud Light 4-Man Pro Beach Tour (1993-96)
- 7 USVBA National Open Champions
- 1993 USVBA Player of the Year
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