Ensing, Radish and Whitt to join the 49ers in 2012-13
Andy Read enters his 18th season with the Long Beach State men's volleyball program, and 15th as an assistant coach. He spent three years (2010-12) as the interim head coach while Alan Knipe was on a leave of absence to coach the U.S. Men's National Team.
As an assistant in 2013, Read helped the 49ers reach the championship match of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament. LBSU finished with a 24-8 overall record (18-6 MPSF), marking its best season in five years. Taylor Crabb was named the AVCA National Player of the Year, while he was joined by Connor Olbright on both the AVCA and Volleyball Magazine All-America Teams.
In 2012, Read's final season as the interim head coach, Long Beach State made its second-straight appearance in the MPSF Tournament. The 49ers finished the year with a 15-15 overall record and a 10-12 mark in the MPSF, which annually features the top teams in the nation. Taylor Crabb garnered second-team All-MPSF honors and third-team Volleyball Magazine All-America recognition.
In 2011, Read's squad advanced to the MPSF Tournament semifinals for the first time since 2008. Long Beach State concluded the campaign with a 15-14 record and saw three of its players earn All-MPSF honors. In addition, Antwain Aguillard was tabbed an AVCA Division I-II second-team All-American.
In 2010, Read's first year at the head of the LBSU program, the squad went 12-17 overall. Dean Bittner was named to the AVCA All-America second team, while Bittner, Aguillard and Dan Alexander also garnered All-MPSF recognition.
As an assistant for the 49ers from 1997-2009, Read worked primarily with the setters. He tutored Chris Seiffert, a three-time All-American and a former starter on the U.S. Men's National Team, and Tyler Hildebrand, also a three-time All-American and former National Team member.
Read has coached several USA Developmental Teams. During the summer of 2008, he led the USA Boys' Youth National Team to the NORCECA Championship (Miami, Fla.) with an undefeated record. The following year, Read guided Team USA to a 10th-place finish at the Boys' Youth World Championships in Italy.
Read was also the head coach for the U.S. Men's Junior National Team in 2006, helping the squad to a second-place finish at NORCECA and a berth in the Men's Junior World Championships in Morocco. At the World Championships, the Americans finished seventh (tied for the best finish ever by a U.S. Men's Junior Team), and along the way defeated then reigning champion Russia in straight sets.
In January 2005, Read was named the USA Development Coach of the Year, after serving as head coach of the USA Boys' Youth National Team that earned a gold medal at the NORCECA Championships in Mexico City with a record of 6-0. The team won its last 17 games in a row en route to earning a berth in the 2005 Boys' Youth World Championships.
In the summer of 2001, Read served as the head coach for the U.S. Junior National Team which traveled to Brazil. Former 49ers Scott Touzinsky and Jeff Wootton were members of that U.S. squad. In addition, Read was the head coach of the U.S. Youth National Team from 1998-99, while also assisting the USA Volleyball staff at the 1999 World Cup in Japan.
Prior to the 2004 season, Read was an assistant on the U.S. Men's Volleyball team that competed in the World University Games in Korea. Read helped lead the squad, that included former 49ers, David Lee, Scott Touzinsky, and Tyler Hildebrand, to a third-place finish with a 3-2 victory over France in the medal round. Read also spent time as an advisor to the U.S. Men's Volleyball National team that competed in Mexico in a qualifying tournament for the 2004 Olympics in Greece. On that squad were former 49ers Tom Hoff, Jim Polster, and David McKienzie. In addition, Read has served as a scout/consultant for the U.S. Men's National Team in several international tournaments, most recently the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Read spent five years as the head coach at UC Irvine (1993-96) and was an assistant coach at Pepperdine from 1990-92. In his final year at Pepperdine, the Waves captured the 1992 NCAA National Championship.
Read's connection with Long Beach State began when he was the head coach of the Marina High School boys' team from 1987-89, where he coached current 49er head coach Alan Knipe.
Aside from his coaching duties, Read also serves as a science teacher at Westminster High School. Read, who resides in Garden Grove, graduated from Biola University in 1981 with a degree in biological science.