Andy Read enters his 20th season with the Long Beach State men's volleyball program, and 17th as an assistant coach. He spent three years as the interim head coach while Alan Knipe was on a leave of absence to coach the U.S. Men's National Team.
During his three seasons at the helm (2010-12), Read led the Beach to two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournaments with a run to the semifinals in 2011. He mentored seven All-MPSF selections and saw three of his players earn All-America honors.
Following Knipe's return, Read assumed volunteer assistant duties as he is also a full-time science teacher at Westminster High School. Since 2013, Read has been part of a 49er staff that has led LBSU to three-straight MPSF Tournaments, an appearance in the conference finals and a combined 57-31 (.648) overall record. He also helped coach Taylor Crabb, who was named the 2013 AVCA National Player of the Year.
As an assistant for Long Beach State 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, along with Tyler Hildebrand, also a three-time All-American and former National Team member.
Outside of the Beach, Read has coached several USA Developmental Teams. During the summer of 2008, he led the USA Boys' Youth National Team to the NORCECA Championship 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 of 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, 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 won 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, which 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 National team that competed in Mexico in a qualifying tournament for the 2004 Olympics in Greece. On that squad were LBSU alums 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, including 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' volleyball team from 1987-89, where he coached current 49er head coach Alan Knipe.
Read, who resides in Garden Grove, graduated from Biola University in 1981 with a degree in biological science.
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