Alan Knipe Selected 2017 USMC/AVCA Division I-II Men’s National Coach of the Year
Associate head coach Tyler Hildebrand named National Assistant Coach of the Year
LONG BEACH, Calif. – The accolades just keep coming for Long Beach State men’s volleyball. On Tuesday morning, the American Volleyball Coaches Associate (AVCA) announced that head coach Alan Knipe was selected the 2017 USMC.AVCA Division I-II Men’s National Coach of the Year. If that weren’t impressive enough, LBSU associate head coach Tyler Hildebrand was named the AVCA Division I-II Men’s National Assistant Coach of the Year.
The award comes on the heels of Knipe being named MPSF Coach of the Year after leading Long Beach State to an overall record of 27-3 thus far. This is the second time in his 14-year head coaching career that Knipe has earned the honor after winning it in 2004.
Knipe collects the honors this season after leading the top-ranked Beach to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in as many seasons after Long Beach State won its first-ever MPSF Championship.
Under Knipe’s tutelage, Long Beach State won a share of the MPSF Regular Season title and enters the NCAA Tournament as the No. 2 seed overall. 2017 has been quite the year for the Beach as they have recorded the most wins in a single season since 2004. Additionally, the 49ers recorded a program-record 20 three-set sweeps and produced a perfect 16-0 record when playing inside the Pyramid.
With Knipe at the helm, LBSU strung together 14 straight victories, the second-longest winning streak in program history, from February 2 to March 24.
Hildebrand has been an integral part of the success Long Beach State has had this season. He is in his fifth season as an assistant/associate head coach for the Beach and works primarily with the setters and offense.
With Hildebrand on the bench, Long Beach State is leading the nation with a team hitting percentage of .371, which is also the best hitting percentage in MPSF rally scoring history.
A mentor in all aspects of the game, Hildebrand has worked most closely with sophomore setter Josh Tuaniga who is a two-time AVCA All-American and leads the nation with 11.13 assists per set.
Hildebrand has also been a key part in preparing the 49ers for upcoming matches as he organizes and runs all individual video sessions.
This is the first AVCA Assistant Coach of the Year honor for the three-time AVCA First-Team All-American who was a setter for Long Beach State from 2004-06.
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