Alan Knipe Named VolleyMob Coach of the Year
Long Beach State head coach earns honors after leading the Beach to the 2018 National Championship
LONG BEACH – A week after leading Long Beach State to the 2018 National Title, head coach Alan Knipe has been named VolleyMob Coach of the Year. The honor marks Knipe’s third coach of the year award this season after having been named USMC/AVCA National Coach of the Year as well as Big West Conference Coach of the Year.
Knipe earned the accolades from VolleyMob after the Beach posted an impressive 28-1 record which culminated in the team winning the National Championship last Saturday with a five-set victory over UCLA.
Under Knipe’s guidance, the Beach put together a program-best 24-match winning streak and went undefeated when playing inside the Walter Pyramid for the second year in a row. The Beach garnered a No. 1 national ranking in the polls on January 15 and maintained that spot for the remainder of the season.
In his 15th year at the helm, Knipe collected his 300th career victory becoming just the second head coach in Long Beach State men’s volleyball history to accomplish that feat. He now owns a 306-147 career record for a winning percentage of .675, which is the highest winning percentage of any men’s volleyball head coach at LBSU.
Long Beach State finished the season with the best hitting percentage in the nation, as the Beach posted a .375 attack percentage.
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