Long Beach State Men's Volleyball to Retire Brett Winslow's No. 15 Jersey
Oct. 16, 2013
LONG BEACH - Long Beach State men's volleyball great Brett Winslow will have his No. 15 jersey retired in a ceremony set for March 15, 2014, 49er head coach Alan Knipe has announced. The ceremony will take place between the second and third sets of LBSU's non-conference match against Penn State.
"This is an incredible honor for one of the best collegiate volleyball players of his era and a true 49er great," Knipe said. "Brett was a four-year offensive nightmare for opposing teams. However, he was more than just an attacker. His all-around volleyball skills separated him from most middle blockers of his time. As the captain of the only men's national championship team in school history, his leadership came from his daily example of excellence. I look forward to seeing the number 15 hanging in the Pyramid."
As a senior in 1991, Winslow led Long Beach State to its first and only national championship in program history. The 6-foot-5 middle blocker had 22 kills in the title match against USC and was named to the All-NCAA Final Four Team. Winslow finished the season averaging 4.53 kills and a team-best 1.27 blocks per set, while hitting at a .446 clip.
Winslow was a two-time first-team All-American. He was also a four-time All-WIVA selection, earning first-team honors in 1990 and 1991. He established school records with 529 total blocks and 111 solo blocks, which still stand as all-era career records at Long Beach State. In addition, Winslow ranks third in kills (1,813) and hitting percentage (.442), fifth in block assists (418) and sixth in digs (708).
Winslow went on to play professionally overseas, while he was also a member of the U.S. Men's National Team. He played in several World Leagues, World Cups and Olympic qualification tournaments, and ultimately represented the United States at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Prior to the jersey retirement ceremony on March 15, the 49ers will hold a night in honor of Winslow at Mahe Restaurant on March 11. Winslow is also slated to appear at LBSU's alumni match, which is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start at the Walter Pyramid this Saturday, Oct. 19.