Joy McKienzie-Fuerbringer was announced as Long Beach State’s women’s volleyball coach for the 2017 season, becoming the program’s fifth head coach in its 52-year history.
McKienzie-Fuerbringer was an All-American setter for the Beach, helping lead the program to its second national championship in 1993, and has over 20 years of coaching experience, including stints as an assistant coach at both Long Beach State and UCLA.
“I am thrilled and honored to be coming back home to my alma mater,” said McKienzie-Feurbringer upon her hiring in June of 2017. “This is a dream job and I am grateful for the opportunity to represent our proud university and be a part of the great Long Beach State volleyball tradition and its supportive community.”
During LBSU’s national championship season in 1993, McKienzie-Fuerbringer earned First Team All-Big West and First Team All-Northwest Region honors. The senior was also named Second Team All-American by the AVCA, one of three All-Americans on that year’s team along with Nichelle Burton and Danielle Scott. McKienzie-Fuerbringer’s 1,480 assists during the 1993 campaign rank seventh in program history among single-season assist totals.
She was as an assistant for two seasons in Long Beach from 1999-2001, helping the team to a Final Four appearance in her first year. She would later spend four seasons as an assistant coach at UCLA from 2010-14, winning a National Championship with the Bruins in 2011. McKienzie-Fuerbringer has also been a director and head coach at Mizuno Long Beach Volleyball Club for the last 22 years, and she also owns and manages The MAC Athletic Club in Carson.
Earlier in her coaching career, McKienzie-Fuerbringer was an assistant coach with Golden West College, helping the Rustlers to a pair of state championships in 1997-98. She also served as an assistant coach for the USA Volleyball Youth National Team in 2000, winning a NORCECA gold medal. McKienzie-Fuerbringer also gained some international playing experience, spending time with Martinus Volleyball Club in Holland and Murcia Spain Volleyball Club in Spain.
McKienzie-Fuerbringer has a BA in liberal studies and sociology from Long Beach State. She and her husband Matt have two children, Charlie and Mateo.
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