LBSU’s new associate head coach has been at the highest levels of volleyball, coaching with the US Men’s National Team.
Matt Fuerbringer comes to Long Beach State as the Associate Head Coach for women’s volleyball, part of Joy McKienzie-Fuerbringer’s coaching staff.
Fuerbringer was an accomplished indoor player at Stanford University, where he was a four-time All-American from 1994-97, also winning a National Championship in his senior season with the Cardinal. He won MPSF and AVCA Freshman of the Year honors in his first season on campus and left as the all-time kills leader at Stanford. Following his college career, Fuerbringer played indoor volleyball professionally from 1998-2003, with stops in Austria, Spain, and Greece. During his time in Europe, he was a Spain Super League champion and Austria Bundesliga champion.
Following his indoor career, Fuerbringer made the successful transition to the beach, spending a decade as a professional on the sand from 2003-12. He was the AVP Rookie of the Year in 2003, won eight tournaments in his career, and reached a career-best ranking of No. 5 in the world.
As a coach, Fuerbringer spent five years at the Mizuno Long Beach Volleyball Club as a strength and conditioning coach and outside hitters coach. He would then open up Team Rockstar Volleyball Club in Carson, where he has been an owner, director, and coach since 2009. He spent the 2013 season as a volunteer assistant coach with the UCLA men’s volleyball program, before getting his biggest coaching opportunity at the international level.
Since 2013, Fuerbringer was an assistant coach with the United States Men’s National Team, winning a bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. During his time with the national team, he was responsible for developing and implementing all defensive systems and schemes while also overseeing player development, college recruitment and international scouting. He was the head coach of the 2017 Pan American Team, and in addition to the Olympic medal helped the U.S.A to a World League title in 2014 and a World Cup championship in 2015.
“What Matt brings to our staff is very special,” said McKienzie-Fuebringer. “He has a great presence and motivates those around him to always want to improve. He brings years of experience from both playing professionally and coaching, and has an ability to relate and instill confidence in players. We are both excited to work with the players and want them to know we are here to help and support in every way we can.”
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