April 25, 2013
Long Beach, Calif. -- Head Long Beach State Women's Volleyball Coach Brian Gimmillaro's contract has been extended through 2018, LBSU Athletics Director Vic Cegles has announced. Along with the contract extension, Gimmillaro has also been named the Director of Women's Volleyball.
"Brian is one of the nation's outstanding volleyball coaches and we are fortunate to extend him through 2018," said Athletics Director Vic Cegles. "Coach has had a major impact on student-athletes, the University and the Long Beach community and we look forward to his continued leadership." "I want to thank Vic for giving me this opportunity to continue my career here at our University," said Gimmillaro. "I feel fortunate to have an opportunity to bring additional championships to our community."
During his 28 years at the helm of the women's volleyball program, the 49ers have won three NCAA titles, played in eight Final Fours and 13 NCAA regionals, and had 26 NCAA Tournament appearances, while compiling an impressive record of 744-189. He was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2008, received the 2003 USA Volleyball All-Time Great Coach Award and was named the U.S. Olympic Committee's Coach of the Year in 1999 (the only non-Olympic coach to be honored) because of his contributions to the game of volleyball. Gimmillaro is widely known as one of the most successful women's volleyball coaches in the last 30 years.
In 2010, Gimmillaro became just the eighth active coach to reach the 700 Division I wins mark. The 49ers qualified for 25 consecutive NCAA tournaments, a streak that only one other coach has achieved and have won 12 conference crowns under his tutelage.
His players excel not only at the collegiate level, but beyond, seen most recently at the 2012 London Olympics where three former 49ers earned medals (Misty May, Gold, Beach; Tayyiba Haneef-Park, Silver, Indoor; Danielle Scott-Arruda, Silver, Indoor). Gimmillaro has also been honored with multiple Coach of the Year honors, including nine times for the Big West and three times as National Coach of the Year.
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