Recognition For Brian Gimmillaro To Be Held During Hawai’i Match
Former LBSU head coach Brian Gimmillaro will be recognized in-between sets two and three during Friday night's match.
LONG BEACH, Calif. - During Friday night’s women’s volleyball match against Hawai’i, Long Beach State coaching icon Brian Gimmillaro will be honored between sets two and three, in recognition of his storied tenure at the Beach. Gimmillaro was the head coach of Long Beach State’s women’s volleyball program from 1985-2016, winning 835 matches with an impressive .791 winning percentage.
During his 32 years at Long Beach State, Gimmillaro turned his alma mater into a women’s volleyball powerhouse, winning the university’s first NCAA Division I national championship in 1989. That was the first of three national titles and eight Final Four appearances for the indoor program, which included the sport’s first ever undefeated season in 1998. Gimmillaro is an AVCA Hall of Fame inductee, was a three-time national coach of the year, and received CSULB’s highest alumni honor in 2016 when he was chosen as a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.
LBSU Athletics Director Andy Fee will be on hand for the ceremony, recognizing Gimmillaro’s numerous accomplishments as Long Beach State’s head coach. Gimmillaro retired following the 2016 season, and the program has since changed hands to one of his former players and assistant coaches, Joy McKienzie-Fuerbringer.
Friday night’s match against Hawai’i will begin at 7 p.m. at Walter Pyramid and will be televised live on ESPNU.
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