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Brian Gimmillaro To Retire As Long Beach State Women's Volleyball Head Coach


Courtesy of Long Beach State Athletics

Following a 32-year career with Long Beach State, head coach Brian Gimmillaro has announced his retirement as head coach of the women's volleyball program at The Beach.

"I would like to acknowledge Brian for his dedicated service to our campus and program," said Long Beach State Director of Athletics Andy Fee. "We respect his decision to retire and what he has achieved over the past 30 years."

Hired in 1985, Gimmillaro led the 49ers to the NCAA Tournament for 25 consecutive seasons beginning in 1987, and won a trio of national championships in 1989, 1993 and 1998. With Misty May winning National Player of the Year honors, the 1998 team became the first team in NCAA history to go undefeated on the way to a national championship. Additionally, Gimmillaro coached 23 All-Americans and finishes his career with 835 wins and a 79% winning percentage.

"I can't tell you how much this university, the players, and the community has meant to me. It is important for me to explore other opportunities," said Gimmillaro. "I will miss all of you."

Over his career at Long Beach State, Gimmillaro led the Beach to 13 Big West Championships, most recently in 2014, and entered the American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2008.

In the wake of Gimmillaro's retirement, the Athletics Department will launch a national search for his replacement.