Regarded as one of the top volleyball minds in the country, Brian Gimmillaro recently announced his retirement after starting his 33rd year at Long Beach State. The Long Beach State graduate has continually taken the 49ers to new heights as one of the winningest and most successful volleyball programs over the past three decades. His dedication to the sport and his student-athletes was recognized in December 2008, when Gimmillaro was part of the three-person class inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame, honoring individuals who have greatly contributed to the game of volleyball.
Because of Gimmillaro, Long Beach State has earned a place among the nation’s elite. With three National Championships, eight Final Fours, 13 NCAA Regionals and 27 NCAA Tournament appearances to his credit, it is no wonder that Long Beach State enters every season as a national contender.
Against one of the toughest conferences in the country, the Big West, LBSU has won over 78 percent (410-114) of its matches under Gimmillaro, claiming 13 conference crowns. In 26 of the last 29 seasons, Gimmillaro’s teams have won at least 20 matches.