Knipe, MacRae Honored as National Coaches of the Year
National recognition continues to flow in for the Long Beach State men’s volleyball team as the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced Tuesday that Alan Knipe received 2018 USMC/AVCA Division I-II National Coach of the Year recognition, and LBSU associate head coach Nick MacRae was selected National Assistant Coach of the Year.
It is the second straight National Coach of the Year honor for Knipe – and the third in his 15-year career at LBSU. He also won the award in 2004.
Knipe, who signed a five-year extension to remain at Long Beach State on Monday, has led the Beach into the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year. LBSU is 26-1 overall and has held the top spot in the AVCA national rankings for 14 straight weeks.
Knipe led the Beach to a school-record 24-match winning streak to start the season, and his squad claimed the inaugural Big West regular season and tournament titles. In capturing the tourney crown in front of the home crowd at the Walter Pyramid, LBSU extended its home court winning streak to 29 straight matches, second-longest in school history.
The top seed in the NCAA Tournament, LBSU has won 19 matches by sweep this season, one shy of the school record.
MacRae, in his sixth season at LBSU, first as the associate head coach, has been an integral part of the program’s success. He has helped mentor LBSU’s five AVCA All-Americans in TJ DeFalco, Kyle Ensing, Josh Tuaniga, Nick Amado and Simon Anderson.
MacRae’s guidance also has aided LBSU’s overall play, as the team is No. 1 nationally in hitting percentage (.379) as well as in opponent hitting percentage (.181) and service aces per set (1.83).