1998 Tachikara/AVCA National Coach of the Year
Long Beach State's Brian Gimmillaro Named 1998 Tachikara/AVCA Division I National Coach of the Year
Colorado Springs, Colo. - The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), in conjunction with Tachikara, is proud to announce that Brian Gimmillaro of Long Beach State University has been selected as the 1998 Tachikara/AVCA Division I National Coach of the Year.
Gimmillaro has led the 49ers to a perfect 34-0 record heading into tonight's semifinal match with the University of Florida. The team earned the Big West Conference championship, its seventh title in the last eight seasons. Long Beach held down the top ranking in the AVCA Coaches Top 25 poll for the majority of the season. On the year, the squad earned wins over nationally-ranked USC, BYU, UC Santa Barbara, Pacific, Illinois and Texas, and lost just six games.
In his 14 years at Long Beach, Gimmillaro has recorded a 392-92 overall record for an .808 winning percentage and a fifth-place ranking among active NCAA Division I coaches. His teams have advanced to the NCAA tournament all 11 seasons, claiming the national title in 1989 and 1993. He is the only coach to have four different players (Tara Cross, Antoinette White, Danielle Scott and Misty May) earn AVCA National Player of the Year honors.
Tachikara will formally present the national coach of the year awards on Thursday, Dec. 17, 1998, in Madison, Wis., at the Tachikara/AVCA Coach of the Year banquet. The luncheon, which will begin at noon at the Marriott Madison West, is held in conjunction with the 1998 AVCA National Convention.