Currently in his 24th season as head coach at Long Beach State University, Brian Gimmillaro has led his 49er program to three National Championships and eight national semi-final appearances, while qualifying for the NCAA Tournament for 21 consecutive years. Under Gimmillaro's leadership, Long Beach State has attained 641 of the program's 1,011 wins, with a winning percentage of .809 (641-151). In 2003, Gimmillaro was the sole recipient of the USA Volleyball All-Time Great Coach Award (Contemporary Division), as well as the "Excellence in Leadership" award, presented by Leadership Long Beach.
One of Gimmillaro's greatest accomplishments has been the abundance of players who have been recognized as some of the nation's elite. In January of 2001, the NCAA released its 20th Anniversary team; of the six players chosen, three were Gimmillaro's former players. All three of these players were Olympians in Sydney in 2000, and one, Misty May-Treanor, is now a two-time Gold Medalist, and is widely regarded as one of the best beach volleyball players in the world.
Not only has Gimmillaro proven to be successful at the collegiate level, he initially created success at Gahr High School in Cerritos, Calif. During his eight-year tenure, the team compiled a 142-15 record, winning four Southern Section Championships and two State Championships.
"(Gimmillaro) is masterful at creating and crafting unique game strategies (especially offenses) based on the strength of his athletes," said Dr. Dixie A. Grimmett, Professor Emeritus at Long Beach State, in her endorsement letter. "He has been extremely successful as a coach because he knows and understands what it takes to create a winning environment for a volleyball program."