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U.S. Men's National Team Head Coach Alan Knipe

Fourth Year

Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Resides: Huntington Beach, Calif.
Age: 43
Family: Wife Jennifer, and two sons, Aidan and Evan
College: Graduated from Long Beach State
Record as U.S. Men’s Head Coach: 72-34

Alan KnipeAlan Knipe finished his fourth season as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team in 2012 with a 20-7 record and a 72-34 record since starting as head coach on April 1, 2009.

The U.S. Men’s Team had its best season of the four-year Olympic quadrennial in 2012 as Knipe coached it to a 5-0 match record to win the NORCECA Men’s Continental Olympic Qualification Tournament on May 7-12 in Long Beach, Calif. Knipe led the U.S. Men to a pool victory in the 2012 FIVB World League. The team advanced to the Final Round where it won the silver medal.

At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the U.S. Men again won their pool, advancing to the quarterfinals where they fell to Italy. They finished tied for fifth.

In his first season with the team, Knipe finished with a 16-6 record, including a victory at the World Championship Qualifier, a second-place finish at the NORCECA Continental Championship and a sixth-place finish in the FIVB World League.

In 2010, he led the U.S. Men to a 14-7 record, including a sixth place finish at the FIVB World Championship and an eight place in the FIVB World League.

Knipe helped the U.S. Men make the World League final round in 2011. The team also won a silver medal at the NORCECA Continental Championship and bronze at the London International Invitational, an Olympic test event.

To coach the U.S. Men, Knipe, 41, took a leave of absence from Long Beach State, where he has been the head coach for the past nine years. Two of Knipe’s former players – David Lee and Scott Touzinsky – were members of the U.S. Men’s Olympic Volleyball Team that won the gold medal in 2008 in Beijing. Knipe was an assistant coach when U.S. Team Captain Tom Hoff played at Long Beach State.

Knipe took over for Hugh McCutcheon, who guided the U.S. Men’s Team to victories at the 2008 FIVB World League and the Beijing Olympics. McCutcheon took over the U.S. Women’s Team in January.

Knipe played on the U.S. National Team in 1992-93 and competed at World League.

When he took his sabbatical, Knipe was in his 17th year with the 49ers men’s volleyball program, including three years as a player (1990-92) and five years as an assistant (1996-2000).

In his nine seasons as the head coach of the Long Beach State, Knipe led the 49ers to one NCAA final (2004) and one semifinal appearance (2008) along with six other postseason appearances in nine years.

In 1995, Knipe played for Spoleto in the Italian Pro League and in 1996 he played for the Zellik Club in Belgium.

A graduate of Huntington Beach’s Marina High School in 1987, Knipe spent one year at Orange Coast College before transferring to Long Beach State.

Knipe lives in Huntington Beach, Calif., with his wife, Jennifer, and their two sons, Aidan and Evan.