Long Beach State hires former All-American, U.S. Olympian to be assistant coach

A former All-American and Olympic gold medalist is returning to Long Beach State as a coach.

Long Beach State coach Alan Knipe announced earlier this week that he hired Scott Touzinsky to be an assistant coach with the 49ers for the upcoming season.

“We’re excited to welcome Scott back home here at the Beach,” Knipe said in a statement. ”He’s one of the great players to come from this program, and brings a wealth of experience at the highest levels. Scott’s attitude and personality will be a boon to our recruiting, and his many years of professional experience will help with the development of our players.”

Touzinsky almost 15 years since completing college career remains the 49ers’ record holder with 158 career aces and is fifth all-time in program history with 1,642 career kills. The outside attacker was the 2001 AVCA Co-National Freshman of the Year and earned First-Team All-American honors in his senior season as he helped Long Beach State reach the NCAA Tournament finals.

Besides his college playing experience, Touzinsky was a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team that won the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics. In addition, he played professional volleyball for more than a decade.

Touzinsky in 2006 also founded the volleyball organization in his hometown of St. Louis that runs volleyball camps throughout the country.

Long Beach State finished last season winning its first conference championship in almost a decade and reached the NCAA Tournament semifinals for the second consecutive year.

The 49ers have three All-American starters returning for the upcoming season, including setter Josh Tuaniga and the 2017 AVCA National Player of the Year outside attacker TJ DeFalco.