The All-American middle attacker who led Long Beach State to its only national championship in program history will now have jersey hanging from the Walter Pyramid rafters.
Long Beach State announced Wednesday that it will retire Brett Winslow’s No. 15 jersey during the upcoming season.
Winslow was a two-time All-American and set the school record for career blocks and career solo blocks. As a senior and team captain, Winslow led the 49ers to the 1991 NCAA title and had 22 kills in the national championship match against USC.
“This is an incredible honor for one of the best collegiate volleyball players of his era and a a true 49er great,” Long Beach State Alan Knipe said in a statement. “Brett was a four-year offensive nightmare for opposing teams. However, he was more than just an attacker. His all-around volleyball skills separated him from most middle blockers of his time. As the cpatain of the only men’s national championship team in school history, his leadership came from his daily example of excellence.”
After graduating from Long Beach State, Winslow became a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team and represented the United States at the 1996 Olympics.
This will be the second 49ers men’s volleyball player to have his number retired at the school. Long Beach State also retired the No. 7 jersey of former All-American Brent Hilliard, who played with Winslow on that 1991 NCAA championship team.
Long Beach State will have the jersey retirement ceremony during the second-game intermission of the team’s non-conference match against Penn State on March 15. In addition, the 49ers before the ceremony will have a reception to honor Winslow earlier in that week.