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Joy McKienzie-Fuerbringer begins her third season as an assistant coach for the UCLA women's volleyball team in 2012 after helping guide the Bruins to a National Championship in 2011.
The Bruins went 30-6 last year and finished second in the Pac-12 standings with a 17-5 mark. UCLA recorded its 13th-straight, 20-win season and finished fifth in the nation in assists per set (13.71) and eighth in kills per set (14.52). Among Pac-12 teams, the Bruins ranked first in aps, second in kps and opponent hitting percentage (.160) and third in digs per set (15.95).
In her first year with the program, the Bruins went 22-9 and finished in the top half of the Pacific-10 Conference in digs (2nd), assists (4th), kills (4th) and aces per set (5th) along with opponent hitting percentage (4th).
McKienzie-Fuerbringer, an All-American setter at Long Beach State and successful club coach, was named to head coach Michael Sealy's staff on March 11, 2010.
"Joy is a well-respected player and coach and her reputation adds to the tradition and legacy we have here and only makes us stronger and better," Sealy said.
McKienzie-Fuerbringer brings 16 years of experience as the head coach, head trainer and club director of Mizuno Volleyball Club. The club director since the program's inception in 1994, her teams have won 14 USA Volleyball Junior National Championship medals. In 2002, she was an assistant for the Youth National Team, which won the gold medal for the U.S. in the NORCECA Youth Girls' Volleyball Championship. She has also trained over 100 high school and college All-Americans and two Gatorade Players of the Year since 2005. McKienzie-Fuerbringer has trained youth players at the highest levels of beach volleyball in the United States and the FIVB World Championships for the last decade. In February 2010, she accepted a position to sit on the USA Volleyball Board of Directors as its elite beach development representative.
McKienzie-Fuerbringer coached for two seasons at Long Beach State (1999-2000), helping the 49ers to a National Semifinal appearance in '99. She also coached for two seasons at Golden West College (1996-97), as Golden West claimed a pair of state championships, as well as for one season at both Long Beach Wilson and Los Alamitos High Schools.
As a player, McKienzie-Fuerbringer helped Long Beach State win a National Championship in 1993. The team captain was a second-team All-American, first-team All-Region and first-team All-Big West honoree during her senior campaign, leading the team in assists. The 49ers also reached the title game in 1991 and the National Semifinals in 1992. After her days at Long Beach, she competed for two seasons on the Bud Light 4-Person Tour and was named Rookie of the Year in 1995 and the Best Defensive Player and Best Setter of the Year in 1996. McKienzie-Fuerbringer played an additional season on the AVP Tour, as well as competing professionally in indoor leagues and coaching in Holland and Spain from 1999-2002.
McKienzie-Fuerbringer graduated from Long Beach State in 1994 with a bachelor's in liberal studies and sociology. Her brother David played in the 2012 London Olympic Games with the U.S. Volleyball Team. She resides in Hermosa Beach with her husband Matt, daughter Charlie and son Mateo.
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