Mizuno Long Beach Volleyball Club was founded in 1995 by Joy Mckienzie-Fuerbringer. Joy grew up playing competitive club volleyball in Denver, Colorado and moved to Long Beach in 1991 to play volleyball at Long Beach State under head coach Brian Gimmillaro. Joy helped lead the 49ers win a National Championship in 1993, while also earning All-American Honors. After graduating, Joy began coaching club volleyball and soon founded Mizuno Long Beach Volleyball Club. Over the years, Joy and her experienced team of dedicated coaches, have turned MLB into one of the most reputable clubs in the nation, racking up more than 10 USAV Junior Olympic National Championships.
OUR MISSION & VALUES
Mizuno Long Beach’s mission is to train and develop young athletes to play at the collegiate level, while instilling invaluable life lessons that can be applied in all facets of life. At Mizuno we believe in training the athlete as a whole, where we focus on enhancing both technical skills, as well as the mind. We are dedicated to building our athletes’ confidence, positive self-talk, leadership skills, work ethic and accountability.
At Mizuno, we have a team that is right for everyone. We hope to create an environment where your daughter is excited to come to practice and compete; a place where they are being challenged and working together towards a common goal. We ask our athletes to show up with a good attitude and willingness to work hard for their teammates and coaches, while treating each other with kindness and respect. We believe in all our athletes and know that if they are setting goals for themselves, having a growth mindset, and taking care of their bodies and mind, they will get better every day!
Over the years, more than 400 Mizuno players have received scholarships to play in college; many have continued to play professionally overseas, and a handful of them continued on to the Olympic Games.
WHERE WE TRAIN
Our training facility, The MAC Athletic Club, is located in Carson, a perfect hub for families living in the South Bay, Long Beach, Orange County and Los Angeles. We currently have 4 volleyball courts, a fitness center for strength and agility training, common area for families to hangout, a full-function café, and a room for study hall. We also provide stair master and elliptical machines for parents to use as they wish.