Former 49er All-American Tyler Hildebrand enters his fourth season on the Long Beach State men's volleyball coaching staff, and first as associate head coach. He was the top assistant from 2013-15.
Last year, Hildebrand helped the Beach to its third-straight winning season despite working through the loss of five starters to graduation. LBSU went 15-13 and made an appearance in the MPSF Tournament quarterfinals. Taylor Gregory and John La Rusch both garnered All-MPSF honorable mention recognition, while Gregory was also a Volleyball Magazine third-team All-American.
During his first year as an assistant (2013), Hildebrand helped Long Beach State reach the MPSF finals for the first time since his senior campaign in 2006. The Beach registered its best season in five years, finishing with a 24-8 overall record. It was the 49ers' 16th 20-win campaign in program history and first since 2008.
Hildebrand worked closely with starting setter Connor Olbright, who garnered second-team All-America honors from both the AVCA and Volleyball Magazine. Outside hitter Taylor Crabb was also named the AVCA National Player of the Year, and was a first-team All-American. In addition, six 49ers were selected to the All-MPSF Team.
In 2014, Hildebrand guided Long Beach State back to the MPSF Tournament. LBSU went 18-10 and saw five players receive All-MPSF accolades. Crabb also earned his second consecutive first-team AVCA All-America honor.
In his first stint at the Beach, Hildebrand was a volunteer assistant under head coach Alan Knipe from 2008-10. He was part of the staff that led the 49ers to the MPSF regular-season championship and an at-large berth to the NCAA Championships in 2008. Hildebrand was in charge of blocking and defense his first two seasons and worked primarily with the offense in 2010.
Outside of Long Beach State, Hildebrand has served as the director of The HBC Boys' Volleyball Club since 2010. The HBC 18's team has finished among the top-five in the Open division of the Boys' Junior National Championships in each of the last four years, including a runner-up showing in 2015.
On the international level, Hildebrand recently traveled with the U.S. Men's National Team to Tokyo, Japan, as the squad's setting consultant for the 2015 FIVB World Cup. The U.S. went 10-1 over the two-week round robin tournament to win its first World Cup since 1985 and qualify for the 2016 Olympics.
Hildebrand has also been involved with the beach volleyball duo of Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson, who are currently fifth in the FIVB men's team rankings. He previously coached Patterson and Ryan Doherty (2012), who had two first-place finishes and one runner-up performance in six events as part of the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series.
Hildebrand started his coaching career with the Riptides Volleyball Club, where he led his teams to back-to-back gold medals in the 17-Open and 18-Open divisions at the Junior Olympics (2004-05). He saw each of his 11 graduating seniors go on to play for college programs.
Hildebrand also served as an assistant coach for the Golden West College women's volleyball team (2006) and for the Mater Dei High School boys' volleyball team (2007). He helped GWC to a fourth-place finish in the state tournament, while Mater Dei reached the semifinals of the CIF playoffs.
Hildebrand was a standout student-athlete at the Beach where he was a four-year starting setter from 2003-06. He was a three-time AVCA and Volleyball Magazine first-team All-America selection and three-time first-team All-MPSF pick. He was also tabbed the MPSF Freshman of the Year and the AVCA National Newcomer of the Year in 2003.
Hildebrand helped the 49ers reach the MPSF Tournament championship match three years in a row (2004-06) and was a key member of the 2004 squad that advanced to the NCAA finals. As a sophomore, he garnered NCAA All-Tournament honors.
Following his collegiate career, Hildebrand joined the U.S. Men's National Team (2006-12). He was a four-time gold medalist at the Pan American Cup (2006, 2008-10) and a 2010 World League competitor. In addition, Hildebrand was a two-time member of the World University Games team, claiming a bronze medal in 2003. Hildebrand also played professionally on the beach as part of the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) from 2006-07.
Hildebrand graduated from Long Beach State with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 2006. He is married to Kristin Hildebrand, who played volleyball at Stanford and is currently a member of the U.S. Women's National Team.
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