Former 49er All-American Tyler Hildebrand enters his second season as an assistant coach for the Long Beach State men's volleyball team.
In 2013, Hildebrand helped engineer Long Beach State's run to the MPSF Tournament finals. LBSU had 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 his first stint at LBSU, Hildebrand was a volunteer assistant under Knipe from 2008-10. He was in charge of blocking and defense his first two seasons and worked primarily with the offense in 2010. Hildebrand helped lead the 49ers to the MPSF regular-season championship and an at-large berth to the NCAA Final Four in 2008.
Outside of Long Beach State, Hildebrand has served as the director of The HBC Boys' Volleyball Club since 2010. He oversees all operations and management, while coaching the 18-1's team. Hildebrand's squad finished among the top-five at the Boys' Junior National Championships in 2012 (4th) and 2013 (5th).
Hildebrand also coached the beach duo of Casey 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.
In addition, Hildebrand has coached at numerous camps, including the Long Beach State Volleyball Camp, Marv Dunphy Volleyball Camp and Rick McLaughlin Volleyball Camp.
Hildebrand was a standout student-athlete at Long Beach State where he was a four-year starting setter from 2003-06. He was a three-time first-team AVCA and Volleyball Magazine 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.