Aug. 30, 2012
"I am excited to have Tyler return to Long Beach State," Knipe said. "He was a great player, leader and student during his playing days at The Beach. Since graduating from Long Beach State, he has started a very successful coaching career by applying his great drive, work ethic and volleyball I.Q. I look forward to him adding to the future success of our program."
Most recently, Hildebrand served as the director of The HBC Boys' Volleyball Club (2010-12), where he oversaw all operations and management. Hildebrand was also the head coach of the 18-1's team that finished fourth in the nation in 2012. All five of his seniors went on to play collegiately.
Hildebrand is currently coaching the beach duo of Casey Patterson and Ryan Doherty, who have two first-place finishes and one runner-up performance in six events as part of the Jose Cuervo Pro Beach Volleyball Series.
In his first stint at LBSU, Hildebrand was an 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.
Hildebrand started his coaching career as a head coach for 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 has 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 Freshman 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.
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