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The Long Beach State coach is one of 30 young coaches recognized by the AVCA.
Matt Ulmer will assume head coaching duties for the sand volleyball program in 2013, his second with the program and his first as the head coach for the team.
His promotion comes on the heels of outstanding work as an assistant coach in the first year of NCAA sand volleyball, where he helped lead Long Beach State to the first AVCA National Championships, one of four teams selected to participate.
While there, Long Beach State defeated Florida State twice to reach the National Finals, falling to Pepperdine in the championship match. Ulmer also assisted with the pairs championship, which saw Haleigh Hampton and Chelsea Cabrajac reach the quarterfinals, and top pair Caitlin Leduox and Tara Roenicke reach the pairs finals, falling in three sets in the championship match.
Roenicke and Ledoux were both chosen as All-Americans, the first two in the history of the sand program at Long Beach State.
Ulmer's sand duties come in addition to his work as an assistant coach of the women's indoor program, where he works as the recruiting coordinator and recently finished his sixth season with the program.
Ulmer came to Long Beach from Carthage College, where he was a setter under head coach LJ Marx. While at Carthage, he led the team to two National Championship appearances, and was named a first-team D-III All-American as a senior. He finished his college career as the Carthage career leader in both assists and service aces.
While at Carthage, Ulmer also worked as an assistant coach for the women's team, serving for five years from 2002-2006. He also worked as the club coach for TNT Volleyball Club from 2003-07, and has served with the Cal Juniors club team while in Southern California, helping the team earn two All-American selections on the way to a bronze medal in the Junior Olympics.
Ulmer completed his masters' degree in education in 2007 at Carthage. He completed his undergraduate work in May 2006.