Changes don't slow down 49ers in sweep of the Roadrunners.
The Long Beach State coach is one of 30 young coaches recognized by the AVCA.
Matt Ulmer assumed head coaching duties for Long Beach State in 2013, and immediately led the 49ers to the top, guiding Long Beach State to a 20-3 overall record as well as the 2013 National Championship.
Ulmer had the 49ers within striking distance all season while ranked No. 2 in the nation, and finally toppled No. 1 Pepperdine in the final match of the year, handing the Waves their first lost ever in Sand Volleyball in a 3-2 upset. A late lineup switch paid dividends to help lead the 49ers to the National Championship with wins over Florida State and USC, and were helped by the leadership of All-Americans Caitlin Ledoux and Tara Roenicke.
His promotion came 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.