COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Feb. 21, 2018) – Looking to build on its rich history of international beach volleyball success, USA Volleyball has hired Olympic and collegiate coach Tyler Hildebrand as director of coaching for its Beach National Team Program.
The director of coaching position is new within USAV and is designed to support U.S. Beach National Team (BNT) athletes and their coaches as they strive to achieve international and Olympic success.
Hildebrand will also lead in identifying and recruiting athletes for the BNT; ensure USAV stays at the forefront of coaching education and development and help foster a Team USA culture among BNT athletes and coaches. He will be based at the USAV Beach National Team Training Center in Torrance, Calif.
“The Beach National Team Director of Coaching will be vital to the continued international success of USA Volleyball heading into Tokyo 2020 and beyond,” said USAV Director of Beach National Teams Sean Scott.
“We are extremely honored and excited to have a coach of Tyler’s caliber in this new role and are looking forward to the wealth of knowledge and passion for the sport he will bring to USAV.”
U.S. beach teams have medaled at every Summer Olympic Games since the sport reached full medal status in 1996.
Hildebrand comes to USA Volleyball after serving as an assistant coach for the University of Nebraska women’s volleyball team and helping it win the 2017 NCAA Division I National Championship.
Prior to that, Hildebrand coached the U.S. beach team of Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson and helped the pair qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games. He has also coached the beach teams of April Ross / Jen Kessy; April Ross / Kerri Walsh Jennings and Emily Day / Summer Ross.
He worked with the Long Beach State men’s volleyball team as an assistant coach from 2013-15 and as associate head coach in 2016-17. During that time, the team went to the NCAA Division I Championship semifinals in 2016 and 2017.
Hildebrand has also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s Indoor National Team.
“I am both humbled and honored to accept this unique position,” Hildebrand said. “We have very talented coaches throughout the USAV Beach pipeline and some of the world’s best are coaching our current national teams. This is an exciting time to be a part of U.S. beach volleyball. USAV Beach is providing athletes the resources they need to compete at the highest level, and the support we need to out train the rest of world.
“Although I have been fortunate to have a diverse background of experiences in many different areas of volleyball, my heart and passion lie within beach volleyball. I am excited to get to work with the USAV Beach performance team, Sean Scott and staff, and both the many gifted athletes and coaches we have now and will have in the future.”
Hildebrand was a four-year starting setter at Long Beach State from 2003-06, leading the team to the NCAA Division I final in 2004. He was a three-time first team AVCA All-American.
He played for the U.S. Men’s National Team from 2006-12.
Hildebrand is married to Kristin (Richards) Hildebrand, a former member of the U.S. Women’s National Team. The couple has a son named Rhett born in 2017.