Jan 28, 2022
Tyler Hildebrand
Nebraska Volleyball

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Tyler Hildebrand was named an associate head coach for the Nebraska volleyball program in January 2020. Hildebrand, who helped coach the Huskers to an NCAA Championship as an assistant coach in 2017, joined the Huskers again after two years as the Director of Coaching for the USA Volleyball Beach National Team Program.

Hildebrand is the first associate head coach in John Cook's tenure (2000-present). He had a remarkable season at Nebraska in 2017, helping the Huskers win the NCAA title while coaching Kelly Hunter to first-team AVCA All-America honors and outside hitters Annika Albrecht and Mikaela Foecke to second-team All-America honors. Nebraska led all Big Ten teams in opponent hitting percentage (.154) as he coordinated the Huskers' defense and game plans.

In the 2020 season that marked Hildebrand's return to Nebraska, he coached the Husker setters and attackers. Under Hildebrand's guidance, Nicklin Hames was an AVCA All-American Second Team setter and an All-Big Ten First Team selection after leading the Big Ten in assists per set. The Huskers had a .270 hitting percentage, which ranked second in the Big Ten and 19th nationally and was their best mark since the 2017 season. Hildebrand also coached Lauren Stivrins (first team) and Lexi Sun (third team) to AVCA All-America honors in 2020.

 Although Hildebrand was stationed in California directing the U.S. Beach Volleyball program in 2018 and 2019, he served as a consultant for Cook in his spare time, following the program, watching video and offering his thoughts.

Hildebrand came to Nebraska in 2017 after five seasons on the coaching staff of the Long Beach State men's volleyball program, including two seasons as associate head coach. A former All-American at Long Beach State, Hildebrand was the top assistant there from 2013-15 after a decorated playing career on the U.S. Men's National Team.

After concluding his collegiate playing career at Long Beach State in 2006, Hildebrand compiled an impressive list of accomplishments both as a player and coach. Professionally, he played on the U.S. Men's National Team from 2006-12 and was a four-time Pan American Cup champion and a World University Games bronze medalist. He later served as the setting consultant for the U.S. Men's National Team in 2015 as they won the FIVB World Cup and earned the bronze medal in the World League. In 2016, Hildebrand coached the U.S. beach volleyball duo of Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Hildebrand also played professionally on the beach as part of the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) from 2006-07.

Outside of Long Beach State, Hildebrand served as the director of The HBC Boys' Volleyball Club from 2010-16. The HBC 18's team finished among the top-five in the Open division of the Boys' Junior National Championships four straight years, including a runner-up showing in 2015.

Hildebrand graduated from Long Beach State with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 2006. He and his wife, Kristin, have one son, Rhett.