Nebraska volleyball will be in the market for a new assistant coach this offseason.
Long Beach State announced Sunday that Ty Hildebrand, will take over as head coach of the women’s volleyball program at his alma mater.
— LBSU Athletics (@LBSUAthletics) December 19, 2021
Hildebrand was an assistant over two stints with the Huskers, joining Nebraska in 2017 after a successful stint as an assistant with the men’s program at Long Beach State. He left Lincoln to take over direction of the U.S. Beach Volleyball program in 2018 and 2019. He returned to Nebraska in January of 2020.
“My family and I are honored and humbled to be coming back to lead the women’s volleyball program at my alma mater,” Hildebrand said in a release. “The love I have for the university, Long Beach State volleyball and the entire Long Beach community greatly influenced my decision to return to the Beach and is a dream come true. My wife Kristin and I would sincerely like to thank Andy Fee and Jane Close Conoley for their confidence in me. The way they support our women’s volleyball program is unmatched in the Big West and we feel very fortunate to be able to work with them.”
As a player, Hildebrand was a three-time first-team All-American. He’ll inherit a Long Beach program with a history of success. It ranks ninth in all-time victories and won national titles in 1989, 1993 and 1998. The 2021 team went 16-15, closing the season with six straight wins.
“I’m sad that Tyler is moving on from Nebraska, but we are very happy for the Long Beach State program,” Nebraska Coach JohnCook said. “They are getting a respected coach who’s returning to his alma mater, which is a tremendous opportunity for him. Long Beach State’s tradition is as rich as any program in the country, and he has a chance to make that an elite program again. Tyler knows that, and he has a great plan for them to succeed.
Hildebrand worked closely with the defense during his time at Nebraska. The Huskers ranked ninth national and first in the Big Ten in opponent hitting percentage (.148) this season, advancing to the NCAA Championship where Nebraska fell to Wisconsin in five sets.
“First, I would like to say how proud I am––and we all are––of the fight our girls just had in their postseason run,” Hildebrand said in a Nebraska release. “I have never seen a team play with that much heart and grit to will big wins down the stretch.
“Ultimately, this is an opportunity to be a head coach at my alma mater. We look forward to the journey ahead at Long Beach State, but we will never forget our time at Nebraska, which has been incredibly memorable. Our program, the student-athletes and Husker Nation are the reason we say ‘There is no place like Nebraska.’ I have loved every minute of it, and Nebraska will always hold a special place in my heart.”
Former Nebraska setter Kelly Hunter served as an interim assistant coach for the first eight months of 2020 while Hildebrand was finishing his duties in preparation for the Olympics, and could be an option for the Huskers. Hunter remained on as a volunteer coach following Hildebrand’s return and has been with the program as a coach since 2019.
Brandon is the Managing Editor for Hail Varsity and has covered Nebraska athletics for the magazine and web since 2012, Hail Varsity’s first season on the scene. His sports writing has also been featured by Fox Sports, The Guardian and CBS Sports.