Coach John Cook filled the open position left by Chris Tamas on his staff Tuesday, announcing that he has named Tyler Hildebrand the new assistant coach for the Huskers. Hildebrand, a graduate of Long Beach State, is in his second year as associate head coach and fifth year overall on the staff for the Long Beach State men’s volleyball program.
“I want him to be involved in every part of our program,” Cook said. “Tyler is an outstanding coach, and he’s recruited a lot of the players at Long Beach State who have them in the hunt for a national title this year. He’s an extremely hard worker, evidenced by all the different teams he’s coached. I know that he has the confidence to come in here and not miss a beat with what we’ve been doing. He will instill his confidence in our players and keep going on what we’ve been building. My goal is always to find somebody that can make me a better coach, and Tyler is going to make me a better coach.”
Hildebrand’s wife, Kristin (Richards) Hildebrand, will also be involved with the Nebraska team in a role that has yet to be determined. The role will be similar to the one Chris and Jen Tamas held as a husband-wife duo on Nebraska’s staff over the past two years.
“Of all the coaches I’ve hired, Tyler is giving up more of what he has going on right now than anyone,” Cook said. “He’s got a Long Beach State men’s team that could win a national championship. He had a contract offer to be with the U.S. Men’s National Team that could be favored to win gold at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. And he’s also giving up his successful club program that he’s been a part of. So he’s giving up a lot to come to Nebraska. I know it was a difficult process for him to go through, but he and Kristin are really excited to come to Nebraska.”
Hildebrand is expected to join the Husker program next week but may
still serve as a volunteer coach with Long Beach State for
an NCAA Tournament run in May. He’s looking forward to the new opportunity ahead and getting to work with the Nebraska team.
“First and foremost I would like to thank Coach Cook for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to be a part of this historic program,” Hildebrand said. “And my wife and I would like to thank everyone for the warm welcome that we have felt so far throughout this process. I’m incredibly excited and honored to join the Husker family and help continue the storied tradition and success of Nebraska volleyball. Getting to know Coach Cook over the past few weeks has given me insight into his exceptional character and leadership qualities. Both are things I look forward to being a part of and learning from. My wife and I are looking forward to the warmth and hospitality of the Lincoln community. We have heard that the Husker fan base is unlike anything in college volleyball and cannot wait to feel it in full force.”
The icing on the cake for Hildebrand? The announcement fell on Hildebrand’s 33rd birthday.
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