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NU volleyball associate head coach Tyler Hildebrand leaves for head coaching job

NU volleyball associate head coach Tyler Hildebrand leaves for head coaching job

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NU volleyball head coach John Cook and players Lauren Stivrins, Nicklin Hames and Kayla Caffey discuss the Huskers' loss to Wisconsin in the national championship match.

Nebraska associate head coach Tyler Hildebrand is leaving to be the head women’s volleyball coach at Long Beach State,

Long Beach State announced the move on Sunday evening, less than 24 hours after Nebraska's season ended with a loss in the national championship match.

Hildebrand played men's volleyball at Long Beach State and previously lived in California while leading the U.S. beach volleyball teams that played in the Olympics. He began his coaching career as an assistant coach with the Long Beach men's team.

“I’m sad that Tyler is moving on from Nebraska, but we are very happy for the Long Beach State program,” NU coach John Cook said in a statement. “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 coached a total of three seasons at Nebraska in two stints. In his first season in 2017 Nebraska won the national championship.

When Cook had an opening on the staff two years ago, he recruited Hildebrand to come back and gave him the title of associate head coach while also making him one of the highest paid assistant coaches in women’s volleyball.

Hildebrand was the defensive coordinator for the Huskers.

"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 statement "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.”

Long Beach State fired its coach in late October, and finished the season with a 16-15 record.

That leaves Nebraska with one opening for its two full-time assistant coaches. Assistant coach Jaylen Reyes has previously been the defensive coordinator, before shifting to the recruiting coordinator job when Kayla Banwarth left two years ago.

Former Husker setter Kelly Hunter has been the volunteer assistant coach the past two seasons, and also did a short stint as interim assistant coach.

— Brent C. Wagner


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Husker volleyball/women's basketball reporter

Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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