FREMONT – Two years ago, Tyler Hildebrand wrote the proposal for a director of coaching for beach national teams – and persuaded USA Volleyball to adopt it. Ever since, he built the position from the ground up.
Now, later this summer, he will leave that job to become the Nebraska Volleyball associate head coach as NU coach John Cook announced on Monday that Hildebrand would return to Nebraska, where he was an assistant on the 2017 national championship team.
Hildebrand’s position of associate head coach is the first time a coach has been given the title during Cook’s tenure. The last person to hold that title was Cook in 1999 the year before he took over for long-time coach Terry Pettit.
Hildebrand will remain working with the beach national teams through the Olympics this summer — something that was non-negotiable in his return. The last scheduled competition for beach volleyball in Tokyo is Aug. 8.
In the meantime, Kelly Hunter will serve as an interim assistant coach. The former Husker All-American spent that past season as a graduate manager. While she remains an internship short of completing her MBA, Hunter will work as a full-time coach this spring and summer. Once Hildebrand starts, Hunter will become the volunteer coach.
With Hildebrand replacing Banwarth, both of the full-time assistants will be male for just the second time in Cook’s tenure. The other time came in 2011 when former Husker Maggie Griffin was the volunteer assistant.