April 25, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego has promoted Brent Hilliard to Associate Head Coach of the women's volleyball program it was announced today by USD Ky Snyder, Executive Director of Athletics.
"Brent's leadership while Jen was out was outstanding," stated Snyder. "He is a very valuable part of our Torero coaching staff and this promotion is well deserved."
Hilliard, the 2006 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year, served as the Interim Head Coach for the Toreros this past season and helped lead USD to the WCC Championship as well as a berth into the Sweet-16 of the NCAA Tournament. He helped guide five players to all-conference accolades highlighted by the 2006 WCC Player of the Year Kristen Carlson.
"As the 2006 West Coast Conference Coach of the Year, we are very fortunate to have Brent Hilliard move forward with our program in the role of Associate Head Coach," said USD head women's volleyball coach Jennifer Petrie. "His contribution to USD volleyball has been tremendous, and I know that together we will continue to achieve new heights."
Hilliard has served as USD's top assistant under Petrie for six seasons, up to this past season when Petrie took the semester off to spend time with her new born son Charles, her two-year old daughter Jane, as well as time with her husband Mark. Hilliard then took over as the Interim head coach for the 2006 season and will remain with the Toreros program as they continue to get ready to defend their 2006 WCC Championship in the upcoming season.
Hilliard brings a wealth of volleyball experience to the associate head coaching position as he has won at the highest levels of volleyball. During his tenure at USD, the Toreros have advanced to the NCAA Tournament all six season's with a program-best Sweet Sixteeen appearance in both the 2004 and 2006 seasons.
Hilliard was a catalyst for the 1991 Long Beach State men's volleyball national championship team en route to earning the NCAA Player of the Year award. In 1992, Hilliard was a member of the bronze medal winning U.S. Olympic team, and one year later, he helped the U.S. earn a silver medal at the Pan American Games.
Hilliard continued his volleyball career as a professional in Europe from 1995-1998, playing two seasons in Belgium and one season in the Netherlands. In 1996, Hilliard and the Maasiek Volleyball club from Belgium won the country's championship and competed in the European Champions League.
Hilliard and the Toreros will open their 2007 campaign on August 24th as they open play on the road against Long Beach State University. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.