July 10, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Ky Snyder, University of San Diego Executive Director of Athletics, announced Monday that Brent Hilliard will be theinterim head coach for women's volleyball for the upcoming 2006season. He will take over for current head coach Jennifer Petrie whowill be taking the year off to spend time with her new born sonCharles, her two-year old daughter Jane, as well as time with herhusband Mark. Petrie, who just completed her 7th year, will return toher head coaching position for the 2007 season.
"Brent and Jennifer work well together as a team, and they have proventhat over the past four seasons with a tremendous amount of success," stated Snyder. "We look forward to another successful campaignthis season."
Hilliard, USD's top assistant for the past four seasons, said that heis humbled by this opportunity. "Normally when a coach steps intotheir first head coaching job it is not for a top-20 program. I knowit will be difficult, but I feel that my competitive experience as aplayer and an assistant coach will carry over and help me to succeedat this level."
Hilliard brings a wealth of volleyball experience to the head coachingposition as he has won at the highest levels of volleyball. Duringhis tenure at USD, the Toreros have advanced to the NCAA Tournamentfour of his five season's with a program-best Sweet Sixteeen appearance in 2004.
Hilliard was a catalyst for the 1991 Long Beach State men's volleyballnational championship team en route to earning the NCAA Player of theYear award. In 1992, Hilliard was a member of the bronze medalwinning U.S. Olympic team, and one year later, he helped the U.S. earna silver medal at the PanAmerican Games.
Hilliard continued his volleyball career as a professional in Europefrom 1995-1998, playing two seasons in Belgium and one season in theNetherlands. In 1996, Hilliard and the Maasiek Volleyball club fromBelgium won the country's championship and competed in the EuropeanChampions League.
Hilliard and the Toreros will open their 2006 campaign on August 25th asthey open play in the San Diego State Tournament against Hofstra Universityat 11 a.m.