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MEET COACH HILBERT

Meet Coach Hilbert and learn more about his approach to leading a successful NCAA volleyball program

A WINNING TRADITION

Explore Ram Volleyball's decorated history and learn more about our winning tradition

EXPERIENCE MOBY MADNESS

Learn more about the incredible atmosphere created by our passionate home crowd

2014 RAM VOLLEYBALL ROSTER

Meet the players who'll take the court for the Rams this fall as they look to defend their Mountain West championship and qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the 20th straight year

GREAT MOMENTS

Relive some of the most incredible moments from Ram Volleyball's recent past with these great video highlights

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RAMS VOLLEYBALL vs. FRESNO STATE

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2014 @ 1:00 PM – MOBY ARENA
2014/10/11 13:00:00
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A WINNING TRADITION

COLORADO STATE VOLLEYBALL IS ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL DIVISION I VOLLEYBALL PROGRAMS IN NCAA HISTORY
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COACHING STAFF

MEET THE RAM VOLLEYBALL COACHING STAFF, AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCE AND COACHING PHILOSOPHY

TOM HILBERT

Head Coach, 1997 – present
Hilbert by the Numbers:

  • 605 career victories over 25 seasons
  • 17th among active coaches
  • Of those in the top 20, Hilbert has coached the fewest matches
  • 431 victories at CSU
  • Winningest coach in any sport in CSU history
  • .773 career winning percentage
  • 10th among active coaches; 15th all-time
  • 22 consecutive seasons with at least 20 wins
  • 25.35 average wins per season at CSU
  • 17 NCAA tournament appearances in 17 seasons in Fort Collins, including five trips to the Sweet 16
  • The Rams’ streak of 19 straight ranks seventh nationally among active streaks
  • 25 conference championships (16 reg. season)
  • 10 AVCA All-America award-winners
  • 5 AVCA Region Coach-of-the-Year awards, in addition to 14 conference honors
  • 40 wins against top-25 teams
  • Consistently ranked in the top 25, including as high as No. 3 in 2000 and No. 9 in 2013
  • .892 winning percentage at Moby Arena (240-29)
  • Ranked in the top 25 for attendance averages each season at CSU, including in the top 10 four times

The Colorado State women’s volleyball program has become synonymous with consistent winning under the guidance and tutelage of Head Coach Tom Hilbert, who begins his 18th season with the Rams in 2014 and his 26th overall as a collegiate head coach.

With nine Mountain West Coach of the Year awards to his credit in the league’s 15-year history, it is clear why Hilbert’s program has risen to the top of the league and has become a stalwart on the national stage as a perennial top-25 team.

Under Hilbert, who was inducted into the CSU Athletics Hall of Fame as the Hall of Honor recipient in 2006, the Rams have developed into one of the top programs in the nation, qualifying for the NCAA tournament all 17 seasons. Overall, CSU has played in 19 straight tournaments dating back to 1995, which ranks seventh nationally among active streaks. The stretch also includes five Sweet 16 appearances and 13 first-round victories.

Hilbert ranks 10th among active Division I head coaches (15th all-time) in winning percentage (.773), and 17th in total wins (605). Of those ranked in the top 20 for wins, Hilbert has coached the fewest total matches, owning a career record of 605-178. With the Rams’ win vs. Nevada on Nov. 9, 2013, Hilbert became just the 10th coach in NCAA Division I women’s volleyball history to record at least 600 victories and a career winning percentage above .770.

On Nov. 4, 2010, he became the winningest coach in any sport in CSU history, earning a victory over UNLV, his 353rd in Fort Collins. The win surpassed former men’s basketball coach Jim Williams’ mark of 352 victories. A year prior, Hilbert eclipsed the 500-win mark for his career. At the time, he was one of just two active coaches with more than 500 victories and fewer than 22 years of head coaching experience. Also in 2009, the veteran coach earned his 300th career win at CSU, moving ahead of his predecessor, Rich Feller, who won 299 matches from 1983-96.

The Rams won a fifth consecutive Mountain West championship in 2013, also earning titles in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Hawai’i is the only other team in the NCAA to win its conference title in each of the past five seasons. In all, Hilbert has orchestrated 11 regular-season MW titles in 15 years, also adding five conference tournament championships in nine opportunities. The 16 total titles is more than all other MW teams — past and present — combined. CSU is 198-32 in MW action under Hilbert, never finishing lower than third. What’s more, in 1998, CSU’s final season in the WAC, the Rams won the Mountain Division. Of those who have played four seasons for the Rams under Hilbert, each one has won at least two conference titles, with all but three winning three or more.

While at CSU, Hilbert has coached eight players who have earned AVCA All-America selections, including three in the past three years. On four occasions, a Ram has been named a Volleyball Magazine All-American, and 24 times one of Hilbert’s players has been named All-America Honorable Mention by either the AVCA or Volleyball Magazine. Under Hilbert, CSU has also earned 10 MW Player-of-the-Year awards in the league’s 15-year history, and a total of 68 all-conference selections. In addition to 14 total conference coach-of-the-year awards — most recently in 2013 — Hilbert was named the 2013 AVCA Pacific North Region Coach of the Year, his second regional honor in the past three seasons and fifth of his career. He was recognized in December at the NCAA Final Four in Seattle, Wash.

Hilbert has led his teams to 20 or more wins every season since 1992, a span of 22 straight years, including the final five at Idaho and first 17 at Colorado State.

Expected to be a rebuilding year after graduating four senior starters, the 2013 Rams rewrote the CSU and Mountain West record books, winning 27 consecutive matches, starting the season 27-0 and finishing the season with a .933 winning percentage — a program record.

Hilbert has also turned CSU’s home court, Moby Arena, into one of the most effective in the nation, compiling a 240-29 (.892) all-time home record. The Rams are 25-12 at Moby against ranked opponents, most recently defeating No. 12 Pepperdine (2012) and No. 5 Nebraska (2011). Hilbert has 40 total wins against ranked teams, including upsetting No. 1 UCLA in 2000.

With big wins come big crowds. The CSU faithful continuously rank in the top 15 nationally for annual attendance figures, even breaking into the top 10 on several occasions. The Rams ranked seventh in the NCAA in 2013, and with four crowds larger than 4,000 on the season, set a program record with 3,283 fans per match. In 2011, a Mountain West record 6,750 fans witnessed the Rams come from behind to defeat No. 5 Nebraska. Just two schools had larger single-match crowds that year. Between Sept. 18, 1998 and Nov. 18, 2000, CSU rattled off 44 consecutive home wins, a Moby Arena record. More recently, CSU has strung together streaks of 21 (2007-08 and 2012-13), 20 (2000-02) and 16 (2011-12).

CSU has been ranked in the AVCA top-25 poll more frequently than all but 14 Division I teams, with many of those rankings coming under Hilbert. In fact, Hilbert led CSU to its highest-ever ranking — No. 3 for five weeks in 2000. On two occasions (2000, 2001), CSU has finished the year ranked in the top 10, and between Sept. 1, 1999 and Sept. 23, 2002, CSU was ranked 51 consecutive weeks.

Away from the court, Hilbert’s teams have set the tone academically. During his tenure, two players have earned Academic All-America honors — Angela Knopf in 2000 and 2001 and Dana Cranston in 2012. Additionally, the Rams have earned 85 academic all-conference nods under Hilbert’s guidance, including 43 over the past five seasons. His team’s cumulative GPA in 2012-13 was 3.28.

Before coming to CSU, Hilbert accumulated a 174-72 (.707) record at Idaho — which remains the most wins by a coach in Idaho history. He helped the Vandals to the Big West Eastern Division title in 1996, and in the Big Sky, his teams won either the regular season or tournament championship every year from 1992-95. In each of those seasons, Hilbert’s Vandals played in the NCAA tournament — posting first-round wins in 1993 and 1994 — and Hilbert was named the Big Sky Coach of the Year. In his first season in Moscow, the Vandals went 15-14, a drastic improvement from the program’s combined 16-41 mark from the two prior seasons. Just five years later, in 1994, Idaho recorded a program-record 31 victories (31-3). Hilbert coached the Big Sky’s first All-American in Mindy Rice. He also guided Idaho to its first national ranking — the first-ever ranking by a Big Sky team. In addition to Rice, Hilbert tutored nine AVCA All-Region selections, four Big Sky MVPs and 20 all-conference recipients.

Prior to Idaho, Hilbert spent five seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, Oklahoma, from 1984-88. The Sooners went 115-56 (.673) in Hilbert’s five seasons in Norman, including two trips to the NCAA tournament and an appearance in the 1988 Elite Eight.

Away from the college game, Hilbert has coached several international trips through Bring It Promotions, including winning the Global Challenge in 2009 in Croatia and coaching a USA Select Team in Argentina in 2005.

A native of Norman, Okla., Hilbert earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing in 1984 from OU. In 1993, he received a master’s degree, in sports and recreation management from Idaho. Hilbert has resided in Fort Collins since 1997 with his daughter, Myles, who turns 14 in September.

BROOK COULTER

Associate Head Coach, 2012 - present
Brook Coulter joined the Colorado State volleyball coaching staff on Jan. 26, 2012, as associate head coach, and begins her third season with the program in 2014. With her diverse background, Coulter works with all aspects of the program, including first-contact defense, outside hitting and as the team’s recruiting coordinator.

By coaching at CSU, Coulter was able to return to her hometown. A 1996 graduate of Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Coulter spent her childhood watching CSU volleyball. She attended matches at Moby Arena, and beginning at the age of 14, even kept a three-ring binder full of newspaper clippings.

In just two seasons as associate head coach, she has made a lasting impact on the CSU volleyball program. The Rams have won back-to-back Mountain West championships with Coulter’s assistance, and in 2013, set a program record with a .933 winning percentage. CSU ranked as high as No. 9 nationally, and began the season 27-0.

The Rams’ back-row defense held a .953 reception percentage, sixth-best in program history, and set a school record with a .926 serve percentage. On offense, CSU hit .299, second-best in program history.

Over the past two seasons, CSU has earned eight All-Mountain West selections and six AVCA All-Region nods. Coulter has tutored some of the program’s top defensive specialists, including Izzy Gaulia – who ranks second for career digs – Cassidy Denny – whose .952 serve percentage in 2013 ranked second all-time for a true freshman – and Jaime Colaizzi – who as a sophomore in 2013 had 26 double-figure dig matches (tied for fourth), including 23 in a three-set win over Air Force (fifth-most for a three-set match).

Away from the court, she plays a large role in CSU’s development process as the program’s recruiting coordinator. She is also instrumental to the Rams’ academic success, which has been shown with the team’s 18 Mountain West Academic All-Conference selections over the past two seasons, in addition to an Academic All-American.

Prior to her time at CSU, Coulter spent one season (2011) as an assistant coach at Georgia, training the Bulldogs’ outside hitters and liberos, as well as coordinating camps, planning freshman transition and working with academics.

Before her stint in Athens, Ga., Coulter was an assistant coach at Denver for four seasons (2007-10). There, she worked with the team’s outside hitters and defensive specialists, in addition to many off-the-court aspects of the program. The Pioneers went 77-54 during her tenure, including a program-best 25-7 mark in 2008.

Her coaching career began as a volunteer assistant at Nevada in 2002, where she organized summer camps and maintained a recruiting database. After one season in Reno, however, she put coaching on hold to continue her playing career.

She played professionally in Europe from 2002-07, competing for teams in Slovenia, Austria, Spain, Germany and Holland. She was also employed by Bring It Promotions, where she directed and organized international tours throughout Slovenia and eastern Europe.

In college, Coulter was a four-year starter and three-year captain at California. The outside hitter was named to the All-Pac-10 freshman team in 1996 and was a two-time member of the Pac-10 honorable mention squad. Today, she still ranks first all-time in Cal’s record book for career service aces (162) and aces in a match (nine). She finished her career ranked sixth for digs (1,121) and seventh for kills (966), and in 1998, her 56 aces ranked fourth nationally.

As a senior in 1999, she was coached by long-time CSU Head Coach Rich Feller. Coulter was a two-sport athlete, also competing with the women’s basketball team for one season.

Away from the college level, Coulter has a wealth of experience with the international game.

In 2014, she was an assistant coach for the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team, earning a silver medal at the NORCECA Women’s U-18 Continental Championship in Costa Rica and a berth in the 2015 FIVB Women’s U-18 World Championship.

Coulter served as head coach for the 2013 USA Future Select National Training Program, working with the top athletes under 13 years of age. In 2010 and 2011, she was an assistant coach for the USA Volleyball Women’s A2 Junior National Team in England and for the Global Challenge in Croatia, winning a gold medal. She was the head coach for 2009 USA Volleyball’s High Performance A3 camp, and the year prior, in 2008, was an assistant on the bronze medal-winning USA Women’s A2 Volleyball Open Adult Championship team.

Additionally, Coulter founded the Green Valley Ranch U-12 Starlings club program. In June 2009, the Starlings captured the bronze medal at the Starlings National Championship in San Diego, Calif. As a student-athlete at Cal, she coached the Golden Bear Volleyball Club.

Coulter earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in integrative biology in 2001 from California, and was a physical therapy aide at the Nevada Physical Therapy-Orthopedic and Sports Rehabilitation Clinic upon graduation. Her parents still live in Fort Collins.

LUKE MURRAY

Assistant Coach, 2014 – present
Luke Murray begins his first season with the Colorado State volleyball coaching staff in 2014. The assistant coach was hired by Head Coach Tom Hilbert on May 20, 2014.

Murray works with the team’s middle blockers, in addition to being the program’s scouting coordinator and handling a large portion of its recruiting.

Prior to his arrival in Fort Collins, Murray spent the past two seasons (2012-13) as an assistant at East Tennessee State. With the Buccaneers, he guided the team to a pair of conference titles and a 45-22 overall record. In 2012, ETSU went 23-13 and appeared in the school’s first-ever NCAA tournament after running the table during the Atlantic-Sun tournament. A year later, the Buccaneers went 22-9 and won the regular-season title.

Murray worked with the ETSU setters, the position he won a national championship at while playing for Penn State. As ETSU’s top assistant, he also served as the team’s recruiting coordinator and assisted with scouting and academics.

ETSU setter Jamie Rutledge averaged 10.79 assists per set in 2013 (52nd in NCAA), in addition to earning several community service and leadership awards. Murray also coached Megan Devine, the 2012 Atlantic-Sun Player of the Year and tournament MVP. Devine was named a 2013 AVCA All-America Honorable Mention. Aside from setting, ETSU’s offense was in the top 50 nationally for hitting percentage in 2013, and on defense, the Buccaneers ranked 19th in the NCAA with 2.77 blocks per set.

Even with a successful two-year stint at ETSU, Murray is most known for his playing experience. The former setter helped Penn State to a national title in 2008, being named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team. As a senior that year, Murray was also tabbed as an AVCA second-team All-America selection and the AVCA/Sports Imports National Player of the Week on March 27, 2008.

The two-time captain and first-team All-EIVA selection finished his career with 3,191 assists, which ranks seventh all-time in Penn State history. He played for head coach Mark Pavlik.

Following his collegiate career, Murray trained with the U.S. National Team in Anaheim, Calif., under Hugh McCutcheon and Alan Knipe (2008-09, spring 2011). From there, Murray played professionally in Cyprus and Puerto Rico (2009-12).

Murray spent three summers as a volleyball clinician with U.S. Elite Volleyball (2011-13), where he co-ran a clinic designed to help coaches implement effective practice methods. Prior to that, he spent two summers (2009-10) as the lead coach for Gold Medal Squared.

Away from the court, Murray has helped his players to plenty of success in the classroom. During the 2012-13 academic year, ETSU held a 3.59 grade-point average, with four student-athletes being placed on the A-Sun All-Academic Team. Murray, a native of Washington, Pa., graduated from Penn State in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. He is married to the former Kendall Grow.

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RAM VOLLEYBALL

THE PROCESS
Coach Hilbert provides a detailed look at the program-wide process of preparing student-athletes for success, both on the court and in the classroom. By emphasizing a support network that affords each individual the guidance and mentoring necessary to successfully make the transition into college, Coach Hilbert has found a way to instill a balance in the lives of his players.
We want players to grow in all areas, everyday; grow as athletes, grow academically, grow as citizens, and just grow as people.
- Tom Hilbert
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2014 RAM VOLLEYBALL ROSTER

MEET THE PLAYERS TAKING THE COURT THIS FALL AS RAM VOLLEYBALL SEEKS A SIXTH STRAIGHT CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP

RAM VOLLEYBALL FACILITIES

TAKE A TOUR OF THE WORLD-CLASS TRAINING AND ACADEMIC FACILITIES AVAILABLE TO RAM VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS

MOBY ARENA

Game day Home of Ram Volleyball and Moby Madness

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING

Newly constructed, state-of-the-art training center

INDOOR PRACTICE FACILITY

Dedicated court space where Ram Volleyball players sharpen their game

Academic Training Center

Our commitment to the academic success of our student athlete family

SPORTS MEDICINE

Comprehensive training facility staffed by sports medicine professionals

TEAM LOCKER ROOM

Ram Volleyball's comfortable home away from home

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GREAT MOMENTS IN RAM VOLLEYBALL HISTORY

Relive some of the great moments in Ram Volleyball history with these video highlights
2013 Season Highlights
CSU Defeats #5 Nebraska
2012 Season Highlights
2011 Season Highlights
2010 Season Highlights - Part 1
2010 Season Highlights - Part 2
2009 Season Highlights - Part 1
2009 Season Highlights - Part 2
2009 Season Highlights - Part 3
2006 Mountain West Championship
2009 NCAA Tournament vs. Washington

LIFE OFF THE COURT

RAM VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS ATTEND CLASS ON A BEAUTIFUL CAMPUS, LOCATED IN AN AWARD-WINNING TOWN

FORT COLLINS, COLORADO

Home of the Rams, and so much more
Colorado State University’s campus is in the center of the Perfect College Town – Fort Collins, just at the base of the Rocky Mountains. The mild climate, majestic Rockies, and community spirit make Fort Collins an ideal place to live and learn.
Colorado has earned a worldwide reputation as an area that that offers an unparalleled lifestyle, and Fort Collins, a city of 134,000 located 60 miles north of Denver, represents the very best of Colorado.  There’s something for everyone – shopping malls, hundreds of restaurants, six movie complexes, a regional cultural center, natural areas, miles of bike trails, and cozy coffee houses – right here in town.
For outdoor enthusiasts, camping, hiking, snowboarding, downhill and cross-country skiing to rafting, fishing, or water skiing, are all within a short drive.  And with the region’s agreeable climate of 300 days of sunshine a year, we’re able to enjoy our spectacular surroundings year-’round.
One of the nation’s top research universities, Colorado State University leads the world in such disciplines as human and animal health, clean energy and the environment, engineering, and climate research.
CSU also offers some of the top professional programs in the country in construction management, business, journalism, and occupational therapy, along with outstanding programs in the liberal and performing arts, humanities and social sciences.
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MOBY MADNESS

MOBY ARENA IS HOME TO ONE OF THE MOST DISTINCTIVE AND EFFECTIVE HOME COURT ADVANTAGES IN THE NATION
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With nationally ranked attendance, the Rams love to play in Moby Arena, and it shows. In the Hilbert Era, the Rams have posted the fourth-best home winning percentage since 2011. His all-time record entering 2014 is 240-29.

With a 90-7 home record in Mountain West Conference contests entering 2014, the Rams and their passionate fans have made Moby Arena one of the most difficult and intimidating venues for opposing teams to visit.

Over 500 season ticket holders, a fully invested booster club, and rowdy student sections make crowds of 3000+ a regular occurrence.

TOP 10 MOBY ARENA CROWDS

MATCHATTENDANCEYEAR
Wisconsin7,0182014
Nebraska6,7502011
Duke6,3332010
BYU6,2601988
UCLA5,6412012
BYU5,4862001
Wyoming5,3891987
BYU5,3171987
BYU5,3072000
Nebraska5,0871987
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NATIONALLY RANKED ATTENDANCE

YEARAVERAGE ATTENDANCENATIONAL RANK
20133,2837
20122,15916
20112,15117
20102,18013
20091,84618
20082,3329
20071,70018
20061,55419
20051,64818
20041,78011

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