areas of expertise
- Strategic Planning
- Program Engagement and Development
- Executive and Coaching Services
B.A., Business and Marketing, University of Oklahoma
Master’s, Sports and Recreation Management, University of Idaho
Tom Hilbert spent 39 years coaching division I volleyball at three Universities. As an assistant at Oklahoma from 1984 to 1988 he was part of the building of one of the best teams in program history. Then at Idaho from 1989 to 1996 he led the Vandal program to four conference championships. Hilbert then served as head coach at Colorado State from 1997 to his retirement in 2022. His record is unmatched by any coach in Colorado State History with over 600 wins and 23 NCAA tournament appearances including six sweet sixteen appearances.
In addition to his coaching success, Hilbert spearheaded community engagement, promotions and fundraising efforts that resulted in building a fan base regularly ranked in the top ten nationwide and one of the best home environments for volleyball in the country. His efforts in Fundraising brought in over one million dollars in direct support for volleyball along with nearly as much for general scholarships and special projects. Hilbert also served on over 20 search committees at both Idaho and Colorado State. Including three Athletic Director searches as well as associate AD positions, marketing directors, athletic Trainers and several coaches across all sports.
Tom Hilbert has assisted CSS with division I volleyball searches post coaching. But even while still serving as a coach, Hilbert assisted different universities in volleyball searches. His relationships throughout the sport of volleyball make him a valuable resource in a search and his understanding of the sport at all levels allow him to accurately evaluate candidates as well as recruit excellent prospects to a candidate pool.
In addition to coaching and executive searches, Tom Hilbert is a sought after consultant who shares his decades of expertise in sports promotions, community engagement, fundraising, organizational culture and leadership with a variety of industries and sectors. Tom’s depth of program building and administration add value to organizations of all sizes.
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