The Colorado State women's volleyball program is among the most successful and tradition-filled in the history of the sport, largely due to the staple who has been leading the program for the past 17 seasons. Head Coach Tom Hilbert – already the winningest coach in any sport in CSU history – earned career victory No. 600 on Saturday, adding yet another milestone to his already-stellar coaching career.
Hilbert by the numbers:
Career victories in 24-plus seasons, compiling an overall record of 600-176. The 600 wins ranks 17th among active Division I women's volleyball coaches. Of those in the top 20, Hilbert has coached the fewest matches.
Career winning percentage over 776 matches. The winning percentage ranks 15th in NCAA volleyball history, and 10th among coaches with at least 600 wins.
Victories at CSU, the winningest coach in any sport in school history.
Average number of wins per year in 16 complete seasons at CSU.
Consecutive seasons with at least 20 wins, dating back to 1992. Hilbert reached the feat during his final five seasons at Idaho and in his first 17 years at CSU.
NCAA tournament appearances in 16 seasons in Fort Collins, including five trips to the Sweet 16 and 13 first-round victories. The Rams have earned 18 straight NCAA tournament berths overall, the seventh-longest active streak in the country. Hilbert also earned a tournament berth four times while at Idaho (1992-95).
Conference championships. Hilbert won five Big Sky or Big West titles while at Idaho, and has won or shared 11 regular-season championships at CSU, plus five out of nine tournament crowns.
Winning percentage in Mountain West matches (193-31). The Rams have never finished lower than third in the MW standings, but even that year, they won the MW Championships (2006).
AVCA All-America award winners, which includes Idaho's first-ever All-American, and eight at CSU -- including three over the past two seasons. Twenty-one additional players have earned All-America Honorable Mention nods. Hilbert has also coached 64 all-conference selections.
Winning percentage at Moby Arena, making the Rams' home venue one of the most hostile in the country. CSU is 237-28 all-time at home under Hilbert, and CSU consistently ranks in the top 15 in attendance averages. Since 2011, CSU is 37-2 at home, the second-best winning percentage in the nation. The Rams are tied for third in the NCAA with 19 consecutive home wins, and currently rank eighth nationally in attendance averages.
Total wins against top-25 teams, including defeating No. 1 UCLA in 2000. Additionally, CSU is 25-12 at Moby Arena against ranked opponents, most recently dropping No. 12 Pepperdine in 2012.
CSU's highest AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 ranking, which occurred in October 2000. The Rams are one of 21 teams to ever be ranked in the top three, and have consistently been ranked under Hilbert, including in the top 10 this season.
Conference coach of the year awards, in addition to three AVCA Region Coach-of-the-Year honors. In 2011, Hilbert was named both the Mountain West Coach of the Year and AVCA West Region Coach of the Year.
Academic all-conference nods under Hilbert's guidance, including 34 over the past four seasons. During his tenure, two players have earned Academic All-America honors.
Hilbert's milestone victories:
Sept. 1, 1989 vs. Mississippi - first career win
Aug. 29, 1997 vs. Central Michigan - first win at CSU
Oct. 10, 2000 vs. Denver - 100th win at CSU
Sept. 16, 2004 vs. Ohio - 200th win at CSU
Oct. 12, 2008 vs. New Mexico - 300th win at CSU; most wins in CSU volleyball history
Nov. 5, 2009 vs. Air Force - 500th career victory
Nov. 4, 2010 vs. UNLV - 353rd win at CSU; winningest coach in any sport at CSU
Nov. 13, 2012 vs. Northern Colorado - 400th win at CSU