One of the most successful eras in Colorado State athletics history will soon come to an end.
Tom Hilbert, who’s guided the Rams volleyball program to 24 NCAA Tournament bids, six Sweet 16 trips and 18 regular-season Mountain West Conference titles, announced he will retire at the end of this season — his 26th in FoCo.
“For the past 39 years — 26 of them here at Colorado State — I have been blessed to live out my dream at the best university and in the best volleyball community in the country, Colorado State University and Fort Collins,” Hilbert said in a statement released by CSU.
“I have so many people to thank from our incredible fan base, fellow coaches, and administrators. But most of all I want to thank the amazing players who have been the real impetus for the success of Ram Volleyball. Thank you for all that you were willing to give… and for trusting me with your collegiate experience.
“There will be a time to celebrate and reflect, with more storytelling and memories. But this is not that time. There is still work to do. We want to win the Mountain West Championship and the Mountain West Tournament.”
The Rams are currently 17-8 overall and 10-4 in Mountain West play.
Hilbert took over the program in 1997, quickly turning it into a perennial power. Through Monday, Hilbert has a career record of 809-233, including a 635-161 mark at CSU. He’s been named the Mountain West coach of the year 12 times.