MIT's Paul Dill Selected as Inaugural Winner of the David Hildebrandt Rising Star Award

4/7/2009

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Paul Dill, the sixth-year head coach of the men's volleyball team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has been selected as the inaugural winner of the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association's David Hildebrandt Rising Star Award.
 
The award, established in March 2009, is named in honor of former Newbury College head coach David Hildebrandt, the 2008 NECVA New England Division Coach of the Year, who passed away on August 3, 2008 in a tragic drowning accident at the age of 29.
 
Beginning in 2009, the award is presented to a head or assistant coach, who best exemplifies the attributes for which Coach Hildebrandt were known. Dill was selected by the NECVA Executive Board from among a half dozen finalists
 
"It is very humbling and quite an honor to receive this award honoring the memory of Dave, especially in its first year," Dill said.  "It means quite a lot to me that my peers see me as someone, like Dave who has developed a consistent program and is passionate about furthering men's volleyball at the Division III level.  I will certainly work hard to give back to the sport that has given so much to me, and hopefully continue to live up to the ideals for which this award stands."
 
Under Dill, MIT recorded its fifth consecutive 20+ win season and made its fifth straight appearance at the NECVA Conference Tournament in 2009, while hosting the championship in Cambridge, MA for the first time.
 
In 2007, following an undefeated season in the NECVA New England Division, Dill was named the NECVA Conference Co-Coach of the Year as well as the NECVA New England Division Coach of the Year.
 
Appointed to the NECVA Executive Board for the 2008 season, Dill assumed duties as the New England Division Player of the Week program coordinator-a position held by Hildebrandt until his passing.
 
Since his graduation from Bates College in 1989, Dill's involvement in volleyball has spanned both sexes, nearly all age groups, and two continents.
 
Entering his sixth season with the men's team at MIT (2004-09), he has built what has become one of the premier Division III volleyball programs in New England. Before coaching the MIT men's squad, Dill directed the Emmanuel College men's team to a 12-8 record in its first season of varsity competition in 2003.
 
Dill began duplicating his success with the MIT women's team after being summoned to take over the reigns of the program in 2004. In 2008, he became the first coach in the program's history to surpass the 100-win mark.
 
Dill has worked with the MIT volleyball program since he became an assistant coach in 1992. He served in that capacity for three years for both men's and women's varsity programs before being named the head coach of the women's squad in 1996. Since then, Dill has guided the women's team to six appearances in the NCAA Tournament making it as far as the Sweet 16 twice.
 
He also co-coached the England Women's Junior National Team for four years, and was an assistant coach for a Division I National League women's club team in the English Volleyball Association. Other experience includes coaching the University of Connecticut men's volleyball club team while earning his MBA, serving as the manager of the Bates College women's team as an undergraduate, and coaching the men's open division of the Bay State Games.
 

About the David Hildebrandt Rising Star Award

The award, established in March 2009, is named in honor of former Newbury College head coach David Hildebrandt, the 2008 NECVA New England Division Coach of the Year, who passed away on August 3, 2008 in a tragic drowning accident at the age of 29.
 
In 2008 at Newbury, Hildebrandt led the Nighthawks to a 10-1 divisional record and the New England title for the first time ever. Newbury, the No. 6 seed in the NECVA Tournament, advanced to the championship final for the first time under his leadership. He was one of four finalists for the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division III Men's Coach of the Year award after leading the Nighthawks to a program-record 33 wins.
 
He had been hired as the new head men's and women's volleyball coach at Elms College on May 9, 2008 after eight years at Newbury.
 
The award will be presented to a head or assistant coach, who best exemplifies the attributes for which Coach Hildebrandt were known. The criteria are:

* Has elevated a program during their tenure at their institution or has shown marked improvement;
* Has shown an ability to recruit and build a program with a loyal player base;
* Demonstrated knowledge of the sport;
* Has displayed an excellent working relationship with players, administrators and NECVA officials;
* Is respected by fellow coaches;
* Has worked to promote and better the sport at the Division III level while helping to generate new programs;
* Must have coached for 10 or fewer seasons in men's collegiate volleyball;
* A coach can only win the award once;
* The award will not be given annually if qualified candidates are not identified.

Article courtesy of NECVA media relations.

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