Ivy Champ Women's Volleyball Welcomes Tyler Hagstrom As New Assistant Coach
Only a few months removed from recording a historic run to the 2015 Ivy League championship, the Princeton women’s volleyball team has taken its first step on its 2016 journey. Head coach Sabrina King announced the hiring of Tyler Hagstrom as the full-time assistant coach at Princeton.
“We are incredibly excited to have Tyler join our volleyball family,” said King, the 2015 Ivy League Coach of the Year. “Tyler impressed us with his knowledge of the game, experience with data analysis, recruiting and administration. I also felt like he connected well with our players and staff. His hard work and loyalty will bring our program to the next level.”
Hagstrom comes to Princeton from Grand Canyon University, where he served as both assistant coach and, for a brief tenure, interim head coach for one season. Besides coordinating the defensive system, Hagstrom led both the recruiting and scouting efforts.
His first collegiate coaching experience came during a two-year stint at UC-Irvine, where he worked primarily with blockers and backcourt defense. He managed several functions for the team, including data analysis and work with the admissions office.
“I am very excited and honored to join the Princeton volleyball staff,” Hagstrom said. “I would like to thank Sabrina King for giving me this opportunity and look forward to continuing the tradition of success."
Hagstrom began coaching after a national championship career as the libero for California Baptist. He worked with several high school and top club programs in California, including Prime Volleyball Club/Saddleback Volleyball Club (Orange County) and the HBC Boys Volleyball Club (Huntington Beach).
Hagstrom led Cal-Baptist to three NAIA national championships as the starting libero, and he led the tournament field in digs while helping the team to the 2005 title. He broke the single-season dig record in 2005 — five of them came during a victory over the Princeton men. In fact, Hagstrom went 3-0 against Princeton during his career.
Hagstrom replaces Sam Shweisky, who will focus solely on his duties as the head men’s volleyball coach. Shweisky has led the Tiger men to two EIVA finals over his first six years, and he was voted to the 2010 EIVA Head Coach of the Year.