Grand Island’s Schultz to Lead Hilbert College Volleyball Program

Release Date:
September 9, 2010
The Office of Sports Information
(716) 649-7900 ext. 333

Hamburg, NY - Hilbert College Director of Athletics Susan Viscomi announces the hiring of William (Bill) Schultz to the position of Head Coach of the men’s volleyball program for the 2010-11 season. 

“As a committed coach and current player, Bill has a tremendous background in the sport of volleyball with much to offer our student-athletes,” said Viscomi.  “We are fortunate to have him leading our program and are excited about the future growth of the team.”  
Schultz comes to Hilbert after serving as the boys’ volleyball head coach at Grand Island since 2004. After only a few years coaching, his team won the divisional title, and he was named the Niagara Frontier League Coach of the Year in 2008. Schultz’s team followed that honor up with an appearance in the Section VI volleyball championship game in 2009. Schultz will continue to coach the high school team while serving as the head coach at Hilbert College.
“I look forward to creating a positive environment where my Hilbert athletes will work hard, and play hard,” said Schultz. “I expect my team to give 100% effort at all times. I focus on technique to ensure the best results from each player. And I look forward to the recruiting process where I can bring in like-minded athletes to the program.” 
As a player, Schultz’s career is quite impressive. He was a member of the nationally recognized D’Youville College team and was named a Division III First Team All-American in 2004, as well as a North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) Western Division Player of the Year in both 2003 and 2004. Schultz extended his playing days when he competed professionally for the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) Beach Tour for two seasons. During that time, he qualified for the Main Draw Tournament and faced the Olympic Gold Medalists.
Schultz received his associate’s degree from Niagara County Community College in physical education and continued his studies in elementary education at D’Youville College. He currently resides in Cheektowaga with his wife Katie.

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.