The 2018 season is the 13th for Sean Huiet as an assistant coach with the Bobcat volleyball program.
Huiet has helped guide Texas State to five Southland Conference titles and a Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship since joining the staff in 2006. He coaches setters, defense and outside hitters, while also being responsible for team travel arrangements, tape exchange, scouting opponents, equipment and the Maroon and Gold Diggers Club.
Huiet has helped the Bobcats post a 252-152 (.624) record, which includes a 153-52 (.746) mark in conference matches, since arriving in San Marcos.
He is one-third of the longest-tenured coaching staff in all of NCAA (Divisions I-III). Head Coach Karen Chisum is in her 39th season and associate head coach Tracy Smith is in her 17th.
The 2017 season was a banner year for Huiet and the Bobcats. The maroon and gold finished the season with 25 victories, a Sun Belt West Division title and the first postseason victory in school history when they defeated Rice in the first round of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship. TXST led the SBC in digs, assists, opponent hitting percentage and kills.
Texas State finished with a school-record mark of six all-conference selections and three players of the year in Micah Dinwiddie (Defensive Player of the Year), Erin Hoppe (Setter of the Year) and Amy Pflughaupt (Newcomer of the Year). All three were joined by Madison Daigle on the All-SBC First Team. Dinwiddie broke the single-season school record with 599 digs in 2017, and Hoppe ended her career with the second-most assists in the school’s modern era.
The 2016 campaign saw Hoppe named to the All-SBC Second Team. In 2015, libero Sierra Smith capped her career as the all-time leader in digs with 1,646. She set the mark after tallying the most digs ever by a Bobcat in a season when she finished 2013 with 548. She also holds the school record for most digs in a match with 37 against UTA (Oct. 9, 2013).
Before Texas State joined the SBC, Huiet’s work with the setters and outside hitters resulted in some of the most efficient offenses in the Southland Conference. The 2011 Bobcats ranked 18th nationally in hitting percentage. Under his tutelage, former Bobcat setter Caleigh McCorquodale achieved an All-Southland Conference First Team selection.
He kept his stellar work going with setters into the Sun Belt. In 2013, Caylin Mahoney was recognized as the Sun Belt Conference Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after leading the team to a championship. After sitting out most of 2014 with injury, Mahoney returned to earn a second SBC Championship All-Tournament Team honor. In 2017, Hoppe led the league in assists during league play. She was second in the conference in assists during the 2016 campaign.
Prior to joining Texas State’s staff, Huiet spent four seasons at Bowling Green, his alma mater. He first served as a student assistant from 2000-02 before being elevated to assistant coach in 2003. The Falcons won 21 matches in each of his first two years along with capturing two Mid-American Conference East Division Championships.Huiet coached Caty Rommeck, who went on to play two seasons with the USA training team.
Huiet briefly left Bowling Green to take an assistant coaching position at Indiana State in 2004 before returning to his alma mater after one season. At ISU, he helped guide the Sycamores to their best record in school history and a semifinal berth in the Missouri Valley Conference Championship.
Huiet has also coached club at Academy/Alamo for the past 13 seasons. He coached the 16's to a third place finish at the AAU Nationals in the Premier Division in 2015. His squad put two players on the All-American team. In 2013, his team finished in second place in the Patriot Division at the Junior Nationals. His 2011 15s squad qualified for the Junior Olympics under his leadership.
His additional coaching experience includes seven years with the Premier Volleyball Club in Toledo, Ohio, where Huiet helped guide the team to two regional championships. Twelve of his players earned AAU All-American accolades, while several others also received national recognition.
He also earned playing experience while a student at Bowling Green as a libero and setter for the Falcon men’s club team. Bowling Green had a pair of top 25 finishes on the national level, and Huiet was named All-Conference First Team in 2003 after leading the Falcons to a ninth-place finish at nationals.
Huiet received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Bowling Green in 2003. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native is the son of Tom and Maggie Collet and Tommy Huiet. He is also the father of Declan Thomas Zionn Huiet.