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Andrea Beaty

Head Coach


Former Saint Louis University volleyball standout and Pacific, Mo., native Andrea Beaty was announced as the 11th head coach in SLU volleyball history in January 2023.
Beaty spent two years at Saint Louis playing under former coaches Anne Kordes in 2010 and Kent Miller in 2011. She finished her playing career at Missouri State, where she graduated in 2015.
Beaty has had assistant coaching stints at UTEP, Syracuse and most recently Denver, which included interim head coach appointments during her time at Denver and Syracuse. Beaty also served for four years as head coach at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School in Washington, Mo.
"We are thrilled to welcome Andrea Beaty back to SLU," SLU Director of Athletics Chris May said at the time of Beaty's hire. "After an exhaustive search that included speaking with high-level coaches, administrators and youth volleyball leaders, it became clear that Andrea will do a fantastic job as the head coach of the Billikens. Her infectious attitude and energy will be great assets to Billiken student-athletes and our program.
"Andrea clearly understands our departmental strategic objectives and values and will flourish on our team. Her background in St. Louis from her days as a student-athlete, high school coach and club coach will unquestionably help her hit the ground running as the Billiken head coach. We look forward to working with Andrea as we build the volleyball program back to competing for A-10 championships."
"I would like to thank Director of Athletics Chris May, Deputy Director of Athletics Dr. Janet Oberle and SLU President Dr. Fred Pestello for this incredible opportunity to lead the Billiken volleyball program," Beaty said. "I am grateful to have worked with some of the best coaches in the country, and I look forward to bringing a new perspective of a championship culture to SLU Volleyball.  
"From the moment I stepped on campus for the first time in 2006, I knew that SLU was a special place that would always be home. It is an honor and privilege to wear the Billiken logo, and I am eager to share that pride with current, past, and future Billikens. As I walked around campus and talked with the search committee, I realized that this place has become even more special due to the continued support from the athletic department, institution, and community. I am fired up to meet the current players, catch up with the SLU alumni, and get into the community. This is going to be an exciting journey for all of us. Go Billikens!"
Beaty comes to SLU after one season at the University of Denver. She was hired as associate head coach for the Pioneers in June 2022, and in September was named an interim head coach as Denver head coach Tom Hogan underwent treatment for cancer. Beaty helped the Pioneers to a 19-12 overall record, and she coached two student-athletes who earned first-team All-Summit League honors.
In 2021, Beaty was an associate head coach at Syracuse University. The Orange finished with an RPI of 42 and a 17-13 record, and two student-athletes earned All-ACC accolades. Beaty was the program's interim head coach during the Orange's coaching search last spring.
Beaty got her start in the collegiate coaching ranks at UTEP, where she served as an assistant coach for two seasons from 2019-21. Beaty helped turn around the UTEP program, which had won just five matches the year before her arrival. The Miners' RPI was 259 her first year, and it improved to 68 following the 2020 campaign.
In 2022, Beaty was honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as a Thirty Under 30 Award recipient. The award honors up-and-coming coaching talents at all levels of the sport.
In four seasons as the head coach of the girls' volleyball team at St. Francis Borgia, she led the team to a 100-40-6 record. The Lady Knights won four district championships and four conference championships and appeared in the state semifinals on two occasions during her tenure.
Beaty's youth volleyball experience included high-level careers in high school and club. She was a three-time All-State selection at Washington High School, where she was a three-year starter and two-year captain. Beaty played and coached for the Rockwood Thunder club team.
Beaty played at Saint Louis her first two years of college. As a freshman at SLU in 2010, she was tabbed the Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Year and was an honorable mention All-Conference selection. Beaty led the Bills in blocks (107) and ranked ninth in the A-10 in kills per game (2.80). As a sophomore in 2011, she earned first-team All-Conference honors after leading the Billikens with 357 kills.
Beaty transferred to Missouri State and earned All-Missouri Valley Conference honors in both of her seasons with the Bears. She graduated summa cum laude from Missouri State in 2015 with a B.S. in psychology.

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Amber Hildebrandt

Assistant Coach


Hildebrandt joined the Billikens with 11 combined years of playing and coaching experience at the NCAA Division I level.

Hildebrandt came to SLU after serving as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Oakland during the 2021 fall season, then being tagged interim head coach in January 2022.

Hildebrandt coached at Appalachian State for three seasons over two stints (2015-16, 2019-21) while also spending two years as an assistant at Xavier (2016-17). She helped lead Appalachian State to two straight Sun Belt Tournament appearances. The Mountaineers totaled seven Sun Belt first-team All-Conference honorees, including five first-team members during her tenure.

In her first stint at Appalachian State in 2015, Hildebrandt helped the Mountaineers post a 22-8 overall record with a 13-3 mark in conference action. The team matched a program record with 16 consecutive wins during the season. Hildebrandt also coached four student-athletes to AVCA Southeast All-Region honors.

Hildebrandt served as an assistant at Xavier for two seasons beginning in 2016. The Musketeers combined for 33 victories, including 20 in her first year with the program. Xavier posted a 13-5 mark in the Big East in 2016 and advanced to the conference tournament title match.

In her two years at Xavier, Hildebrandt coached two Big East first-team All-Conference selections, two AVCA All-Region honorees and one AVCA honorable mention All-American.

Hildebrandt was a volunteer assistant coach at Oakland in 2014 when the Golden Grizzlies posted a 22-10 overall record. She helped guide OU to Horizon League regular-season and tournament titles, which resulted in the program's first-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament. 

The 2013 Oakland alum was a part of the winningest senior class in program history with 68 total victories. As an outside hitter, Hildebrandt saw action in 87 matches and more than 200 sets in her collegiate career. She also excelled in the classroom with Academic All-Summit League honors in 2010 and 2011.

The Lake Zurich, Ill., native earned a bachelor's degree in social work from Oakland in 2013.

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Steven Zarzycki

Assistant Coach


Zarzycki joins the Billikens after collegiate coaching stints at East Carolina University and Syracuse University.

Zarzycki arrives at SLU after serving on the coaching staff at ECU during the 2022 season, where he helped Angeles Alderete to the American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year honor. Prior to East Carolina, he began a stint at Syracuse as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2021 season and was promoted to assistant coach in February 2022.

Zarzycki attended Kean University and played on the Cougars’ nationally-ranked 2021 squad as a starting outside hitter. During the summer of 2018, he competed for the USA Men's DIII Volleyball team in Brazil.

He graduated from Kean in 2021 with a bachelor's degree in human resource management.

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