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Riding the waves of success: How Beach Volleyball’s head coach have led the Frogs in the sand

Take a look at the path of Hector Gutierrez coming to TCU and his achievements since his arrival in 2016.
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Head coach Hector Gutierrez on the sideline of TCU’s Fall Challenge. (Photo courtesy of TCU Athletics Dept.)

Coaching Odyssey: Hector Gutierrez’s Journey to TCU

Hector Gutierrez, the head coach of TCU’s Beach Volleyball program, has brought a wave of success to the team since taking the reins in 2016.

Gutierrez began coaching beach volleyball in Switzerland, discovering his passion while playing abroad, originating from the Canary Islands.

“It was in Switzerland when I really started more coaching for beach volleyball,” said Gutierrez. “I grew up in the Canary Islands playing, but I never picked it [coaching] up until I was playing in Switzerland.”

Before joining TCU, Gutierrez gained extensive international coaching experience, contributing to the success of teams in the USA, Slovakia, Germany and Switzerland. His diverse background has undoubtedly influenced the approach he brings to the Horned Frogs.

Transformative Leadership: The Impact

In 2016, TCU welcomed Gutierrez. The impact was immediate.

“I was happy and blessed that TCU picked me to coach because we were looking for a change,” Gutierrez remarked. “I knew that Florida State was a stepping stone, but I didn’t know that it would be that quick.”

Upon coming to TCU, in the 2022 season, Gutierrez was named Coastal Collegiate Sports Association (CCSA) Coach of the Year. The team finished undefeated at home for the second consecutive season, showcasing Gutierrez’s ability to consistently elevate the program.

Under Gutierrez’s leadership, the 2023 season marked a historic milestone for TCU beach volleyball. The team secured its first conference championship and achieved a No. 3 national ranking—the highest in program history. Gutierrez’s coaching led to him winning the AVCA Coach of the Year, showcasing his talent for fostering a victorious atmosphere.

 

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Cultivating Diversity

Gutierrez’s arrival brought an influx of international players, reshaping the team culture and fostering a new dynamic within the group. According to Gutierrez, each player is in very different places in their career.

Some players aim for professional and Olympic competition, while others play for enjoyment or begin their Division 1 journey. All of these factors contribute to a strong, diverse culture within the team, said Gutierrez.

“Creating a good culture at TCU hasn’t been something we did overnight, of course, it took time,” said Gutierrez. “One of the main factors that contributes to a good culture is having young athletes that are international or overseas and combining them with the talent from here in the United States.”

Gutierrez’s impact extends beyond the court, with individual players earning accolades under his guidance. Daniela Alvarez and Tania Moreno, the No. 1 pairing in 2023, were named AVCA All-American and AVCA Pair of the Year, highlighting his ability to develop top-tier talent.

As TCU Beach Volleyball continues to make waves on the national stage, head coach Hector Gutierrez remains at the helm, steering the program towards new heights and solidifying his status as a transformative figure in collegiate beach volleyball coaching.

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