Eyal Zimet | Assistant Coach
Eyal Zimet is entering his first season as an assistant coach with the Dartmouth volleyball team in 2016.
He comes to Dartmouth after having spent the past four years at the University of San Francisco, where he was assistant indoor volleyball coach and co-head coach of the sand volleyball team, working alongside Gilad Doron for both.
He has over 22 years of competitive volleyball experience to his name. He spent nine years on the Israeli National Team, including two years as captain. He then departed his native Israel to play for the University of Hawaii, where he helped the Rainbow Warriors to the 2002 NCAA Championship. A four-year letterwinner as an outside hitter, Zimet served as team captain and was an Academic All-American as a senior.
He moved on to the AVP Tour in 2006 and was runner-up for rookie of the year honors. A semifinalist in the 2009 AVP Brooklyn, Zimet finished in the top 10 in the final 2010 team rankings. He represented the United States on the sand overseas, helping his team to the bronze medal in Chennai, India, in his third international tournament.
An experienced clinician in both indoor and beach environments, Zimet served as the head coach of the Panamanian National Beach Volleyball Team and guided the program to a silver medal in the FIVB Olympic Qualifier. During his AVP career, Zimet developed conditioning and training programs for several tour professionals and served as an advisor for international teams that included Brazil, Canada, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden and Turkey.
Zimet ran the Eyal Zimet Volleyball Camps in West Bengal, India, and served as camp director for the Ramah Darom Volleyball Camps in Atlanta. He also served as a clinician at the UH and USF volleyball camps.
Zimet graduated from Hawaii in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in Information and Computer Science. A four-time Dean’s List selection, Eyal is a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) and served in the Israeli Defense Force (IDF).
Tara Hittle | Assistant Coach
Tara Hittle was named an assistant volleyball coach in August of 2016.
Hittle has spent the majority of her career in Colorado, where she was most recently serving as the Colorado Juniors Volleyball Club Coach. In her five years at the helm, she led her team to a Crossroads title twice (2015, 2016) and a second-place finish at the 2016 National Tournament.
Prior to that, she coached at Valor Christian High School (2014-15) and Doherty High School (2011-14). While at Doherty, the team was crowned state champion, received the Army National Guard Tour of Champions Award and she was named the Colorado Coach of the Year, all in 2012. During this time, she was also a physical education and a health teacher (2012-14).
Hittle graduated from the University of Hawaii in 2009 with a degree in physical education and health. While there, she was a two-sport athlete, participating in both volleyball and basketball. She remains in the all-time record books for volleyball in career digs (4th; 1,315) and digs per game (7th; 2.83). She was also a four-time letter winner.
After leaving Hawaii, Hittle went on to play professionally for the Volleyball Franches-Montagnes in Switzerland for the 2010-11 season.