Hillary Haen was hired as an assistant coach for the Fighting Illini in January, 2014. She will serve as the recruiting coordinator, will work directly with the setters and run the offense. Haen returns to her alma mater, where she led the Orange and Blue to three-straight NCAA Regional appearances as the Illini's setter from 2007-10.
Haen played 115 matches for the Fighting Illini from 2007-10, taking over as the starting setter her sophomore year. The Crystal Lake, Ill., native finished her career ranked fourth all-time at Illinois with 3,956 assists, including 1,471 as a senior. As the quarterback of the Illini offense in 2009, Haen ranked second in the Big Ten and 16th in the nation in assists (11.42 per set), garnering AVCA All-America and All-Region Honorable Mentions, while earning All-Big Ten honors.
She topped that performance in her final season, earning Third Team All-America by both the AVCA and Volleyball Magazine, capturing an All-Mideast Region First Team selection and her second-straight All-Big Ten award. Additionally, she was a star in the classroom, tabbing three-straight Academic All-Big Ten awards and earning Academic All-District in 2009.
Following her Illinois career, Haen coached three different programs at the high school and club level. In 2011, she coached at Eastside Volleyball Club, and she took over as the owner of the Peoria Elite Volleyball Club in 2012. Her responsibilities in Peoria included recruiting new members, managing the club's finances and helping her players with the college recruiting process. She then served as the head varsity volleyball coach at Illinois Valley Central High School for the 2012-13 season, where she managed a staff of two assistant coaches and a volunteer.
Haen also has work experience in the business world, having served as a staff accountant and a human resources representative for Caterpillar, Inc. While there, Haen focused on team-building and leadership development.
2010 Named Third Team All-America Named First Team All-Mideast Region Named All-Big Ten Named Academic All-Big Ten Third year as Illinois starting setter after sharing time at setter as a freshman Named MVP of the State Farm Illini Classic after after posting 134 assists combined in victories over BYU, South Carolina and Middle Tennessee State. She was also part of the Illinois ace assault with five aces on the weekend and helped the Illini hit .270 as a team, including a .386 clip vs. MTSU After that week, Haen was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week A Preseason All-Big Ten selection after earning Honorable Mention All-America honors in 2009 Led the Big Ten and ranked 17th in the nation in assists (11.49 per set) Named to the All-Tournament Team at the Ameritas Players Challenge after totalling 158 assists in the three matches Posted career highs in assists in back-to-back matches against Nebraska and Cincinnati (62) then topped that with 63 assists vs. Northwestern Had a career-best 20 digs vs. Michigan Has moved into fourth on Illinois' all-time career assists list (3,956) Her 1,471 assists in 2010 rank eighth on the Illinois all-time single-season assists list Posted 61 assists vs. Minnesota, marking her fourth 60-plus assist match of the season
2009 Named Honorable Mention All-Region Named Honorable Mention All-America Named All-Big Ten Named Academic All-District Named Academic All-Big Ten Ranked 16th in the nation and second in the Big Ten in assists (11.42 aps) Led the nation in assists after the third week of the season Ranked eighth in the NCAA Tournament in assists (12.43) and tied for sixth in the tournament in services aces (0.71) through two rounds of the tournament Named to the All-Tournament team at the State Farm Illini Classic after totaling 126 assists and engineering an Illinois attack that hit .409, .330 and .252, respectively, in three matches Named to the All-Tournament team at the Active Ankle Challenge after totaling 79 assists in victories over Louisville and Ohio Posted nine double-doubles with 45 assists and 10 digs at Louisville; 33 assists and 10 digs vs. New Mexico State; and 50 assists and 17 digs at Michigan, 54 assists and 11 digs vs. Purdue, 50 assists and 15 digs at Indiana, 26 assists and 10 digs at Wisconsin, 44 assists and 14 digs vs. Michigan, 34 assists and 11 digs vs. Minnesota and 43 assists and 10 digs vs. Hawaii Posted an incredible .826 set percentage at Ohio State on Nov. 15. Illinois had 44 kills off her 52 sets in the match Missed the Northwestern match due to illness
2008 Named Academic All-Big Ten Started at setter for the Illini in the 6-2 system Led the Illini and ranked ninth in the Big Ten with 848 assists (6.73 aps) Had three double-doubles at the Tennessee Comcast Classic Totaled season-best 33 assists vs. Tennessee and Northwestern Played front row, filling in on the right side during the last two months Had 44 blocks assists on the year, including 21 block assists in the last seven matches.
2007 Opened the season sharing the setting duties in a 6-2 offense with junior Lizzie Bazzetta Had 27 assists in her collegiate debut vs. Bowling Green Started seven matches on the year, including both matches against Indiana and Purdue against Indiana Set a career high with 60 assists in victory at Indiana Had a double-double against Michigan State with 58 assists and 10 digs Registered six double-doubles, including a career-best 15 digs to go along with 32 assists vs. Michigan
High School Rated No. 23 and named an All-American by prepvolleyball.com Regarded as one of the top three setters in the nation First team All-State selection by the Chicago Tribune and Champaign News-Gazette as a junior and a senior, leading Prairie Ridge to a state runner-up finish in 2004 and 2005 Tabbed as the All-Area Athlete of the Year by the Northwest Herald In her four years, Prairie Ridge won four regional titles and four Fox Valley Conference titles and posted a combined 142-22 record Named the top setter at the Mizuno Cup and seven all-tournament accolades in her career In her final two seasons, Haen had a combined 299 kills, 113 blocks, 673 digs, 1553 assists and 72 aces High school coach was Stephanie Otto Received All-America honors three times while playing for Sky High and Club Fusion (coached by Wayne King).
Personal Birthday is Dec. 12 Daughter of John and Jackie Haen Graduated from the University of Illinois in May, 2011, with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance.
K: 6 vs. Michigan (10/29/10) TA: 9 vs. Purdue (10/15/10) PCT: 1.000 at Penn State (11/13/10) A: 63 vs. Northwestern (10/2/10) SA: 5 vs. IPFW (12/3/09) D: 20 vs. Michigan (10/29/10) BS: 1, 6x, last vs. Minnesota (11/20/10) BA: 6 at Purdue (11/19/08) TB: 6 at Purdue (11/19/08)