Rob Machan Named Women's Volleyball Assistant Coach

May 23, 2001

LOS ANGELES -- Rob Machan, a volunteer assistant coach for the USC women's volleyball team in 2000, was named a full-time assistant with the Women of Troy, head coach Mick Haley announced today.

Machan's responsibilities will include coaching the setters and helping design the offense. He will oversee the program's alumni and community relations, as well as its fundraising efforts.

'Having already had a year to understand our system and the USC program, I think Rob has a tremendous advantage,' said Haley. 'He brings a unique perspective because he is not only gained a lot of respect in the volleyball community as a junior-level coach, but he is a successful business owner.

'Rob brings an energy to this program that is second-to-none and his enthusiasm will help us in our quest for a national championship.'

Last season, Machan helped lead USC to its first NCAA Final Four appearance in 15 years. The Trojans won their first-ever share of the Pac-10 title (tying with Arizona) and their fourth overall conference title while finishing with a No. 4 national ranking.

With more than 15 years of experience as a girls' volleyball coach, Machan founded the Long Beach Volleyball Club in 1986 and Power/Asics Nova Volleyball Club in 1995. He coached Long Beach Club for six seasons, worked with the Magnum Volleyball Club for two years (1993-95) and then spent the past five years with Power/Asics Nova, where he coached current USC team members Tracy Lindquist and Toni Anderson.

Since 1991, his club teams have earned medals in the Junior Olympic National Open Tournament eight times, including three gold, three silver and two bronze.

Over this nine-year span, his teams have also finished in the top three in national invitational tournaments 26 times. They have earned 15 first place, seven second place and four third place finishes.

As the La Habra (Calif.) High varsity girls' volleyball coach from 1994 to 1995, Machan led the team to consecutive league championships and two CIF quarterfinal appearances. His head coaching experience also includes a two-year stint (1998-99) as the girls' coach at Wilson High in Long Beach, Calif., and two years (1986-87) as the boys' varsity head coach at Gahr High in Cerritos, Calif. He led Wilson to two league championships and a No. 3 final ranking in CIF Division IAA - the highest in school history.

Machan attended Long Beach State from 1985 to 1989. Prior to that, he spent three years at Long Beach City College, where he competed with the Long Beach All-Star men's club at USVBA nationals.

Machan, 36, currently owns and operates an industrial sign/graphic arts business in the Long Beach area. Machan Sign Co. has been a family business for over 80 years.

He and his wife, Christine, reside in Long Beach with daughter, Danielle (11), and son, Joshua (1).

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