Cal Volleyball Selects Sam Crosson as Assistant Coach

Feb. 9, 2010

BERKELEY - The California volleyball program has hired Sam Crosson as assistant coach, head coach Rich Feller announced Tuesday, Feb. 9. Crosson will replace Matt McShane, who was recently named head coach at the Air Force Academy. Crosson's appointment with the Golden Bears will officially begin on Monday, Feb. 16. Crosson comes to Berkeley after spending the past five seasons as the top assistant coach at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, Calif.

'I believe we have the perfect fit for our program in hiring Sam,' said Feller. 'His commitment, technical skills and proven ability to train highly skilled athletes and teams earned him the job offer. I believe Sam's style of coaching and his energy for teaching will allow for a smooth and seamless transition as we develop our 2010 squad. I am very excited to have Sam join us and look forward to this spring and next fall.'

In 2009, Crosson helped guide Saint Mary's to its second consecutive 20-win season as the Gaels posted the second-best record in program history at 23-5. Saint Mary's logged a perfect 13-0 mark at home and set new school records with an 11-match winning streak and a 13-1 record in West Coast Conference matches to net the program's first-ever WCC title. Saint Mary's made its fifth appearance in the NCAA tournament and nearly took out Pac-10 champion Stanford in the second round.

Crosson's responsibilities as the top assistant for the Gaels included serving as the recruiting coordinator, planning and executing practices, coordinating the offense during matches, providing video and statistical analysis of practice and matches, and player development; including technical training for setters and middle blockers. Crosson was responsible for bringing in some of the top recruiting classes in Saint Mary's history. From 2006-09, his classes were selected for high honorable mention by and included some of the top talent in the country.

While he was at Saint Mary's, the Gaels led the WCC in blocking each year and were second in the nation in blocks per set (3.82 bps) in 2005. In each of his first three seasons, a middle blocker under his tutelage was selected to the WCC All-Freshman Team (Shannon Lowell, 2007; Megan Burton, 2006; and Brittany Barker, 2005). In 2008, after the Gaels produced a 20-9 record to reach the NCAA tournament, Saint Mary's put both starting middle blockers on the all-conference team.

Prior to his time at Saint Mary's, Crosson spent the 2004 season as a volunteer assistant with the Santa Clara women's volleyball team. Before joining the coaching ranks in collegiate women's volleyball, Crosson spent five years as the top assistant coach for the men's team at University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif. While at Pacific, Crosson was responsible for recruiting, player development, video and statistical analysis and assisted in academic support.

As a player at Pacific, Crosson was part of four of the most successful seasons in Tiger volleyball history. He was a four-year letterman and earned team co-MVP honors in 1997. He is ranked in the top 10 in every statistical category and holds the number two spots in career digs (689), digs in a single season (274), and service aces (86). After his collegiate career, Crosson played one season as a professional for Herentals Volleyball Club in Belgium.

Crosson received a bachelor's degree in sports sciences at Pacific in 1997 and later earned a master's degree from Pacific in sports sciences in 2005. A native of Santa Cruz, Calif., Crosson now resides in San Ramon, Calif. with his wife Courtney Miller, and one-year-old daughter Makenna Noelle.

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