CSU will re-open search for vacant position immediately
Former Georgia Tech assistant completes 2014 coaching staff
Chuck Crawford was hired by Colorado State Head Coach Tom Hilbert on March 11, 2014, but resigned less than a month later due to family reasons.
"It is with a heavy heart that I resign my position as assistant volleyball coach at Colorado State," Crawford said in a statement on April 10. "My family situation has changed, and I am unable to move my family to Fort Collins due to my wife's high-risk pregnancy. This has been an incredibly difficult decision to make. The CSU staff includes some of the finest people I have had the privilege to know. However, at this time, the best situation for my young family is to remain closer to home and around our support system."
He was expected to work with the Rams' middle blockers beginning in 2014, in addition to being the program's scouting coordinator and handling a large portion of their recruiting.
Crawford previously coached at Georgia Tech, where he spent one season on the Yellow Jackets bench. At Georgia Tech he worked with player development of the middle blockers and served as the team's recruiting coordinator and director of camps.
He mentored middle blocker Chanell Clark-Bibbs - who earned a spot on the 2013 USA Volleyball Junior National Team - and two Academic All-ACC selections.
Prior to his one-year stint at Georgia Tech, Crawford was an assistant at his alma mater, Miami (Ohio), for two years (2011-12). With the RedHawks, he helped train three first-team All-MAC honorees, in addition to a CoSIDA Academic All-American. Crawford primarily worked with the hitters and oversaw all of the program's recruiting. His 2013 recruiting class earned `High Honorable Mention' status by Prep Volleyball.
Crawford has also served as an assistant coach at Jacksonville (2010), coordinating all recruiting, team training, scouting, fundraising, travel and practice planning. On the court, he worked with the middle attackers and team blocking, and helped middle blocker Alyssa Robertson earn Atlantic Sun All-Freshman honors, outside hitter Aidan Yager earn a spot on the All-Atlantic Sun first team, and recruited Sammie Strausbaugh, the 2012 Atlantic Sun Freshman Player of the Year.
In addition to his time as an assistant at Georgia Tech in 2013, Crawford spent one season (2009) as a volunteer coach in Atlanta, helping the Yellow Jackets to a 21-10 record and an NCAA tournament appearance for the first time in five seasons. That year, three players were represented on the All-ACC first team, with two earning AVCA All-Region status and one being named All-America Honorable Mention. Crawford was responsible for all scouting reports, practice planning, film editing and recruiting videos.
Away from the college game, Crawford has experience with USA Volleyball as a court coach for U.S. National Team tryouts, and has been a presenter and demonstrator for several AVCA and USA Volleyball clinics. He has also served as a training coach for the A5 Mizuno 18-Under club team which won the 2008 USA Volleyball Junior National Championship. A year later as head coach, he took the 18-2 team to the national championships, marking the first time that an 18-2 team had qualified from the Southern Region.
Crawford is a 2001 graduate of Miami (Ohio), earning his bachelor of science degree in health and physical education. In college, he was a four-year member of the RedHawks' club volleyball team.
Crawford and his wife, Lori, have three children - Carson, Drew and Ty. Crawford is originally from Middletown, Ohio. Prior to coaching, he spent nearly a decade teaching health, physical education and special education in Georgia.
An avid rock and mountain climber, he was in the Weather Channel TV series Epic Conditions, climbing the nose of El Cap (3,300 feet) in Yosemite. He has also summited 14,400-foot Mount Rainer in Washington and spent three years riding bulls in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA).
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