March 11, 2014
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Colorado State head volleyball coach Tom Hilbert completed his 2014 coaching staff on Tuesday, naming Chuck Crawford as the Rams’ newest assistant coach.
Crawford will work with the team’s middle blockers, in addition to being the program’s scouting coordinator and handling a large portion of its recruiting. CSU, which went 28-2 and won a fifth consecutive Mountain West championship, ranked 13th nationally in blocking in 2013.
“I’d like to thank Tom and the entire CSU athletics staff for the opportunity to join the Rams family,” Crawford said. “The tradition and respect that CSU volleyball holds nationwide makes me extremely excited and blessed to be part of.”
Crawford comes to Fort Collins from 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.
“Chuck emerged through the interview process as somebody who was a good fit for our staff and the culture for our program,” Hilbert said. “He’s proven to be a good recruiter, and we’re going to give him a big role in that area. His energy in the gym is also good, and from all the reviews we’re getting, he’s a very high-energy coach who’s going to add to our environment.”
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.
“With my recruiting and training experience, as well as going to the NCAA tournament previously, I believe that I can help continue the excellence that makes CSU volleyball so special.”
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).
Crawford replaces Matthew Botsford, who accepted the head coaching position at Florida Gulf Coast on Feb. 10. Botsford is one of six active Division I coaches to formerly work under Hilbert.
“We were looking for a good recruiter, who is a good fit for what we want to do here at Colorado State,” Hilbert said. “I think we found that in Chuck.”
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