April 10, 2014
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Assistant volleyball coach Chuck Crawford resigned Thursday, moving back to Atlanta, Ga., for family reasons. Crawford was hired on March 11 to replace Matthew Botsford, who took the head coaching position at Florida Gulf Coast.
“It is with a heavy heart that I resign my position as assistant volleyball coach at Colorado State,” Crawford said. “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.”
Hilbert showed his support for Crawford, and remains confident that CSU can fill the open position with a high-level coach.
“Family comes first,” Hilbert said. “I have made career decisions based on family many times in the last 25 years, so I’m not upset with Chuck. We simply move forward and do what is best for Colorado State volleyball. The players and coaches in this program are good enough to sustain our high standards while we find the right fit for our open position.”
Crawford spent the 2013 season at Georgia Tech. He was previously an assistant at Miami (Ohio) and Jacksonville, and a court coach with USA Volleyball.
“Throughout my coaching career I have hoped to work at a top program and with people of integrity,” Crawford added. “Tom, Brook (Coulter) and Bri (Olmstead) run such a program. During my time at CSU I quickly learned that they truly care about the personal well-being of their student-athletes and staff. I will miss the opportunity to learn the game at a higher level, but more importantly, I will miss the opportunity to be around all of them as friends.”
Colorado State is coming off a record-breaking season, in which the Rams set multiple program marks, including 27 consecutive victories and a .933 winning percentage (28-2). CSU won its fifth consecutive Mountain West title, earned a trip to the NCAA tournament for the 19th straight season, was ranked as high as No. 9 nationally and finished seventh in the NCAA for average attendance.
Hilbert and his staff will re-open its search for the vacant position, beginning immediately.
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