Cal Poly Names Sam Crosson as Women’s Volleyball Head Coach

Cal Poly Names Sam Crosson as Women’s Volleyball Head Coach


SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Sam Crosson, an assistant coach at the University of California the past two seasons, has been selected as head coach of the Cal Poly women's volleyball program. The announcement was made Friday by Cal Poly director of athletics Don Oberhelman. 

"I am very excited and humbled to become the next head coach of the Cal Poly women's volleyball program," said Crosson, Cal Poly's fifth head coach in program history. "I would like to thank Don Oberhelman and his senior administrative staff for the opportunity to lead this program into the future." 

Crosson added, "With its ideal location, competitive academic environment, support from both the athletic department and great local fan base, I am confident Cal Poly will quickly rise to the top of the Big West Conference and become a nationally recognized volleyball program."

Oberhelman said, "Sam understands Cal Poly's mission and embraces our core values. He knows that our student-athletes must succeed in the classroom as well as on the court."
Crosson helped guide the Golden Bears to the program's most successful season ever, winning a share of the Pac-10 title and advancing to the NCAA Championship match during the 2010 season.

During that season, Cal tallied the most wins in school history (30) and produced two first-team All-Americans.

This past season, Cal posted a 26-7 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament while concluding Pac-12 play with a 16-6 record. 

His duties at Cal included responsibility for video and statistical analysis as well as designing the offensive and defensive systems. Additionally he served as the point person on player development, specifically setters and middle blockers.

Prior to his joining California, Crosson spent the previous five years as the top assistant coach at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, Calif. 

While at Saint Mary's, he helped guide the Gaels to consecutive 20-win seasons including the second-best record in program history at 23-5. Saint Mary's posted a perfect 13-0 mark at home and set school records with an 11-match winning streak and a 13-1 record in West Coast Conference matches, earning the program's first-ever WCC title.

Crosson's responsibilities as the top assistant with Saint Mary's included serving as the recruiting coordinator, planning and executing practices, coordinating the offense, providing video and statistical analysis of practice and matches, and player development, including technical training for setters and middle blockers. 

During his tenure as assistant coach with the Gaels, his recruiting classes were selected for high honorable mention by and included some of the top talent in the country.

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 direction was selected to the WCC All-Freshman Team (Shannon Lowell, 2007; Megan Burton, 2006; and Brittany Barker, 2005). 

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 program at his alma mater, University of the Pacific.

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 Pacific 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 spot 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, Crosson and his wife, Courtney Miller, have two daughters, Makenna and Logan.