Cal volleyball announces appointment of Sam Crosson as head coach

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Cal Athletics announced Wednesday that Sam Crosson will fill the Cal volleyball head coaching position.

Crosson replaces Jennifer Dorr, who led the Bears as the interim head coach for just over a year, after Matt McShane’s departure. Dorr helped Cal achieve a 15-16 (7-13 in the Pac-12) season that included wins over UCLA, Washington State and Utah to mark a certain improvement from previous seasons. Dorr will remain in the program as an associate head coach.

Although Crosson has spent the past seven season as the head coach at Cal Poly, he is no stranger to Cal. Crosson served as an assistant for the Bears from 2010-11 under longtime head coach Rich Feller, helping Cal win the Pac-10 title and reach the NCAA championship game in 2010.

In his years in San Luis Obispo, Crosson transformed Cal Poly’s volleyball program. In his first season, the Mustangs went 4-26. Five seasons later, Crosson led Cal Poly to achieve a 27-3 record in the 2017 season as the Mustangs became the undefeated Big West champions, marking the first time the program attained a pristine conference record.

In that same season, Cal Poly went on to compete in the NCAA tournament, where the team fell to UCLA in the round of 32. Crosson saw three of his players — Taylor Nelson, Adlee Van Winden and Torrey Van Winden — named AVCA All-Americans, while he was named AVCA Pacific North Region and Big West Coach of the Year in 2017.

In 2018, the Mustangs finished the season on top for a second straight Big West championship but fell in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Crosson was named Big West Coach of the Year for the second time and ended his campaign at Cal Poly with a 114-83 overall record.

Surina Khurana covers men’s basketball. Contact her at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at @surina_k.