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Cal volleyball head coach Sam Crosson resigns, takes HC job at West Valley

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JULY 23, 2023

Cal volleyball head coach Sam Crosson resigned, as announced by Cal Athletic Director Jim Knowlton on Saturday.

“I thank Sam Crosson for his dedication to our volleyball program and wish he and his family the best,” Knowlton said in a press release.

The day before the move was announced by Cal Athletics, West Valley College, a public community college in Saratoga, California, announced that Crosson was hired as its new head indoor and beach volleyball coach.

Crosson had been with the Bears since 2019, and has since taken the Bears to a 35-78 overall record. Crosson had previously been an assistant coach with the program for two years in 2010 and 2011.

Cal has not had a winning season since Crosson’s first year in charge, when the Bears etched a 20-10 record — their first 20-win record in six years. Cal has gone 0-20 in the Pac-12 for the last two seasons and totaled only seven wins in each of those seasons with 14 total wins over 47 games played.

“I would like to thank the University of California and Jim Knowlton to coach this team for the last four and a half years,” Crosson said in the press release. “Returning to Cal was a career dream of mine, and I am thankful for the time that I spent with our student-athletes and those that supported the program. After much deliberation, I have made the decision to step down and focus on spending more time with my family.”

Crosson will be replaced by interim head coach Crissy Jones Schoonderwoerd, who joined Cal as an assistant coach in February. Jones Schoonderwoerd spent four years with the Huskies in Washington and a graduate year at Cal Poly, and was a highly touted recruit out of high school in 2014.

After collegiate play, Jones Schoonderwoerd also played professionally for three years on the Association of Volleyball Professionals tour, also spending one year on Team USA on the world beach volleyball tour.

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JULY 23, 2023