April 17, 2014
Chuck Crawford joins Auburn's volleyball staff after a year at Georgia Tech. (Photo courtesy Georgia Tech sports info)
AUBURN, Ala. - Chuck Crawford, who spent the 2013 season as an assistant at Georgia Tech, has been named Auburn's assistant volleyball coach, head coach Rick Nold announced today.
"I am very excited and feel fortunate to welcome Chuck to the Auburn volleyball family," Nold said. "I have known Chuck for a number of years and know that his knowledge, energy and work ethic make him the perfect fit for our program."
Crawford will primarily serve as Auburn's defensive coordinator during matches. He will also be in charge of scouting and assist with recruiting and skill development.
"I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity Rick and the Auburn Athletics family have afforded to my family and me," Crawford said. "Rick is first class in all he does. I look forward to learning all I can from Rick as well as being part of such a special university."
Crawford comes to Auburn from Georgia Tech, where he was an assistant for the Yellow Jackets for the 2013 season. While at Tech, he worked with the middle blockers and was 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.
Before joining the RedHawks, Crawford spent a year and a half as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Jacksonville University. At JU, Crawford coordinated all recruiting along with team training, scouting, fundraising and practice planning. He helped middle blocker Alyssa Robertson earn Atlantic Sun All-Freshman team honors, outside hitter Aidan Yager earn a spot on the All-Atlantic Sun first team and recruited the 2012 Atlantic Sun freshman player of the year in Sammie Strausbaugh.
He also spent a year as a volunteer assistant at Georgia Tech in 2009, helping the Yellow Jackets to an NCAA Tournament bid after a five-year postseason absence.
He is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association, having served on their national Assistant Coaches Committee, as well as United States Volleyball and the Southern Region Volleyball Association.
A native of Middletown, Ohio, he taught health, physical education and special education in Fulton and Forsyth counties (Ga.) for nearly 10 years and coached at Centennial High School (2001-04) and North Forsyth High School (2006-09) during that time.
Crawford earned his Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education from Miami University in 2001. He was a four-year member of the RedHawks' club volleyball team.
Crawford and his wife, Lori, have three children: Carson, Drew and Ty. An avid rock and mountain climber, Crawford was featured 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 State and spent three years riding bulls in the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA).
He replaces Kris Grunwald, who was named head coach at Connecticut earlier this month after serving as an assistant at Auburn for the last two seasons.