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Chuck Crawford Named Assistant Volleyball Coach

Jan. 7, 2013

THE FLATS Chuck Crawford, who spent the last two seasons at Miami (Ohio), has been named assistant volleyball coach announced by head coach Tonya Johnson Monday. He will serve as the recruiting coordinator, director of camps and assist with training and player development.  

“Chuck will be a great addition to our staff,” Johnson said. “His familiarity with our program, having served as our volunteer in 2009 and the ACC, will prove invaluable. We’re excited to have him and I know that he will be a great asset to our program.” 

This will mark Crawford’s second stint with the Yellow Jackets as he served as a volunteer assistant coach on Johnson’s first staff at Tech in 2009, helping the team to the NCAA Tournament after a five-year absence. He will replace former assistant coach Ed Tolentino.

In between his stretches with Georgia Tech, Crawford served most recently as assistant volleyball coach for two seasons at his alma mater Miami (Ohio), where he primarily worked with the hitters and oversaw all recruiting aspects.  

In his two seasons with the ‘Hawks, Crawford trained three first-team All-MAC selections, one CoSIDA Academic All-American and one CoSIDA All-Region member.

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 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.

The Middletown, Ohio native taught health, physical education and special education for nearly 10 years for Fulton and Forsyth Counties (2001-09) and coached the Centennial High School team (2001-04) and the North Forsyth High School team (2006-09) during that time.

Crawford is a Miami (Ohio) graduate, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education in 2001. He was a four-year member of the RedHawks’ club volleyball team (1998-2001).

Crawford and his wife Lori reside in Roswell, Ga., and 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).


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