Coach Profile

Cal Berkeley Sam Crosson

Sam Crosson

Crosson returns to Berkeley after seven seasons at Cal Poly, where he successfully rebuilt a Mustangs program into a national contender with back-to-back postseason runs in 2017 and '18. Crosson served as an assistant at Cal from 2010-11 under longtime head coach Rich Feller, when the Bears made consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including an appearance in the national title game in 2010. The Bears also claimed the Pac-10 championship that season.

In his 20 years of collegiate coaching experience, Crosson has become a pillar of Bay Area collegiate volleyball with stops at Santa Clara and Saint Mary's, where he assisted both women's programs. He began his coaching career as a men's volleyball assistant at nearby Pacific, his alma mater. As a head coach, Crosson owns an overall record of 116-83, all with Cal Poly.

Crosson was named the AVCA Pacific North Region and Big West Coach of the Year in 2017 after leading the Mustangs to their most successful season in program history with a 27-3 record. Cal Poly also picked up a Big West title after going undefeated in league play. Seven Mustangs earned all-conference honors and three were named AVCA All-Americans, as Cal Poly reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Additionally, the Mustangs' Taylor Nelson, who was one of 12 players selected to the U.S. Women's Collegiate National Team Thailand Tour in the spring of '17, was named Big West Player of the Year. That same year, Crosson also led Cal Poly to its first sweep of perennial powerhouse Hawai'i since 1985, after a home win in front of the team's first sellout crowd since 2006 at Mott Athletics Center, in San Luis Obispo. Crosson followed up on 2017's success this past season when the Mustangs earned their highest national ranking (11th) since 2008 and were just two wins shy of last year's record, finishing 25-3. Cal Poly clinched the conference title, added six players to the All-Big West team and advanced to the postseason, while Crosson picked up his second consecutive conference coach of the year honor. The Mustangs closed the season ranked 22nd and produced a pair of AVCA All-Americans for Adlee Van Winden and Torrey Van Winden, who was also named the Big West Player of the Year. It was the second such honor for both sisters and the first back-to-back All-Americans for the program since 2010.

Crosson graduated from Pacific in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in sports sciences. He then earned his master's in sports sciences from Pacific in 2005. Crosson was one of the top attackers in program history and was voted Pacific's Most Valuable Player in 1997. As a professional, Crosson played one season for Herentals Volleyball Club in Belgium. A native of Santa Cruz, Crosson and his wife, Courtney, have two daughters, Makenna and Logan.

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