MONDAY, JANUARY 11, 2010
JU names Chuck Crawford as assistant volleyball coach
Chuck Crawford helped the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets to the NCAA Tournament last season.
Chuck Crawford helped the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets to the NCAA Tournament last season.
Former Georgia Tech volunteer assistant coach Chuck Crawford has been named JU assistant volleyball coach by head coach Shaun Kupferberg. Crawford replaces Kelly Hopkins, who resigned at the conclusion of the 2009 season in order to pursue new interests on the West Coast.

In his one season at Georgia Tech in 2009, Crawford helped the Yellow Jackets to a third place finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the program’s first bid to the NCAA Tournament since 2004. His responsibilities included opponent scouting, camp organization and team training.

“This is a great opportunity for me to join an established athletic department with national success,” said Crawford. “Shaun has a great vision for the volleyball program and I share his passion and enthusiasm. It is truly an honor for my family to join the JU family and I look forward to helping move the volleyball program forward in the years to come."

While at Georgia Tech, Crawford also worked with the A5 Mizuno Volleyball Club in 2008 and 2009, serving as a head coach for an 18-2 squad that posted a fifth-place finish in the USAV Southern Region while receiving an American Bid to the 2009 USAV National Championships in Miami, Fla. It marked the first time in history that an 18-2 team qualified for the National Championships out of the Southern Region.

“Chuck is a great coach who brings a high level of energy into our program,” said Kupferberg. “He has worked with an NCAA Tournament team at Georgia Tech and knows what it takes to play and perform at that level. I’m looking forward to the new insights and ideas that he will bring to the table.”

Prior to Georgia Tech, Crawford served as head coach of the North Forsyth High School volleyball team from 2006-08.

A health and physical education teacher for Fulton and Forsyth Counties from 2001-09, Crawford received his degree from Miami (Ohio) in 2001. He also participated on the Miami club team volleyball from 1998-2001.