Rob Machan will take on his fourth season as the head coach of the Sacred Heart men's volleyball team in 2012. Machan has the Pioneers as a team on the rise in the EIVA after posting back-to-back winning seasons. In 2011, Machan had an athlete selected as the National Player of the Week, marking the first time a Sacred Heart men's volleyball player has ever secured that honor.
Machan is also the head coach of the women's team at Sacred Heart, capturing NEC Coach of the Year accolades as well as a Northeast Conference Championship and a spot in the NCAA Tournament, all in the fall of 2010. On the men's side, Machan has had one plyaer earn All-EIVA honors (2011) and has placed four student-athletes on the EIVA All-Academic Team.
Machan joined the Sacred Heart athletic department after two years as an assistant coach in at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. As a member of head coach Chris Keife's staff, Machan helped guide the Cougar program back to the NAIA Tournament in 2005 for the first time since 2000. He helped the Cougars match that feat again in 2006, the first time in school history they received back-to-back bids to the tournament. While at APU he graduated with a Masters of Science in Physical Education
Prior to his stint at Azusa Pacific, Machan spent the previous four seasons (five overall) as a full-time assistant coach at the University of Southern California. While working with the Trojans his primary responsibilities with the team included coaching and training blocking systems, coordinating the defense and serving strategy, and assisting in recruiting. He also handled the program's alumni and community relations, as well as its gift and fundraising efforts.
After nearly two successful decades worth of experience at the club volleyball level, none could match the experience Machan enjoyed at USC under hall-of-fame coach Mick Haley. In 2002, he, along with fellow assistant Keife, helped coach USC to the national title. In 2003, he aided the Women of Troy in capturing a second straight national championship, its third Pac-10 championship in a five-year period, and a perfect 35-0 record, which including an NCAA record 47-straight victories. While at USC, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.
With more than 18 years of experience as a girls' volleyball coach, Machan founded the Long Beach Volleyball Club in 1986 and Power/Asics Nova Volleyball Club in 1995. He coached Long Beach Club for six seasons, worked with the Magnum Volleyball Club for two years and then spent the past five years with Power/Asics Nova. Starting in 1991, his club teams earned medals in the Junior Olympic National Open Tournament nine times, including three gold.
As the La Habra (Calif.) High varsity girls' coach from 1994 to 1995, he led the team to consecutive league titles and two CIF quarterfinal appearances.
Machan and his wife, Christy, have three children--Danielle (21), Joshua (11), and Matthew (8). Danielle is a senior at Sacred Heart.