Rob Machan Assumes Reigns of Men's Volleyball Program

Oct. 28, 2008

FAIRFIELD, CT - Sacred Heart University women's volleyball coach Rob Machan had another title added to his name this week - men's volleyball coach. The second-year coach has agreed to take over the leadership of the men's program, starting immediately.

"Rob is a very talented coach and it was a natural for us to turn to him when we needed a men's coach," said Director of Athletics, Don Cook. "His knowledge of the sport, enthusiasm and intensity will be a welcome addition to men's volleyball at Sacred Heart.

Machan replaces C.J. Emanuelson who resigned after four years as head coach. Machan has helped revitalize the women's volleyball program in a very short time, leading it to a Division I record 15 wins already this season.

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 where 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 capture a second straight national championship, its third Pac-10 championship in a five-year period and a perfect 35-0 record with an NCAA record 47-straight victories. While at USC, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

Machan and his wife, Christy, have three children--Danielle (18), Joshua (8), and Matthew (5). Danielle is a student a freshman at Sacred Heart.

"I am pleased to be working with the men's volleyball team at Sacred Heart," said Machan. "I believe the team has the potential to be very competitive this season. We have a good mix of veteran players and young talent and we are poised to have a break out season."