April 17, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Brandon Crisp, a two-time NAIA National Champion assistant coach at Cal Baptist, has been named assistant volleyball coach at East Carolina University, according to an announcement by head coach Julie Torbett on Wednesday.
Crisp brings a wealth of experience to ECU and comes to the Pirates after spending last season at Fordham University as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. At Fordham he implemented new offensive and defensive systems which resulted in the Rams doubling their win total in just one season.
Prior to his stint at Fordham, Crisp served as a volunteer assistant coach for the University of California, Riverside where he helped the Highlanders tie the school record for the most wins in Big West Conference action.
While volunteering at UCR, he also spent two years as an assistant coach at California Baptist University coaching both the men's and women's volleyball teams. At Cal Baptist, Crisp helped the men's squad to back-to-back NAIA National Championships in 2010 and 2011 after the Lancers knocked off nationally ranked opponents such as No. 2 UC Irvine, No. 3 Stanford, No. 4 Pepperdine, No. 6 UC Santa Barbara, No. 7 Long Beach State, and No. 8 UCLA in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play.
The Cal Baptist women's team also saw success as Crisp coached the Lady Lancers to the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Tournament in 2009 and 2010. In 2009, Cal Baptist was ranked as high as No. 2 in the NAIA, while the Lancers earned a No. 6 ranking in 2010.
Crisp got his start coaching collegiate volleyball at perennial powerhouse USC from 2003-08. He helped lead the Trojans to the 2007 Final Four and they finished ranked No. 3 in American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll. A year earlier, Crisp helped guide USC to the Sweet Sixteen and the Trojans concluded the season ranked No. 8 in the AVCA.
In addition to his coaching duties, Crisp also gained experience managing Data Volley and Data Video for statistical, video, and scouting analysis.
"I am excited to add Brandon to my staff at ECU," Coach Torbett said. "His experience with the USC women's and men's volleyball teams is impressive and I believe it can only enhance our player's training. His work with Data Volley and statistical analysis will be utilized immediately. His biggest focus, however, will be recruiting. We are counting on Brandon to help bring high level players to East Carolina and move this program forward."
On the club level, Crisp was the technical coordinator for USA Volleyball from 2008-10. During this time, he guided the USA Girls' Youth National Team to a Gold Medal after his squad swept Mexico at the NORCECA Girls' Youth Continental Championship in Puerto Rico in 2008.
He also spent nine seasons with the Santa Monica Beach Club, including a third-place finish at the Southern California Junior National Qualifier in 2004. In 2008, he coached the 18's team for Revolution Volleyball Club and in 2009 coached Top Gun Volleyball where he helped lead the 17-Red Team to a fifth-place finish at the Cal Finals.
The High Performance Coach has also spent time coaching at a variety of summer camps including USC, Pepperdine, Arizona, Oklahoma, UC San Diego, and Cal Baptist.
Crisp also worked as a high school coach from 1998-2005. Most recently he served as head girls' varsity coach at Hart High School in Newhall, Calif., and head boys' varsity coach at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Crisp earned his Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology from Cal Baptist in 2011.