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Cal Poly names new volleyball coach 

Cal Poly hired a new volleyball coach to replace the previous head coach, who was removed from the position following accusations of sexual harassment.

Cal Poly Director of Athletics Don Oberhelman announced at a Jan. 20 news conference that Sam Crosson will take over as the new volleyball coach. Crosson was an assistant volleyball coach at UC Berkeley, where he helped coach the team to the NCAA title match in 2010. Crosson is slated to earn $106,000 a year for the next four years, according to the Cal Poly Athletic Department.

“Sam is all about human growth and development,” Oberhelman said. “Which I think is a shining example of what Cal Poly stands for and how we represent the university in that we’re here to serve the young women within our program.”

Coach Jon Stevenson departed Cal Poly after the administration was confronted by a New Times investigation that found a number of his volleyball players had accused the coach of harassment and inappropriate behavior toward student athletes. The investigation found that the athletic department had been aware of accusations against Stevenson for months. Stevenson was removed as coach Sept. 1, 2011. He resigned Sept. 30, 2011, and received $133,980 from the university (before taxes) as well as $22,876 for accrued vacation time.

Crosson said he was looking forward to his new job and emphasized that establishing trust was a priority.

“I’m looking forward to growing those relationships [with the team] and developing the trust within the group along with the administration and the teachers, professors, and the academic side as well,” he said. “Here at Cal Poly, I know that trust is a big contributing component to the success of the university.”

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