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Michael Crane Hired as First UC Men's Volleyball Coach

Release Date:  Thursday, January 09, 2014

Charleston, W.Va. – University of Charleston Director of Athletics Dr. Bren Stevens today announced the hiring of Michael Crane as the head men’s volleyball coach at the University of Charleston.

“Coach Crane has experience as a collegiate player that will prove helpful as he takes the helm as the first coach of our men’s volleyball program,” said Dr. Stevens. "Michael has coached at many different levels and I am confident that he has the skill set that is required to build a new program for the University of Charleston."

Crane will immediately begin his duties with the Golden Eagles and lead the men’s volleyball program into its first season as a sponsored sport at the University of Charleston for the 2014-15 season. Prior to joining UC, he served as the head men’s volleyball club coach at Alderson-Broaddus University for the past two seasons. Crane built the Battler program from scratch as they started competition for the first time in 2012.  While at A-B, Crane posted an 18-18 record competing as a club team while playing NCAA Division I, II and club teams.

Crane played collegiately  for Trinity Christian College in Palos Height, Ill.  At Trinity, he was a starting setter, team captain and was named NAIA Setter of the Week and NCCAA Player of the Week on multiple occasions. He is currently a member of, and plays on the Mid-West Professional Volleyball Association, which is a beach tour in the Mid-West.

Men’s volleyball is the 18th varsity sport for the Golden Eagles and the first and only NCAA men’s volleyball program in West Virginia.