Bob Crank | Assistant Coach
Bob Crank is in his first year as an assistant coach with the USC Upstate volleyball team.
Crank joins USC Upstate after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Southeast Missouri State. His duties included serving as the first assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He worked with the middles, setters, blocking and defense throughout his two seasons.
Crank helped lead Southeast Missouri State from a ninth-place conference finish in 2016 to fifth in 2018. Southeast Missouri State's record during that time went from 7-23 in 2016 to 16-14 in 2018. He assisted with all aspects of practice planning and execution, and opponent scouting and game plans. Crank coached four All-OVC players during his tenure.
Prior to joining Southeast Missouri State, Crank was the head coach for four seasons at Quincy University. He led the effort turning the program around after a 9-21 finish in the inaugural season to a 16-15 record in 2016, which was the program's best finish in nine seasons and qualified for the GLVC Tournament for the sixth time in program history. Crank surpassed 115 career wins at Quincy, mentored two All-GLVC players, and for the first time in program history, had a player receive Defensive Player of the Week honors. Under Crank's leadership, eight players achieved thirteen different top-5 statistical records. He also coached three middle blockers to national rankings as top-50 statistical performers in blocking and hitting percentage.
He spent two seasons as the assistant coach at Missouri-St. Louis where he worked primarily with the setters and middles. Crank also performed in-game opponent charting, coordinated the blocking system and coached the setters. While helping with the Tritons, four players were named All-GLVC and the program qualified for the GLVC Tournament both seasons.
Crank spent eight years working with High Performance-STL Volleyball Club in St. Louis, Missouri coaching both girls and boys. His club coaching career culminated as the Girl's Division Director. He was the first person to hold that title/position with HP as he helped spearhead the expansion of the club. His efforts ultimately led to doubling the size of the girl's division as they remain one of the largest and more prominent clubs in the Gateway Region.
He began his college coaching career as the head coach at Maryville. He compiled his first program rebuild at Maryville, guiding the Saints from a .292 winning percentage to .478 in his first four seasons as the coach. The Saints produced four top-4 conference finishes and posted 17 players to All-Conference Team accolades. He coached a total of 20 players with 45 different top-10 statistical records for the volleyball program. In 2009, Crank coached the Saints through the transition from NCAA Division III to Division II.
A graduate of Missouri Baptist, Crank was a setter on a Spartans men's volleyball program that captured two conference championships. The Spartans made four straight appearances in the NAIA National Championship Tournament, finishing each season ranked as one of the top six teams in the country. After completing his playing career, he stayed for one year as an assistant coach, helping the program make a fifth straight NAIA National Championship Tournament. He graduated with degrees in sports medicine and sport management.
Also a veteran, Crank concluded his military service as a Psychological Operations Team Chief attached to the 101st Airborne Division while deployed overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004.