USC women’s volleyball head coach Brent Crouch will resign and take the same position at Auburn, according to a report from USC Athletics on Tuesday.
Crouch served as USC’s head coach for the former two seasons, compiling a 40-25 record. He replaced longtime head coach Mick Haley, who coached for 17 seasons until USC declined to extend his contract.
USC’s women’s volleyball team was unable to make it deep into the NCAA Tournament during Crouch’s tenure; the team lost in the second round of the last two tournaments.
The team’s success suffered a downward trend under Crouch, ending with an 18-14 record this past season following a 22-11 2018 season.
Crouch is inheriting an Auburn program that went 7-22 overall and 1-17 in conference play in 2019. Despite the Tigers’ recent struggles, Crouch said he is optimistic about the opportunity to build a successful program from the ground up.
“Volleyball in the [Southeastern Conference] is on the rise, and it is only a matter of time before it leads the country,” Crouch said in a statement released by Auburn. "I want to be at the forefront of that growth. Auburn volleyball is ready to take off, and I’m excited to partner with the department to ensure this happens.”
Crouch is familiar with turning struggling teams around. During his prior tenure at Portland in 2014, Crouch elevated the Pilots from a 0-27 record in 2014 to a 16-15 mark in 2015.
During this offseason, USC will select the next head coach for the women’s volleyball team.