Rob Machan
Rob Machan
Title: Head Coach
Phone: (203) 365-7647
Email: machanr@sacredheart.edu
Year: 9th Season

Rob Machan took over the head coaching reigns of the Sacred Heart women's volleyball program in 2007 and has molded the team into a Northeast Conference powerhouse.  

Coaching Accomplishments:

  • Two-time Northeast Conference Champion (2010, 2011)
  • Two-time NEC Coach of the Year (2009, 2010)
  • During his tenure at Sacred Heart, Machan's student-athletes have claimed two NEC Player of the Year awards, two NEC Setter of the Year awards, two NEC Rookie of the Year awards and one NEC Libero of the Year award. He has coached nine players to First Team All-NEC honors and 12 to Second Team All-NEC recognition
  • Reached the postseason and improved SHU's record in each of his first five seasons.
  • Has participated in postseason play in seven of his nine years.
  • Set program record with 29 victories in 2010, including going a perfect 16-0 at home
  • Sacred Heart became the first team from the NEC to take a set from a ranked team in the NCAA Tournament, falling to No. 11 Stanford in four sets in 2011
  • Joined the Sacred Heart athletic department after two years as an assistant coach in at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California, where he helped guide the Cougar program back to the NAIA Tournament in 2005 for the first time since 2000. Azusa then matched that feat again in 2006, the first time in school history the Cougars received back-to-back bids to the tournament
  • Prior to his stint at Azusa Pacific, Machan spent the five season as an assistant coach at the University of Southern California.  While working with the Trojans his primary responsibilities with the team included coaching and training blocking systems, coordinating the defense and serving strategy, and assisting in recruiting. He also handled the program's alumni and community relations, as well as its gift and fundraising efforts. During that time, he helped lead the Trojans to consecutive national titles in 2002 and 2003, three Pac-10 championships, and a perfect 35-0 record in 2003, which was part of a stretch of an NCAA record 47-straight victories
  • With more than 27 years of experience as a girls' volleyball coach, Machan founded the Long Beach Volleyball Club in 1986 and Power/Asics Nova Volleyball Club in 1995. He coached Long Beach Club for six seasons, worked with the Magnum Volleyball Club for two years and then spent five years with Power/Asics Nova. Starting in 1991, his club teams earned medals in the Junior Olympic National Open Tournament nine times, including three gold
  • As the La Habra (Calif.) High varsity girls' coach from 1994 to 1995, he led the team to consecutive league titles and two CIF quarterfinal appearances