Rob Machan will enter his fourth season as a full-time assistant coach (fifth overall) for the Women of Troy under head coach Mick Haley in 2004, and in just this short time, he can lay claim to two national title and three conference championships.
Machan's primary responsibilities with the team include coaching and training blocking skills and systems, coordinating the defense and serving strategy, and assisting in recruiting. He also handles the program's alumni and community relations, as well as its volleyball gift and fundraising efforts.
After nearly two successful decades worth of experience at the club volleyball level, none could match the experience Machan has enjoyed the past few seasons with the Women of Troy.
In 2003 he helped lead USC to its second-straight national championship, its third Pac-10 championship in the last four years, a perfect 35-0 record and an NCAA record 47-straight victories.
Machan's four seasons on the USC staff have been full of "firsts." As a volunteer assistant coach in 2000, Machan helped lead USC to its first NCAA Final Four appearance in 15 years. The Trojans won their first-ever share of the Pac-10 title (tying with Arizona) and their fourth overall conference title while finishing with a No. 4 national ranking. In 2002 he helped lead the Trojans to their first national championship in more than 20 years.
With more than 17 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 (1993-95) and then spent the past five years with Power/Asics Nova, where he coached future USC team members Tracy Lindquist and Toni Anderson.
Starting in 1991, his club teams earned medals in the Junior Olympic National Open Tournament eight times, including three gold, three silver and two bronze.
Over a nine-year span (1991-99), his teams also finished in the top three in national invitational tournaments 26 times. They earned 15 first place, seven second place and four third place finishes.
As the La Habra (Calif.) High varsity girls' volleyball coach from 1994 to 1995, Machan led the team to consecutive league championships and two CIF quarterfinal appearances. His head coaching experience also includes a two-year stint (1998-99) as the girls' coach at Wilson High in Long Beach, Calif., and two years (1986-87) as the boys' varsity head coach at Gahr High in Cerritos, Calif. He led Wilson to two league championships and a No. 3 final ranking in CIF Division IAA - the highest in school history.
Machan, 39, attended Long Beach State from 1985 to 1989. Prior to that, he spent three years at Long Beach City College, where he competed with the Long Beach All-Star men's club at USVBA nationals.
Born Nov. 21, 1964, Machan owned and operated an industrial sign/graphic arts business in the Long Beach area for 18 years. Machan Sign Co. has been a family business for over 80 years.
He and his wife, Christy, reside in Long Beach with daughter, Danielle (14) and sons, Joshua (4) and Matthew (2). Christy is a USC alumnus. She earned her bachelor's degree in occupational therapy in 1996 and currently works at Miller Children's Hospital. Machan is currently in the process of completing his undergraduate work in creative writing at USC.