With several veteran coaches on the Rochester College coaching staff, none have been here longer than Warrior Volleyball coach David Crump.
In February 2005, Crump accepted the head coach position from former Athletic Director Garth Pleasant. Crump has seen big changes over the years. "Since starting here, the athletic program, in general, has grown in the level of competition and in the overall quality. When I first came, there was just a couple of sports that were competitive," said Crump. "Now I feel most of our sports are competitive at a higher level of competition."
Crump took a program that often struggled in the win column and turned them into a year after year contender for the USCAA National Championship. "I believe we are a much more competitive program in comparison to when I started seven years ago," Crump said. Crump credited his assistant coaches with the success of his program throughout the years as well as the support from the athletic department management, and support from RC President Rubel Shelly.
Most of all, Crump credited the RC mission for his success. "This (RC Mission) has been a huge benefit for our program. We have been able to establish a culture that if we teach the good biblical principles, work hard in both the classroom and the court, not only will the wins and losses take care of themselves, but we know we will produce better players, better students, and in the future, better employees and citizens of our communities."
The RC Volleyball program has many great players come and go. Players like setter Kirstin Fish, outside hitters Katie LeComte and Katie Wiegand. Defensive specialists like Rachel (Marquardt) Couck and Amanda Crump, Right side hitters Amanda Passage and Katelyn Cosio, and Middle Hitter Megan Towe to name a few. "I feel like we have been blessed with so many talented players. I think of when I first started; the athletes based their college choice on a dream. I did not have anything else to give except a vision," said Crump.
To be an RC Volleyball player, Coach Crump does not simply look for players that can play. "We probably recruit a little different than a lot. We, of course, look at talent, potential, work ethic, academics, and all of those things, but we believe the most important part is prayer," said Crump. "I know that may sound odd to some, but I believe that the young ladies who come here are here for a purpose. I believe that there is a greater calling to RC than just volleyball.
In his time at RC, Coach Crump has enjoyed much success on the court, but what he has enjoyed most is the environment of the college and the opportunity to see his team grow stronger. "I love coaching at RC. That does not mean there are not challenges. However, you learn to deal with those as just speed bumps on the way to your goals. I love the competitive environment," said Crump. "I love working with athletes at this age. The world has such a pull on them to do worldly things; I want to see them do Godly things. I tell them all the time; our goal for them is to be twenty years from now telling their children about this awesome college and volleyball team they were part of. Hopefully soon, they can also show them a championship ring to prove the great program they played in," finished Crump.