Susan Crebbin is changing jobs but she isn’t going to far to do so.
Crebbin, who turned the San Bernardino Valley College program from doormat to title contender, has been appointed head coach at nearby Cal State San Bernardino.
She replaces Renee Jimenez who departed after two years top take the same position at Cal State San Marcos.
“I am very excited about the opportunity,” Crebbin said. “I am coming in late s there are some challenges but I am ready to handle them and get going.”
When Crebbin arrived from Northern California a decade ago, the SBVC program was practically non-existent. The school struggled to field a team and the losses far outnumbered the wins.
She went 212-89 overall, but more impressively led the Wolverines to a record of 112-22 in Foothill Conference play including a 59-3 slate over the last five seasons and unbeaten seasons in each of the last two years.
The Wolverines won seven conference championships in her last eight seasons and twice reached the state’s Elite Eight. She earned five conference coach of the year honors.
Crebbin told her players earlier in the week about the possible move. She met with a handful of her new players on Thursday, although most are not yet around.
Crebbin stressed her experience and knowledge of the area, the same in which she recruited for her previous job. There has been negative publicity surrounding San Bernardino recently but that doesn’t scare Crebbin off.
“I think it’s just a matter of going out and meeting the players and their families and getting them here on campus so we can show them what we have to offer.” she said. “Once we get people here they’ll realize it’s different than what they perceived.”
Crebbin said the biggest difference will be dealing with NCAA regulations which will be new to her.
“The basketball part will be easy,” she said. “The learning curve will be all the NCAA stuff but I have great people here I can go to and lean on for right now.”
Crebbin becomes the eighth coach in CSUSB program history and takes over a program that went 19-9 last season and reached the CCAA Tournament semifinals.
“We don;t have a lot of players but the ones that are here are really good/ Now I just need to go scramble and find a few more.”