Feb. 18, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Already a member of several halls of fame during her distinguished career, former University of Tennessee women's track & field athlete and coach Terry Hull Crawford will join another elite club this week. The architect of the first women's national championship in UT Athletics history in 1981, the Greeneville, Tenn., native will be back in town Thursday night to join the inaugural 10-person class being inducted into the Knoxville Track Club Hall of Fame.
The dinner will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike. Expected to join her in that first-ever group are former UT men's coaches Doug Brown, Stan Huntsman and Chuck Rohe as well as Han Canfield, Charlie Durham, Allan Morgan, Bob Neff, Al Rovere, Stanley Underwood, all of whom were instrumental and active with the KTC and/or track & field officiating at all levels.
Crawford was a member of the KTC women's program in the 1960s, representing the organization in New York City at the Millrose Games. She won two national championships in the sprints (220y and 440y) and earned three All-America honors at Tennessee during her collegiate career. She would later direct the Lady Vol track & field and cross country programs, guiding her 1981 track & field team to the first women's national championship in school history at the AIAW Outdoor Championships. That group became legendary in UT lore as the "Ten That Made One."
From 1974-84, Crawford also led her Big Orange program to four NCAA and two AIAW runner-up finishes at the national level, with her athletes accumulating 120 All-America certificates and 19 individual national titles. Her Lady Vols won the first four (1981-84) SEC Outdoor Championships that were contested and claimed the first-ever SEC Indoor title in 1984. As head of the cross country program, she guided her harriers to five national championship appearances, an SEC title and an NCAA District III crown while producing five All-Americans.
Crawford later coached at Texas (1984-92) and then Cal Poly, where she continues to lead the program since taking over in 1992. At Texas her squads won 18 Southwest Conference Championships (four in cross country, eight in indoor track & field, six in outdoor track & field) and captured five NCAA Championships, including the only Triple Crown in NCAA women's history in 1986.
Crawford also has served the sports of cross country and track & field in several national leadership roles. She was president of the Women's Collegiate Cross Country Association and president of the U.S. Track Coaches Association (1999-2001). Crawford currently sits on the board of directors of USATF and is the coordinator of Olympic development for women's middle distance running. She also serves as the chairperson for the USATF Coaches Advisory Committee.
In recognition of her achievements, Crawford has served as a national team coach for numerous competitions, including the World University Games, the Pan-American Games, the World Championships and the World Cross Country Championships. In 1988, Crawford was selected as the head coach of the U.S. Women's Olympic Team. She is honored in the University of Tennessee Lady Vol Hall of Fame, the University of Texas Hall of Fame and the USTFCCCA Coaches Hall of Fame.
A strong proponent of the total team concept, she was recently honored by the USTFCCCA by having an award named after her. The inaugural Terry Crawford Program of the Year Award will be awarded at the conclusion of the 2009 outdoor track & field season. It will go annually to the most outstanding NCAA Division I women's cross country and track & field program. The award will honor the institution that has achieved the most success in each academic year (spanning the cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field seasons) based on the institution's finish at the NCAA Division I Championships.