Feb. 18, 2009
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Six years before the legendary Pat Summitt was able to cut down the nets and celebrate the first of her eight NCAA Championships in women's basketball, Terry Hull Crawford made a name for herself at the University of Tennessee. The former Lady Vol head track & field coach carved a place in history at Rocky Top in 1981, when her storied "Ten That Made One" squad won the AIAW Outdoor Championship and captured the first women's national title in UT history.
Crawford, who also had competed in track & field at UT before directing the Lady Vol track & field and cross country teams from 1974-84, is among the stars of the recently-released book, In the Footsteps of Champions: The University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers, the First Three Decades (The University of Tennessee Press, $35.95). Crawford, author Debby Schriver, and several other former Big Orange greats will be on hand from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 20, for a book signing at Long's Drug Store at 4604 Kingston Pike in Knoxville. During the event, the "Doc, Jeff and Heather in the Morning" show on the Sports Animal, WNML 990 AM, will be doing a live in-store broadcast.
Expected to join Crawford, who also served as the head coach of the U.S. Olympic Women's Team in 1988, are Gloria Ray, the first UT Women's Athletics Director (1976-84) and current president and CEO of the Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation, and J.J. Clark, the current Lady Vol track & field and cross country coach, who led UT to its first NCAA title in track & field in 2005 and whose sister, Joetta Clark, was a 15-time All-American who ran for Crawford at UT and went on to make four Olympic Teams.
Members of the 1981 AIAW Championship squad who are slated to be on hand include Sharrieffa Barksdale, a 12-time All-American who helped that title squad win a pair of relays, and Rose Hauch, a six-time All-American who was the AIAW runner-up in the shot put for the Lady Vols that season. Denise Wood, an assistant coach who worked with the throwers on Crawford's staff in 1981, will be there as well.
Also making appearances will be local fitness and health advocate Missy Alston Kane Bemiller, a member of Crawford's Lady Vol teams who later made the 1984 Olympics and returned to UT in the late 80s/early 90s to serve on the cross country and track & field coaching staff, as well as former track & field standouts Melissa Foster and Susan Thornton, and tennis player Linda Evers, who all finished up their UT careers in 1980.
In the Footsteps of Champions commemorates the efforts and achievements of The University of Tennessee Women's Athletics Department, from the development of the University's first freestanding women's athletics department through the current success enjoyed by all of the Lady Volunteer sports programs. The book offers compelling insight into the role pioneers such as Crawford, former athletics director Gloria Ray, and others have played in developing both women's athletics on a regional and national level and the institution of women's student athletic divisions. For further information, please contact Tom Post, UT Press Publicity Manager, at (865) 974-5466.
UT'S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TRACK & FIELD COACHES
TERRY HULL CRAWFORD: As a student-athlete at UT (1969-70): 1969 Division of Girls and Women's Sports National Champion in 220-yard and 440-yard dashes...As head coach at UT (1974-84): Won 1981 AIAW Outdoor National Championship at UT and led her team to four NCAA and two AIAW national runner-up finishes...Her Lady Vols won the first four (1981-84) SEC Outdoor Championships that were contested...Won first-ever SEC Indoor title in 1984...Coached track & field athletes to 120 All-America certificates and 19 individual national titles at UT...Led the cross country program to five national championship appearances, an SEC title and an NCAA District III crown while producing five All-Americans...Etc: Head coach of 1988 U.S. Olympic Team...Inducted into several halls of fame, including the Lady Vol Hall of Fame in 2002...Also coached at Texas and currently at Cal Poly.
J.J. Clark: Has served as head women's track & field and cross country coach at UT since 2002-03...Team is currently ranked No. 2 in the nation in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Poll...His team has SEC Indoor Championships coming up next weekend (Feb. 27-March 1) in Lexington, Ky....Track & field program won the NCAA Indoor title in 2005 and also posted top-10 finishes indoors in 2004, 2007 and 2008 and outdoors in 2004 and 2005...Track & field won SEC Indoor titles in 2005 and 2007 and posted runner-up outcomes indoors in 2004 and 2008...Served as U.S. Olympic Team assistant coach in 2008...Has produced 26 All-Americans (earning 114 awards), nine NCAA champions and 29 SEC champions...Guided UT to three SEC Championships, four region titles and five NCAA Championship team appearances in cross country and produced one All-American...Has earned 14 coach of the year honors in track & field and cross country while at UT.