Aug. 13, 2009
INDIANAPOLIS - Terry (Hull) Crawford, a former U.S. Olympic Team head coach and former head women's track & field and cross country coach at the University of Tennessee, has been named USA Track & Field's first Director of Coaching by CEO Doug Logan.
Among other duties, Crawford will serve as liaison to coaches and the coaching community, oversee USATF's Coaching Education program; develop a coaching certification program; oversee Team USA coaching staff selection and credentialing; and direct the track & field residence program at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center.
"Without our coaches, our athletes cannot be successful," Logan said. "Early on in my tenure I recognized the imperative that USATF devote staff and resources to serving their needs. The respect Coach Crawford has from her peers as a coach, administrator and coaches' advocate will serve her well as we strengthen our ties to coaches and revamp the programs that serve them."
"I am very excited about this next phase in my career," Crawford said. "To be able to elevate USATF's service to coaches, and by extension, to athletes, is something I couldn't pass up. I am looking forward to being part of this new era."
Crawford coached at the University of Tennessee from 1974-84, winning the first national title for any Lady Vol athletic team in 1981 when her squad claimed the AIAW Outdoor title. The 2002 Lady Vol Hall of Fame inductee, who ran to three national titles as an athlete at Tennessee (1969-70), also directed the Big Orange to victory in the first four SEC Outdoor Championships (1981-84) and initial SEC Indoor Championship (1984) for women.
During her career at Rocky Top, Crawford produced 19 individual national champions and saw her student-athletes earn 120 All-America honors. Numerous world, American and collegiate records fell during her stint, which also included UT posting four NCAA and two AIAW national runner-up finishes on the oval.
In cross country, she posted a 303-76-1 mark against all competition, guiding UT to the first-ever women's SEC title in that sport, as well, giving Tennessee the league's triple crown (cross country/indoor and outdoor track & field) for the 1983-84 school year. The Lady Vols also posted a pair of region/district titles and made five national championship meet appearances, carding a program-best fourth-place finish at the 1983 NCAA Championships.
At the University of Texas from 1984-1992, she led the Lady Longhorns to five national championships, including the only women's "triple crown" in history when Texas won the NCAA cross country, indoor track and outdoor track titles. She has coached at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, as Director of Track & Field/Cross Country, since 1992. In more than 30 years as a head coach, Crawford has coached twelve Olympians.
The 1988 Olympic women's head track & field coach, Crawford also has served as a national team coach at the IAAF World Track & Field and World Cross Country Championships, World University Games and Pan-American Games. She was a 1996 inductee into the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Hall of Fame. That organization in 2008 also established the Terry Crawford Program of the Year Award, awarded annually to the most outstanding NCAA Division I women's cross country and track & field program, based on the places finish at the NCAA Division I cross country, indoor and outdoor track championships.
She has served as President of the Women's Collegiate Cross Country Association and as President of the U.S. Track Coaches Association (1999-2001) and is a former member of USATF's board of directors, as chair of the USATF Coaches Advisory Committee.