Western State College, 1978
Kirk Crawford is in his fourth season as an assistant coach in the Lady Eagle basketball program and 28th year in the coaching profession. His duties include on-the-floor coaching, assisting in recruiting and preparing scouting reports. Nine of those years are at the NCAA Division I level coaching with both men's and women's basketball programs. He was an assistant women's coach at Providence College and while at Providence, he was responsible for signing five athletes in the 2004 recruiting class.
Crawford began his coaching career in 1978 at Springfield High School in Springfield, Colo. He then coached for one season at Littleton High School in Littleton, Colo., before spending 12 years as a coach with the Colorado AAU from 1980-92. Crawford returned to the high school circuit for three more seasons at Park City High School in Park City, Utah (1992-94) and Olympus High School in Salt Lake City, Utah (1994-95).
Crawford entered the collegiate coaching ranks at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, as a men's assistant coach from 1995-99. In 1999, he moved on to the University of Portland in Portland, Ore., where he served as an assistant coach for two seasons (1999-01) and then spent the 2001-02 season as an assistant coach at Portland State University.
As an assistant coach at the collegiate level, Crawford was directly responsible for on- and off-campus recruiting, post- and perimeter-player development, opponent scouting, game plan and practice preparation, in-game defensive schemes, film breakdown and editing, summer camps and coaches' clinics and strength and conditioning.
He also spent time as a mentor and volunteer for the Portland Fire of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).
Crawford, a 1978 graduate of Western State College (Colo.), earned a bachelor's degree in physical education. While at WSC, he lettered in basketball and baseball. He also is a competitive triathlete and cyclist and is currently ranked fifth nationally. He is married to the former Margie Rushing, and the couple has seven-year-old twin boys, Zachary Louis and Nolan Lee.