McNelis Announces Crawford Hiring to Join Women’s Basketball Staff

June 29, 2017

HATTIESBURG, Miss – Southern Miss Women’s Basketball Coach Joye Lee-McNelis announced the hiring of Victoria Crawford as an assistant coach for the program.

Crawford, who played for McNelis at Memphis from 2001 to 2005, joins Southern Miss following six seasons at Miles College as an assistant basketball coach and also seven years of professional play.

“We are excited to have Victoria Crawford to join our Lady Eagle family,” McNelis said. “Victoria is one of my own and I have watched her grow on and off the court. She is a part of the McNelis family and knows that my philosophy is about impacting lives on a daily basis.”

Crawford’s professional experience started in the WNBA after spending time in training camps for the Washington Mystics and Atlanta Dream before moving overseas and playing for teams in Iceland, Israel and Austria. Upon retirement, Crawford joined the coaching staff at Miles College from 2012 to 2017. She also coached Volleyball and Track and Field during her time in Birmingham. “It is an honor and a blessing to serve the University of Southern Mississippi women’s basketball program as their assistant women’s basketball coach,” Crawford said. “As a former athlete under Coach McNelis, I am aware of her passion and vision to see student-athletes excel on the court and in life. I look forward to adding to the tradition of the Lady Eagle program.”

At Memphis, Crawford set multiple records that still stand. She holds the record for single-season free throws made (207), free throws made in a single-game (16), single-game free throw percentage (1.000) and made the third most career free throws (497). Crawford was also a member of the Tigers’ Track and Field team, competing in the heptathlon, high, long and triple jump.

Crawford earned a BA in Communications from Memphis is 2004 and an MBA from Walden University in 2016. Crawford and her daughter, Londyn, reside in Hattiesburg.

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