Women's Lacrosse Assistant Coach
Brooke Crawford starts her third season as an assistant coach with the Notre Dame women[apos]s lacrosse program. The former North Carolina standout will work with the defense, the position she starred at during her lacrosse career with the Tar Heels.
Crawford, along with fellow assistant, Alissa Moser and volunteer assistant, Kristen Gaudreau, gives head coach Tracy Coyne a talented trio of assistants for the 2005 campaign.
A three-time All-American at the University of North Carolina (1997, 1998, 1999), Crawford joined the Irish staff in 2002 after spending the 2001-02 season at James Madison University, where she directed the team[apos]s defense. Prior to her one season at James Madison, Crawford served two seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Connecticut.
Coyne knows how important good assistant coaches are for any program.
[quote]Brooke has done a great job in her first two years at Notre Dame. She has tremendous enthusiasm and brings a positive energy to the program. In a short time, she has made significant contributions to the program both on the field and in recruiting,[quote] says Coyne.
[quote]Before Brooke came to Notre Dame, people I talked to told me that she has a great mind for the game. I[apos]m was also impressed with what she had done recruiting-wise. She knows the players that are out there and has a proven ability to assess talent,[quote] adds Coyne.
In two seasons with the Irish, Crawford has developed a strong, talented defense that will be the strength of the team in 2005. A year ago, the Notre Dame defense ranked 13th in the nation in scoring defense, giving up 8.54 goals-per-game. The Irish were also eighth in ground balls (25.94 per game) and seventh in caused turnovers (11.0 per game).
Now in her third year at Notre Dame, Crawford has seen several of her defensive players receivepostseason accolades.
In 2004, Andrea Kinnik took second team IWLCA All-American honors and was als selected an Inside Lacrosse magazine and womenslacrosse.com All-American. Kinnik also took all-region All-American honors and was a first team all-BIG EAST selection. Current senior defender, Jess Mikula was a second team all-BIG EAST selection.
In her first season (2003), Crawford was intrumental in three players postseason success. Goalkeeper Jen White (`03) was a second-team all-BIG EAST selection, a second-team IWLCA all-region choice and a third-team IWLCA all-American. Defensive standout Kelly McCardell (`03) and Kinnik (`04) were both first-team IWLCA all-region choices while Kinnik was a womenslacrosse.com third team all-American.
A native of Malvern, Pa., Crawford came to Notre Dame after spending one year as the top assistant to head coach Jennifer Ulehla at James Madison.
With the Dukes, she assisted in all aspects of the program and was responsible for the team[apos]s defense, including player development and defensive strategies. During the 2002 season, the Dukes ranked 22nd in the nation with a 9.16 goals-against average, while finishing third (5-3) in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) and 8-10 overall.
Crawford went right from the playing field at North Carolina to the coaching ranks as she joined the University of Connecticut staff in 1999, remaining there for two seasons. With the Huskies, Crawford was responsible for the team[apos]s defense and was involved in all aspects of the Division I program. While at Connecticut, Crawford also was a member of the Department of Kinesiology where she taught undergraduate health, fitness and nutrition at the Storrs campus.
A former member of the U.S. National Team[apos]s Developmental Squad, Crawford graduated from North Carolina with degrees in psychology and exercise and sports science. As a player, Crawford graduated from North Carolina with school records for games played (67), games started (67) and minutes played.
A four-year starter, she was a member of the Tar Heels[apos] 1997 and 1998 NCAA semifinalist teams. The team MVP in 1999, Crawford was a four-time South Region All-American on the way to national All-American honors in 1997, 1998 and 1999. She also was named all-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in 1997 and 1999.