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Sylvia Crawley will enter her fourth season as the head coach at Boston College. She arrived at the Heights in the spring of 2008. Crawley's record at Boston College is 81-40, while her overall career record is 101-65.
In the 2010-11 season, Crawley led the Eagles to a 23-17 season and an seventh place finish in the ACC with a 5-9 record. During the season Boston College defeated perennial power Rutgers, Big 10 opponents Penn State and won the Junkanoo Jam in the Grand Bahamas with wins over Seton Hall and Sacred Heart.
Senior Carolyn Swords was the tournament MVP, while Swords and Stefanie Murphy made the all-tournament team. The Eagles also went undefeated at the TD Bank Classic in Vermont with victories over Dartmouth and Vermont. Swords' was the MVP and Kristen Doherty joined her on the all-tournament team.
The Eagles also defeated Maryland for the second straight game, Virginia for the first time, NC State, Virginia Tech and Clemson. BC qualified for the WNIT and defeated Yale and St. Joseph's before falling to UVA in the fourth round of the tournament.
Under Crawley the Eagles broke a number of program records. The team scored 2,571 points, breaking the old record of 2,504 held by the 1999-2000 team. BC also hit 216 three-pointers, breaking the old record held by the 2009-10 team of 188. Carolyn Swords, who was All-ACC first team for the second straight season, led the nation in field goal percentage for the third consecutive season with an impressive 71.4 average, a new program record.
In the 2009-10 season, Crawley led Boston College to a 15-17 overall record and 6-8 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Eagles reached a number of firsts as a team during the season. BC defeated eight teams with an RPI of 50 or lower, including: No. 6 Duke; No. 8 FSU; No. 21 UNC; No. 24 Georgia Tech; Maryland; Fresno State; Iowa and NC State. It was also the first season in which Boston College defeated Duke, UNC and Florida State since joining the ACC.
The Eagles won the Hoops for a Cure Tournament hosted by SMU over the Thanksgiving break. The team also smashed the record for most three-pointers made in a single season with 188. The Eagles led the ACC in free throw percentage (76.7%) and second in field goal percentage (44.1%).
Individually, junior Carolyn Swords became the first Eagle player to be named to the All-ACC first team. She also led the nation in field goal percentage for the second consecutive season. Fellow junior Stefanie Murphy was an All-ACC honorable mention and earned All-Tournament honors at the Hoops for a Cure Tournament. Senior Mickel Picco finished her career as the all-time leader in three-pointers made at BC with 237. She also holds the record for most three's taken with 700.
In Crawley's first season at BC, the Eagles went 23-12 overall, 7-7 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and advanced to the Final Four of the WNIT Championship. The Eagles finished the season leading the ACC in team assists (16.6 apg.), rebounding margin (+9.1) and placed two players in the Top 10 scorers - Carolyn Swords (6th - 15.4 ppg.) and Mickel Picco (7th - 15.2 ppg.). Both players landed on the All-ACC team, Swords to the second team and Picco as an honorable mention. It marked the first time two BC players were named to the conference teams. Swords also picked up All-ACC Tournament team honors as well as a finalist for the State Farm All-America team.
The Eagles highlights for the 2008-09 season include defeating two ranked teams - No. 23/24 TCU, No. 22/24 Georgia Tech. The overtime victory over the Yellow Jackets on Jan. 8 also marked the first ACC win for Coach Crawley.
The team also captured the Blue Sky Classic Tournament in Hanover, New Hampshire, hosted by Dartmouth College. BC also advanced to the final of the St. John's - Chartwell Holiday Classic in December. The Eagles earned two victories against TCU and James Madison at the Caribbean Challenge in November.
The team also broke a number of program records. The 2008-09 Eagles grabbed a record setting 1,457 rebounds, while recording 127 blocks. The old record for rebounds was set in 1999-00 with 1,297 boards; while the old team blocks record was 98 set in 2003-04. This year's team also handed out 582 assists, beating the old record of 580 set by the 2003-04 team. The Eagles also bested the old record of three-pointers made in the single season by one hoop, 165 three's made is the new team record.
In Crawley's system, a number of players reached career-highs. Junior Mickel Picco notched her 1,000 point after scoring a career-high 527 points in a single season. Picco also hit a career-high 84 three-pointers to increase her career total to 167, just 45 away from the program high 212. Sophomore Carolyn Swords finished the season with career-highs in points (538), rebounds and blocks (84). She also led the country and ACC in field goal percentage (67.8 FG%). Swords and junior Ayla Brown each joined the 500 Point-500 Rebound Club this past season. Senior Corey Rusin also reached career-highs in point (150), rebounds (70) and minutes played (16.5 mpg.).
Crawley, a native of Steubenville, Ohio, was the head coach at Ohio University for two seasons. She led the Bobcats to a 20-13 record in 2007-08, which was the first time the program earned 20 wins since 1994-95. Crawley's team went 10-6 in the MAC, which also marked the second consecutive season the team reached double-digits in conference wins. Under Crawley, the Bobcats advanced to the 2008 MAC championship this past season for the first time since 1986.
In her first season with the Bobcats, Crawley led the Bobcats to an 18-12 overall and a 10-6 MAC record. The 18-win season marked the most wins for the program since the 1994-95 season. Crawley led the Bobcats to their first win against a ranked opponent with a 70-67 victory over No. 16/18 Bowling Green.
Prior to Ohio, Crawley spent the 2005-06 season as the top assistant at Fordham University. Crawley then stepped in as the interim head coach when Fordham head coach Jim Lewis retired. Crawley also served as an assistant coach at her alma mater, North Carolina, from 2000-02. In her two seasons with the Tar Heels, the team posted a combined 41-23 record and advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2002.
Crawley played at both the collegiate and professional levels, prior to joining the coaching ranks. She was a member of the 1993-94 North Carolina team that posted a 33-2 record and captured the National Championship in dramatic fashion on a buzzer-beater. Crawley, who was the team captain, earned the Final Four Coaches' MVP and was named to the East Region All-Tournament Team. She also helped North Carolina to the 1994 ACC Tournament championship and was named to the All-ACC Tournament Team.
Crawley finished her career at UNC with 124 games played, 101 started, 1,158 points, 582 rebounds, 123 blocks and 90 steals. She ranks fifth on the UNC career charts in blocks (123) and seventh in field goal percentage (51.4). On Feb. 27, 2000, Crawley watched as her number - 00 - was hoisted to the rafters of Carmichael Auditorium. Crawley is one of the 11 Tarheels players to have their numbers hang from the rafters.
On the professional level, Crawley played overseas in France and Spain from 1994-1996. She competed in 16 different countries in 12 years of professional basketball experience. Crawley was a premiere player for the Colorado Explosion in the American Basketball League (ABL). In 1998, Crawley won the women's ABL Inaugural Slam Dunk Contest with a blind-folded dunk. In 1998-99, Crawley was traded to the Portland Power and then in Italy from 1999 to 2000 before joining Portland Fire in the WNBA. She was then sent into the dispersal draft and sent to the San Antonio Silver Stars.
Crawley also played for the United States, earning the silver medal at the World University Games in 1995. She was named the 1995 USA Basketball Player of the Year. Crawley was a member of the 1994 US Select team and was an alternate for the 1996 Olympic team, which also earned a silver medal. Crawley was also a member of the 1996 Jones Cup team and earned second-team tournament honors. She had a team-high 10 blocks in the tournament. Crawley was also a member of the 1999 Pan Am Games team.
Off the court, Crawley is also an active motivational speaker, presenting to youth groups, schools and for a number of Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) teams. Crawley is also the co-founder and publisher of Monarch Magazine (monarchmagazine.com), which is published quarterly. A 1994 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Crawley earned a double major in Communication and Radio, TV and Motion Pictures.