April 29, 2008
Watch Press Conference
(April 29, 2008) Chestnut Hill, MA - Boston College Director of Athletics Gene DeFilippo has announced that Sylvia Crawley has been named the Head Women's Basketball Coach at Boston College. Crawley, who was the head coach at Ohio University since 2006, has signed a five-year contract to become the sixth head coach in the history of Boston College women's basketball.
"This is an exciting day for BC women's basketball," DeFilippo said. "Sylvia Crawley has enjoyed phenomenal success both as a player and as a coach. As a North Carolina graduate, she knows the ACC inside and out. We are very fortunate to have her as our new coach."
North Carolina's Sylvia Hatchell, who coached Crawley as a collegian, offered similar words of praise.
"Sylvia was the captain of our national championship team in '94, so she means a lot to me personally as well as our program," Hatchell said. "She has always been a quality, first-class person and she has become an outstanding coach. She was a tremendous leader for us as a player and it has been fun to watch her grow and mature as a coach. This is going to be a first for me to be coaching against a former player in the ACC, but I'm excited for her to get this opportunity. We are all so proud of her and I know she'll do a great job at BC."
Crawley, a native of Steubenville, Ohio, led the Bobcats to a 20-13 record this season, 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.
Prior to coaching, Crawley played at both the collegiate and professional levels. Crawley 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 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.
On the professional level, Crawley played overseas in France and Spain from 1994-1996. She played for the Colorado Explosion in the American Basketball League (ABL). In 1998-99, Crawley played in Portland and then played in Italy from 1999 to 2000 before joining Portland in the WNBA. She also played for the San Antonio Silver Stars.
Crawley also played for the USA, earning the silver medal at the World University Games in 1995. She was an alternate for the 1996 Olympic team, which also earned a silver medal.
Crawley will be joined at Boston College by her staff, which includes Stephanie Lawrence Yelton, who was a teammate at the University of North Carolina, Geoff Lanier, and Angelita Forté.