May 23, 2001
Washington State University rowing coach Tammy Crawford was selected as the 2001 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) West Region Coach of the Year the CRCA announced Wednesday.
Crawford, who just completed her 11th season at the helm of the Cougar rowing program, was one of five regional coach of the year selections across the country. The CRCA will announce a national coach of the year upon completion of the NCAA Championships, May 24-26 at Lake Lanier in Gainesville, Georgia.
"This means a great deal to me," said Crawford of her honor. "Especially since it is coming from coaches, whom I have so much respect for, who nominated and voted for me."
Throughout the season, Crawford's squad was ranked in the top six of the west region, placing as high as third in the May 7 NCAA West Region Poll. In addition, the varsity eight squad was nationally ranked in the Top 20 of the USRowing/CRCA Poll for several weeks during the spring.
Criteria for determining the regional coaches of the year include outstanding success during the current season, team improvement from the prior season, fulfilling the team's potential, and demonstrating a high level of professionalism and integrity as a coach.
As a team, the Cougars improved on last year's fourth place finish at the Pac-10 Championships by tying for second with California this year. In addition, the novice eight boat captured the conference championship.