April 19, 2002
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University women's rowing coach Tammy Crawford will resign her position effective June 30 of this year, WSU Director of Athletics Jim Sterk announced, Friday.
"I am walking away from the best experience of a lifetime, and hoping to discover as much satisfaction in my next endeavor, whatever it may be," Crawford said. "I am extremely proud of what I have contributed to WSU and I am happy to have had the experience of providing such incredible opportunity for so many young women. Coaching has always been a passion for me, and never a job.
"Balancing a family and a coaching career has been challenging at times, but always manageable," Crawford continued. "I have had an incredibly supportive spouse in my husband Roger, and I have never had any regrets about coaching as a lifestyle. However, this winter, as I watched my young sons play basketball, I felt the scale becoming unsteady. Suddenly I realized my oldest son is eight and I feel like tomorrow he will be 16. I decided it was time to do something different."
Crawford, who is currently in her 12th season at the helm of the program, led the Cougars to one national championship (1995 Junior Varsity Eight) and five Pacific-10 Conference titles during her tenure.
"I am deeply appreciative of everything that Tammy has done with the rowing program," said Sterk. "Her record of achievement at WSU speaks for itself and I wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors."
Crawford, who is working toward her master's degree in higher education, competed as a club rower for the Cougars from 1981 to 1984, and graduated from WSU in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in biology and secondary education. She began her coaching career in 1986 as the novice coach of the WSU club team. In 1987, Crawford moved to Seattle where she completed an internship as a graduate assistant coach with the novice crew at Washington. In 1988, she became the full-time novice coach for the Huskies and spent the following three years coaching first-year college rowers.
In 1990, Crawford returned to Pullman as head coach of the newly established varsity program at WSU. Within Crawford's first five years of coaching, her rowing teams captured three Pacific-10 Conference titles and one national championship. Additionally, 12 WSU rowing teams have finished in the top three at the Pac-10 Championships and five crews have finished in the top six nationally during the Crawford regime.
Most recently, the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) honored Crawford with the 2001 West Region Coach of the Year award. That year, Crawford led a Cougar team that 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.
The 2002 season is proving to be just as successful for the Cougars as the varsity eight boat is ranked No. 14 in the nation by the CRCA.