College - North Carolina
Former WNBA and USA Basketball star Sylvia Crawley begins her first season as assistant coach with the Indiana Fever.
A former college head coach at Ohio University and Boston College, Crawley is re-united in Indiana with Fever head coach Lin Dunn who coached her with the Portland Power in the former American Basketball League.
Crawley also has college experience as an assistant at North Carolina and Fordham.
The 1995 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year and a finalist for the 1996 USA Olympic women’s basketball team, Crawley assumes her first coaching position in the WNBA. A member of the 1994 NCAA championship team at North Carolina, her jersey was honored at UNC in 2000 and she was named an ACC legend in 2012.
Most recently, Crawley spent the past two years as a college analyst with American Digital and ESPN3. She also stayed active in the WNBA, serving as a chaplain for league functions such as the WNBA All-Star Game.
Crawley served as the head coach at Boston College from 2008-12 as the Eagles made their entrance into the Atlantic Coast Conference, and served in the same capacity at Ohio University during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. She owns a 146-113 (.564) career head coaching record.
She began her coaching career as an assistant coach at her alma mater for two seasons (2000-02), and after completion of her playing career in 2004, she assumed a top assistant’s position at Fordham University. At the end of the 2006 season, she was named the interim head coach at Fordham, prior to accepting the head position with the Bobcats in April 2006.
At Ohio, she twice led the Bobcats to the Mid-American Conference championship game, posting 18-12 and 20-13 records in two seasons. At BC, she guided the Eagles to a 23-12 mark and an appearance in the WNIT Final Four in her first season. She was 108-88 overall in four seasons.
While at UNC, Crawley was the Tar Heels’ defensive player of the year as a senior while pacing the club to a national championship and a 33-2 record. She set the school record for blocked shots in 1994 and a year later earned a gold medal with USA Basketball in the World University Games.
Crawley played four WNBA seasons, posting career averages of 8.2 points and 4.9 rebounds as a forward with the Portland Fire and San Antonio Stars. She also played professionally in the former ABL with the Colorado Xplosion and Portland Power from 1996 to 1999, and was the winner of the ABL’s slam dunk contest in 1997, winning the contest with a blindfolded dunk.
She landed with the Portland Fire when the ABL closed its doors and when the Fire ceased operations, Crawley was selected by Indiana in the WNBA’s 2003 dispersal draft. A day later, she was involved in a four-player trade that sent her to San Antonio in exchange for U.S. Olympian and WNBA All-Star Natalie Williams.
A native of Steubenville, Ohio and a 1994 UNC graduate with dual degrees in communications and radio, television & motion pictures, Crawley is married to Reginald Milbry who serves as a Master Sergeant in the United States Army. She is co-owner of Monarch Magazine and is a licensed minister from Aenon Bible College in Indianapolis.