Former WNBA Star Sylvia Crawley Named to Fever Coaching Staff
Official Release | April 10, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Fever has named former WNBA star Sylvia Crawley as an assistant coach, filling the role vacated last week by Mickie DeMoss. Crawley, a former college head coach at Ohio University and Boston College, will be re-united in Indiana with Fever head coach Lin Dunn, who coached her with the Portland Power in the former American Basketball League.
A finalist for the 1996 USA Olympic women's basketball team and the 1995 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year, Crawley assumes her first coaching position in the WNBA. A member of the 1994 NCAA championship team at North Carolina, she also joins another former NCAA champion, pro player and a frequent opponent, Stephanie White, on the Fever staff.
"I am so excited to join the Fever family! This feels like unfinished business for me," said Crawley who previously played for Dunn and at one time was drafted by the Fever. ÂIt has always been a dream to coach in the WNBA. I was advised many years ago to go get some coaching experience and, now that I have done that, I feel like I am ready to coach at this level. The Fever has been such a first-class organization in this league, that I feel fortunate to join their staff. It is a team that competes, always seems to get to postseason play and has great leadership.
"I played for Coach Dunn and think she is one of the best time-and-score situational coaches in our game. I look forward to learning from her along with the opportunity to work beside Stephanie for whom I had such great respect when we were players. I have watched her career grow as a coach and IÂm excited to work with both of them."
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 was an assistant coach at her alma mater, North Carolina, for two seasons from 2000 to 2002, and after completion of her playing career in 2004, she assumed a top assistantÂs 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.
"I would like welcome Sylvia to our franchise," said President and General Manager Kelly Krauskopf. "I really like the experience she brings to our team both as a former player and a coach in the college game. We are fortunate to have her."
"We are excited to have Sylvia on our coaching staff," said Dunn. "Her experiences as a professional player and college coach are so valuable!"
Crawley played four WNBA seasons, boasting career averages of 8.2 points and 4.9 rebounds as a forward with the Portland Fire and San Antonio Stars. She announced her retirement from playing prior to the 2004 season. 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.
A native of Steubenville, Ohio, Crawley was selected by Indiana in the WNBA's 2003 dispersal draft. A day later though, she was involved in a draft day trade that sent her to San Antonio in exchange for U.S. Olympian and WNBA All-Star Natalie Williams.
Following the WNBA Draft on April 14, the Fever opens training camp April 27 and hosts a preseason game with the Washington Mystics on Monday, May 5 (12:00 p.m.). The Fever opens the regular season at Chicago on May 16 before hosting its home opener against the Atlanta Dream on Saturday, May 17 (7:00 p.m.)