RICHMOND, Va. – VCU Women's Basketball head coach Beth O'Boyle has announced the hiring of former Wichita State assistant coach Kirk Crawford who will assume the same position with the Rams.
Crawford, who owns 23 years of Division I basketball coaching experience as well as WNBA and NBA coaching experience, joins VCU after serving as an assistant coach with the Shockers from 2012-17.
While at Wichita State, Crawford was responsible for recruiting, player development and defense. He helped lead the program to its first NCAA Tournament appearance during the 2012-13 season as the Shockers went on to make three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 2013-2015. Crawford also helped lead the program to the Women's National Invitational Tournament after the 2011-12 season.
"We are very excited to have Kirk join our coaching staff. He brings a wealth of both collegiate and professional coaching experience and his player development skills will be a great asset to our program. Kirk is truly a teacher of the game who exemplifies coaching with a high level of integrity and proven winning ways," O'Boyle said.
Crawford coordinated Wichita State's defense which posted consecutive top-20 finishes nationally in scoring defense. His 2014-15 team finished fourth in the country in scoring defense while his 2013-14 squad finished 18th.
"I want to take this opportunity to thank Coach O'Boyle for the chance to join her and her excellent staff at VCU. I look forward to helping continue the VCU tradition and look forward to competing in the Atlantic 10 Conference," Crawford said.
In addition, Crawford spent 2010-12 as a volunteer assistant with the NBA's Denver Nuggets. While with the Nuggets, he assisted with player development and opponent scouting. He also worked the 2017 training camp for the WNBA's Chicago Sky doing opponent scouting and player development.
During his career, Crawford has also served as an assistant coach at Drake University, the United States Air Force Academy, the University of Southern Mississippi and Providence College. Prior to transitioning to women's basketball, he served on men's basketball staffs as an assistant coach at Portland State University, the University of Portland, Lewis and Clark College and Southern Utah University.
Crawford was a two-sport athlete at Western State College (Colo.) and earned a bachelor's degree in physical education. He was a multi-year letter winner in both basketball and baseball and played baseball professionally in the Oakland A's minor league organization.