Coach Crawford is entering her twenty-first year in education, and her first at Academy ISD. She is a 1994 graduate of Lindale High school where she was a multi-sport athlete and honor graduate. Coach Crawford was a member of the Howard Payne University basketball program and graduated in 1998 with degrees in Kinesiology and Math. In her final year at Howard Payne she accepted an assistant coaching position from Head Coach John Nichols. She earned her Master’s degree in 2011 from the University of Texas at Tyler and her Principal Certification in 2018 from Lamar University.
Coach Crawford began her high school teaching career in 1998 at Rivercrest High School in Bogata Texas, where she coached basketball, track, and softball while teaching several levels of high school math. In 1999 she moved to Mineola High School in Mineola Texas to work as an assistant volleyball, basketball, and Head Softball Coach, leading the Mineola softball program to their first playoff appearances since 1996 and their first playoff wins in school history. After four years in Mineola Coach Crawford moved to Whitehouse High School in 2003. She served in several different roles during her ten years in Whitehouse among them where JV volleyball, freshman basketball, assistant cheer, and Head Softball. During her time in Whitehouse she led the softball program to their first playoff wins in school history, first playoff series wins in school history, and their first ever appearances in the Regional Quarter Finals. In 2013 Coach Crawford left Whitehouse to take over the softball program at McKinney High School. During her tenure at McKinney High the softball team returned to the state playoffs for the first time in three years. In 2017 she was hired at Richardson High School as a math instructor, basketball and softball coach.
During her career Coach Crawford has had the opportunity to coach athletes that went on to have success at the college level. She has been blessed by numerous young women that have gone on to pursue careers in education and other fields where they can give back to others. She is excited about the opportunity to work in Academy ISD and looks forward to working with the students and athletes at Academy High School.