RICHMOND, Ky. - Eastern Kentucky University head men's basketball coach Jeff Neubauer announced today that Rodney Crawford has joined the Colonel coaching staff for the upcoming 2012-13 season.
Crawford served the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Duquesne where he helped the Dukes equal a program record with 10 conference wins in 2010-11. That Duquesne squad went on to advance to the quarterfinals of the 2011 College Basketball Invitational.
"Rodney is an outstanding addition to our coaching staff," Neubauer said. "He brings a wealth of experience as a player, a prep school head coach and as an assistant in the Atlantic 10 for the last two years. We anticipate that he will make a major impact in our recruiting, especially in his home state of Ohio."
Before entering the collegiate coaching ranks, Crawford spent four years coaching at the prep level. Crawford compiled a combined 102-12 record as head coach at Harmony Community School in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio and The Academy at Mountain State University in Beckley, W.Va. In that time frame, Crawford coached more than 20 NCAA Division I players.
As head boys' basketball coach and director of student operations at Mountain State Academy, the Falcons posted a 22-4 record in 2009-10 which included an ESPNU nationally televised 59-53 win over Oak Hill Academy in the quarterfinals of the ESPN RISE National High School Basketball Invitational. Mountain State Academy finished the season ranked No. 17 nationally in USA Today's Super 25.
As a collegiate player, Crawford played in 49 career games for head coach Bob Huggins at the University of Cincinnati (2000-02) despite missing six weeks of his junior season with a fractured ankle. The Bearcats went 56-14 in his two seasons with back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances. The 2001-02 UC team finished 31-4 overall and ranked No. 5 nationally by The Associated Press.
"As a player, Rodney was known for his toughness at the defensive end within Coach Huggins' man-to-man defensive system," Neubauer said. "As a basketball coach, he is going to be charged with helping to instill that toughness into our defense."