Pirates Add Former Hofstra Standout To Coaching Staff As Volunteer Assistant Coach
GREENVILLE, N.C. Dec. 4, 2012 – Courtney Crews has been named the volunteer assistant softball coach at East Carolina University according to an announcement from head coach Beth Keylon-Randolph Tuesday afternoon.
Crews, who will work directly with the team’s catchers and assist the rest of staff in everyday duties, was a four-year letterwinner at Hofstra University and helped the Pride to 153 wins and four straight Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular season or conference titles from 2009-12.
She joins the staff directly after helping Hofstra make the school’s first-ever NCAA Super Regional appearance. The team made the NCAA Tournament for the second time in the last three years, won the Los Angeles Regional, totaled over 40 wins for the third straight year and ended the campaign with a 42-15 record.
Crews had a breakout season as senior in starting all 57 games as the team’s primary catcher. In her final season, Crews contributed 37 hits, 35 runs, 19 RBIs and was fifth nationally with her 26 times being hit by a pitch. An unselfish player, she also led the team in both sacrifice flies (4) and sacrifice hits (7). Her sacrifice flies recorded placed her among the nation’s best (23rd nationally) in the category. Crews also only struck out a total of 13 times in 145 at bats in her final season. In 2012, the pitching staff she worked with at Hofstra sported an impressive 1.45 ERA to place sixth nationally.
She ended her career with a .990 fielding percentage and only committed seven errors in 732 chances on defense during her time with the Pride. The two-time CAA Commissioner’s Academic Award Winner served as the Student-Athlete Advisory Council’s (SAAC) President at Hofstra as senior and also earned the Nick Colleluori Unsung Hero Award.
The Stafford, Va. native began working camps at ECU during the summer of 2012 and directed the team’s day-to-day activities during the interim in the fall between coaching staffs. While in college, she also worked as an assistant coach for the Long Island Pride travel team from 2010-12 and four years of summer camps for Hofstra.
Crews earned her bachelor’s of science degree in exercise science from Hofstra in May, 2012.