Keith Crawford enters his sixth year as men's and women's swimming and diving coach at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in the 2013-14 season. Crawford's program took a major step forward to make an impact in one of the nation's top swimming conferences in 2013.
The team earned a strong third-place men's finish in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Championships, highlighted by co-Performers of the Meet in freshman Orion Martin and senior John Huster. Martin and Huster also became the first Fightin' Engineers since 2008 to qualify for the NCAA Division III Swimming National Championships.
The men's and women's squad combined to set 20 school records, three conference records and brought home five individual championships during the historic performance at Wheaton College. For his efforts, Crawford was named the CCIW Men's Coach of the Year in 2013. The award marked Crawford's third conference Coach of the Year honor in his career split between two NCAA Division III institutions.
The women's squad also enjoyed a strong 2012-13 season. The tally included four all-conference diving awards and 12 school record performances.
Crawford, the fourth head coach in program history, came to Rose-Hulman after five seasons as head coach at Monmouth College in Illinois. He earned Men's Coach of the Year honors in the Midwest Conference in 2007 and 2008 after leading the team to second-place finishes.
In 2009, 2010 and 2011, Crawford helped lead Rose-Hulman to a strong third-place men's finishes in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Championships. In 2012, junior Matt Ross was named Outstanding Performer of the Meet to lead a Rose-Hulman effort that featured six school records, two individual conference titles, two NCAA provisional national qualification marks and five all-conference performances.
Crawford has coached a total of 19 individual and relay conference champions, while having teams recognized for their academic accomplishments by the College Swimming Coaches Association during his coaching career.
Prior to his time at Monmouth, Crawford earned a bachelor's with a double major in history and secondary education from Xavier University in 2001. He also completed a master's degree in recreation and sport management at Indiana State University in 2003, while serving as an assistant coach at DePauw University.
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