Ashley Crawford is entering her fifth season at UTA. Coach Crawford has been a key contributor in helping the Lady Mavs achieve the largest turnaround in school history and in all of Division I.
Crawford’s primary role is to work with the guards and front court. During the 2015-16 campaign, Johnson recorded 73 steals, which tied for seventh in UTA single-season history. She was best in the Sun Belt and her 2.92 steals per game were 13th in NCAA Division I. Johnson produced a career-high 10 assists on Feb. 13 and the mark was tied for eighth in UTA single-game history. Her two six-steal games tied for fourth in single-game history. The effort nabbed Johnson an All-Sun Belt Conference third team selection.
Coach Crawford has a heavy influence on the recruiting process at UT Arlington. She is responsible for all aspects of recruiting within the Lady Mav program, including organizing visits and knowing and meeting with top players locally and nationally. With that, she was instrumental in signing the number one recruiting class in the Sun Belt.
While Crawford has been a main factor in the on court success of the Lady Mavs, she has been as influential off the court as well. Under her guidance the Mavericks have exceeded in the classroom, winning the team’s first conference academic achievement award in 10 years.
Prior to UTA, she was a coach at Lamar where she helped develop some of the top guards in the Southland Conference. She helped her players rack up five all-conference selections and two conference and conference tournament MVP’s. Among those guards was Kalis Loyd, who became the all time leading scorer at Lamar, was top three in all time rebounding and steals and top 10 in assists. Crawford played an important role on the 2009-2010 Lamar squad that posted a 26-8 record en route to winning the Southland Conference championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Before coaching, the Mesquite native played for the Lady Cardinals where she overcame a serious knee injury to post two solid seasons. In her final campaign, she started 26 of Lamar’s 34 games, averaging 6.3 points per game while often accepting the role of shutting down the opposition’s top scorer.
In the classroom, Crawford earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and completed her master’s degree in kinesiology in 2010. She posted a perfect 4.0 GPA in her master’s program during her final season on the court, earning her first-team District 6 All-Academic honors.
Crawford attended Horn High School, where she earned all-region honors as a senior. She averaged seven points per game at Trinity Valley Community College, where she set the school single-game assist record with 19. She attended UT Arlington for one season before transferring to Lamar.
Prior to her college days, Crawford was a member of one of the top summer basketball programs in the nation. As a member of the DFW Elite, she was starting back court on the founding team.