May 2, 2013
Before coming to UT Arlington, Cole spent one season as the assistant coach under Gerlich at West Texas A&M. Cole also had a one-year stint as an assistant coach at George Washington University, helping the Colonials to an appearance in the Atlantic 10 Tournament.
"Kristin is a proven winner," Gerlich said. "She is passionate about kids and the game, and does all she can to ensure their success on and off the court.
"Kristin brings great experience as our post position coach and her Division I experience across the nation is second to none. We have a great working relationship, and I'm excited to have her loyalty and trust on this staff."
Prior to George Washington, Cole spent three seasons as the head coach at America East program New Hampshire from 2007-10. Cole served stints as an assistant coach at Xavier (2002-07), Ball State (2001-02), UNLV (1999-01) and Auburn (1996-99).
During her time with Xavier, Cole coached and recruited several players who helped turn the Musketeers' program into a national power, highlighted by Tara Boothe, XU's all-time leading scorer, and Amber Harris and Ta'Shia Phillips, both of whom were chosen in the Top 10 of the 2011 WNBA Draft.
Cole, originally from Santa Barbra, Calif., played collegiately at Notre Dame. She made two NCAA Tournament appearances (1992, 1994) with the Fightin' Irish, as well as three Midwestern Collegiate Conference championships. Cole won a bronze medal as a participant on the 1991 U.S. Olympic Festival Team and played professionally in Sweden after graduating from UND.
Crawford, a Mesquite native, comes to UT Arlington after spending three year as an assistant coach at Lamar University.
"Ashley is a young, energetic, rising collegiate coaching star," Gerlich said. "She was a great high school guard at Mesquite Horn and had a terrific career at Lamar playing and coaching under legendary coach Larry Tidwell.
"The recruiting contacts Ashley brings from the Metroplex area, and the experience she has as a player and coach are qualities that set her apart from others. Her success in the classroom as a former student-athlete will speak volumes to our current and future players. She is a great role model for what we envision all of our Maverick basketball players to represent. I am excited to have someone of her caliber on out staff."
Before coaching, Crawford 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.
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.
In the classroom, Crawford earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and is pursuing her master's degree in kinesiology. 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.