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E&H picks alumna Crutchfield to lead women's basketball program

April 28th, 2014 5:37 pm by Staff Report

E&H picks alumna Crutchfield to lead women's basketball program

EMORY, Va. — Emory & Henry officially introduced Anne Wright Crutchfield as the college's new women's basketball coach on Monday.

Crutchfield, a 1989 graduate of E&H, takes over the Wasps program after spending the past eight years as girls basketball coach at Franklin County High School in Rocky Mount, Va.

Crutchfield was named Piedmont District coach of the year after leading the 6A Lady Eagles to a 19-6 finish in 2013-14. During her time at the school, Franklin County made seven regional appearances in seven seasons, with a district championship in 2009. She led the Eagles to four Western Valley District tournament titles.

Crutchfield has an overall career coaching record of 141-72, with 127 wins coming with the Eagles.

"Getting Anne Crutchfield to be our next women's basketball coach is a home run for the program," said Myra Sims, E&H director of athletics. "I first met Anne when I interviewed for the job (of athletic director) and she was on the search committee. I thought then that she was an impressive person who had a lot of character and integrity and a strong love for E&H. As I've been here these last four years, that impression has been reinforced and I've also become impressed with her approach to coaching and her success as a head coach. So when I learned that we would have a vacancy, I knew that she was the right person to lead the program."

Crutchfield was a four-year letter-winner at Emory & Henry and was the first woman in Old Dominion Athletic Conference basketball history to be a four-year all-conference selection. She finished her career as the program's leading scorer with 1,262 points, a mark that's currently third on the all-time scoring list.

Crutchfield graduated cum laude from Emory & Henry with a bachelor of arts in mathematics, and completed graduate work in mathematics at East Tennessee State. She earned her master of arts degree in counselor education from Virginia Tech in 2004.

Emory & Henry made quick work of finding a replacement for Rose Katz, who resigned April 21 to take the same position at Arcadia University.

The Wasps return 13 of 14 players, including four starters, for the 2014-15 season.

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