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Clarisa Crowell
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Virginia Tech
Graduating Year: 2002
Experience: 1st Year

Clarisa Crowell returns for her second season in charge of the Miami softball team. With every letterwinner returning, and a talented recruiting class coming in, expectations are high for a return to the top of the Mid-American Conference in the 2014 season.

The RedHawks were 20-34 overall in Crowell’s first season in 2013. They overcame a slow start to finish 12-10 in MAC play and fifth overall. Crowell helped lead three players to All-MAC First Team honors in catcher Kayla Ledbetter, pitcher Jenna Modic and utility player Hailey Reed. Modic and Reed were joined by outfielder Taylor Shuey as part of the MAC All-Freshman Team.

"My staff and I are very excited about the 2013-2014 season. We have all but one person returning from last year’s squad, along with five newcomers. I believe we have a good mix of veterans and youth, and I’m excited to see how our team chemistry evolves throughout the course of the year. 

“Our team was faced with many challenges last year, but I believe it has fueled us to come back even stronger this season. Our junior and senior classes were a part of the 2012 MAC Championship team, and they know what it takes to win. I expect our upperclassmen to play a vital role in providing leadership to this year’s team. Our players understand the expectations that we have for our program, and that is to return to the forefront of the MAC.” 

Crowell came to the RedHawks from Oklahoma State, where she had spent the past six seasons as an assistant coach, helping lead the Cowgirls to the College World Series in 2011. While at Oklahoma State, Crowell worked primarily with the pitchers and catchers. In the season prior to her arrival, the Cowgirls had a team ERA of 3.92. Under Crowell's tutelage, the team consistently lowered the team ERA, culminating with a 2.11 ERA and .201 opponents' batting average in 2011. Her pitchers and catchers have received several awards. In 2010 she had both of her pitchers, senior Anna Whiddon and freshman Kat Espinosa, earn spots on both the All-Big 12 and All-Midwest Region teams. She also coached two All-Big 12 catchers during her tenure.

In 2011, Oklahoma State returned to the College World Series for the first time since 1998. Crowell's pitching staff had a lot to do with the resurgence, as she helped the now-sophomore Espinosa to a 23-10 record with a 2.20 ERA. Realizing the staff needed depth to make the run, she helped sophomore Simone Freeman to a 9-8 record and a 2.53 ERA in 22 starts during the season.

Prior to her time at Oklahoma State, Crowell spent one season as an assistant coach at Syracuse. She also was an assistant coach at Miami's Mid-American Conference rival Ohio for two seasons.

Crowell is a 2002 graduate of Virginia Tech, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. She was a four-year letterwinner for the Hokies, where she was a pitcher, third baseman and outfielder. As a senior in 2002, she earned First-Team All-Region and Second-Team All-Big East honors as a third baseman. Crowell earned her master's degree in recreation and sports sciences from Ohio in 2005.