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Clarisa Crowell
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Virginia Tech
Graduating Year: 2002
Experience: 2 Years

Having led Miami to the Mid-American Conference Tournament in each of her first two seasons, Clarisa Crowell returns for her third season in charge of the RedHawk softball team.

In the past two years, four players have been named to the All-MAC First Team, two to the All-MAC Second Team, and three to the All-MAC Freshman Team. In 2014, senior Kristy Arbour had a stellar campaign as she earned spots on both the All-MAC First Team, and the All-MAC Academic Team. Arbour also received national attention in two different NCAA categories. She was the NCAA leader in sacrifice hits, while also earning the NCAA accolade of being the toughest hitter to strike out with only two in 158 at bats. In 2013, the RedHawks finished 12-10 in MAC play and fifth overall.

Crowell came to Miami from Oklahoma State University, where she spent six seasons as an assistant coach. She was primarily responsible for 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 Cowgirl pitching staff improved tremendously as the staff ERA was lowered to a 2.11, while the opponents’ batting average was at .201. During her tenure the Cowgirl staff garnered several different awards. In 2010 both of her pitchers, senior Anna Whiddon and freshman Kat Espinosa, earned spots on both the All-Big 12 and All-Midwest Region teams. Whiddon garnered the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week award. In 2011, Espinosa was named to the All-Big 12 First Team. She also coached catcher Courtney Totte who was an All-Big 12 First Team selection and a Third-Team All-American, and Sam Heinlen a Second-Team All-Big 12 selection.

In 2011, Crowell helped lead the Cowgirls back to national prominence as Oklahoma State returned to the College World Series for the first time since 1998. The Cowgirls finished the season ranked eighth in both the final NFCA Coaches Poll and the ESPN.com/USA Softball Poll. The Cowgirl coaching staff was also named the Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year.

Prior to her time at Oklahoma State, Crowell spent the 2006 season as an assistant coach at Syracuse University. In her one season at Syracuse, the Orange had four players earn All-Region status and five players were named All-Conference. Syracuse finished fourth in the Big East, led by All-American and Big East Player of the Year Alexis Switenko, and Tonye McCorkle, the Big East Co-Rookie of the Year. Crowell began her coaching career at Miami’s conference rival Ohio, where she spent two years as an assistant for the Bobcats. 

Crowell is a graduate of Virginia Tech, where she was a four-year letterwinner, and a three-time all-conference player for the Hokies. She earned her first honor as a freshman in the Atlantic-10 as a pitcher and third baseman. She again earned All-Conference honors as a sophomore outfielder and pitcher, showing her versatility on defense. She moved back to the infield her senior season and was named Second-Team All-Big East, hitting .367 on the year. Crowell was also named First-Team All-Region and was voted the Hokies’ best offensive player. She was named Virginia All-State three times and became the first player in history to earn the honor at two different positions. In 2013, Crowell was honored with the most prestigious accolade of her career, earning a spot in the Virginia Tech All Sports Hall of Fame.

Crowell graduated from Virginia Tech in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. She earned a Master’s of Science in Recreation and Sport Sciences degree from Ohio University in 2005, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

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