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Kim Crawford begins her 12th year coaching SFSC’s Lady Panthers Volleyball team. During her tenure, Crawford has been fortunate to coach many talented players and outstanding young women. Forty-two have matriculated to four-year institutions.
Crawford is a former middle blocker for SFSC’s Lady Panthers, amassing 901 kills and 597 total blocks. Two of her records stand today: season kills (552) and blocks in a match (25). She became SFSC’s first and only female All-American athlete in 1993. She helped lead the Lady Panthers to the Suncoast Conference Championships in 1991 and 1992 under Coach Terry Quarles.
Crawford went on to play volleyball at Florida Southern College, where she earned two First Team All-American awards and was the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year in her senior year. She recorded 1,101 kills, 79 solo blocks, and 148 block assists as a middle hitter under Coach Lois Webb. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education: Recreation in 1995. In 2009, she was inducted to the FSC Hall of Fame.
Crawford played professionally in Europe for two years (1996-98); on the Bud Light Professional Beach Tour for Team Nike (1996); and on the Professional California Grass tour (1996).
Crawford has been trained at the national level by Olympic coaches and has worked with Olympic athletes. She brings a wealth of playing experience and technical knowledge to the court.
In addition to her outstanding accomplishments as an athlete and head coach at SFSC, Crawford has taken her passion for volleyball to our community.
She shares her vast knowledge of indoor and sand volleyball by offering summer weekly camps and private lessons to young athletes of all ages. She organizes and hosts a summer league for local high school varsity teams in an effort to help them maintain their skills during the off-season.
In 2012 Crawford founded the Xcel Volleyball Club to provide young athletes with the experience of team participation and competition. In its first year, over 100 local children ages 10-18 benefited from Crawford’s unique ability to convey the value of team cooperation combined with a level of skill that is typically associated with college level play.
As a result of her extraordinary career as an athlete, her successful years as head volleyball coach at SFSC, and her many years of mentoring countless young athletes in the community, Crawford is as an inspiration to athletes and fellow coaches on and off the court.