Rodney Crawford, a former Division I player and highly successful high school and prep school coach, is in his second season as a member of Ron Everhart's staff.
Crawford came to Duquesne after serving as director of student operations and head boy's basketball coach at The Academy at Mountain State University in Beckley, W.Va. He compiled a 102-12 and coached over 20 NCAA Division I players in four seasons as a head coach at both Harmony Community School in Cincinnati, Ohio and Mountain State Academy.
Mountain State Academy went 22-4 under Crawford in 2009-10 highlighted by an ESPNU nationally televised 59-53 win over Oak Hill Academy in the quarterfinal of the ESPN RISE National High School Basketball Invitational in Baltimore, Md. The Falcons, with a roster that included 14 international players, finished the season ranked No. 17 nationally in USA Today's Super 25.
Prior to his season at Mountain State, the Cincinnati, Ohio native coached at Harmony Community School in his hometown where he went 80-8 over three seasons against a schedule that included junior colleges, NAIA junior varsity teams and other prep schools. Harmony finished as National Christian School Athletic Association runner-up in 2006 and national champion in 2007. In 2008, Crawford guided Harmony to the National Prep Championship Elite Eight at Fordham's Rose Hill Gym.
As a player, Crawford - who enrolled as a walk on - played in 49 career games for Bob Huggins at the University of Cincinnati in 2000-01 and 2001-02 despite missing six weeks of his junior season with a fractured ankle. The Bearcats went 56-14 in his two seasons with back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances. The 2002 UC team, which finished 31-4 and ranked No. 5 by The Associated Press, advanced to the NCAA Championship second round at Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena. Crawford, who earned a reputation as one of the Bearcats' top defensive players, came back from the ankle injury to see action in all but two games in `02.
Crawford was a four-year starter at Cincinnati Withrow High School prior to playing two years at Bakersfield College where he averaged 16.8 points and 7.9 rebounds as a sophomore in leading the team to a 20-10 record and final four of the Southern California state junior college tournament.
It was after his two seasons in California that he decided to return to his hometown to enroll at the University of Cincinnati where he completed his undergraduate degree in criminal justice in 2002.
Crawford and his wife, Tracy, have two daughters, Jocelyn and Jordyn.
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