June 1, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Nick Crawford, who played shortstop and second base for the UAB baseball team from 2008-11, is returning to UAB as an assistant coach with the softball program, head coach Marla Townsend announced on Friday.
A former All-Conference USA performer, Crawford will take over the assistant coaching role of Holly Krzan, who has decided to leave UAB to return to her home state of Washington after two years on the softball staff.
“Nick is one of the top up and coming young coaches that I know will make an immediate impact at UAB and in the lives of our student athletes,” Townsend said. “He has really impressed me with his self-motivation and ideas as to how to take UAB Softball beyond the NCAA Regionals.
“His vast knowledge of the university and of our athletic department will make the transition very smooth and prove to be a great recruiting tool as he meets our future recruits and their families.”
Crawford, a Cordova, Tenn. native, returns to his alma mater after working as a manager at the Elite Alabama Training facility in Birmingham, where he taught individual speed and agility lessons to athletes ages 6-18.
Crawford’s outstanding career as a member of the UAB baseball team was studded with accomplishments. He was selected to the All-Conference USA Second Team (2011), the C-USA All-Freshman Team (2008) and the league's All-Academic Team (2009). He also won the C-USA Spirit of Service Award (2011).
He holds the UAB baseball career record for sacrifice hits (63), while ranking second in program history in walks (143), third in at bats (814) and fourth in hits (245). A career .301 hitter, he was also a sure-handed defender who managed a .979 career fielding percentage and led Conference USA in assists as a senior with 195.
In addition, Crawford was a Cape Cod League All-Star and was selected to the 2009 All-Cape Team, playing in one of the most prestigious summer leagues in the country.
“Nick was an outstanding athlete and knows the sport, as well as the mental side of athletics, extremely well,” Townsend said. “His passion is working with athletes and helping them to reach their potential.”
Following his graduation from UAB in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, Crawford had several opportunities to sign professional baseball contracts.
Crawford married the former Catherine Douglass, a UAB softball player from 2009-12, in October 2011. The couple resides in Birmingham.