Coach Anne Crutchfield is entering her third season as head coach of the Emory & Henry Women’s Basketball team. However, instead of coming to a new job, it was more like coming home for Coach Crutchfield. Crutchfield, a graduate of E&H in 1989, was a star on and off the court for the Wasps as a player and student.
She was the first woman in ODAC history to be a four year all-conference selection. She finished her career as the program’s leading scorer with 1,262 points. She now sits as the third leading scorer behind Sallie Moss (1,285) and Kelly Houseright (1,651). Crutchfield was also a member of the 1988 ODAC championship team that finished 18-7 with a 13-4 record against district rivals. Earning cum laude honors as a graduate, Crutchfield graduated E&H with a Bachelors of Arts in Mathematics. She returned to E&H in the spring of 2014 after being head coach of Franklin County women’s basketball team for 8 years.
It’s easy to see why Crutchfield was offered the job, as her resume is impressive. In her last season as head coach for Franklin County, Crutchfield lead the Eagles to a 19-6 record and was ranked fifth in the state in 6A. It was good enough to win her Piedmont District Coach of the Year. Franklin County would make regionals in seven seasons under Crutchfield, with a district championship in 2009. She also coached three district players of the year and also three VHSL All-State honorees. Her overall record before coming to Emory was 141-72.
In her first two seasons at E&H, Crutchfield has revamped the program. In her first year as head coach in 2014-15, Crutchfield led the Wasps to a 15-13 record and 8-8 in conference, leading them to the semifinals in the ODAC Tournament. The next year showed amazing improvement, as the Wasps finished 19-8 and 11-5 in ODAC play, where they would make another appearance in the ODAC Tournament semifinals. And the improvements just keep coming for the Wasps under Crutchfield. This year, the Wasps are 15-6 and 9-3 in conference.
Winners of their last three, the Wasps will finish out their schedule playing four games: Lynchburg (away), Bridgewater (home and senior day), Washington & Lee (home), and then they’ll finish the season against Virginia Wesleyan (away). Under her leadership, E&H has seen two players named to All-ODAC team twice (Karina Farr and Megan Jacoby), as well as a pair of ODAC Rookies of the Year (Chloe Harris and Taylor Blevins).
Crutchfield is not only the women’s coach, but she is assistant director of athletics. In this role, Crutchfield is the direct administrative lead for both men’s and women’s tennis and volleyball as well as providing oversight for the strength and conditioning and managing the John Rutledge King Center.
Crutchfield is married to her husband Jon who was a graduate of E&H as well (1991). They have three children; one Haley, is a member of the E&H Class of 2015, and the other, is a current student. Their youngest daughter, Maggie is still in high school.
– Will Seidel