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Crawford takes on new duties

June 06, 2004|By DAN KAUFFMAN

Deron Crawford is turning in his athletic apparel for a suit and tie. Crawford, who guided Williamsport High School's boys basketball team for seven seasons, accepted a position as assistant principal at Northern Middle School early last week.

A Washington County rule prohibits school administrators from coaching. By accepting the position at Northern Middle, Crawford had to give up his coaching duties.

"It was a tough decision," Crawford said. "You make it with mixed emotions. I'm excited about the new opportunities I have, but I'll miss the day-to-day interactions with the guys.

"You never lose that desire to compete. I just have to find other areas to compete in."

After one season spent as an assistant, Crawford became the head basketball coach at Williamsport in 1997 - when he was 23 years old.

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"I was surprised I was even given the opportunity," Crawford said. "(Principal) Herb Hardin and (athletic director) Harry Davis gave me a chance. I don't think there are many people that age who get the chance."

Crawford also served as an assistant under Rod Steiner for the Wildcats' baseball teams over the past six seasons.

- Dan Kauffman

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