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Saints program has new leaders

August 17, 2007|By LARRY YANOS

SAINT JAMES - Two former outstanding amateur athletes are now directing the Saint James School athletic program.

Laurie Rousseau has been named athletic director at the Washington County private school, while Billy Crawford will begin his first full year as the assistant AD.

Both Rousseau and Crawford will oversee the day-to-day operation of athletics - including scheduling, transportation, equipment needs and assigning officials.

Both also will continue to coach - Rousseau as the varsity girls lacrosse mentor and Crawford as a football assistant and varsity girls basketball coach.

"The main challenge I see is continuing to find competition in all sports which is appropriate for the size of our school," Rousseau said. "We have some ties with the Mid-Atlantic Conference, the Melville-Church Athletic Conference and the Apple Valley League, but we'll try to balance league and nonleague opponents in a competitive atmosphere."

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All students at St. James are required to participate in at least one of the many sports the school offers.

Crawford's main duties will involve managing daily operations.

"I've been involved with sports all of my life and I helped (former AD) Paul (Salit) last year," Crawford said.

Crawford was hired in November 2006 to coach the girls basketball team, and took on the added responsibilities of assistant AD in January.

Before coming to Saint James, Rousseau served as associate director of athletics at Saint Mark's School in Southborough, Mass., for five years.

Rousseau was an outstanding ice hockey and lacrosse player at Yale University. A goalie, she won a number of Ivy League honors and was named a First Team All-American in 1998.

She was runner-up for the Patty Kazmier Award in 1998 - awarded to the nation's top collegiate women's hockey player - and was an alternate for the U.S. Women's gold medal-winning Olympic team that same year.

In addition, Rousseau earned the Gerald R. Ford Scholar Award in 1998 - presented to the graduating senior who exemplifies academic excellence and athletic achievement.

Crawford was a member of the Baylor University football team from 2000 to 2004.

"I was recruited to play defensive end, but they moved me to fullback," Crawford said. "I started my last two years. I had enough football, though, and didn't have a desire to play professionally. I'm happy with that decision. I'm happy here."

Before attending Baylor University, Crawford earned All-State honors in football for four years and basketball for three years.

He graduated from Baylor University with a degree in education, with an emphasis on history.

Before coming to Saint James, Crawford was a teacher and coach at New Summerfield High in Texas.

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