All-County Baseball: Hubs stay strong with Crawford at the helm

June 15, 2013|By TIM KOELBLE |
  • 2013 Herald-Mail Baseball Coach of the Year

North Hagerstown baseball coach Drew Crawford thinks of himself as more of a psychologist than a coach.

“Just managing 18 kids and getting them on the same page takes a psychologist at times, Crawford said.

For the past two years, when he took over a talent-rich Hubs squad that produced a state championship in 2010, Crawford has kept everyone inside the book covers.

After a 20-2-1 season in 2012 that produced an appearance in the Maryland Class 3A state semifinals, the Hubs turned right around in 2013 with a another trip to the state semis — with the same, unfortunate results in a loss.

The Hubs finished 19-4 with MVAL Antietam Conference and Class 3A West titles.

Crawford is the 2013 Herald-Mail Washington County Baseball Coach of the Year.

“I came into a good situation with talent,” Crawford said. “My job has been easy. I’m more of a coach during practice. I try to make the game easy for the kids.”

One of the biggest hurdles for Crawford and the Hubs to overcome in 2013 turned out to be navigating the difficulties of a pitching staff that became injury-plagued in the latter stages of the season.

His top three arms — Zane Schreiber, John Britton and Andrew Yacyk — were nursing nagging injuries. Schreiber was shut down for the year and the others missed almost three weeks.

Crawford spent three years at his alma mater, Smithsburg, as an assistant under Trey Cobb before he got his first head coaching spot at North.

“I always wanted to coach, I was always analyzing numbers and why they appealed to me,” Crawford said. “I tried to figure out the next step.”

Crawford, who first played ball at age 5 and came up through Valley Little League, was a middle infielder at Shenandoah University, where he graduated in 2008. He is currently a teacher at Northern Middle School.

“We’ve accomplished a lot the past two years, it’s nothing to sniff at,” Crawford said. “We had great support when I came in here. And I give a shoutout to my assistants for their work.”

His bench contributors have been Tom Allen, Pete Grunberg and Kevin Brashears.

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