By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/23/10
Brooke Crawford Record said leaving her job as head coach for the Academy of Notre Dame girls’ lacrosse team after turning a struggling program into an instant Inter-Ac- League contender was one of the most difficult decisions of her career.
Record, a Great Valley graduate and three-time All-American at North Carolina (1997-99), grudgingly resigned Jan. 14 due to time constraints. She has a 1-year old son and a husband who is on the road frequently as an assistant coach for the highly-ranked Villanova men’s basketball team.
“It was a very difficult decision and one that I still haven’t fully accepted,” said Record. “I apologize to the people of Notre Dame (for the timing). I anticipated coaching, but I am a first-time mom and you don’t know what being a first-time mom is like until you get there.
“When my husband (Lon) is on the road, and even for home games, I have this revelation, ‘How truly am I going to pick up my son from day care when I am a full-time working mother and a mom?’ It just got to be too much.”
Record, who serves as Assistant Director of Annual Programs at Notre Dame, said leaving the girls was extremely emotional.
“Who knows what the future holds?,” said Record, who also works part-time doing training at the United Sports Traning Center in Downingtown. “I hope to coach again, maybe at Notre Dame, maybe not at Notre Dame. There are no closed doors at this point, but for my family it was in my best interests to stay away. It’s sad, it’s really sad.
“I said to the girls my heart is an empty station. We have truly wonderful kids in the program.”
Notre Dame athletic director Tina O’Malley is heading a search for Record’s replacement.
Record posted a two-year mark of 28-11, taking third in the Inter-Ac two years ago while tying for second last year with Baldwin School. Before Record came on the scene, the Fighting Irish were an afterthought in the Inter-Ac, going winless in the league in 2007 and 1-6 in each of the previous three seasons.
Record said the girls themselves deserve the credit for the program’s turnaround.
“I am so proud to have been a part of the program and to see it turn around the way it did,” she said. “It is a testament to all parts working together. I will not take credit for it! I appreciate that without talent and without the hard work of the girls and them coming together and believing in our goals we had set, this would not have occurred.
“They bought in to the culture and climate we were trying to create. We were underdogs and they thrived and succeeded and it was really neat to see.”
Record was a three-time All-American defender at North Carolina (1997-99) and an assistant coach at Connecticut (2000-01), James Madison (2002) and the University of Notre Dame (2003-05).
A former member of the U.S. National Team’s Developmental Squad, Record graduated from North Carolina with school records for games played (67), games started (67) and minutes played.
A four-year starter, she was a member of the Tar Heels’ 1997 and 1998 NCAA semifinalist teams. The team MVP in 1999, Crawford was a four-time South Region All-American on the way to national All-American honors in 1997, 1998 and 1999. She also was named all-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in 1997 and 1999.
Record said the Irish had some monumental wins in her two seasons – an overtime win over Germantown Academy (19-18) her first year and wins over eventual District 1 champion Springfield-Delco (14-9) and league champion Episcopal Academy (13-12 in overtime) last year.
“These were significant wins for the program in the course of two years,” she said. “They gave them (the players) great confidence and put something on the record books. It was exciting for the girls to be a part of and I truly hope and believe that success can continue.
“If anything, a foundation has been established for the girls to carry forward, which I do believe they will. If it’s possible to build a foundation in two years obviously learned something.”
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