Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/31/19
From Press Release
Lehigh head men’s lacrosse coach Kevin Cassese announced on Monday the addition of former Johns Hopkins All-American John Crawley to the coaching staff. After graduating from Hopkins in 2017, Crawley went on to coach one season at Notre Dame and one year at Colgate. He is also currently playing in the Premier Lacrosse League with Atlas LC. Crawley will serve as offensive coordinator for the Mountain Hawks.
“I am so pumped to have the opportunity to join the journey the Lehigh Lacrosse program is on, a journey towards winning the Patriot League and National Championship,” said Crawley. “As I have gotten to know Coach Cassese and Coach Scudder in the past couple weeks, I have felt that their commitment to their players and this program is something I want to be a part of, learn from and grow in. The environment they’ve created of hard-working players with chips on their shoulder is one I can’t wait to get to work with.”
Crawley began his coaching career at Notre Dame in 2018, helping the Fighting Irish win the ACC Championship. While there, he worked primarily with the faceoff unit and with players on the offensive side of the field. Crawley then moved onto Colgate in 2019, alongside new Raiders’ coach Matt Karweck who Crawley worked with at Notre Dame. Crawley helped Colgate to a strong start to the season, including a season-opening victory over Syracuse, to help jump into the national rankings.
“We are thrilled to welcome John Crawley into the Lehigh Lacrosse family,” said Cassese. “As a coach, John caught our eye over the past year as the offensive coordinator at Colgate. We were impressed with his overall coaching strategy, his ability to maximize the potential of his players, his attention to detail in coaching the finer points of offensive stick work and shooting mechanics, and his tireless work ethic on the recruiting trail. As a player, John has always been a dynamic leader, a selfless teammate, and a key component to every offense he has ever played in. His lacrosse IQ is off the charts and his love for the game bleeds through in everything he does. John is a rising star in the coaching profession and we are excited he is now officially a Mountain Hawk.”
At Johns Hopkins, Crawley played in all 60 games, starting 30, while posting 70 career goals and 30 assists. Among many highlights, Crawley was a two-time USILA honorable mention All-American. The two-time captain was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team as a sophomore, helping the Blue Jays to the Final Four. As a freshman in 2014, Crawley scored four goals on five shots against Towson to become the first Hopkins midfielder to score four goals in a game since Paul Rabil in 2005. Also strong in the classroom, Crawley was named Academic All-BIG and a BIG Distinguished Scholar in 2017.
“John Crawley has quickly moved through the coaching ranks in a short period of time,” said Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala. “It is a testament to just how outstanding a coach he is, how strong his work ethic is and what a good teacher he has become. Moreover, John is one of the finest young men I have been around and is a true leader.”
Crawley was selected 33rd overall by the Charlotte Hounds in the 2017 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft. He impressed from the beginning, posting six goals and an assist in his first MLL game, garnering Player of the Week honors. Now in the PLL, he has three goals and two assists this season for Atlas LC.