Carin Crawford
Carin  Crawford

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
UC San Diego ('89)


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Bio entering 2016-17 season.

Entering her 19th season at the helm of San Diego State water polo, Carin Crawford continues on her mission to establish the Aztecs as a top contender in women's collegiate water polo.

Crawford has guided the Scarlet and Black to a top-17 national finish in each of her 18 years, including 15 top-11 efforts, at San Diego State. During her tenure, the Aztecs have accumulated 42 All-America awards, including a school-record four in 2016, and 43 all-conference honors. In addition, her players have earned 71 ACWPC all-academic awards.

Last season, Crawford coached the Aztecs to their third straight Golden Coast Conference regular-season title after posting a 7-0 record in league action, making them 19-0 all-time in GCC games. SDSU went on to capture its first conference tournament crown, which gave it the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Championship, where it finished in eighth place and ultimately a No. 14 final national ranking. In January 2017, she was named a 2016 USA Water Polo Sandy Nitta Distinguished Coaching Award recipient for the Pacific Southwest Zone.

Crawford first guided SDSU into the national spotlight in 2007, as the team earned its first-ever at-large bid to the NCAA Championship. The Aztecs ended up placing fourth at the tournament and finished the campaign with a then-program record 29 victories.

In 2008, Crawford led the Scarlet and Black to a second consecutive NCAA tournament. The Aztecs finished in fifth place to post its second straight top-five effort. For the second year in a row, Crawford's team finished their campaign with a school record for wins with 31. In addition, Crawford earned her 200th career victory with a win over Maryland at the UCSD Triton Invitational.

Prior to water polo becoming an NCAA championship sport in 2001, the Aztecs advanced to the National Collegiate Water Polo Championship in Crawford's first two seasons, finishing fifth (1999) and sixth (2000). A year later, Crawford's Aztec team took second at the postseason National Collegiate Select Tournament.

Crawford's coaching and playing experience has provided the foundation from which she has built the Aztec women's water polo program. Prior to her arrival on Montezuma Mesa, Crawford served as head coach of the San Diego Mesa College women's water polo team from 1996-98 and guided them to a berth in the 1996 SoCal Championships, while coaching two players to All-America honors during her two seasons.

As coach of the Sunset San Diego Girls water polo club, Crawford assisted in building one of the premier club programs in the nation. The Sunset Girls were perennial medalists in every age group at the National Junior Olympics Water Polo Tournament from 1996-98. As a player for the Sunset Senior Women's team, Crawford was a four-time All-American, helping her team win nine Senior National Championship titles.

While a member of the United States National Team from 1989 to 1992, Crawford participated in four U.S. Olympic Festivals, earning two gold medals, a silver and a bronze. Through her participation on the national team, she traveled to Hungary, Holland, Australia and New Zealand, accumulating international playing experience.

During her collegiate career, Crawford was a co-captain for UC San Diego and received All-America honors in 1988 and 1989. She graduated cum laude in 1989 and returned to earn her master's degree in U.S. history in 1992, while also competing on the U.S. National Team.

As a former athlete representative to USA Water Polo, Crawford has worked at the grassroots level to raise the status of women's water polo to an Olympic and NCAA championship sport. Her contributions paid off when women's water polo was included in the 2000 Olympics and was recognized as an NCAA championship sport in 2001.

A native of Albuquerque, N.M., Crawford attended Valley High School. She enjoys surfing, gardening and spending time with her husband, Jack, and two sons, Jackson and Shane. The family resides in San Diego.

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