Dallas Baptist University announced today the hire of Chris Crawford as Head Coach of the new NCAA Division II Patriot Men’s Soccer Program. Crawford is a former member of the past DBU Soccer program, having played from 1999-2001. Prior to his time with the Patriots, Crawford played varsity soccer for four years at Rockwall High School and was also a member of Austin Ajax Club Team and the Yellow Jackets Select Team. He currently plays for Blitzkrieg FC in the Fort Worth Premier League.
DBU will offer Men’s Soccer in the Fall of 2012 and the team will compete as a member of the NCAA, the NCCAA, and the Heartland Conference. “We are pleased to announce the addition of Men’s Soccer to our athletic program,” said Director of Athletics Ryan Erwin. “The addition of the sport and the hire of Chris Crawford as head coach will only raise the visibility of DBU Athletics. Coach Crawford is a man of integrity who has done a great job in various roles here at DBU and we are excited to have him join the ranks of our coaching staff.”
Crawford has served in a number of leadership roles during his tenure at Dallas Baptist since becoming a full-time staff member in 2002. His most recent leadership post has been Director of Apartment Life, in which he has managed the 807 resident campus housing community from 2005.
Crawford has also served as the Director of DBU’s Fitness Center since 2004 and supervised the RecLife Department – a program that has grown from eight intramural sports to now over 17 different competitive sport offerings for some 4,000 DBU students engaged in RecLife sports competition.
In the summer of 2009, Crawford partnered with DBU Executive Vice President, Dr. Blair Blackburn, and the Department of Spiritual Life, to create the Summer RecTeam which travels the state of Texas ministering to middle school and high school students. “I have had the opportunity to work with Chris in many different settings in his time at DBU,” said Blackburn. “I have full confidence in his ability to lead our Men’s Soccer Team. He knows the sport, he knows how to recruit, and he has shown unsurpassed leadership ability.”
With the addition of Men’s Soccer, Dallas Baptist now hosts 12 intercollegiate athletic programs and 5 club sports. This will be the first time men’s soccer has been offered at Dallas Baptist since 2004.