Crowley Set To Join Keuka Hall Of Fame
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KEUKA PARK, N.Y. - Head Women's Basketball coach Jim Crowley will be inducted into the Keuka College Athletics Hall of Fame this Saturday afternoon. This honor for Crowley comes following the most successful season in St. Bonaventure women's basketball history. Crowley led the Bonnies all the way to the Sweet 16 of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
Crowley was a four-year letterman and three-time captain of Keuka's men's basketball team who also coached the Storm's women's basketball program for three years and both the men's and women's cross country squads for two seasons while in Keuka Park. He has since transformed the St. Bonaventure University women's basketball program from bottom-feeder to perennial power, with four-straight seasons with 20-plus victories.
Crowley will be enshrined into Keuka's Athletics Hall of Fame beginning at 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. The induction ceremonies will occur in the lobby area of the Weed Physical Arts Center, outside of the basketball court.
The Storm's men's basketball team compiled a 62-40 mark during Crowley's tenure, which saw him serve as captain three of four seasons, including for the 1990-91 squad that went 20-6, the best mark in school history. He often served as a player-coach under then-head men's basketball coach David Sweet.
In Crowley's three-year stint leading women's basketball, the Storm posted a 39-37 overall record. Following a 14-11 record in his inaugural campaign, Crowley's best season at Keuka came during his second year, when the Storm recorded an 18-10 record and advanced into the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Upstate New York tournament before falling to Elmira College in the championship.
Crowley has worked his coaching magic at the Division I level, too. Since taking over the coaching reigns St. Bonaventure, Crowley has compiled a 185-178 record in 12 seasons, highlighted by a 31-4 mark, the program's fourth-straight 20-win season in 2012.
The soft-spoken Crowley led SBU to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division I tournament during the 2011-12 season. He received national attention as the ESPN.com Division I Coach of the Year after orchestrating the Bonnies transformation from Division I doormats into perennial contenders.
Midway through the 2006-07 season, Crowley had a 57-119 record at Bonaventure (62 games below .500). Since then, he has gone 128-59 (69 games over .500), the best turnaround in the nation of any coach who has remained at the same institution.
Crowley, a four-year letterman and three-time captain on Keuka's men's basketball team, was also named the Atlantic 10 (A-10) Coach of the Year as well as the Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY) Women's Division I Coach of the Year,
Crowley, the second-longest tenured women's basketball coach in St. Bonaventure history, accomplished national history during the storybook 2011-12 season, when his Bonnies became the smallest active Division I school to ever advance to the Sweet 16.
"I think I've stayed pretty true to the lessons learned at Keuka and I've been loyal and very positive to this place, as should anyone who has a positive college experience," said Crowley, who graduated with his bachelor's degree in secondary English education in 1993 before being named the Storm's women's basketball coach a few months later.
"I was shocked when I got the call and it seems like there are people that did more than I did, but this is a huge honor, as big as anything I've ever done professionally. Receiving this at a place that means so much to me is still a shocking and humbling experience."
Crowley lives in Olean with his wife, Monti. The two were married on Jan. 1, 2012, and the Bonnies went on an 18-game winning streak in the aftermath of the wedding.