The vacancy created on the women's basketball staff by the departure of former player Ivory Latta has been filled by another former Tar Heel. Sylvia Crawley, who played on the 1994 NCAA Championship team, is returning(again) to Chapel Hill as an assistant coach.
"It feels good to be returning to my home away from home,” said Crawley. “I’m grateful that Coach Hatchell has given me the opportunity to recruit and develop outstanding student-athletes at UNC. I was once in their shoes, so it deeply matters to me that every player feels valued and are equipped for the next level in life.”
Upon graduation from Carolina, Crawley spent over a decade playing professional basketball, prior to joining the coaching ranks. Crawley served as the head coach at Boston College from 2008-12 as the Eagles made their entrance into the ACC, and served in the same capacity at Ohio University during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. She owns a 105-88 (.544) career record spanning six seasons.
She was an assistant coach at North Carolina for two seasons from 2000 to 2002, and after completion of her playing career in 2004, she assumed a top assistant’s position at Fordham University. At the end of the 2006 season, she was named the interim head coach at Fordham, prior to accepting the head position with the Bobcats in April 2006.
Most recently, Crawley was an assistant coach with the Indiana Fever of the WNBA in 2014. She also spent two years as a college analyst with American Digital from 2012-14.
Given the circumstances, Crawley is a little like Rose Dawson jumping back onto the Titanic as it's sinking.
That being said, it should be noted Crawley has prior head coaching experience and was above .500 in six season at Boston College and Ohio going 105-88. Is it possible she could step in should Sylvia Hatchell opt to retire once the sanctions hit?