PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Providence College President Rev. Brian Shanley, O.P. and Athletics Director Bob Driscoll formally introduced Jim Crowley as head coach of the women's basketball program at a press conference on Tuesday, May 24. Crowley was accompanied at the event by his wife, Monti, and three-year old daugher, Jocelyn.
Crowley spent the previous 20 seasons at St. Bonaventure, including each of the last 16 seasons as the program's head coach (2000-16). During his tenure at St. Bonaventure, Crowley posted 20-or-more wins in six of the last eight seasons. He is a three-time Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year (2009, 2012 and 2014), and also was honored as ESPN.com National Coach of the Year in 2012.
He was responsible for guiding the program to its first 20+ win season and first-ever post-season appearance in 2009, advancing to the WNIT Quarterfinals. Since then, Crowley guided the Bonnies to six post-season appearances overall, including two invitations to the NCAA Tournament in 2012 (Sweet 16) and 2016 (Second Round). St. Bonaventure also qualified for the WNIT in 2010, 2011 and 2014.
Crowley guided St. Bonaventure to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012. The Bonnies advanced to the Sweet 16 with victories over Florida Gulf Coast and Marist before falling to Notre Dame, who eventually went on to compete in the National Championship game. The Bonnies completed the year with a 31-4 record and earned the program's first-ever Atlantic 10 regular season title with a perfect 14-0 record. Additionally, St. Bonaventure's 31 wins set a program record. For his efforts, Crowley was named ESPN.com National Coach of the Year.
During the 2015-16 campaign, Crowley guided St. Bonaventure to its second appearance all-time in the NCAA Tournament and posted a 24-8 overall record. In league play, the team compiled a 12-4 mark. St. Bonaventure entered tournament play as a No. 10 seed and upset seventh-seeded Oklahoma State, 65-54, in the NCAA First Round. The Bonnies fell to eventual NCAA Final Four participant Oregon State in the Second Round.
Crowley was responsible for mentoring and developing nine players who earned Atlantic 10 All-Conference honors a total of 18 times. He also coached one Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year, one Atlantic 10 Sixth Woman of the Year, one Atlantic 10 Most Improved Player and three Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team selections.
Crowley spent four years as an assistant women's coach on the Bonnies' bench before taking the lead role in March of 2000. As an assistant under Marti Whitmore, he helped secure double-digit winning seasons for the Brown and White in each of his four seasons as Whitmore's top aid.
Prior to his arrival at St. Bonaventure, Crowley spent three seasons as the head women's basketball coach at his alma mater, Keuka College. The Windsor, N.Y. native compiled a 39-37 record at the Division III school. In his second season, the Storm posted a record of 18-10 en route to a spot in the ECAC Championship.
A 1993 graduate of Keuka, Crowley received a bachelor's degree in secondary English education. As an undergraduate student, he was a four-year letterman in men's basketball and captained the club in his final three seasons on the court.
Crowley and his wife, Monti, are the parents of a three-year old daughter, Jocelyn, and has three stepsons - Patrick, 27, Sean, 25, and Luke, 20.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT Jim Crowley...
"I am pleased to welcome Jim Crowley to Providence College as our new head women's basketball coach. Jim has enjoyed a long track record of success at St. Bonaventure University, where he was named A-10 Coach of the Year on three different occasions and also national coach of the year in 2012. At PC, Jim is inheriting a young team which now has had the benefit of some strong, in-game experience. We are confident that he will further develop the skills and basketball knowledge of our student-athletes, and help bring the program to the next level."
~ Reverend Brian J. Shanley, O.P., President, Providence College
"We are very excited to announce Jim Crowley as our women's basketball coach. We believe that Jim fits all the criteria we looked for in a coach to build our women's basketball program. Over the last five years we have brought in some very successful coaches and we feel that Jim has a similar pedigree. He's a proven winner, as he built St. Bonaventure into a consistently successful program in the Atlantic 10 and on a national level. Our goal for the Friar women's basketball program is to win a BIG EAST Championship and compete in the NCAA Tournament."
~ Bob Driscoll, Vice President/Athletics Director, Providence College
"Jim Crowley has demonstrated convincingly what it takes to build a successful women's basketball program and to achieve prominence at the national level. Providence has made a great move in its quest to take its program to the next level, and we are very excited to welcome Jim to the BIG EAST."
~ Val Ackerman, Commissioner, BIG EAST Conference
"Jim Crowley built a consistently strong women's basketball program at St. Bonaventure. No doubt he will continue his track record for success at Providence. Congratulations to Jim on this exciting new opportunity and to Providence for hiring a proven winner."
~ Danielle M. Donehew, Executive Director, Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)
"I have known Jim for many years and he is a great addition to the BIG EAST as a coach, but more importantly as a person. He will do fantastic things at Providence."
~ Tony Bozzella, Head Coach Seton Hall University
"What an outstanding hire by Providence. Jim Crowley is an accomplished winner with a history of success both on and off the court. He's a great coach and an even better person. Providence is lucky to have Jim, Monti and Jocelyn joining their team."
~ Steve Watson, Athletics Director at Loyola University Chicago (former Athletics Director at St. Bonaventure)
"Jim is one of the best coaches in the country. What he accomplished at St. Bonaventure was amazing and there is no doubt he will get it done at Providence. Jim gets the most out of his players using strategy, intelligence and hard work. I have the utmost respect for Jim and wish he and his family great success as he makes his mark on Providence Women's Basketball and the BIG EAST Conference."
~ Cindy Griffin, Head Coach Saint Joseph's University
"Jim Crowley has proven himself to be an elite college basketball coach, a system innovator with an ability to maximize his program's resources, coaching staff and players to deliver historic successes. He transformed St. Bonaventure into one of the best mid-majors in America. Most of all, Coach Crowley left his imprint on the Bonaventure community, as he will undoubtedly do at Providence College. He will be a role model and pillar in Friartown, embodying all the best ideals of the College and athletics programs. Coach Crowley will build a program and culture of winning and integrity and inclusion - and it will be built to last at Providence College."
~ Adrian Wojnarowski, St. Bonaventure '91 and Editor of The Vertical, the NBA hub on Yahoo Sports
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