By Andy Chirico
Elm Staff Writer
The Washington College women’s basketball team is heading into this season with new Assistant Coach Katie Crump.
Crump was announced as part of the staff in August by Head Coach Alisha Mosley. Crump looks to assist the Shorewomen in improving from the previous season and adding some conference wins to their record.
Crump, a former basketball player and graduate of Lynchburg College, had a very successful basketball career. She played collegiate basketball all four years at Lynchburg and scored a total of 697 points, 535 rebounds, and 103 steals. She played both forward and center which is very beneficial to the Shorewomen’s young frontcourt.
In the past two seasons Crump was the assistant coach at rival school Salisbury. She is looking to make an immediate impact on this year’s team. While coaching at Salisbury, she found a job opening here at WC and jumped on it. “Last spring, as I was looking for coaching positions, the position here was posted online,” Crump said. “It was a pleasant surprise and I’m very glad to be here at WC.”
Crump became interested in coaching while in college, where she was influenced by her two former coaches. To describe her road to coaching, Crump said, “I’ve been really lucky as a player to have had some great coaches growing up but it wasn’t until college I really started to study the game. My college coach used to let me watch extra film and ask a million questions to learn from her. My senior year, Coach Pyzik encouraged me to apply for graduate assistant coaching positions to gain experience and continue my education. Again, I was lucky enough to have been hired at Salisbury University as a grad assistant with the women’s basketball team where I was able to learn, find direction, and grow as a young coach.”
Crump’s experience in Chestertown has been a positive and upbeat one thus far.
“Coaching here at WC has been an excellent experience so far. Everybody on staff has been really helpful and we all support each other. It’s a great department to work in and be a part of. The best part of my job is getting to work with our student-athletes. Now that our season has officially started, I get to coach them on the floor to help them improve as players to achieve team success,” Crump said.
Crump brings tons of positive energy and excitement to the team. She sets the bar high when it comes to expectations which is a huge benefit to the basketball program. “We expect our players to come in everyday ready to work and compete to achieve our team goals while continuing to grow as a team. We also want to represent the college and ourselves in the best way possible on campus and the Chestertown community.” Crump said.
One player in particular has felt the positive presence that Crump brings. Junior Guard Kelly Sugalski has really enjoyed having Crump on the coaching staff. “Coach Crump has been a great addition to the team. She loves the game of basketball and it shows on and off the court. She is always friendly and upbeat which creates a fun atmosphere to be around. She can often be seen shooting around during practice which shows how much she enjoys the game and wants to inspire others,” Sugalski said.