Springfield College Director of Athletics, Dr. Craig Poisson, announced on May 3, 2018 that Tommy Crabill has been named the head men's soccer coach and assistant professor of physical education at Springfield College
A graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, Crabill spent the last three seasons at Williams College and previously served as an assistant coach at St. Lawrence University.
“Coach Crabill possesses a tremendous soccer pedigree from his time as both a student-athlete and rising coach, having spent time at elite academic and athletic institutions,” said Poisson. “He understands the importance of the student-athlete experience and has the skillset that fits with our teacher coach model. Most importantly though, Coach Crabill’s holistic approach of developing student-athletes both on the field and off is what makes him the right fit for our men’s soccer program.”
After arriving at Williams in the 2015, Crabill has served as the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach for the Ephs. Prior to his time in the Berkshires, Crabill was the first assistant at St. Lawrence University, and was a part of a coaching staff that helped the Saints capture the Liberty League regular season and conference tournament and earn a pair of automatic berths to the NCAA Division III Championship. Consistently nationally ranked during his time at St. Lawrence, the Saints advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in 2013 and the second round of the national tournament in 2014.
“I am truly honored to be granted the opportunity to be the head coach of Springfield Men's Soccer. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Dr. Craig Poisson, Michelle Lee Scecina and the hiring committee for having the confidence in me to take on this role,” said Crabill. “I am incredibly fortunate to have shaped my coaching experience with a lot of guidance from some very special people in my life, and it is with their mentorship that I am able to move forward in my journey as a coach.”
Crabill comes to Alden Street with National Diploma from the NSCAA to go along with a wealth of coaching and playing experience. In 2012, Crabill worked at Earlham College in Indiana, after spending two years assisting both the men’s and women’s squads at Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio, where he helped the men’s team to its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth and a 16-6-0 finish in 2011. He also assisted at Alma College in Michigan in 2009.
“Springfield College is tirelessly driven by the mission of teaching young students to lead lives of integrity, committed to excellence, respect, and relationship building. I am blessed to have the opportunity to take part in this process. I’m taking over a program that has seen fantastic achievement, and I am intensely focused on giving my absolute best for the team, and senior class specifically, to build upon the successes they have earned. I am thrilled to take on this challenge and ready to get to work.”
Crabill, was a four-year member of the men’s soccer team at Ohio Wesleyan, where he earned Bachelor degrees in physical education and sport management. During his time with the Battling Bishops, Crabill helped the squad win four NCAC regular season championships, three NCAC tournament championships, and make four trips to the NCAA Tournament, including the Final Four in 2006.
Crabill will take over a Springfield College men’s soccer team that has a deep and storied tradition and recently elevated itself to one of the top in the nation. In the last three years, the Pride has rattled off a 49-7-6 record and made appearances in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament in the last two seasons. For a program that dates back to 1906, Crabill is just the 10th head coach in Springfield men’s soccer history.