Grayson Crawford

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Crawford is now in his second year at Lipscomb after joining the squad last season. Before joining the Purple and Gold, Crawford spent the 2019 season at Austin Peay first as a volunteer assistant before taking the reigns as the team's pitching coach. Despite the 2020 season being cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Crawford had the Lipscomb pitching staff in good shape. Through 16 games, the Bisons pitching staff was ranked fifth overall in the ASUN, owning a 5.35 ERA and recording 136 strikeouts. Under Crawford's leadership, pitchers Max Habegger and Tyler Guilfoil put up some impressive numbers. Among starting pitchers, Habegger had the seventh-lowest ERA (1.80) in the ASUN and Guilfoil led the league in saves (6) to go along with posting a 0.00 ERA on the season in eight appearances, mainly as a closer. Crawford took over as the interim pitching coach for the Governors for the final 43 games of the season during 2019. Under his leadership Austin Peay's pitching staff was able to set program records for strikeouts (556) and strikeouts per nine innings (9.92) in a season. The Govs also held opponents to a .268 batting average, which was the lowest mark since the 2015 season for the team. Before his time at Austin Peay, Crawford spent the 2018 season at Louisiana-Monroe where he was the pitching and recruiting coordinator. Crawford also had a two-year stint at Murray State, before he joined the Louisiana-Monroe staff, as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. During his tenure at ULM, Crawford helped the Warhawks improve in key areas such as ERA, strikeouts per nine innings and hits allowed per nine innings, which played a key role in the program nearly doubling its win total from the 2017 season. He also coached 2018 MLB draft pick Keegan Curtis, who was selected in the 22nd round by the New York Yankees. In 2016, Crawford became a part of the Murray State staff as a volunteer assistant and then was promoted to the programs full-time pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for the 2017 season. With his help the Racers set single-season records for strikeouts (491) and saves (10) in 2017. His staff featured one MLB Draft pick (Derrik Watson, 25th round by Colorado) and four players who signed with independent league squads (Austin Dubsky, Chad Gendron, Jack Hranec and John Lollar).

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