Crawford Era Ends for Men's Soccer Program

Release Date:
October 23, 2001
Matt Heidt,
(Hamburg, NY) - Andrew Crawford's six-year career as the men's soccer coach at Hilbert came to an end at the conclusion of this season. Crawford, who had served longer than any other current head coach at Hilbert, will be missed. "Andrew has been a great ambassador for Hilbert," said Hilbert athletic director, Richard Walsh. "He is an excellent teacher and we wish him the best with his new position. He will not only be missed by the Hilbert community, but also the western New York community, where he has been very active."

Crawford was traded from the Detroit Rockers to the Buffalo Blizzard in 1994, and a year later, was named head coach of the women's soccer program at Hilbert. In 1996 he was named the head coach of the men's team, a position he has held since.

During his career, he was a two time all-star, including this past season, and registered 339 career goals. In addition to being a standout performer on the field, Crawford was also very active in the community. He was involved with the Hamburg DARE program and Western New York United Against Drugs and Alcohol. He instructed at dozens of soccer clinics each summer.

When the Buffalo Blizzard announced earlier this fall that they would cease operation, Crawford was left with the tough decision of remaining in Buffalo or returning home to Michigan where he attended college and where much of his family still resides. In the end, he decided to return home to pursue an opportunity to direct an athletic/soccer facility as well as serve as head coach to a pair of local teams.

"I will always remember my experience at Hilbert for many reasons," said Crawford upon announcing his decision. "Hilbert was my first college coaching position and I learned a lot from the experience. But the people at Hilbert is what I will remember most. The small school really gave the sports community a sense of family with all the teams supporting each other. It was a genuine pleasure to get to know the players that played for me, and it was a great pleasure to have Tom Szczerbacki serve as my assistant for so many years. I will truly miss the Hilbert community." The feeling is mutual.

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.