Wittenberg University

Wittenberg University Athletics
P.O. Box 720 or 225 Fountain Ave Springfield, OH 45501
Division 3 Ohio Midwest
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Katie Robinson

Wittenberg University has announced the hiring of Katie Robinson as head coach of the women's soccer program.

Robinson arrives in Springfield after spending the past three seasons at Ohio Northern University as an assistant coach under head coach Mark Batman. As ONU's top assistant, the Polar Bears went 37-18-4 and held an OAC record of 21-5-1 in her three-year stint with the team including the 2016 OAC regular season crown.

ONU was ranked in the top four of the Great Lakes Region each week in their 2016 campaign, and became nationally ranked by the NCAA in September. Robinson and the Polar Bears made it to the conference tournament semi-finals in 2014, as well as the OAC Conference Tournament Finals in 2015 and 2016.

"I am extremely honored and excited to take this position and become part of the Wittenberg community. I'd like to thank Gary Williams, Paco Labrador and the entire search committee for this amazing opportunity and for entrusting me to lead the women's soccer program," said Robinson.

"Throughout this process, Wittenberg felt like home and I was very impressed with the administrations commitment to the success of the program and athletics in general. I'm looking forward to getting on campus, building relationships with student-athletes and continuing on the path of tradition at Wittenberg."

While at ONU, Robinson saw her student-athletes produce on the field with accolades including: the 2016 OAC Freshman of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year, the 2015 OAC Midfielder of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year, the 2014 OAC Forward of the Year, as well as five NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region Honorees.

In the classroom at ONU, student-athletes under Robinson's tutelage combined for a 3.4 cumulative team GPA with a fall 2016

team GPA of 3.53. Individually, Robinson coached and guided a 2016 NSCAA Scholar All-American in 2016, and also guided countless student-athletes who earned Academic All-OAC honors and Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association Academic All-Ohio Honors.

"We have a very special group of young women who represent our women's soccer program. Our athletes possess amazing commitment, passion, and competitiveness on and off the field. Katie embodies each and every one of these qualities and showed us that she has the ability as a leader and role model to take our women to even greater heights," said Director of Athletics Dr. Gary Williams. "We are excited to have Katie join our staff and I very much look forward to the positive impact she will make for the women in our program and on our campus community."

Robinson's coaching career began with a two-year stint as the top assistant at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland in July of 2011. In 2012, Robinson helped guide the Gophers to tie the best record in program history: 12-4-2.

During her time at Goucher, she helped produce five All-Landmark Conference and two NSCAA All Mid-Atlantic Region selections.

In addition to her coaching duties at Goucher, Robinson earned her master's in athletic administration & leadership and a certification from the National Board of Certification as an athletic trainer. Robinson also coached for the Maryland State ODP program.

Before her arriving at ONU, Robinson served as an assistant at Capital for one season and helped the Crusaders make a run to the NCAA Final Four.

Robinson was a three-year letter winner for Capital, as a player from 2007-2009, after spending her freshman year in 2006 at the University of North Carolina Charlotte.

In her first season for the 49ers, Robinson helped lead UNC-Charlotte to an Atlantic 10 Conference Championship, with a record of 12-5-3.

At Capital, Robinson earned 2008 Ohio Athletic Conference Forward of the Year accolades and was a three-time All-OAC and NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region honoree.

She led the Crusaders to the OAC Tournament championship and an appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament in 2007.

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Sarah Morris

Sarah Morris joined the Wittenberg Women’s Soccer program in the fall of 2017 as an assistant coach.

Morris was a four-year letter winner as a forward at the University of Virginia. In a successful career, Morris collected ACC All-Freshman Team honors in 2004, during the same season she would help the Cavaliers clinch their first ACC Championship in a penalty kick shootout over North Carolina.

In addition to a successful collegiate career, Morris spent time playing semi-professionally with the Richmond Destiny. Morris brings up to 10 years of coaching experience to the Wittenberg staff, along with a US Soccer class “C” coaching license from her experience with various clubs in the area.

As a Dayton native from Fairborn High School. Morris earned her degree in English Language and Literature. She currently lives in the area with her husband Christopher.

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Chuck Crawford

Chuck Crawford joins the Wittenberg women's soccer coaching staff this year to work with the goalkeepers of the program.

A 1993 graduate of St. Francis DeSales High School (Columbus) where he played on the state championship team. He continued his role as a goalkeeper as he pursued his education degree at The University of Findlay where he was a four-year starter and captain of the team.

Before starting his career as a high school science teacher he was a graduate assistant to the soccer program at Findlay where he worked with the goalkeepers on both the men’s and women’s teams.

Crawford started his high school coaching career in 1998 with the boys’ team at Dublin Scioto High School. His coaching tenure has lead him to positions as head coach of the girls at Dublin Scioto & Dublin Jerome; assistant coach at Bexley High School before arriving in 2011 at Bishop Hartley High School (Columbus) as the associate head coach.

Coach Crawford holds both a USSF and NSCAA coaching licenses and was named the 2012 Central District Assistant Coach of the Year winner.

Crawford and his wife Carla reside in Plain City with their son Cayden.

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