Crawford not offered contract for 2016-17
by Cindy Crosby | May 28, 2016 6:34 pm
Last Updated: May 28, 2016 at 6:40 pm
Coach Mallory Crawford will not return to Colleton Prep Academy as the Athletic Director and Varsity Softball Coach in the 2016-17 school year.
Colleton Prep’s Head of School, Jill Burttram, confirmed on Saturday afternoon Crawford was not offered a contract for continued employment with Colleton Prep Academy. She issued the following statement, “Coach Crawford will not be returning next school year to CPA. She is a wonderful person and we wish her all the best.”
According to Burttram the search for the new athletic director will begin immediately. “The search for the replacement is effective immediately,” said Burttram. “We are now accepting applications and hope to have this process completed as quickly as possible.”
Burttram also confirmed the search for a new head coach for the softball program will be a separate search from that of the athletic director and will also begin immediately. According to current CPA School Policy, no varsity players’ parent(s) may serve in the role of head coach for the program.
Crawford, when reached for comment, did not wish to make a public statement.
Under Crawford’s leadership over the past six years, the Lady Hawks have made post-season playoff appearances in all six seasons. Along the way, Crawford was at the helm of four region championships, three SCISA Class A State Championships and two runner-up titles. Crawford’s teams competed in the title game every year but one: 2012. Crawford was also just named as the 2016 SCISA Class A Co-Coach of the Year for the High School Sports Report.
An alumni of Colleton Prep, Crawford herself played five years of varsity Lady Hawk softball and helped her team to two state championships. She went on to play Division I Softball for Winthrop University. While there, Crawford would play in two Big South Championships and see action in regionals at the University of Tennessee.