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Lehigh offensive coordinator John Crawley will be heading south from Bethlehem, Pa., and back to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins, where he will serve in the same role.
Ty Xanders of Inside Lacrosse first reported the news on Monday afternoon. Crawley later shared a post on Instagram announcing his return to Homewood.
Crawley joined the Lehigh coaching staff in his current role during the summer of 2019. Through the shortened 2020 season and the Mountain Hawks’ 2021 campaign, Crawley oversaw an offensive unit that averaged 14 goals per game. This past season in 2022, the Mountain Hawks’ had multiple key players suffer injuries that led to changes in the lineup. Lehigh averaged 9.4 goals per game.
Each of the two full seasons (2021, 2022) in which Crawley was on staff at Lehigh, the Mountain Hawks reached the Patriot League Tournament. Lehigh won the league in 2021 and went to the NCAA Tournament and in 2022 they fell to eventual champion Boston U. in Patriot League semifinals.
In 2021, Crawley coached attackman Tommy Schelling and midfielder John Sidorski to First-Team All-Patriot League honors. Midfielder Scott Cole was a First-Team all-conference honoree in 2022 while Schelling was a second-teamer the same season. Attackman Cole Kirst and midfielder Andrew Eichelberger were second-team All-Patriot League in 2021.
A 2017 Johns Hopkins alum, Crawley currently still plays professionally with the PLL’s Atlas Lacrosse Club. He was a two-time captain and All-American midfielder during hime time at Homewood under former head coach Dave Pietramala.
Crawley replaces former Blue Jays’ offensive coordinator John Grant, Jr., who announced his resignation last week.
Prior to his time at Lehigh, Crawley had one-year stops at Notre Dame and Colgate.