Crabtree Named Head Women's Soccer Coach at Pacific (Ore.)
April 15, 2010
FOREST GROVE, Ore. – Morgan Crabtree, an assistant coach with the Oregon State women’s soccer team for the past two seasons, has been named head coach at Pacific (Ore.) University, director of athletics Ken Schumann announced Tuesday.
Crabtree, played a key role in the Beavers' rise as a nationally prominent team during the 2009 season, was selected from a search that yielded well over 150 applicants.
“Morgan will certainly be missed,” Oregon State head coach Linus Rhode said. “She played a crucial role in our success as a program. However, the staff and players are extremely excited for her and wish her the best of luck in her new position as Pacific’s head coach.”
Crabtree spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Oregon State as the Beavers made their first run to the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship since 1994. She played a key role as the Beavers became the second most improved team in Division I women's soccer with a 14-8-1 record and advanced to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. The Beavers finished ranked No. 21 in the nation.
While at Oregon State, Crabtree served as the program's recruiting coordinator, managed equipment and served the team's liaison to the school's academic advising staff. In that role, Crabtree helped mentor 10 Academic All-Pac 10 Conference selections and one ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District selection. The 2009 Beavers also earned a NSCAA College Team Academic Award, with the team compiling a 3.18 grade point average.
A vested member of the Oregon State program, Crabtree was a four-year standout player for the Beavers from 1999 to 2002. She was a two-time honorable mention All-Pac-10 Conference selection in 2000 and 2001, was named to the All-Academic Pac-10 Conference team for two seasons and earned CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII honors in 2002. In 77 career matches for the Beavers, Crabtree led the team in shots in 2000 and 2001 and led the team in assists in 2000.
Crabtree went on to play at the semi-professional level. She spent two seasons with the New Hampshire Phantoms of the United Soccer League's W-League and one season with the Massachusetts Stingers of the Women's Professional Soccer League.
Before returning to coach in Corvallis, Crabtree spent three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Idaho. She also has extensive club coaching experience around the region, working with the F.C Willamette, Moscow (Idaho) United, Lake Oswego and Oregon United Soccer Academy programs. She has also worked with the Idaho and Fast West Region Olympic development programs.
A native of Eugene, Crabtree, 28, graduated summa cum laude from Oregon State in 2003 with a degree in philosophy. She has completed coursework towards a master's in physical education from Idaho.