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September 12, 2001

Boca alumni Sean Crawford, who played under Coach Walt Pericciuoli, is featured in an Ocean County Observer article – published on September 12, 2001.

Crawford coaches soccer squad

Published in the Ocean County Observer 9/12/01

Staff report
Sean Crawford, a former Brick High School and Southern Regional soccer player, is in his second season as an assistant coach of the Rutgers University-Camden men’s team.

Crawford, 25, who was an all-american at East Stroudsburg University, has played at various levels in the United States and abroad.

A Barnegat resident, Crawford earned all-state, all-conference and all-county honors at Southern. He played two years at Monmouth University before transferring to East Stroudsburg.

As a striker, Crawford set East Stroudsburg single-season records for goals (26) and points (63) during his senior year in 1997. He scored goals in seven consecutive games, the second-longest streak in school history.

Crawford captured National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division II All-America first-team honors. He was named to the NSCAA Division II All-Mid Atlantic Region first team.

Crawford also was named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Player of the Year, All-PSAC first team and Kiwanis-ESU Soccer Classic Outstanding Offensive Player. He earned the Team Outstanding Player Award and was honored as East Stroudsburg’s Co-Male Senior Athlete of the Year.

Coupled with his years at Monmouth, Crawford finished his collegiate career with 42 goals and 20 assists for 104 points.

Crawford was drafted by the Harrisburg Heat of the National Professional Soccer League, joining the team in the 38th game of a 41-game season. He played in three games, but took advantage of another opportunity when the two parties “couldn’t come to an agreement on a contract.”

While a Monmouth freshman, Crawford became acquainted with a visiting Scottish soccer team and kept in touch with it. When it needed a striker, he was invited overseas.

He spent three months in Scotland, training with the Vail Juniors before moving up to Dumbarton FC of the Scottish Football League’s Third Division. His stay ended in May, 1998, after he had difficulty obtaining a work visa.

When Crawford returned to the United States, he had several chances to play in the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues, but decided to finish his college degree. He earned a bachelor of science in education from East Stroudsburg in 1999 with a major in special education.

Crawford teaches special education at Memorial School, Willingboro.

Crawford coached the South Jersey area under-15 Olympic Developmental Program team last year with Rutgers-Camden head coach Greg Ogden.

“Sean helped out immensely with recruiting this year,” Ogden said. “That’s why we brought so many good players in. His work rate is very high as far as going to games and contacting players.”

from the Ocean County Observer

Published on September 12, 2001