Anne Wright Crutchfield is in her first year as Director of Athletics at Emory & Henry College after serving the previous two years as Interim Director. She also just completed her fifth year as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach. A 1989 graduate of E&H, Crutchfield returned to her alma mater in April of 2014 after spending the previous eight years as the Head Girl’s Basketball Coach at Franklin County High School.
This past season, Emory & Henry went 22-4 overall with a 15-3 mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and reached the quarterfinals of the ODAC Tournament. Taylor Blevins was named to the All-ODAC First Team, D3hoops.com All-South Region First Team and an Honorable Mention All-American by the WBCA. She was also selected to play in the inaugural WBCA Women’s Collegiate All-Star Game prior to the NCAA Division III Championship in Salem, Virginia. Sydney McKinney made it a second year on the all-league second team and was joined by Peyton Williams, who earned third-team laurels.
In 2017-18, Crutchfield led E&H to a program-record 23 wins and its first-ever berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Wasps, which reached the second round of the tournament with a 66-55 win over Roger Williams University, also made it to the ODAC Tournament Championship game for the first time since the 2001 season. Crutchfield was recognized as the ODAC Coach of the Year by her peers as Taylor Blevins and Sydney McKinney were named the All-ODAC First and Second Teams, respectively. The Wasps also received votes in the WBCA Top 25 poll for the first time in program history.
In her first three seasons, Crutchfield has put together a 53-29 overall record reinvigorating the E&H basketball program as the quickest coach to 50 victories in program history. She has led the Wasps to three-straight ODAC Tournament Semifinals and seen Megan Jacoby named to the All-ODAC Teams three times, Karina Farr and Taylor Blevins earn two all-league honors and a pair of ODAC Rookies of the Year in Chloe Harris and Blevins. Blevins also added All-ODAC Second Team and South Region Rookie of the Year honors to her resume.
Outside of Emory & Henry, Crutchfield has been heavily involved with USA Basketball, coaching for the Winston-Salem Stealers - a USA Basketball Certified Youth Developmental program, and as an on-court coach for USA Basketball Regional Skills Clinics. She also completed the WBCA’s Center for Coaching Excellence program at Columbia University in 2015.
From 1995 to 2014, Crutchfield worked at Franklin County, where she was a three-time All-Roanoke Valley District honoree as a player. She has held the positions of Mathematics Teacher and Guidance Counselor in addition to her coaching duties. She also taught mathematics as an adjunct member of the Virginia Western Community College faculty from 2010-12.
The Eagles finished 19-6 in 2013-14 and were ranked fifth in the state in 6A as Crutchfield was named Piedmont District Coach of the Year. In her eight years at Franklin County, the team made regional appearances in seven seasons, with a district championship in 2009. She has led the Eagles to four Western Valley District Tournament titles, coached three district players of the year, three VHSL All-State honorees and earned three district coach of the year awards. For her career, Crutchfield has an overall record of 141-72, with 127 wins coming at the helm of Franklin County.
After graduating from Emory & Henry in 1989, Crutchfield got her start at Patrick Henry High School in the math and science departments and as an assistant basketball and track coach. In 1991, she helped the Rebels to a Hogoheegee District and Region C Championship as well as a berth in the state tournament. During her final year at Patrick Henry, she was the head coach, compiling a 14-6 record.
Crutchfield was a four-year letterwinner on the basketball court at Emory & Henry and was the first woman in ODAC history to be a four-year all-conference selection. She finished her career as the program’s leading scorer with 1,262 points, a mark that currently is third on the all-time scoring list. She was also a member of the 1988 ODAC Championship Team that went 18-7 with a 13-4 record against conference foes. Additionally, Crutchfield was inducted into the E&H Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.
Crutchfield graduated cum laude from Emory & Henry in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, and completed graduate work in mathematics at East Tennessee State University while teaching at Patrick Henry. She earned her Master of Arts Degree in Counselor Education from Virginia Tech in 2004.
Crutchfield and her husband Jon (E&H ’91) have three daughters. Haley graduated from Emory & Henry in the spring of 2015 while Emily graduated in 2017. Their youngest daughter Maggie is currently a freshman at the College.