Erik Crawford is in his fifth season as an assistant coach for the University of Northern Iowa men’s basketball team.
Crawford, a native of Oakdale, Minn., totaled 1,108 points as a collegiate basketball player. As a Panther from 2003-06, he helped lead UNI to three straight appearances in the NCAA Tournament (2004, 2005, 2006). The Panthers posted a mark of 65-31 during Crawford’s playing days. He was an honorable mention all-Missouri Valley Conference pick as a junior. He earned MVC All-Newcomer status in 2004 following a transfer from Bowling Green State University.
Crawford played prep basketball at Tartan High School in Oakdale, Minn., where he helped the Titans win the 2000 Minnesota Class 4A state title.
Crawford served as Creighton University’s director of basketball operations in 2010-11. Prior to his year at Creighton, Crawford spent the previous four seasons at Iowa State University. With the Cyclones, he served as a graduate manager (two years) and as an assistant director of basketball operations (two years). Crawford worked for head coach Greg McDermott at both Creighton and Iowa State.
Crawford earned his undergraduate degree in leisure youth and human services from UNI in May 2006. He also earned his master’s degree in kinesiology from Iowa State in May 2011.
He and his wife, Nicole, have a daughter, Mya Marie (8), and son, Treyvin Randall (5).