Terry Hull Crawford

Hall of Fame • Class of 2009

Terry Crawford, Terry Hull at the time, was a KTC pioneer. In the late 60’s before women’s sports took hold, Charlie Durham placed an ad in the News Sentinel announcing that the Knoxville Track Club was forming a women’s team to train within Neyland Stadium. About 50 girls responded, ages 10 to 20, and Terry, age 17 out of Greeneville High School, was in the first group.

Terry started as a 220/440 yard runner, progressed to the 880, and proudly represented the Knoxville Track Club in many national competitions. Terry represented KTC at the Millrose Games and Mason Dixon Games, and was a three time All-American at UT winning AIA National Championships at 220 and 440 in 1969, and at 880 in 1970. She was a member of the 1971 World University Games team and participated in the Pan-American Games that same year. She was also a finalist in the 1968 and 1972 Olympic Trials. In 1968 she was considered a favorite to make the two-person per event team, but injured a hamstring a few weeks before the Trials.

Terry graduated from UT in 1971 and was the UT Women’s track coach from 1974 to 1984, coaching the Lady Vols to the outdoor track national championship in 1981, the first national team title for any women’s sport at UT. Terry left Knoxville to become the women’s track coach at the University of Texas. She coached the Texas ladies to the 1986 NCAA Women’s Cross-Country title in addition to NCAA national championship teams in indoor track in 1986, 1988, and 1990. She coached the Texas ladies to NCAA outdoor track team titles in 1982 and 1986. Crawford’s 1986 Texas team is the only women’s team in NCAA Division I history to win the triple crown of cross-country, indoor and outdoor track in the same year.

Terry was inducted into the Lady Vols Hall of Fame in 2002 for outstanding accomplishments in the sports of track & field and cross-country. Former UT coaches Chuck Rohe and Stan Huntsman both agree that Terry did more for women’s track and field/cross-country in Tennessee than any other person.

In 1988 Terry was named head coach of the USA Women’s Olympic team. In addition to 1988 Olympic Coach, Terry has served in an international coaching position at the World University Games, the Pan-American Games, and the World Championships. She has served as the President of the Women’s College Cross-Country Association and President of the United States Track Coaches Association, serving all Division I schools. She currently sits on the board of directors for the governing board of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Terry is currently in her 16th season at Cal Poly as Director of Track and Field/Cross-Country.