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Crumpton Named Assistant Women's Soccer Coach

August 18, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Abby Crumpton has been named an assistant coach for the Liberty Women's Soccer team

Abby Crumpton has been named an assistant coach for the Liberty Women's Soccer team

Liberty University Head Women's Soccer Coach Jessica Celi has announced the hiring of Abby Crumpton as an assistant coach.

"I praise God for bringing Abby here to Liberty University," said Celi. "She was an incredible source of strength and encouragement to me both as a colleague at Clemson University and while I was on the mission field in Brazil.

" Abby's heart is to glorify Christ in all she does. As a result, I am confident that our program and the University will be blessed by her abilities as a coach, mentor and administrator. She is a daily reminder to me of the life and love of Christ."

Crumpton has spent several seasons a coach, joining the Lady Flames' coaching staff after a year as an assistant coach at her alma mater, the University of Michigan. Before serving the 2007 season with the Wolverines, Crumpton served the 2006 season as head coach at Anderson (S.C.). During her season at the school, she led the program to its best finish since moving to NCAA Division II.

In 2005, Crumpton was named a volunteer assistant coach at Clemson, where she served on the same coaching staff as Celi. The two helped guide the Tigers to a 9-9-2 mark and a NCAA Tournament appearance. Crumpton was the head coach at Division III Pitt-Bradford in 2004, after starting her coaching career as a student assistant at Michigan in 2003.

As a player, Crumpton earned numerous accolades during her collegiate career at Michigan. In her final season, she was named the 2002 Big Ten Player of the Year, becoming the first Michigan player to be awarded the honor. During 2002, she helped the Wolverines to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight, the best finish in program history, and its highest-ever national ranking, No. 11. After scoring 35 points on 11 goals and 13 assists, she earned NSCAA All-American honors and was selected the Soccer Buzz Great Lakes Region Player of the Year.

In 2001, Crumpton was named to the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region third team and All-Big Ten first team after scoring a career-high 13 goals and adding four assists. She also was selected to the 2001 Big Ten All-Tournament team. In 2000, she also received All-Great Lakes and All-Big Ten mentions. In her first season with the Wolverines, Crumpton was named to the 1999 Soccer Buzz Freshman All-America second team and was named first-team All-Great Lakes Region and All-Big Ten.

The forward finished her Michigan career as the program's all-time points leader with 116. Crumpton also sits in the top five on the Wolverines' career lists for games played, goals, assists, shots and game-winning goals.

She moved on to spend a season with the Women's United Soccer Association's Atlanta Beat. Crumpton was selected by the team in the 2003 draft with the 13th overall pick. Joining Olympic gold medalists Brianna Scurry and Cindy Parlow, Crumpton scored four goals for the team in 2003, helping the Beat reach the playoffs for the third consecutive season. She played in the league's final game on Aug. 23, 2003, a 2-1 overtime loss to Mia Hamm's Washington Freedom team in the Founders Cup Finals.

Crumpton also has been a member of the United States U-21 Women's National team, which won the 2002 Nordic Cup. She trained with the U-21 squad in 2000, 2001 and 2002. She continues to play professionally with the W-League's Charlotte Eagles.

Crumpton graduated from the University of Michigan in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in sports management and communications.