Coaching Beyond

Dave Crowell

Coaching Beyond
Who is Dave Crowell?
  • 33 years teacher of health & physical education in the Easton Area School District, Easton, PA
  • 30 years as a head wrestling coach including three different high schools
  • 12 years @ Nazareth Area H.S., PA (2003-present)
  • 11 years @ Wilson Area H.S., PA (1992-03)
  • 7 years @ Easton Area H.S., PA (1977-84)
  • Career coaching record:  456-122-1
  • Five times named Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association state Coach of the Year (2007, 2002, 2001, 1983, 1981)
  • National Wrestling Hall of Fame (inducted 2014)
  • Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame (inducted 2006)
  • District XI (PA) Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame
  • 2007 National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) National Coach of the Year
  • 2001 National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) National Coach of the Year
  • Teams have won a total of eight (8) state championships including:
  • Five (5) state individual tournament titles (2006, 2003, 2002, 1983, 1981)
  • Three (3) state dual meet titles (2007, 2002, 2001)
  • Ten (10) of the last sixteen (16) teams ranked nationally:  2014 (25th), 2011 (25th), 2010 (26th), 2007 (4th), 2006 (8th), 2005 (19th), 2004 (25th), 2002 (9th), 2001 (12th), 2000 (24th)
  • Has coached seventeen (17) state wrestling champions
  • Has had a state finalist for the last 15 (fifteen) consecutive years
  • Has coached a total of 37 state finalists (and at least one finalist in 23 of his 30 years as a coach)
  • Has coached 74 state place winners, 57 regional champions and 72 district champions
  • The only wrestling coach in Pennsylvania to reach the following milestones:
  • Coach at least one state champion at three (3) different schools
  • Win at least one state individual tournament at three (3) different schools
  • Win at least one state team (dual meet) tournament at two (2) different schools
  • Win more than 100 dual meets at three (3) different schools
  • Be voted state coach of the year in both the AAA and in the AA classifications
  • Be voted state coach at the year while coaching at three different schools
  • Teams have won five (5) district sportsmanship awards
  • Teams have won two (2) sportsmanship awards at the prestigious Beast of the East Tournament
  • Member of the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Board of Directors and NWCA Executive Committee


Dr. Jarrod Spencer, Sports Psychologist
Mind of the Athlete

“Dave is simply one of the most outstanding people I know. Insightful, caring, and progressive, Dave brings to athletics a perspective that is much higher. His standards of excellence, love of teaching life lessons, and faith in God come together to make his coaching messages so valuable!”