“They gave me down to [assistant] Pat Foster, and I told Coach Foster my dilemma, that I didn’t know anything about basketball and could I come up and work for a camp? Crawford, who served a short stint as the TV color analyst for Razorbacks basketball, was a head coach for one of three teams in the 2005 USA Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival.
He founded Southland Marketing, Inc. in 1970, and was the chairman of the board … He was 76. The Wings won a total of nine national championships in the 16-under, 17-under and senior divisions. Crawford, who entered a hospice facility July 7 after enduring health issues, founded and coached the Wings in 1980. Cutts, who had starred at Conway, transferred to Bryant and helped lead the Hornets to a 33-2 record and a state title. COMMENTS - It looks like you're using Internet Explorer, which isn't compatible with our commenting system. “I was up there learning and when I realized how little I knew, I began to study – and to make sure every team I’ve ever coached on, that I had somebody better than me on the bench whenever possible,” Crawford says. Adams said while numerous kids earned college scholarships, others picked up valuable life lessons from Crawford and Wings. They were able to train in a Springdale gym the Wings own as a result of the program’s statewide spread.
He also worked on the committee that selected coaches and players for the Youth Development Festival from 2000-04. Crawford, though, was young for his grade and couldn’t make the school teams he wanted. Not all the kids got scholarships, but every one of them got lifelong experiences. Arkansas basketball owes you, Charles Ripley and Eddie Sutton a debt of gratitude for all you did.. Get notifications of new posts by email. You provided platform to display our talents , the opportunity for our kids to go to college & pursue their dreams, and a blueprint of serve others. The Arkansas basketball legend passed away after a career guiding the likes of Derek Fisher, Corliss Williamson, Dusty Hannahs and Willie Cutts. I also enjoying talking to Crawford, who lived in the Bryant area, and hearing his stories.
For instance, the Razorbacks’ second McDonald’s All-American (after Ricky Norton) was Willie Cutts, whom Crawford told me he essentially adopted during his high school years at Bryant High. That team included Fayetteville High senior Payton Willis, Van Buren High senior Mitchell Smith and Bentonville High senior Malik Monk. The Wings won a total of nine national championships in the 16 … He was 76. "I was never good enough to play at that level, but I always followed coach Crawford and his players over the years, and then when I was in a position where I could afford to be a part of it. This document may not be reprinted without the express written permission of Northwest Arkansas Newspapers LLC. Birthed from the sting of a 50-point loss, the Wings have soared high and far. Associated Press text, photo, graphic, audio and/or video material shall not be published, broadcast, rewritten for broadcast or publication or redistributed directly or indirectly in any medium. Ron Crawford, who founded the Arkansas Wings AAU basketball program in 1980 and turned it into a national power, died Saturday. Ron Crawford, the longtime AAU basketball coach of the Arkansas Wings organization, died Saturday. "He helped me start getting recruited and pushed me to be better.". "I know he's always been there for me. Ron Crawford, the longtime AAU basketball coach of the Arkansas Wings organization, died Saturday. Former Razorback great and 12-year NBA player Corliss Williamson remembers Crawford as someone who cared about Arkansas basketball and provided opportunities to players and coaches. Crawford, who entered a hospice facility July 7 … Williamson was named the No. That team played in various leagues including a men’s AAU league. "I went to him and told him I wanted to be ranked number one in my class, and he made it a point to make sure I was able to be in front of the right people," Williamson said.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Ron Crawford and his family during this time.
"My interest in getting involved was Ron Crawford," said Adams, who has since changed the named from Wings to Woodz Elite. He was 76. Ron Crawford, the longtime AAU basketball coach of the Arkansas Wings organization, died Saturday morning.
“Now, I don’t like to get beat and I sure don’t like to get beat by 50.” So Crawford learned more about AAU. Like Charles Ripley, also recently deceased, Crawford was a deep repository of Arkansas basketball knowledge, having playing a role in many of its most important moments.
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