One of the Townsville Crocodiles’ favourite sons, Peter Crawford, will join the JCU Townsville Fire as an assistant coach for the 2016/17 WNBL season.
Having pulled on the Crocs’ singlet on a record 292 occasions, Crawford, who spent last season working under Tracey York at the Adelaide Lightning, returns to North Queensland ahead of the Fire’s title defence and will work with some of the game’s best sharp-shooters.
During two stints with the Crocs, the man universally known as ‘PC’ endeared himself to the Townsville public, collecting a string of accolades including the club’s MVP award in 2011/12.
In total, the London Olympian played 489 games during his 17 NBL seasons.
With the Fire poised to officially commence pre-season training next week, first-year mentor Claudia Brassard said she was delighted the North Queensland favourite would be joining her coaching panel alongside World Championship gold medallist Mark Wrobel.
“Having played close to 500 NBL games, PC brings a wealth of knowledge that we’re hoping to tap into,” Brassard said.
“His time with Adelaide in the WNBL last season provides him with some great insight into the league and the Lightning were extremely complimentary in regards to the skills that he brought to their program.
“He’s a much loved figure in Townsville and I have no doubt that he’ll complement our coaching group extremely well.”
After spending his first season in the WNBL with the Lightning, Crawford said he was looking forward to working with the two-time reigning champions.
Renowned for his clinical three-point shooting, Crawford is expected to work closely with the Fire’s star-studded backcourt including Micaela Cocks, Mia Murray and Kelly Wilson.
“Having worked in the WNBL last season, I’m looking forward to being in the league again,” Crawford said.
“Hopefully I can help them out and pass on some tips.”
The Fire will commence their title defence against Perth on Sunday, October 9 at Townsville Stadium.
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