Anne Wright Crutchfield is entering her third year as the Head Women's Basketball Coach and her first as an Assistant Director of Athletics at Emory & Henry College. A 1989 graduate of E&H, returned to her alma mater in April of 2014 after spending the previous eight years as the Head Girl’s Basketball Coach at Franklin County High School.
In her first two seasons, Crutchfield has reinvigorated the E&H basketball program, twice leading the Wasps to the ODAC Tournament Semifinals. She has seen Karina Farr and Megan Jacoby named to the All-ODAC Teams twice and a pair of ODAC Rookies of the Year in Chloe Harris and Taylor Blevins. Blevins also added All-ODAC Second Team and South Region Rookie of the Year honors to her resume.
In her administrative role as Assistant Director of Athletics, Crutchfield will be the direct administrative lead for the sports of men’s & women’s tennis and volleyball while also providing oversight for strength & conditioning and managing the John Rutledge King Center.
From 1995 to 2014, Crutchfield worked at Franklin County, where she was a three-time All-Roanoke Valley District honoree as a player. She has held the positions of Mathematics Teacher and Guidance Counselor in addition to her coaching duties. She also taught mathematics as an adjunct member of the Virginia Western Community College faculty from 2010-12.
The Eagles finished 19-6 in 2013-14 and were ranked fifth in the state in 6A as Crutchfield was named Piedmont District Coach of the Year. In her eight years at Franklin County, the team made regional appearances in seven seasons, with a district championship in 2009. She has led the Eagles to four Western Valley District Tournament titles, coached three district players of the year, three VHSL All-State honorees and earned three district coach of the year awards. For her career, Crutchfield has an overall record of 141-72, with 127 wins coming at the helm of Franklin County.
After graduating from Emory & Henry in 1989, Crutchfield got her start at Patrick Henry High School in the math and science departments and as an assistant basketball and track coach. In 1991, she helped the Rebels to a Hogoheegee District and Region C Championship as well as a berth in the state tournament. During her final year at Patrick Henry, she was the head coach, compiling a 14-6 record.
Crutchfield was a four-year letterwinner on the basketball court at Emory & Henry and was the first woman in ODAC history to be a four-year all-conference selection. She finished her career as the program’s leading scorer with 1,262 points, a mark that currently is third on the all-time scoring list. She was also a member of the 1988 ODAC Championship Team that went 18-7 with a 13-4 record against conference foes.
Crutchfield graduated cum laude from Emory & Henry in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, and completed graduate work in mathematics at East Tennessee State University while teaching at Patrick Henry. She earned her Master of Arts Degree in Counselor Education from Virginia Tech in 2004.
Crutchfield and her husband Jon (E&H '91) have three daughters. Haley graduated from Emory & Henry in the spring of 2015 while Emily is currently enrolled at E&H. Their youngest daughter Maggie is currently still in high school.