Jim Crowley '93

Jessica Trainer Carey (far left) and Jim Crowley (far right) were enshrined into Keuka College's Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday. Also pictured are Carey's synchronized swimming coach, Nancy Wightman, and Crowley's basketball coach, David Sweet (photo by John Boccacino, Keuka College Sports Information Director).

Jim Crowley was a four-year letterman and three-time captain of Keuka’s men’s basketball team who also coached the Storm’s women’s basketball program for three years and both the men’s and women’s cross country squads for two seasons while in Keuka Park. He has since transformed the St. Bonaventure University women’s basketball program from bottom-feeder to perennial power, with four-straight seasons with 20-plus victories and the school’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division I tournament. For guiding the Bonnies into the Big Dance for the first time in school history, Crowley was honored by ESPN.com as its Division I Coach of the Year. Recruited as a point guard out of Windsor, N.Y., Crowley spent all four years on the men’s basketball team, serving as captain his final three seasons. During his playing days, Crowley’s team compiled a 62-40 mark, highlighted by the 1990-91 squad that went 20-6, the best mark in school history. He often served as a player-coach under then-head men’s basketball coach David Sweet.

Following graduation, Crowley was named Keuka’s women’s basketball coach, and in his three-year stint the Storm posted a 39-37 record. Following a 14-11 record in his inaugural campaign, Crowley’s best season came during his second year, when the Storm recorded an 18-10 record and advanced into the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Upstate New York tournament before falling to Elmira College in the championship. After starting out with a 57-119 mark at Bonaventure, his teams have gone 128-59, the best turnaround in the nation of any coach who has remained at the same institution. This year, he was also named the Atlantic 10 (A-10) Coach of the Year as well as the Basketball Coaches Association of New York (BCANY) Women’s Division I Coach of the Year. Crowley lives in Olean with his wife, Monti. The two were married on Jan. 1, 2012, and the Bonnies went on an 18-game winning streak in the aftermath of the wedding.