Assistant coach Tiffany Crooks is in her second year under head coach Alvin Alexander. Crooks, 26, spent the previous three years as an assistant coach at The College of Wooster.
"Tiffany has had a major impact on the program in every possible way," said Alexander. "Tiffany has a passion for soccer and a desire to learn and continue to improve. I think she will continue to be a big part of our building process in the years to come.
"Tiffany has extensive experience as a goalkeeper and a goalkeeping coach. Goalkeeping is major priority for this position. In addition she has experience working with all aspects of the position, whether it's the office details, the on-field coaching or the recruiting."
Crooks worked for the past three years under head coach David Brown at Wooster, a Division III school located in Wooster, Ohio. Crooks assisted with on-field coaching, including practice and game day preparation, as well as recruiting, budgets and film editing and analysis. In addition, she was responsible for the goalkeeper training and setting up the strength and conditioning program for all of the players.
Wooster went 39-11-9 (.737) during Crooks' three-year tenure as an assistant coach (13-4-1 in 2004, 13-5-3 in 2003, 13-2-5 in 2002). The Fighting Scots' best season in that stretch was 2002, when they finished second in the highly-competitive North Coast Athletic Conference (5-1-2) and their only two losses the whole year were to eventual Div. III national champ Ohio Wesleyan University. In 2003, Wooster reached the conference tournament championship game and narrowly missed out on the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, losing in penalty kicks to Denison University (4-3). The Wooster team finished 13-4-1 in the 2004 season, including 4-4-0 in the NCAC.
"Alvin's energy and the commitment that the University has made to the future of the women's soccer program make this a tremendous opportunity," said Crooks. "I feel very comfortable working at a University which has a mission that supports the academic and overall development of the student-athletes as people."
In addition to her college coaching experience, Crooks spent four years as a staff coach for Liederkranz Mid-Ohio United Soccer Club in Mansfield, Ohio (1999-2003) and two years as trainer for Pennine United Soccer Club in Wooster, Ohio (2003-05). She is now coaching with Cincinnati United Premier U-16.
Crooks enjoyed an impressive playing career as a four-year starting goalkeeper at Ashland University, an NCAA Division II school in Ashland, Ohio. Crooks, a 2001 First Team Verizon Academic All-American, helped Ashland compile a 68-9-3 record over her four seasons, while capturing four conference championships and four consecutive NCAA Division II playoff appearances, including a berth in the 1998 Final Four. Her teams were ranked in the top 20 nationally throughout her career, including as high as second in 1999. Crooks finished her career with 28 shutouts and a 0.64 goals against average.
Crooks graduated magna cum laude from Ashland in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in psychology.