Athletics Director, Patrick E. Crarey II,  Announces Transition

Written by: Athletics Department

Takoma Park, Md. –  and Head Men’s Basketball Coach has announced today that he has taken a full-time position as Head Men’s Basketball Coach & Assistant Athletics Director at St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida.

Crarey has been the most successful head coach in Washington Adventist University history to date. In 2014 he guided the squad to a USCAA National Championship, in 2017 they won the Association of Independent Institutions Conference Championship. He has led the program to four NAIA national tournament appearances (2016, 2017, 2019, 2020) a feat that has never been accomplished. Crarey raised the profile of the Athletics Department after garnishing NAIA Top 25 recognition and being one of the only NAIA programs to defeat two NCAA Division I opponents in one season (Howard University & Delaware St. University). The program reached as high as #11 in the country for the first time in program history.  He will leave as the all-time winningest coach in the program and WAU history.

“All I can really say is thank you, to the student-athletes, coaches, colleagues, and President Spence for giving a young 26-year-old kid a chance to run a collegiate athletic department,” said Crarey. “This university is home and will always be home for me and my family. We achieved so much in the last 11 years that many didn’t think were possible. God blessed me with this opportunity and it will always be in my heart. I will be cheering on my Shock family for the rest of my life, thank you for the memories I love you all.”

In his ten seasons, Crarey compiled a 167-92 (.715) overall record with six winning seasons overall, including four 20+ wins. In 2019 he was named Coach Of The Year & Athletic Director of The Year in the A.I.I. Conference.

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