COLUMBUS, Ohio – Travis Crane, who spent the 2017 season as the volunteer coach for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team, has been promoted to assistant coach with the Buckeyes, Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, announced Wednesday.
“Travis was an important part of our success in 2017 and we are thrilled to move him into a full-time position,” Myers said. “He really progressed as a coach throughout last season. This helps us hit the ground running as we prepare for 2018 and the future.”
With Crane on staff, the 2017 campaign was the best in Ohio State history. The squad notched a program-record 16 wins and advanced to the NCAA Tournament semifinals and final for the first time. The Buckeyes, who played in the Big Ten Tournament championship game, limited opponents to 8.38 goals per game, ranking first in the Big Ten and 11th in the NCAA in scoring defense, and held opponents to nine or fewer goals in 13 games. A program-record tying six Buckeyes earned USILA All-America honors, with defenseman Ben Randall the first First Team All-American in program history and Tom Carey the first Buckeye goalie to earn a spot on the first/second/third team.
Crane, a captain at Penn State, spent three years coaching at Calvert Hall College High School in Baltimore and as director of operations for FCA Maryland before joining the Buckeyes staff for last season.
In his time with Calvert Hall, Crane served as the defensive coordinator for the school's varsity lacrosse team and guided the squad to the lowest goals-against average in the MIAA "A" conference. In addition, Crane helped coach the school's junior varsity program to two championship appearances. With FCA Maryland he served as both a coach and administrator for the club program.
“I would like to thank Coach Myers, (associate athletics director) Janine Oman and (Ohio State Senior Vice President and Wolfe Foundation Endowed Director of Athletics) Gene Smith for providing such an incredible opportunity,” Crane said. “It’s an honor to work alongside such a tremendous staff. I’m extremely grateful for the mentorship, friendship and investment Coach Myers, Coach Ross, Mark Bergey and Angie Beisner have placed into my development both personally and professionally over the last year. The Ohio State University is a special place and I am excited for the continued growth of this program in the classroom, in the community and on the lacrosse field.”
A short stick defensive midfielder, Crane played two years at Penn State, serving as a co-captain in his senior season and leading the team to the NCAA Tournament. He was an Academic All-Big Ten Team member and was selected for the USILA North-South Senior All-Star game. In his time at Penn State, Crane tallied three goals, picked up 27 groundballs and had 15 caused turnovers.
A native of Parkville, Md., Crane spent the 2011 season at Community College of Baltimore County Essex in Baltimore, recording 42 points (26g, 16a) and 52 groundballs. He was a First Team All-American and was named the Maryland Junior College Midfielder of the Year. He also earned first team all-region and first team Maryland JUCO honors. He began his collegiate career at UBMC in 2009 after earning All-America honors at Eastern Technical High School. The squad won the 2008 Region 1A/2A North championship and Crane was a finalist for the C. Markland Kelly Award, presented to the top boys lacrosse player in Maryland.
Crane earned a master's degree in educational leadership and administration from Penn State. He also earned a bachelor's degree in financial economics from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
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