March 4, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
While earning All-America honors in doubles play at the University of Texas, Nick Crowell recognized the importance of teamwork. Then an assistant with the Longhorns, current Florida State University net boss Dwayne Hultquist recognized that Crowell might have the talent to be an assistant some day and he acted on that notion when he hired Crowell as his new assistant.
The 25-year-old Crowell replaces Ty Braswell, who left the Seminoles to pursue a job as a teaching professional at Laurel Glenn in Sarasota, Fla.
“Ever since going to Texas and knowing Dwayne, I’ve always looked up to college coaches and I wanted to pursue that after my playing career was over,” Crowell said. “It’s a great opportunity to come to a major program and I look forward to helping Florida State. Knowing Dwayne’s past and working with him is going to make it easier for me to come in and adapt to his system and work with the guys.”
Since graduating from Texas in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management, Crowell has been playing professionally on the Challenger and FUTURES tours. Last season he reached the semifinals in doubles play at the Seascape Challenger (Aptos, Calif.) and the Challenger of Dallas. Unfortunately an injury cut his career short and for the last two months he has been a
teaching pro at Holly Tree Country Club in Tyler, Texas.
“The thing that separated Nick from the others was, not only was he a great player, being a two-time All-American, but there was the connection we had back at Texas and the success we had there,” Hultquist said. “My last three years we won the Big 12 every year and Nick was a huge part of that. He understands what it means to be at a top five program.”
Early in his career at Texas, Crowell established himself as one of the top doubles players in the country. During his freshman season, he teamed up with Paul Martin to advanced to the quarterfinals of the doubles draw at the NCAA Tournament, earning him his first All-America honor.
That season he also earned the Big 12 Conference and ITA Region VI Freshman of the Year adwards. His rookie of the year accolade from the league would be the first of many for Crowell. Starting his sophomore year, he earned all-conference honors his last three seasons in singles and doubles.
Finishing his career just as he started it, Crowell captured his second All-America honor during senior season as he and playing partner Michael Blue advanced to the round of 16 at the NCAA Tournament. Earlier in the season, the two paired up to win the doubles tile at the ITA National Indoor Tournament.
“His success in doubles is really going to help us,” Hultquist noted. “Our guys are going to have to come to practice ready to play every day. Guys like Chris (Westerhof) and Jeff (Groslimond), who are a top doubles team in the nation, it’s going to push them.”
With nearly 100 doubles victories during his tenure with the Longhorns, Crowell ranks third in school history with 98 triumphs. His 29 doubles wins with Martin during 1997 still ranks in the top five. Sparked by a 35-win season in 1997, he ranks 15th on the all-time singles list.
“The team is looking really good this year,” Crowell added. “They have the potential to be a top-20 team and hopefully I can adapt to the system and bring in a new excitement that can help. Hopefully I can bring a tradition of winning conference titles and making it to the Sweet 16 every year and teach these guys about what it takes to be a top team.”
A native of Amarillo, Texas, and residing in Tyler, Texas before accepting the job at Florida State, Crowell is married to the former Allison Flannigan. He will hit the ground running as he assumes his new duties just in time for the Seminoles’ Atlantic Coast Conference opener on Sunday (March 7) Maryland.