Serving an assistant at her alma matter has been a big step, but now Duncan alum Rashelle (Carr) Crowley will lead a new team after she accepted the Cache Lady Bulldogs basketball head coaching role.
A 2010 graduate of Duncan High School, Crowley went to Western Oklahoma State College in Altus before transferring and graduating from USAO in Chickasha in 2015.
After graduating from USAO, Crowley got the call for a job at her alma matter at Duncan High School and spent seven years with Duncan Public Schools.
She interviewed for the Cache job and accepted it a couple of weeks ago. Crowley has gotten to work right away and loves the aspect of finally getting her first head coaching role.
“Right now I am still overwhelmed with the experience and I’m excited. Right now we are getting ready to have our first team camp next week,” Crowley said. “As you know the duties of being an assistant are different then being a head coach, but I’ve got two really good assistants under me and I’m really excited about that.”
Crowley will take over for a Lady Bulldogs team rich in tradition and coming off a 7-15 season in Class 4A. She said she’s excited God opened this door for her to become head coach.
“Getting the opportunity is a blessing and I’m excited to be a head coach — it has always been one of my goals,” Crowley said. “This Cache opportunity was presented and it is one that me and my husband talked about and made that decision and that is the one I went with. I am blessed and excited.”
Playing for the Lady Drovers for a couple of seasons and playing at Duncan High School her four seasons, she believes all of the coaches she has experienced gave her a good basketball IQ.
“I am very familiar with the game and have been around different coaches and observed different philosophies in how many coaches do it,” Crowley said. “I have been around the game and working under other coaches and observing and picking other coaches’ brains while seeing how they do things. All of the experiences I have been through with just basketball and games while being a coach from the assistant position, it has helped me with my career in getting this Cache Bulldog job.”
During her Duncan playing days, Coach Karen Berninger was one of her first coaches with the Lady Demons. She finished with Coach Andrew McClung for her senior season.
Those two coaches and Coach Carol Garrison, the assistant under Berninge, were very influential.
“Those three people played a great part in my life,” Crowley said. “I have been in contact with Coach Garrison and Coach Berninger, while also having Merry Stone and Dr. Channa Byerly — they have been a big support. Also, my principal Korie Goldsmith has been a big influence as well and I believe they have all helped me a lot.”
With the first team camp coming up, Crowley hopes this experience will help build the Cache program up to become a successful program like she has had in Duncan.
“Talking about Cache — they have had lot of success in the past and they have had State Championships. It has been years since they have been able to get back to a State Tournament team,” Crowley said. “I feel like the program has changed and one thing I want to do is build that middle school program and get the younger kids out. I want to invest in the younger kids and showing them I want them to be a part of my program and keep building these relationships with them. It won’t happen overnight as far as getting back to that State Tournament team. But we will be back and will work hard day in and day out to achieve that goal.”