CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Ryan Crawford has joined the Harvard University football coaching staff as a defensive backs coach in an announcement by Tim Murphy, the Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football.
Crawford will be responsible for recruiting the Atlantic coast section of the United States including Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.
Crawford comes to Harvard after spending four seasons at the University of Rhode Island. Last year, he served as the Rams' defensive coordinator and also served a previous stint as the program's recruiting coordinator.
Over his final three seasons at URI, Crawford's secondary intercepted 30 passes in the tough Colonial Athletic Association.
Crawford has mentored a pair of all-conference defensive backs including Jarrod Williams, who left URI in 2010 among the school's all-time leaders in interceptions.
Prior to his tenure at URI, Crawford spent three years as a cornerbacks coach at Bucknell. In 2007, the Bison led the Patriot League with 14 interceptions.
Crawford also spent two years at his alma mater, Davidson. He spent one year coaching the quarterbacks before switching to defense in 2004 to coach the defensive backs.
A 2001 graduate of Davidson with a degree in biology, Crawford earned Associated Press first team All-America honors in 1999, when he led the nation with eight interceptions as part of a Davidson team that led the nation with 28 picks. In 2000, Crawford was named the I-AA Mid-Major Defensive Back of the Year as well as the I-AA Independent Defensive MVP. In 2000, he was named Davidson's Special Teams Player of the Year as well as the school's Male Athlete of the Year.
After graduation, Crawford played semi-pro football for the Carolina Cowboys and professionally with the Indiana Firebirds of the Arena Football League. He was also a 2007 camp invitee with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He also worked as a stuntman and a featured extra in the Sony Pictures movie 'Radio,' starring Cuba Gooding, Jr.