Tiffany Crooks completed her 12th season as head coach at Case Western Reserve in 2018. Since being named to her post on May 25, 2007, Crooks has built Case Western Reserve into one of the premier programs in the NCAA Great Lakes Region.
Crooks, who has twice led the University Athletic Association Coaching Staff of the Year, concluded the 2018 season with an overall record of 96-98-25, including 82 wins over the past 10 seasons. She currently has the most wins ever by a head coach in the program's history, and her .495 career winning percentage is the best among the five coaches in the team’s history.
Under Crooks’ leadership, the Spartans have been ranked in the NSCAA Division III Top-25 in four of the last eight years, including the highest national ranking in the program's history in 2012, when the team rose to 13th in the poll.
Crooks coached former Spartan midfielder Kendra Simmons to All-America and Academic All-America honors during her career, while also coaching midfielder Elle Zadina to Academic All-America honors. Crooks has also helped numerous other players earn all-region acclaim, including goalkeeper Abbey Smith, forward Leah Levey, midfielder Deena Levey and defenders Kristina Vaci and Neha Cheemalavagu. 53 of her players have earned All-UAA selections, while her team has claimed the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award during each of her 11 seasons at Case Western Reserve.
In 2011, the Spartans won a school-record 13 matches (13-4-3 overall) and earned the first-ever national ranking and NCAA Tournament berth in program history, serving as hosts of the NCAA Championship Tournament First and Second Rounds. For their efforts, Crooks and her assistants were tabbed as the University Athletic Association Coaching Staff of the Year for the second time in three seasons. The head coach was also tabbed Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association Division III Coach of the Year. Overall, Crooks’ program produced seven All-UAA selections as well as an NSCAA All-American and NSCAA Scholar All-American in 2011.
Prior to 2011’s school-record campaign, the Spartans posted back-to-back nine-win seasons, including a 9-6-3 mark in 2009 – the program’s first winning season since 2003. For their efforts, Crooks and her staff were awarded UAA Coaching Staff of the Year honors.
A native of Mansfield, Ohio and a graduate of Lexington High School, Crooks spent the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons at Xavier University. Prior to her time at XU, she was an assistant coach at The College of Wooster for three seasons (2002-04).
In addition to her collegiate coaching experience, Crooks has a USSF "C" License (2003) and is a Women's Coaches' Academy graduate (Atlanta-2008). She was a staff coach for Liederkranz Mid-Ohio United Soccer Club in Mansfield (1999-2003), Pennine United Soccer Club in Wooster (2003-05) and Cincinnati United Premier (2005-07).
As a player, Crooks was a four-year starting goalkeeper at NCAA Division II Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. She was a first-team Verizon Academic All-American® in 2001. Also during her career, the Eagles compiled a 68-9-3 record, captured four conference titles and made four consecutive NCAA playoff appearances, including a berth in the 1998 Final Four. Crooks finished her career with a school-record 28 shutouts and 0.64 goals against average.
Crooks graduated magna cum laude from Ashland in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She earned a Master of Business Administration from CWRU in 2012.
Crooks is also a certified yoga instructor.
Tiffany Crooks Coaching Highlights
- 96-98-25 overall record
- 82 wins during past 10 seasons
- UAA Coaching Staff of the Year (2009 and 2011)
- No. 13 national ranking (2012)
- First NCAA Championship Tournament berth in program history (2011)
- 56 All-UAA selections
- NSCAA Team Academic Award (2007-18)
- Inducted into Ashland University Athletic Hall of Fame (2013)