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Texas Tech adds Crawford, Maines to women's basketball staff

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From Texas Tech Athletics:

Texas Tech women's basketball coach Candace Whitaker added to her inaugural staff Thursday with the hiring of Kirk Crawford as an assistant coach and Melissa Maines as the program's director of operations.

Crawford arrives at Tech after spending the 2012-13 season at Wichita State while Maines returns to her hometown and alma mater after spending 10 seasons in similar roles at both Florida and Auburn.

"We are excited to have Kirk and Melissa join our Lady Raider staff," Whitaker said. "They both bring a wealth of experience at the Division-I level and will complement the rest of our staff well. I believe both of them will help us continue to grow the tradition of Lady Raider Basketball."

In his one season at Wichita State, Crawford helped lead the Shockers to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history after claiming both the Missouri Valley regular season and conference tournament titles.

The Shockers ended the season with the most wins (24) and Missouri Valley Conference victories (15) in program history while also posting the school's best defensive scoring average all-time.

Crawford boasts over 30 years of coaching experience on both the men's and women's sides as he has also served stints at Drake (2011-12), Air Force (2008-10), Southern Mississippi (2004-08), Providence (2002-04), Portland State (2001-02), the University of Portland (1999-01) and Southern Utah (1996-99) among others.

In addition to his work on the collegiate level, Crawford has also assisted in the development of players from both the NBA and WNBA at the IMG Academy in Florida. He also served as a NBA scout in between his stints at Air Force and Drake.

A 1978 graduate of Western State College in Colorado, Crawford was a two-sport athlete with the Mountaineers, lettering in both basketball and baseball. He went on to play baseball professionally in the Oakland A's minor league system.

"Kirk is a tremendous asset on the floor with both game planning and player development," Whitaker said. "He adds strong Midwest and international recruiting ties that will greatly benefit our program."

Maines, meanwhile, returns to Lubbock for her second stint as the program's director of operations as she also held the role from 1998-2000 before moving over to be Tech's regional director for women's athletics.

She remained in that position until 2002 when she joined the University of Florida staff as the assistant to head coach Carolyn Peck. From there, Maines moved to Auburn where she spent eight seasons as the Tigers' director of operations.

Maines earned her undergraduate degree in exercise and sport science from Tech in 1998 and then completed her masters in sports administration in 2001. She is the daughter of Steve and Debbie Maines. Steve Maines is currently the coordinator of events and facilities in the Tech athletics department.

"Melissa's Lubbock ties and contacts make this a special hire for Lady Raider Basketball," Whitaker added. "She has over 10 years of experience as a director of operations at the BCS level, so we are fortunate to have her on staff."

Crawford and Maines add to a staff that already includes assistant coaches Brett Schneider and Damitria Buchanan along with graduate assistant Layne Reeves.

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