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    Illini Names New Soccer Assistant



    May 22, 2000

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois Head Soccer Coach Tricia Taliaferro looked to her hometown of Dallas, Texas, to fill her open assistant coach position. K.C. Crabb, head women's soccer coach at Richland Junior College, fills the job vacated by Janet Rayfield, who resigned to take a role with U.S. Soccer.

    Crabb was a forward for North Texas State University and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biology in 1993. Crabb also played with the Dallas Sidekicks (1994) and the Dallas Toros (1995-96) of the United States Interregional Soccer League (USISL) before accepting a position as the head soccer trainer of The Sting Soccer Club in 1996, a job he still holds today. In that role he organizes training for coaches, mostly parents, for the club's eight teams, which have produced 10 NTTSA state titles, four regional championships and one United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) crown under his guidance. The Sting is the club that Taliaferro played for and helped lead to the 1990 and 1991 Dallas Cup Championships.

    Crabb has served as head women's coach at Richland, compiling a 47-9-4 record in three seasons, including two regional titles and two Top 10 national rankings. The team was 6-7 in 1996, the year before his arrival. In addition to those duties, Crabb was an assistant coach for the North Texas Heat women's semi-pro team in 1999.

    "I'm excited about the challenges of coaching in the Big Ten," said Crabb. "I can tell that the program is dedicated to winning championships, both at the conference and national level."

    "K.C. brings a different perspective to the game, yet we both share the same philosophy --- to build a winner," said Taliaferro. "He has a proven track record and, like Janet, is a great teacher of the game. His young, energetic personality will be a tremendous asset to the program."

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