Larry Crews lives and breathes softball. At practice, you can find Coach Crews catching the pitchers, hitting fly balls or simply giving instruction. Softball is in his blood.
A native of Sibley, Ill., Crews has played on the Sibley Merchant team beginning in 1964 and served as the team's player-coach for more than 30 years. The Merchants won the 1997 Illinois State Class A title and placed fourth in 1998 and third in 1999. Crews has been a first team all-state performer and was honored as an All-American in 1995.
Crews graduated from Melvin-Sibley High School and played on the first ever baseball team at Parkland College in Champaign in 1971. He graduated from Eastern Illinois with a bachelor's degree in marketing.
Crews coached the Illinois Club Softball Team for two seasons and is entering his 13th year as a volunteer assistant with the varsity side.
"Larry wears many hats (catcher, umpire, coach, player) when he comes to practice," said Head Coach Terri Sullivan. "Larry loves the game of softball," added Sullivan. "And that love of the game is contagious to everyone involved with the program, players, coaches and fans.
Crews and his wife, Cheryl, live in Champaign. He has two children, Matthew, who attended Parkland College, and Amanda, who graduated from Michigan, where she participated on the Wolverines swimming and diving team.