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Case Western Reserve University
Tiffany Crooks completed her 11th season as head coach at Case Western Reserve in 2017. 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 2017 season with an overall record of 89-88-25, including 75 wins over the past nine seasons. She currently has the most wins ever by a head coach in the program’s history, and her .503 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 seven 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
Assistant Coach (Goalkeepers)
Eric Lapsansky completed his third season as the Spartans’ goalkeeper coach in 2015. Lapsansky is in his second stint with the CWRU coaching staff, having previously served as an assistant from 1998-2000.
A former Academic All-Big East selection at the University of Pittsburgh, Lapsansky also played for the Cleveland Caps in the United Soccer League.
Before arriving in University Circle, Lapsansky most recently coached at Cleveland State University and with the Whitecaps Premier Soccer Club. He has an extensive coaching career which began in 1997 as an assistant coach for the boys and girls soccer teams at nearby Chagrin Falls High School. From 1999-2011, Lapsansky was the head soccer coach for the Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School Girls Soccer Team. While at BBHHS, he amassed an impressive 142-57-26 record and was named the NSCAA/OSSCA Ohio Coach of the Year in 2004.
Lapsansky earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He also holds a master’s degree in curriculum, instruction and design from Walden University (Minn.).
Abbey Smith rejoined the Case Western Reserve University women’s soccer program as an assistant coach prior to the start of the 2016 season.
Smith returns to her alma mater, where she was a standout keeper for the program for two seasons, twice earning selection to the All-University Athletic Association First Team, and garnering a spot on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/ Continental Tire All-Great Lakes Region Second Team her senior campaign. Smith graduated from CWRU with a program-record 0.76 career goals-against average, and ranked third in school history with 13 career shutouts, fourth with 16 wins and a .825 save percentage, and seventh with 137 saves.
Prior to coming to Case Western Reserve, Smith played for the women’s soccer team at the University of Miami (Fla.), where was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll in both 2011 and 2012.
Smith, a Powell, Ohio native, graduated from Case Western Reserve in 2015 with a degree in Communication Sciences.