(Updated July 2016)
Associate head coach Nick Crowell continues to prove that he is one of the elite assistants in the country. While earning All-American honors in doubles play for the Longhorns, Crowell played for FSU head coach Dwayne Hultquist, who was an assistant coach at the time. Since Crowell’s arrival, Florida State has reached the NCAA Championship every season and shattered several team records. In addition to his coaching duties, Crowell runs the Seminole High Performance tennis camps which help mold young players into champions.
In 2016, Florida State seniors Benjamin Lock and Marco Nunez completed incredible careers and were invited to the NCAA Tournament for a second-consecutive season. Lock ranked in the ITA Top 10, the first Seminole since 2009 to reach that mark, while becoming just the third Seminole singles player to earn All-America honors. In doubles, Lock and Nunez ranked in the Top 20 much of the year and finished at No. 24. Under the guidance of Crowell, the pair beat three of the top five teams in the country, including the top pair from Florida in February. At season's end, Lock was named the country's Most Improved Player by the ITA, a first for a Seminole athlete.
In 2014-15, Crowell was honored for the third time in his career as the Southeast Assistant Coach of the Year after helping lead the Seminoles to its most wins since 2009 and a 21-9 doubles record. He also helped oversee the development of Lock, who finished the season as the highest ranked Seminole (No. 48) since 2011, and the doubles team of Lock and Nunez, who finished the year ranked No. 20 with a handful of high-profile wins.
In addition to his work with Lock and Nunez, he helped the true freshman pair of Terrance and Terrell Whitehurst finish with an 18-8 doubles record. The Seminoles reached the NCAA second round for the first time since 2012 and compiled the most regular season wins (18) during his tenure.
During the 2010-11 season he helped coach Florida State’s second doubles tandem to achieve All-American status in Vahid Mirzadeh and Connor Smith. During the 2012-13 season he helped coach Dominic Cotrone and Blake Davis to No. 12 in the nation and a berth in the 2013 NCAA Doubles Championships. Crowell was named the 2013 ITA Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year for the second time.
Crowell has coached the Florida USTA Junior Under 18 team and in 2010 his team won the National Team Championship at the University of Illinois. This marked the first time since 1983 that the Florida team had won this prestigious tournament. His team’s performance over the #1 and #3 ranked teams was described as one of the greatest upsets in 25 years. His coaching ability made good players believe they were great and for his efforts was named the USTA Florida Junior Coach of the Year.
A doubles specialist in college, Crowell helped mold several new Seminole duos in 2009. In a matter of months, Crowell helped turn Jean-Yves Aubone and Vahid Mirzadeh into a top 20 ranked team who upset the No. 1-ranked duo in the country from Wake Forest. The pair also earned a trip to the NCAA Doubles Championships in College Station, Texas. Crowell also helped guide Drew Bailey and Maciek Sykut to 23 victories in 2008-09, including an upset win against the fourth-ranked team from Virginia.
After five years as assistant coach, in 2008 Crowell was elevated to the associate coach position at FSU. That same year, he took the duo of Jean-Yves Aubone and Clint Bowles who had never played together and helped guide the pair to the second most doubles wins in school history in a single season (28). The pair also advanced to the second round of the NCAA doubles tournament, falling one win shy of All-American honors. In May 2006, Crowell was named the ITA Mideast Region Men’s Tennis Assistant Coach of the Year and became a finalist for the national award.
The 2006 season found the Seminoles concluding the year with an 18-12 record with arguably the hardest strength of schedule in the nation. Florida State’s 18 wins tied as the second-most victories in the 16 previous seasons. FSU advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship and made the school’s first four-peat appearance in the Big Dance since its run of five consecutive trips from 1994-98. Crowell was a big factor in the success of Ytai Abougzir, who became the first Seminole in 12 seasons to qualify for both the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship.
Florida State not only earned the school’s first invitation to the 2006 USTA/ITA National Men’s Team Indoor Championship, but also garnered a respectable preseason ranking of No. 11 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
Early in his playing career at Texas, Crowell established himself as one of the top doubles players in the country. During his freshman season, he teamed up with Paul Martin to advance to the quarterfinals of the doubles draw at the NCAA Tournament, earning him his first All-American honor. That season he also earned the Big 12 Conference and ITA Region VI Freshman of the Year awards. His rookie of the year accolade from the league would be the first of many for Crowell. Starting his sophomore year, he earned all-conference honors his last three seasons in singles and doubles.
Finishing his career just as he started it, Crowell captured his second All-American honor during his senior season as he and playing partner Michael Blue advanced to the round of 16 at the NCAA Tournament. Earlier in the season, the two paired up to win the doubles title at the ITA National Indoor Tournament.
Under the legendary Dave Snyder at Texas, Crowell finished with 98 doubles victories in his career, including 29 with Martin as a freshman in 1997. Crowell also tallied 35 singles wins in 1997.
After 13 seasons in Tallahassee and following the 2016 season, Crowell was named the head coach at the University of Oklahoma.
A native of Amarillo, Texas, Crowell is married to the former Lindsey Smith of Tallahassee and the couple have three children, daughter Brooklyn and sons Cash and Hays.