COLUMBUS, Ohio – Travis Crane, who has been instrumental in Ohio State’s success since his arrival as an assistant coach six years ago, has been promoted to associate head coach, Nick Myers announced today.
“We’re thrilled to elevate Travis to associate head coach,” said Myers. “He’s worked hard for this promotion and is absolutely one of the rising stars in the coaching profession. Travis does an outstanding job connecting with our men and future Buckeyes. His ability to build meaningful and authentic relationships with folks in every walk of this program is what I admire most about Coach. We are grateful for all that he has given to Buckeye lacrosse and I look forward to working alongside him for years to come.”
Crane’s first season on staff, in 2017, was the best in program history. The squad notched a program-record 16 wins and advanced to the NCAA Tournament semifinals and final for the first time. The Buckeyes, who played in the Big Ten Tournament championship game, limited opponents to 8.38 goals per game, ranking first in the Big Ten and 11th in the NCAA in scoring defense, and held opponents to nine or fewer goals in 13 games. Following a 2017 run to the national championship game, Crane earned a promotion to be the Buckeyes’ assistant coach and defensive coordinator.
Under his guidance, Ohio State led the Big Ten in scoring defense in 2018 with 8.6 goals per game. The defense unit was anchored by the program’s first two-time first team All-American, Ben Randall, and three other All-Americans including defensive players Erik Evans and Ryan Terefenko. The next spring, in 2019, Ohio State held six opponents to 10 goals or less which was good for 2nd in the Big Ten.
“The Buckeye Brotherhood is special and I’m honored to be a part of such a great program.”
We're thrilled to announce that @tc_crane1 has been elevated to Associate Head Coach❗️
— Ohio State Men's LAX (@OhioStateMLAX) August 31, 2021
“The Buckeye Brotherhood is special and I’m honored to be a part of such a great program,” said Crane. “Thank you to Coach Myers for his continued leadership and to Gene Smith and Janine Oman for their support of not only myself but also Buckeye Lacrosse. A special and sincere thanks to the men on our team, both past and present, who provide me the opportunity to be a part of their lives every day. You inspire me every day and I am excited to see what we can accomplish next. Go Bucks!”
Before COVID-19 cut the 2020 season short, Ohio State’s defense was once again among the nation’s best: it ranked first in goals-against per game in the Big Ten. Most recently, Crane’s 2021 defensive unit was ranked first in the Big Ten for man down defense. Included in that squad was defensive specialist Ryan Terefenko, the program’s only four-time All-American. Of note, five out of the six years Coach Crane has been on staff, the Buckeye defense has ranked first or second in the Big Ten.
Under Coach Crane’s leadership, the program has seen eight defensive players drafted to continue their playing careers professionally: Tyler Pfister, Ben Randall, Erik Evans, Freddy Freibott, John Kelly, Matt Borges, Jeff Henrick, and Ryan Terefenko.
In his tenure at Ohio State, the program has also achieved record breaking academic success and continues to serve the local community with over 1,000 hours of community service. In the classroom, it achieved its highest ever cumulative grade-point average this past academic year with a 3.62 and had 33 Academic All-Big Ten honorees.
Crane came to Columbus after three years coaching at Calvert Hall College High School in Baltimore and as director of operations for FCA Maryland. He served as the defensive coordinator for the school’s varsity lacrosse team and guided the squad to the lowest goals-against average in the MIAA “A” conference. With FCA Maryland he served as both a coach and administrator for the club program.
A short stick defensive midfielder, Crane spent two years at Penn State, serving as a co-captain in his senior season and leading the team to the NCAA tournament. He was an Academic All-Big Ten selection and was selected for the USILA North-South Senior All-Star game. In his time at Penn State, Crane tallied three goals, picked up 27 groundballs and had 15 caused turnovers.
A native of Parkville, Md., Crane spent the 2011 season at Community College of Baltimore County Essex in Baltimore, where he was a First Team All-American and named the Maryland Junior College Midfielder of the Year. He also earned first team all-region and first team Maryland JUCO honors.