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Assistant Coach Cordaro Crawford scrimmages with players during a Thomson High School basketball practice.

Cordaro Crawford has been named Assistant Coach of the Year by the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association. Crawford is the assistant coach for the Thomson High School varsity boys basketball team, the head coach for boys junior varsity, and a math teacher at the school. He’s worked at THS since 2010.

Crawford graduated from THS in 2005. He went on to study accounting at Paine College, where he graduated in 2010.  Before working full-time at the school, Crawford asked coach Michael Thomas if he could volunteer with the basketball teams. Thomas agreed and the track grew from there.

Crawford said he loves the effects he has on his players. As an assistant coach, he gets to work one-on-one with them.  Crawford said that his approach is to pair players by skill, the best against the best. The difficult part of his job, he said, is molding the 12 different personalities of players  into a team.  Crawford said his approach creates a natural molding.

This year, Crawford said, has been his best year. He said people didn’t believe his players would do much, but he said he knew they were good. The team made it to the Georgia High School Association’s  Elite Eight tournament this year.

Winning the award, Crawford said he feels like all the work he has put in is appreciated.

“Thank you...for being behind Thomson basketball,” he said to the community.

Crawford also extended his thanks to Thomas.

“I want to thank Coach Thomas for allowing me to coach with him, assist with him, and entrusting me.”

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