More info on coach Clare Crowley from my story on Williamsville North's five Empire State Games participants:
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Crowley always wanted to tryout for the Empire Games open competition, but every summer when she came home from Fredonia State -- where she was a standout player -- she worked for Aspire of Western New York, an organization serving adults and children wtih developmental disabilities.
"Every summer I would work … working with the kids there," she said, "and that was something that was really important to me too," she said.
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"She earned her way on this team, because she works so hard, has great passion, and it's like having another coach," said Western coach Bill Agronin, the former Niagara coach, said of Crowley. "She's on the bench, telling these players when they come off the court, what to do, and where to go, and what they need to do. It's almost like having a fourth coach."
Crowley might even be doing almost as much coaching as the three people in polo shirts to her right on the bench. She was directing players here and there, hollering "box out!" just like those coaches always do, and when starters came to the bench she was pointing and moving her hands around, talking about plays and positioning on the court. All she was missing was a wipeboard.
"I can't stop [coaching]," she said. "It's nonstop. I can't turn it off."