The Boyd Lady Jacket bench will have a new look come fall. Dusty Crafton has been hired to take over the Lady Jacket volleyball program.
Crafton, who is from Springtown, was able to find a position that got her a lot closer to home.
“She’s got a lot of skins on the wall,” Boyd Director of Athletics Brandon Hopkins said. “I was very happy to get her here and that was one of the draws for her was to get closer to home. She is going to bring a lot to the table.”
Crafton has spent the last four years at Class 2A Centerville, where she went 43-5 in 2012. She led the Lady Tigers to the regional finals and is entering her eighth year as a head coach.
“We have some work to do for sure, and the state champion is in our district,” Crafton said. “The kids want to work and they are respectful. If we get in there and work we’ll improve for sure.”
Boyd is still looking for postseason success in volleyball and Hopkins believes Crafton’s playoff experience should help.
“We are getting better in volleyball,” he said. “I was looking for somebody I thought could get us over the hump and get us in the playoffs.”
Not only will Crafton be heading up the volleyball program – she will also serve as an assistant track coach. Crafton is intent on building respect in all of Boyd’s athletic programs.
“I don’t think of myself as a volleyball coach,” she said. “I think of myself as a Boyd coach. It’s important for me that we are good at every sport.
“When we go places I want people to be ready for a fight, no matter what we are playing. I want that kind of respect.”