Lady Panthers Head Basketball Coach Carla Crowder To Retire at End of 2018-2019 School Year

Posted on 11/14/2018

Media Release: November 14, 2018

Cabot, AR – Lady Panthers Head Basketball Coach Carla Crowder has announced she is retiring at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. In her 38 year coaching career, Coach Crowder’s high school (826) and junior high (110) basketball wins combine for an astounding 936 victories!

This is Coach Crowder’s 16th year with the Cabot School District. She was named head coach of the Lady Panthers in 2002. Prior to coming to Cabot, Coach Crowder was the girls basketball and track coach for Bryant High School and the girls basketball and track coach for Atkins High School.  

During her basketball tenure, Coach Crowder led her teams to four State Championship titles (Cabot 2012, Bryant 1988, 1989, 1991). She also holds four State Runner-Up titles (Cabot 2004, Bryant 1990, 1993, & 1996) and from 1988-1990, Coach Crowder and her team captured 63 consecutive wins. 

Throughout the years, Coach Crowder has received numerous recognitions including: NFICA Girls Basketball Outstanding Coach in Arkansas (1981), Outstanding Coach in Girls Athletics (1987-89), Outstanding Coach in Girls Basketball (1988), Arkansas Democrat Coach of the Year (1987-88), Arkansas Gazette Super Team Coach of the Year (1988-89), Arkansas Gazette Coach of the Decade (1980-90), Nike/WBCA High School All-American Team Selection Committee Member (1994-96), Head Coach – All-Star Game (2004), NFHS Sectional Coach of the Year for Girls Basketball (2004), NFHS National Coach of the Year for Girls Basketball (2004 & 2012).

Growing up, Coach Crowder was an active basketball player thanks to her parents who both played the sport. Her high school record included 170 wins and 16 losses. She was named MVP numerous times and was All-Conference.

Coach Crowder has two older sisters and two younger brothers. “Our parents made us what we are today. They instilled in us hard work and a great work ethic. I am extremely fortunate to have had great influences in my life including my Bradford High School Basketball Coach Ronnie Johnson, and my Arkansas Tech University college coach Jim Yeager.” 

Superintendent Dr. Tony Thurman says, “Coach Crowder has been a tremendous asset to the Panther family. I admire Coach Crowder for her commitment, dedication, and love for her players. We wish Coach Crowder a happy retirement and congratulate her on a long and successful career.”

Coach Crowder is excited to enjoy retirement with her husband. They plan to spend more time with their son, Colton, who is a video coordinator with the UALR Women’s Basketball program. 

“It is going to be tough to step away from the basketball court but after nearly four decades it is time,” states Coach Crowder. “Throughout my career, I could not have asked for better staff or administrators. They always supported our program and players.  What I am most proud of is that I was able to play a part in helping every one of my athletes further their education. I will miss the game and my kids, but I will always be cheering on the Lady Panthers.”

Again, Coach Crowder will officially retire at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

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Cabot Public Schools

Elementary Schools (Grades PreK-4)

Central Elementary
36 Pond Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3564
Fax: (501) 843-4503
Eastside Elementary
17 Bellamy Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3563
Fax: (501) 843-5619
Magness Creek Elementary
16150 Arkansas Hwy 5, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3565
Fax: (501) 843-7567
Mountain Springs Elementary
3620 Mountain Springs
Road, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3575
Fax: (501) 605-1300
Northside Elementary
814 West Locust Street,
Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3568
Fax: (501) 843-6032
Southside Elementary
2600 South Pine Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3567
Fax: (501) 843-6229
Stagecoach Elementary
850 South Stagecoach Road,
Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3574
Fax: (501) 605-1221
Ward Central Elementary
1570 Wilson Loop Road,
Ward, AR 72176
(501) 743-3569
Fax: (501) 843-9744
Westside Elementary
1701 South Second Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3566
Fax: (501) 843-5802

High School (Grades 10-12)

Cabot High School
401 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 843-3562
Fax: (501) 843-4231

Academic Center of Excellence
(Grades 7-12)

Academic Center of Excellence
21 Funtastic Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3520
Fax: (501) 843-0283

Cabot Freshman Academy

Cabot Freshman Academy
18 Spirit Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3576
Fax: (501) 941-1505

ACE North
(Grades 9-12)

401 North Lincoln, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3546
Fax: (501) 941-3156

Special Programs

404 North 2nd Street, Cabot, AR 72023
(501) 743-3543
Fax: (501) 941-2613

Cabot Learning Academy

Cabot Learning Academy
813 West Locust, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3540
Fax: (501) 843-3138

Central Administrative Office

602 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR 72023
(501) 843-3363
Fax: (501)843-0576

Middle Schools (Grades 5-6)

Cabot Middle School North
1900 North Lincoln Street, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3571
Fax: (501) 605-0413

Cabot Middle School South
2555 Kerr Station Road, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3570
Fax: (501) 941-7432

Junior High Schools
(Grades 7-8)

Cabot Junior High North
38 Spirit Drive, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3572
Fax: (501) 605-8472

Cabot Junior High South
38 Panther Trail, Cabot, AR
(501) 743-3573
Fax: (501) 941-7746