Terry Crawford began her running career at the UT track, representing the Knoxville Track Club (KTC). Terry received coaching and financial support from Chuck Rohe and Charlie Durham of the the KTC. With their support, Crawford became one of the best 440/880 runners in the U.S. winning AIA National Championships at 220 and 440 yards in 1969 and at 880 yards in 1970. She was a member of the 1971 World University Games team and participated in the PanAmerican Games that same year. Terry was also a finalist in the 1968 and 1972 Olympic Trials.
Terry graduated from UT in 1971 and was UT Women's track and field, and cross- country coach from 1974 to 1984. Her coaching led the Lady Vols to the NCAA Outdoor Track National Championship in 1981, the first national team title for any women's sport at UT. Terry left Knoxville to become the women's track and cross- country coach at the University of Texas. She coached the Texas ladies to the 1986 NCAA Women's Crosscountry title in addition to NCAA National Championship teams in indoor track in 1986, 1988, and 1990. She coached the Texas ladies to NCAA Outdoor National Championship team titles in 1982 and 1986. Crawford's 1986 Texas team is the only women's team in NCAA Division I history to win the triple crown of crosscountry, indoor and outdoor track in the same year (accurate to 2009 at time of this writing).
Terry was inducted into the Lady Vols Hall of Fame in 2002 for outstanding accomplishments in the sports of Track and Field and Crosscountry. Former UT coaches Chuck Rohe and Stan Huntsman both agree that Terry did more for women's track and field/crosscountry in the state of Tennessee than any other person.
In 1988 Terry was named Head Coach of the USA Women's Olympic team. In addition to 1988 Olympic Coach, Terry has served in an international coaching position at the World University Games, the PanAmerica Games, and World Championships. She has served as the President of the Women's College Cross- Country Association and President of the United Stated Track Coaches Association serving all Division I schools. She currently (2009 writing) sits on the Board of Directors for the governing Board of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Terry is currently in her 16th season at Cal Poly as Director of Track and Field/CrossCountry.