PROFILE: LSU OC Gary Crowton

Gary Crowton, who has served as head coach at Louisiana Tech and BYU and is considered one of the top offensive minds in all of football, has been named the offensive coordinator at LSU, head coach Les Miles announced on Wednesday.

Crowton comes to LSU after serving as the offensive coordinator at Oregon for the past two years. During his two years with the Ducks, Crowton overhauled the Oregon offense into one that was ranked among the best in the nation.

In 2006, Oregon ranked No. 9 in the nation in total offense, averaging 422.8 yards per game, which included 241 through the air and 182 on the ground. Oregon led the Pac-10 in both total offense and rushing in 2006. The Ducks posted a 7-6 mark this past season.

In his first year with Oregon in 2005, Crowton produced an offense that tallied that second-highest totals in school history in passing yards (304.5 per game) and points (34.5 per game). The Ducks ranked No. 8 in the nation in passing, No. 12 in scoring and No. 18 in total offense on their way to posting a 10-2 overall mark and reaching the Holiday Bowl.

Crowton joined Oregon after a four-year stint as head coach at Brigham Young from 2001-2004. During is four seasons at his Alma Mater, Crowton guided the Cougars to a 26-23 record. Crowton's best year with BYU came in 2001 when he led the Cougars to a 12-2 overall mark, capped with an appearance in the Liberty Bowl. Crowton's BYU offense scored 40 or more points 10 times that year, including 70 points in a win over Tulane and 44 in a victory over California.

BYU led the nation in total offense (542.9 per game) and scoring (46.8 per game) in 2001 as the Cougars captured the Mountain West Conference title. Crowton was named the MWC Coach of the Year for his efforts in his first season at BYU.

Other highlights for Crowton during his stay at BYU include a 35-13 win over Southern Cal during the 2003 season and a 20-17 win over Notre Dame to open the 2004 campaign.

Prior to taking the head coaching job at BYU, Crowton served as the offensive coordinator for two years with the Chicago Bears. In his first year with the Bears in 1999, Crowton's offense ranked No. 3 in the NFL in passing with an average of 258.5 yards per game. That year, the Bears established a franchise record with 4,136 passing yards behind a trio of quarterbacks.

In 2000, Crowton's offense produced 1,000-yard rusher James Allen and also featured former LSU standout Eddie Kennison, who caught 55 passes for 549 yards and two scores for the Bears.

Crowton joined the Bears after a four-year stretch at Louisiana Tech, three of which were as head coach of the Bulldogs. Crowton served as head coach at Louisiana Tech from 1996-98, leading the Bulldogs to an overall mark of 21-13, which included a 9-2 record in 1997.

Crowton's 1998 Louisiana Tech team proved to be one of the most potent offenses in the nation that year as the Bulldogs ranked No. 1 in the nation in passing yards with a 432.1 average behind All-America quarterback Tim Rattay. Tech finished the year ranked No. 2 in the nation in total offense, averaging 542 yards per game.

The 1998 Bulldog offense also featured future first round draft pick in wide receiver Troy Edwards. Rattay and Edwards teamed up for what was one of the most explosive offensive displays against a nationally-ranked team to open the 1998 season. In that game, Rattay threw for 590 yards, while Edwards caught 21 passes for an NCAA record 405 yards against fourth-ranked Nebraska.

In 1997, a year that saw Crowton lead the Bulldogs to wins over California and Alabama, Louisiana Tech ranked No. 3 in the nation in passing (360.5 per game) and total offense (496.0 per game).

Crowton began his 24-year coaching career as a student assistant under LaVell Edwards in 1982 at BYU, where he earned his bachelor's degree in physical education in 1983. He proceeded to serve as secondary coach at Snow (Utah) Junior College in 1983 before becoming offensive coordinator at the school for the next three seasons. During his stint, he helped lead Snow to the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship in 1985.

He then served as passing game coordinator at Western Illinois for one year (1987), followed by offensive coordinator at New Hampshire (1988-90), quarterbacks coach at Boston College (1991-93), co-offensive coordinator at Georgia Tech (1994), and offensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech (1995). Crowton was elevated to head coach at Louisiana Tech the following year.

Among the standouts he has tutored are Luke Staley, who was the recipient of the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back and led the nation in scoring at BYU in 2001; Troy Edwards, Louisiana Tech's 1998 Biletnikoff Award honoree as the top collegiate receiver in the country; Louisiana Tech quarterback Tim Rattay, who finished 10th in balloting for the Heisman Trophy in 1999; and Glenn Foley, who finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1993.

The former all-league quarterback at Orem High School earned All-America acclaim at Snow Junior College before completing his football career as a quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back at Colorado State in 1978. He then ran track for one year at Idaho State before earning his degree at BYU.

Crowton and his wife Maren have four daughters – Tara, Jenessa, Mikauli, and Toriana – and three sons – Dane, Quinn, and Macloud. Crowton was born on June 14, 1957 in Provo, Utah.

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