Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE The Oklahoma men’s basketball team saw two of its assistant coaches from last season earn head coaching jobs. The one that stayed? He’s getting a promotion.
OU head coach Lon Kruger announced Thursday morning that Chris Crutchfield has been promoted to associate head coach for the Sooners. Crutchfield has spent the last five seasons as an assistant under Kruger.
“First of all, it’s a blessing and a great opportunity,” said Crutchfield in a press release. “I feel good that Coach Kruger has enough confidence in me to offer me that title, which comes with more responsibility. My family and I love being a part of the University of Oklahoma family and I look forward to what’s to come.”
Crutchfield has been a key piece for the resurgence in OU basketball, highlighted by a trip to the Final Four in April. He was vital in the development of Buddy Hield during his time in Norman that culminated in Hield winning the Wooden Award as the best player in college basketball and being selected No. 6 overall in the NBA Draft last month by the New Orleans Pelicans.
“Coach Crutchfield has so much experience and has such a good feel for all aspects of the game,” said Kruger in a press release. “During a time where there is turnover with our staff, it makes sense to show appreciation to that experience.”
Crutchfield is the lone assistant returning from last season with both Lew Hill and Steve Henson now getting their opportunities as head coaches. Kruger has hired Carlin Hartman and Kevin Kruger (his son) as the assistants for the upcoming season.
Crutchfield has been an assistant coach for 15 years with various Division I schools, including Oral Roberts, TCU and New Mexico State. OU is 111-57 through the first five years with Kruger and Crutchfield.