Crook, a West Virginia native and a graduate of Parkersburg South High School, has numerous ties to the Mountain State. Following an injury-shortend playing career at West Liberty, he coached at the Northern Panhandle school for three seasons, beginning as a student assistant while earning his degree and moving on to a full time offensive line position. He also coached at Glenville State and West Virginia Tech in the 1990s, and has maintained recruiting ties in the several states surrounding West Virginia as well as New England. Crook has been the tackles and tight ends coach at Stanford for two seasons. He was on the Stanford staff for Andrew Luck's final season with the Cardinal.
In all, Crook has coached college football for 22 seasons, with all of his jobs including duties on the offensive line. He was also special teams coordinator at Glenville, Clarion and West Virginia Tech.
According to his biography on Stanford's athletic site, he was West Virginia Tech's offensive line coach in 1999, which would have put him on the same staff with current Mountaineer assistant Tony Gibson, who was the defensive coordinator there at the time. His two years at Glenville in 1997-98 followed Gibson's single year with the Pioneers in 1996.
Crook's longest tenured job was an eight-year run at Harvard from 2003-10, where he coached eight players to All-League honors.
Stanford's sports information department would neither confirm nor deny the hiring on Thursday afternoon.
"Like most kids in West Virginia, I dreamed of being a Mountaineer," Crook told the Parkersburg News and Sentinel<\I> this year while preparing for the Rose Bowl. "I never really thought [Stanford] is where I would end up, and I am so thankful to a lot of people in Parkersburg who influenced my life, along with all the coaches I've had in my life."