An assistant coach for over 15 years on the Division I level and a former junior college head coach, Chris Crutchfield recently wrapped up his eighth season on the Oklahoma staff. He was hired by in April 2011 as an assistant coach after spending four seasons at Oral Roberts University in the same capacity. In May of 2016, Crutchfield was promoted as the program’s associate head coach.
During Crutchfield’s time at OU, the Sooners have compiled a 160-105 (.604) overall record and have advanced to the NCAA Tournament in six of the past seven seasons, including the 2016 Final Four. In 2016, the Sooners racked up 29 victories on the season, which tied for sixth-most in program history.
On the recruiting trail at Oklahoma, Crutchfield was instrumental in the signing and subsequent mentoring of Buddy Hield and Trae Young. In his four years at Oklahoma, Hield was twice named the Big 12 Player of the Year (2015, 2016) and was crowned the national player of the year in 2016 before going on to be drafted as the sixth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Young, the first five-star player to join the Sooners during the Kruger tenure, was a Consensus All-American, Wooden Award finalist and 2018 Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year.
In November, TheAthletic.com named him to its list of 30 up-and-coming coaches to keep an eye on.
Prior to Oklahoma, Crutchfield helped Oral Roberts to an average of 20 wins over his last four years at the school and to postseason appearances in 2008 (NCAA Tournament) and 2011 (CollegeInsider.com Tournament). The Golden Eagles finished first (2008), second (2009 and ‘11) or third (2010) in the 10-team Summit League each year.
Prior to his stint at ORU, Crutchfield served on TCU’s staff for two seasons. He was the Horned Frogs’ director of basketball operations for the 2005-06 season before being named assistant coach for the 2006-07 campaign. He was also an assistant for four seasons at New Mexico State (2001-05) under NMSU all-time wins leader Lou Henson, helping the Aggies to two 20-win campaigns as well as a Sun Belt Conference title in 2002.
Crutchfield also has head coaching experience. He served two seasons (1999-2001) at Tyler (Texas) Junior College as head coach after spending the previous two years as an Apaches’ assistant coach. As head coach, he led Tyler to a 35-28 record and saw his players graduate at a 91 percent rate.
Before his stop at Tyler, Crutchfield spent the 1996-97 season an assistant coach at Texas-San Antonio. He began his full-time coaching career during the 1995-96 season at his alma mater, Nebraska-Omaha, after serving the previous two seasons there as a graduate assistant.
Crutchfield, originally from Hopkinsville, Ky., graduated from Nebraska-Omaha in 1992 with a degree in criminal justice and earned his master’s in health, physical education and administration four years later from the same school. He and his wife Jodi are the parents of three sons: Derrick, Jalen and Josh.