Chris Crutchfield enters his fourth season as an Aggie assistant coach. A native of Hopkinsville, Ky., Crutchfield graduated from Hopkinsville High School in 1987. He was named High School Receiver of the Decade for the state of Kentucky after three successful seasons with the Tigers football team. Crutchfield is the all-time leading receiver at Hopkinsville High School. He was also a well-recognized member of the 1985 Tigers State Championship Basketball Team.
After high school, Crutchfield attended Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids, Minn. While there, he played football and basketball. Following two successful years on both the court and the field, he was recruited by the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Cruchfield earned a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice in 1992 and a Master in Sports Administration and Recreation in 1995 from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
His career at UNO was successful in both basketball and football. Following graduation from UNO in 1992, he became a member of the UNO football coaching staff. After coaching the wide receivers for two seasons, Crutchfield made the decision to pursue a career in coaching basketball. In June of 1995, he was hired at Nebraska-Omaha as an assistant Basketball Coach. After a successful year at UNO, Crutchfield was hired by Tim Carter at the University of Texas-San Antonio.
In 1997 Crutchfield followed fellow assistant coach Kyle Keller to become the new coaching staff at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas. During the 1998-99 season, Tyler finished 17-14 and produced Immanuel McElroy, a Junior College All-American. On May 20, 1999 Crutchfield was named head basketball coach at Tyler JC. In his first season, the Apaches finished 21-11, the team’s first 20-win season since 1996. Again producing conference MVP and two-time All-American Immanuel McElroy. After graduating seven sophomores from the 1998-99 season, the Apaches finished the 2000-01 season at 14-17. As head coach, Crutchfield graduated 91 percent of his players. Over his four year stint at Tyler Junior College, he recruited and coached 22 Division I players and two first team All-Americans.
Crutchfield oversees the post players for the Aggies and was very instrumental in the development of center Chris Jackson, (who led the Sun Belt Conference in rebounding in 2002-03) and All-American and 2002-03 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year James Moore.
Crutchfield and his wife Jodi have been married for 11 years. They have two children, Jalen (5) and Joshua (4). He also has an 18-year old son, Derrick.