|Born: June 14, 1957 in Provo, Utah|
Personal: Wife, Maren, four daughters, Tara (6-27-88), Jenessa (1-7-91), Mikauli (4-28-96) and Toriana (4-14-00), and three sons, Dane (9-11-86), Quinn (4-29-94) and Macloud (2-15-02)
Education: B.S. in Physical Education, Brigham Young, 1983; Orem (Utah) High School, 1975
Coaching Career - 19th Year: Offensive Coordinator, Oregon, (2005-present); Head Coach, Brigham Young (2001-04); Offensive Coordinator, Chicago Bears (1999-00); Head Coach, Louisiana Tech (1996-98); Offerensive Coordinator, Louisiana Tech (1995); Co-Offensive Coordinator, Georgia Tech (1994); Quarterbacks, Boston College (1991-93); Offensive Coordinator, New Hampshire (1988-90); Passing Game Coordinator, Western Illinois (1987); Offensive Coordinator, Snow (Utah) Junior College (1984-86); Secondary, Snow Junior College (1983); Student Assistant, Brigham Young (1982).
Gary Crowton wasted no time in making his presence felt on an Oregon offense in need of a transfusion as he played a major role in the transformation of an attack that finished his initial year in Eugene among the best in school history. Yet the results weren’t much different than those accumulated in seven years as a head coach at the Division I level and seven previous seasons as a collegiate and NFL offensive coordinator.
Armed with the reputation of producing some of the most exciting and productive offenses in the country, the 48-year-old Orem, Utah, native assisted in elevating the Ducks among the top 20 in the country in passing (8th), scoring (12th) and total offense (18th), in addition to the refinement of quarterback Kellen Clemens to levels surpassed by few in the nation prior to his season-ending injury. Oregon’s 304.5 passing yards and 34.5 points per game proved to be the second-best marks in school history, trailing only those posted in 1998.
Only four times was Oregon held under 30 points in 2005, with the Ducks managing to prevail on two of the occasions.
His talents ran far beyond his experience coaching one-back offensive schemes that excelled at putting pressure on the opposition. His quarterback development skills were most evident when he was forced to successfully prepare a tandem of relatively untested quarterbacks late in the season which resulted in Oregon winning four of its final five games.
For his efforts Crowton was one of six finalists for the Broyles Award, annually given to the top collegiate assistant football coach in the country.
Crowton arrived at Oregon in time for the 2005 spring drills after accumulating a 47-36 record in stints as a head coach at BYU (2001-04) and Louisiana Tech (1996-98), as well as two years as offensive coordinator with the Chicago Bears (1999-2000) in the National Football League.
In his first year guiding the Cougars, Crowton devised an aggressive attack which led the nation in total offense (542.9 avg.) and scoring (46.8 avg.), while BYU finished 2001 with a 12-2 record and a Mountain West Conference championship. For his efforts, he was named conference and district coach of the year. During his head-coaching tenure in Provo, the Cougars averaged better than 409 yards of total offense while tallying a 26-23 ledger.
In 1999 with the Chicago Bears, his offense ranked third in the NFL in passing (258.5 avg.) and established a franchise record with 4,136 yards through the air, as well as eighth in the league in total offense (345.2 avg.).
In three seasons as head coach at Louisiana Tech, Crowton built an offenses that tallied 12,745 yards (374.9 per game avg.) and 115 touchdowns passing. In his final season, the Bulldogs passed for a school-record 4,943 yards while leading the country in passing (432.1 avg.) and finishing second in total offense (542.0 avg.). Louisiana Tech also scored 50 or more points in eight of 12 games in 1998 while eclipsing 300 yards passing on 10 occasions.
In 1997, Louisiana Tech ranked third in the country in both passing (360.5 avg.) and total offense (496.0 avg.). He accumulated a record of 21-13 at the Ruston, La., school, including a 9-2 slate in 1997.
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 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.