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Arkansas names Chris Crutchfield associate men’s basketball coach



Chris Crutchfield (Courtesy Oklahoma Athletics)

FAYETTEVILLE – Chris Crutchfield, who spent the past eight seasons as associate head coach at Oklahoma, has been hired in the same position at the University of Arkansas, Razorback head coach Eric Musselman announced recently.


“We’re excited to have Coach Crutchfield on staff,” Musselman said. “He’s one of the best recruiters and coaches in the country as proven by the Sooners being a mainstay in the NCAA Tournament. He has worked for an all-time great coach in Lon Kruger. Coach Crutchfield and Coach (Corey) Williams will make a great team at the University of Arkansas.”


Crutchfield has over 20 years of experience in the profession including two years as a head coach at Tyler (Texas) Junior College. This past November, named him to its list of 30 up-and-coming coaches to keep an eye on.


At Oklahoma, Crutchfield helped the Sooners compile a 160-105 (.604) overall record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in six of the past seven seasons, including a Final Four berth in 2016. That year, the Sooners racked up 29 victories, 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 2016 national Player of the Year by four entities (John R. Wooden Award, the Naismith Award, Sporting News Player of the Year and the Oscar Robertson Trophy). Hield would go on to be 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.


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 ( Tournament). The Golden Eagles finished the top three in the Summit League each year, including first in 2008, second in both 2009 and ‘11 and third in 2010.


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.




Hometown: Hopkinsville, Ky.

Alma Mater: Omaha ‘92

Wife: Jodi

Sons: Derrick, Jalen, Josh


Coaching History

1995-96: Nebraska-Omaha (Assistant Coach)

1996-97: Texas-San Antonio (Assistant Coach)

1997-99: Tyler Junior College (Assistant Coach)

1999-01: Tyler Junior College (Head Coach)

2001-05: New Mexico State (Assistant Coach)

2005-06: TCU (Director of Basketball Operations)

2006-07: TCU (Assistant Coach)

2007-11: Oral Roberts (Assistant Coach)

2011-16: Oklahoma (Assistant Coach)

2016-19: Oklahoma (Associate Head Coach)

2019-pres: Arkansas (Associate Head Coach)


For more­­ information on Arkansas Men’s Basketball, follow @RazorbackMBB on Twitter.


Wisconsin gives update on coach Howard Moore



Howard Moore (UIC photo)

The Moore family would first like to express its gratitude for all of the prayers and well-wishes that have been showered upon them. Coach Moore is in stable condition in the ICU and his son, Jerell, is up and walking around. The family continues to ask for as much privacy as possible.



Wisconsin Athletics issues Statement on family of assistant men’s basketball coach Howard Moore



Howard Moore (file photo)

MADISON, Wis. – Early Saturday morning, the University of Wisconsin athletic department learned of a tragic automobile accident in Michigan involving assistant men’s basketball coach Howard Moore and his family. We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Howard’s wife, Jennifer, and their daughter Jaidyn. Howard and his son, Jerell, both suffered injuries but are expected to recover.


The Badgers athletics community is a tight-knit family and Howard has been a terrific ambassador for Wisconsin for nearly 30 years, dating back to days as a UW student athlete. Our hearts are with Howard and Jerell and we, as a community, will support and lift up the entire Moore and Barnes families.


“There are no words to describe how devastated we are for Howard and his family,” head coach Greg Gard said. “Our basketball program is an extremely close family and we are all grieving for the Moore and Barnes families. Howard is so much more than a colleague and coach. He and Jen and their children are dear friends to everyone they meet. Their positivity and energy lift up those around them. We will miss Jen and Jaidyn dearly and we will put our arms around Howard and Jerell and the entire family, giving them love and support during this unspeakable time.”


“I’ve known Howard ever since he was a student-athlete at Wisconsin and gotten to know his wonderful family through the years,” director of athletics Barry Alvarez said. “He has always been an incredible representative of our athletic department and a positive influence on everyone around him. We are truly heart-broken for his family and will be doing everything possible to help him through this tragic time. Our prayers, love and support go out to the Moore and Barnes family.”


UC Men’s Basketball retains Mike Rehfeldt as Director of Sports Performance





Mike Rehfeldt (Courtesy UC Sports Communications)

CINCINNATI –University of Cincinnati men’s basketball head coach John Brannen announced that Mike Rehfeldt (pronounced RAY-feld) has been retained as the director of sports performance for the program.


“I have really enjoyed getting the chance to work with Mike over the last several weeks,” Brannen said. “Mike’s passion for developing the entire student-athlete falls in line with how we run our program. His work ethic, enthusiasm and overall knowledge of strength and conditioning will be a tremendous asset to our men.”


In the position since joining UC Athletics in June 2012, Rehfeldt is responsible for the physical development of Bearcats basketball players toward peak performance while minimizing the chance for injuries. He is also involved in the preparation of each player’s readiness for practices and games through nutrition, recovery and education.


Rehfeldt played a critical role in the physical development of former Bearcats Sean Kilpatrick, Troy Caupain, Gary Clark and Jacob Evans, who have gone on to play professionally in the NBA.


Rehfeldt came to UC with more than 11 years of professional experience including time as strength and conditioning assistant with the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals and Jacksonville Jaguars and as the head strength coach with the UFL’s Sacramento Mountain Lions.


A native of Blaine, Minn., Rehfeldt earned a degree in physical education from St. Cloud State University in 2005.


Rehfeldt and his wife Elise reside in Northern Kentucky with their daughter, Olivia.


Bearcats add Jake Luhn to Men’s Basketball staff



CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati men’s basketball head coach John Brannen announced the addition of Jake Luhn as assistant to the head coach and recruiting coordinator on Monday.


“We are very fortunate to have Jake and his family joining our program,” Brannen said. “Having worked together in the past, I’m familiar with the level of talent, energy and perspective that he brings. Jake will prove to be a tremendous addition to Cincinnati Basketball.”


Luhn (pronunciation rhymes with gun) had worked as Northern Kentucky’s director of basketball operations since May 2018. With Luhn on staff last season, the Norse compiled a 26-9 overall mark while claiming the Horizon League regular-season championship and appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons.


Luhn previously served as the associate head coach at Longwood University for five seasons (2014-18) under former head coach Jayson Gee. With the Lancers, Luhn was involved in recruiting, scouting, player development and scheduling. He primarily coached wing players.


Prior to his time at Longwood, Luhn worked four seasons (2004-07) on the coaching staff at St. Bonaventure, include three campaigns with Brannen, who was serving as an assistant coach on staff at the time. Luhn spent three seasons as the director of operations with the Bonnies before being elevated to assistant coach for the 2006-07 campaign.


Between stints at St. Bonaventure and Longwood, Luhn served as CEO of Lifestyle Home Builders, Inc., in Melbourne, Fla.


Luhn graduated from UMass Boston in 2002 with a degree in exercise science and physical education. He earned a master’s in business administration from UMass Amherst in 2004.



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