That didn't take long!
Just days after Tony Stubblefield left to become the head coach at DePaul University, Oregon HC Dana Altman announced the addition of Chris Crutchfield to its staff as an assistant coach
Crutchfield comes to Oregon after spending the 2020-21 season as the head coach at East Central University. He has coached at the collegiate level for 20 years, which includes stints at the University of Oklahoma as an assistant and associate head coach as well as University of Arkansas in the same capacity.
“We are thrilled to be able to add a coach of Chris’ caliber to our staff, and are excited to welcome him and his family to the University of Oregon,” said Altman. “He has recruited and developed many elite players throughout his career, and his ability to connect and build relationships with student-athletes will be a tremendous asset for our program. Chris is a proven winner with a history of success everywhere he has been, and we look forward to the significant impact he will have here in Eugene.”
The East Central Tigers were 10-9 in 2020-21 with Crutchfield at the helm.
“I’m excited and honored to be joining Coach Altman’s staff at the University of Oregon,” said Crutchfield. “Coach Altman and his staff have built a successful and nationally recognized program, and I’m looking forward to contributing to the Ducks’ ongoing success. My family and I can’t wait to get to Eugene and become a part of the University of Oregon.”
Oklahoma compiled a 160-105 (.604) overall record and earned six NCAA Tournament bids in eight seasons with Crutchfield on staff, including a trip to the 2016 Final Four. Considered an elite recruiter, Crutchfield was instrumental in the signing and development of Buddy Hield and Trae Young.
Crutchfield also played a big role in the Arkansas Razorbacks landing a top-five recruiting class in the nation.
Crutchfield served as an assistant coach at Oral Roberts (2007-11), TCU (2005-07) and New Mexico State (2001-05).