May 2, 1947|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
North Alabama (OC)
|Head coaching record|
|Tournaments||0–3 (NCAA D-I-AA playoffs)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
2 OVC (2003–2004)
OVC Coach of the Year (2004)
Jack Crowe (born May 2, 1947) is an American football coach. He was most recently the head coach at Jacksonville State University in Alabama, a position he has held since 2000. Crowe served as the head football coach at the University of Arkansas from 1990 to 1992 season. Crowe was also the head coach at Livingston University, now known as the University of West Alabama, from 1977 to 1978. He served as offensive coordinator for head coach Pat Dye at both Wyoming and Auburn. In addition, Crowe has served as an assistant coach at the University of North Alabama, Clemson University and Baylor University. Jack Crowe is married to Leann Crowe.
Crowe first came to Arkansas in 1989 as offensive coordinator under Ken Hatfield. Hatfield left for Clemson University a month after the season ended--far too late to find a big-name coach. More or less out of desperation, athletic director Frank Broyles persuaded Crowe to drop his plans to follow Hatfield to Clemson and take over as head coach of the Razorbacks. The decision came as something of a surprise, since Crowe had only won five games in two seasons at Livingston. By the start of the season, the Razorbacks had seen Barry Foster give up his senior season to enter the 1990 NFL Draft and had lost numerous other players to disciplinary and academic problems. Under the circumstances, the Razorbacks struggled to a 3-8 record. They barely qualified for a bowl in 1991.
After the Razorbacks opened the 1992 season with an upset loss to a Division I-AA team, The Citadel, Broyles announced that Crowe had resigned and that defensive coordinator Joe Kines would coach the Razorbacks for the rest of the season. However, Crowe's lawyer subsequently told Sports Illustrated that Crowe had been fired, and Broyles admitted that he'd fired Crowe due to concern that the fans no longer had confidence in him.
At Jacksonville State, Crowe has won two official conference titles. He would have won a third in 2009, however the Gamecocks were on NCAA APR Probation, making them ineligible for titles and banning them from postseason play. APR is a metric used by the NCAA to measure a team's academic progress rate, and JSU was penalized because of the team's poor academic performance. He also coached Ashley Martin, the first woman to play and score in a NCAA football game and the second woman to play and score in a college game in any division.
Crowe's 2010 Jacksonville State team pulled a major upset to start the season, beating Houston Nutt's Ole Miss Rebels at Vaught–Hemingway Stadium, 49–48 in double overtime. Nutt was an assistant under Crowe when Crowe was fired from Arkansas. On November 30, 2012, Crowe was fired by Jacksonville State.
Head coaching record
- Murphy, Austin. Not exactly Hog Heaven. Sports Illustrated, September 21, 1992.
- "Kines will replace Crowe at Arkansas". The Gadsden Times. Associated Press. September 7, 1992. p. B1. Retrieved September 1, 2011.
- "Martin first female to play, score in Division I". ESPN.com. August 31, 2001. Retrieved May 15, 2011.
- "Head football coach Jack Crowe out at Jacksonville State". AL.com. Jacksonville State Sports Information. December 1, 2012. Retrieved November 30, 2012.