A long-time successful offensive coordinator and head coach with a reputation for developing NFL-caliber quarterbacks, Gary Crowton is in his first season on the Maryland staff.
Crowton, the former head coach of BYU and Louisiana Tech, spent the last four seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at LSU. He has the same responsibilities with the Terps.
Despite having three different starting quarterbacks in his tenure, the Tigers set a number of offensive records.
The Tigers averaged over 30 points a game in his first two seasons, including a school-record 38.6 points a contest in 2007. The LSU offense set 10 school records in 2007 en route to claiming the national title.
The offensive school records set under Crowton in 2007 included points in a season (541), points per game (38.6), touchdowns scored (64), rushing TDs (35), passes attempted (442), passes completed (256), total yards (6,152), total plays (1,054) and first downs (316). LSU also scored at least 40 points a school-record seven times in 2007 as the Tigers posted a 12-2 overall mark.
The 2007 offense produced one of the top rushing and passing seasons in school history as Jacob Hester ran for 1,103 yards and 12 scores, while Matt Flynn threw for 2,407 yards and 21 touchdowns. It marked only the sixth time in school history that LSU's offense has featured a 1,000-yard rusher and a 2,000-yard passer in the same season.
Four offensive players were drafted following the 2007 season - Hester (third round to San Diego), wide receiver Early Doucet (fourth round to Arizona), Flynn (seventh round to Green Bay) and tight end Keith Zinger (seventh round to Atlanta).
LSU has scored over 400 points four times in school history and two of those occurrences (541 in 2007 and 402 in 2008) came on Crowton's watch.
The Tigers scored at least 30 points in 31 games and compiled a 40-12 overall mark during Crowton's tenure.
The LSU offense helped cap off an 11-win 2010 campaign by scoring over 40 points in three of the final four games.
Two years earlier, the Tigers had three quarterbacks on the roster who combined to play in one college game. By the end of the season, LSU's offense was among the best in the SEC, averaging 30.9 points per game and 368 yards per contest.
Crowton joined the Tigers after a two-year stint as the offensive coordinator at Oregon, transforming the Ducks into one of the top offenses in the nation. In 2006, Oregon ranked No. 9 nationally in total offense (422.8 yards per game), which included 241 through the air and 182 on the ground. Oregon led the Pac-10 in both rushing and total offense.
In his first year with Oregon, Crowton orchestrated an offense that tallied the second-highest totals in school history in passing yards (304.5 per game) and points (34.5 per game). The Ducks ranked No. 8 in the nation in passing, No. 12 in scoring and No. 18 in total offense on their way to posting a 10-2 overall mark and reaching the Holiday Bowl.
Crowton joined the Oregon staff after a four-year stint as Brigham Young head coach, guiding his alma mater to a 26-23 record, including a 12-2 mark in 2001 which was capped off with an appearance in the Liberty Bowl. The Cougars scored 40 or more points 10 times that year, including 70 in a win over Tulane and 44 in a victory over California.
BYU led the nation in total offense (542.9 per game) and scoring (46.8 per game) in 2001 as the Cougars captured the Mountain West Conference title and Crowton was named the league's Coach of the Year.
Prior to taking the head-coaching job at BYU, Crowton served as the Chicago Bears offensive coordinator for two years (1999-00). In his first season, the offense ranked No. 3 in the NFL in passing yards (258.5 per game). That year, the Bears established a franchise record with 4,136 passing yards behind a trio of quarterbacks.
Crowton's first head-coaching stint came at Louisiana Tech, serving as the top man from 1996-98 and leading the Bulldogs to an overall mark of 21-13, which included a 9-2 record in 1997.
In three years at Louisiana Tech, Crowton's teams scored at least 35 points 16 times. He also posted some of the biggest wins in school history - beating Mississippi State, 38-23, in 1995; and then upending California, 41-34, and Alabama, 26-20, the following season.
Crowton's 1998 Louisiana Tech team proved to be one of the most potent offenses in the nation that year as the Bulldogs ranked No. 1 in the nation in passing yards (432.1 per game) behind All-America quarterback Tim Rattay. Tech finished the year ranked No. 2 in the nation in total offense (542 yards per game).
The 1998 Bulldog offense also featured a future first-round draft pick in wide receiver Troy Edwards.
Rattay, one of seven Crowton-coached quarterbacks to be drafted, and Edwards teamed up for what was one of the most explosive offensive displays against a nationally-ranked team to open the 1998 season. In that game against fourth-ranked Nebraska, Rattay threw for 590 yards, while Edwards caught 21 passes for an NCAA record 405 yards.
One year earlier, Louisiana Tech ranked No. 3 in the nation in passing (360.5 per game) and total offense (496.0 pg). Crowton began his 29-year coaching career as a student assistant in 1982 under LaVell Edwards 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.
He then served as passing game coordinator at Western Illinois in 1987, followed by offensive coordinator at New Hampshire (1988-90), quarterbacks coach at Boston College (1991-93) where he was on the same staff with Randy Edsall, co-offensive coordinator at Georgia Tech (1994), and offensive coordinator at Louisiana Tech (1995). Crowton was elevated to head coach at Louisiana Tech the following year.
Among the standouts he has tutored include BYU running back Luke Staley, who was the recipient of the 2001 Doak Walker Award and nation's scoring leader; Troy Edwards, Louisiana Tech's 1998 Biletnikoff Award honoree; Tim Rattay, who finished 10th in balloting for the Heisman Trophy in 1999; and Boston College quarterback Glenn Foley, who finished fifth in the 1993 Heisman Trophy voting.
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.
Crowton and his wife Maren have four daughters - Tara, Jenessa, Mikauli and Toriana - and three sons - Dane, Quinn, and Macloud.
The Crowton File
PersonalDate of Birth: June 14, 1957
Hometown: Provo, Utah
Alma Mater: BYU, `83
2011-pr.: Assistant Coach - Offensive Coordinator/QBs
2007-10: Assistant Coach - Offensive Coordinator/QBs
2005-06: Assistant Coach - Offensive Coordinator/QBs
2001-04: Head Coach
1999-00: Assistant Coach - Offensive Coordinator
1996-98: Head Coach 1995: Assistant Coach - Offensive coordinator
1994: Assistant Coach - Co-offensive Coordinator
1991-93: Assistant Coach - Quarterbacks
1988-90: Assistant Coach - Offensive Coordinator
1987: Assistant Coach - Passing Game Coordinator
Snow Junior College
1984-86: Assistant Coach - Offensive Coordinator
1983: Assistant Coach - Secondary
1982: Student Assistant Coach
Playing ExperienceSnow Junior College
1978: Quarterback, Wide Receiver, Defensive Back
Recruiting Area Primary: National QBs, Eastern PA (Districts 2,4,11) and Upstate New York (Except Westchester, Putnam, and Orange Counties)
Secondary: Utah, Louisiana, Arkansas and Kansas
Local: Howard County