BYU football now entering Crowton era

Touted as the man with the right characteristics for the job, Gary Crowton was introduced as BYU's new head football coach during a press conference Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Presenting the new coach, BYU President Merrill J. Bateman said, "Gary brings all the attributes that we desire in a new coach. He is familiar with BYU's program. He has watched it carefully over the years. He knows its winning tradition. He knows the distinctive nature of the university and the role played by its athletic teams. Gary scored high on every criterion established by the search committee. He is a person of exceptional integrity, one with high standards of personal conduct. . . . His coaching experience at the Division I and NFL levels reflect an innovative genius and we look forward to exciting football in the years to come."

Crowton responded that he is excited about the opportunity to fulfill one of his dreams. The Orem, Utah, native said, "It took me 15 years to get back here. I've been all over the country trying to do my best, waiting for an opportunity to come back."

The 43-year-old coach leaves his position as offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears of the NFL to take the BYU job. After playing football for Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, and for Colorado State, he spent many seasons as an assistant coach at the college level and was head coach for two years at Louisiana Tech before moving on to the Bears.

Crowton served a mission to South Korea. He and his wife, Maren, have six children.