American Football Database
Gary Crowton
Current position
TitleOffensive coordinator
TeamSouthern Utah
Biographical details
Born (1957-06-14) June 14, 1957 (age 64)
Orem, Utah
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Brigham Young (GA)
Snow College (DB)
Snow College (OC)
Western Illinois (OC)
New Hampshire (OC)
Boston College (QB)
Georgia Tech (co-OC)
Louisiana Tech (OC)
Louisiana Tech
Chicago Bears (OC)
Brigham Young
Oregon (OC)
Maryland (OC)
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (OC)
Southern Utah(OC)
Head coaching record
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
1 MWC (2001)

Gary Crowton (born June 14, 1957) is an American football coach, most recently the offensive coordinator for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.[1]

Crowton has also served as offensive coordinator at the University of Maryland,[2][3] offensive coordinator at the University of Oregon, head coach at Brigham Young University, offensive coordinator for the NFL's Chicago Bears, head coach at Louisiana Tech, and offensive coordinator at Louisiana State University, which won a national championship in 2008. Crowton is most known for his aggressive offensive style, such as the "razzle dazzle" offensive scheme utilized in Chicago (as brought to the limelight by then Kansas City Chiefs head coach Gunther Cunningham). He was nicknamed "The Wizard" by the LSU players, after completing 39 games with an accomplishment of at least 30 points within 25 games and a 25–10 overall mark.[4]

Crowton graduated from Orem High School in 1975 and went on to earn a B.S. in Physical Education from Brigham Young University in 1983.

He and his wife, Maren, have four daughters and three sons. Crowton made an appearance in the Mormon pop culture film The R.M..[5]

Offensive Success and QB Guru

  • As a quarterback coach at Boston College, he helped mentor Glenn Foley to a 1991 season where he threw for 2,222 yards with 21 TD.
  • While at Louisiana Tech, he was known for his great quarterback coaching. In 1995, Jason Martin threw for 2,606 yards with 24 TD vs 12 INT.[6] The next year, Martin would throw for 3,360 yards with 32 TD vs 16 INT. In 1997, he coached Tim Rattay to a 3,881 yards 34 TD to 10 INT season while WR Troy Edwards had 101 catches for 1,707 yards with 13 TD. Both players would break out in 1998 with Rattay throwing for 4,943 yards with 46 TD vs 13 INT and Troy Edwards finishing with 140 catches for 1,996 yards and 27 TD.
  • In 1999 with the Chicago Bears, quarterbacks Shane Matthews & Jim Miller combined for 2,883 yards with 17 TD vs 12 INT. Cade McNown threw for 1,465 yards and 8 TD as well. WR Marcus Robinson had 84 catches for 1,400 yards with 9 TD. In 2000, RB James Allen ran for 1,120 yards.
  • In 2001 at BYU, Crowton's offense was #1 the country for both yards(547.5/game) and points(46.8/game). Brandon Dowman threw for 3542 yards, 33 TD's with only 8 INT. That same year Luke Staley won the Doak Walker award (the nations top running back) while rushing for 1596 yards (8.1 avg.)and scoring 28 TD's. Staley also lead the nation in scoring with 170 points.
  • In 2004 at BYU, he helped coach QB John Beck whom threw for 2,563 yards with 15 TD vs 8 INT. WR Austin Collie had 53 catches for 771 yards with 8 TD.
  • Under his direction in 2005, QB Kellen Clemens threw for 2,406 yards with 19 TD vs 4 INT. WR Demetrius Williams finished with 59 catches for 1,059 yards and 10 TD.
  • He continued his QB guru coaching at LSU in 2007. Matt Flynn threw for 2,407 yards with 21 TD vs 11 INT. In 2009, Jordan Jefferson threw for 2,166 yards with 17 TD vs 7 INT. In 2010 he coached RB Stevan Ridley who ran for 1,107 yards with 15 TD.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (Independent) (1996–1998)
1996 Louisiana Tech 6–5
1997 Louisiana Tech 9–2
1998 Louisiana Tech 6–6
Louisiana Tech: 21–13
Brigham Young Cougars (Mountain West Conference) (2001–2004)
2001 Brigham Young 12–2 7–0 1st L Liberty 24 25
2002 Brigham Young 5–7 2–5 5th
2003 Brigham Young 4–8 3–4 6th
2004 Brigham Young 5–6 4–3 3rd
Brigham Young: 26–23
Total: 47–36
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.


External links

Preceded by
Matt Cavanaugh
Chicago Bears Offensive Coordinators
Succeeded by
John Shoop