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Jim Crews
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Indiana
Graduating Year: 1976
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• Formally introduced as the Billikens’ 26th head men’s basketball coach on April 12, 2013.
 • As interim head coach in 2012-13, led the Billikens to a school-record 28 victories, Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season and tournament championships and the school’s second straight NCAA Tournament bid.
• Has a 25-year head coaching record of 382-355 that includes stints at SLU (one year), Army (seven years) and Evansville (17 years).
• Tabbed the UPS NABC Division I Coach of the Year, Sporting News’ National Coach of the Year, the A-10 Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the Naismith coach of the year award.
• Has been a part of 15 NCAA Tournaments as a player, assistant coach and head coach. Played on Indiana’s 1976 national championship team and also won a title as an assistant coach in 1981.

Jim Crews was introduced as the Billikens’ 26th head men’s basketball coach on April 12, 2013. He led the Billikens to unprecedented success as an interim head coach during the 2012-13 season.

Crews was named interim head coach at the beginning of the 2012-13 campaign when it was announced that Rick Majerus would not coach. Crews led the Billikens to a school-record 28 victories (28-7), Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season and tournament championships and a second straight NCAA Tournament bid.

Crews’ coaching performance, as well as the Billikens’ success on the court, did not go unnoticed on the national scene. Crews earned national coach of the year award from the Sporting News and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). He was one of four finalists for the Naismith Coach of the Year award. In addition, he earned his fifth conference coach of the year honor when he was named A-10 Coach of the Year.

Crews recently completed his 25th season as a collegiate head coach with a 382-355 career record. Previously, he served seven seasons at Army from 2002-09. Preceding his appointment at West Point, Crews coached for 17 years at Evansville (1985-2002) and played and coached at Indiana. 

Crews had a successful 17-year stint at Evansville from 1985-2002, accumulating a 294-209 record. He guided the Purple Aces to six postseason appearances, including four trips to the NCAA Tournament. All six of those squads registered at least 21 victories. A four-time conference coach of the year (1987, 1989, 1992 Midwestern Collegiate; 1999 Missouri Valley), Crews is the only coach in the tradition-rich history of Evansville to post nine consecutive non-losing seasons.

Perhaps what Crews is most known for is his ability to graduate players. During his tenure at Evansville, 52 of the 53 players who spent four years with the Purple Aces earned a degree. Every senior in Crews' final 12 years graduated. At Army, he graduated all 30 four-year players who came through his program.

Crews learned from the legendary Bob Knight at Indiana for 12 seasons, four as a player and eight as an assistant coach.

During his four-year playing career from 1972 to 1976, the Hoosiers forged a remarkable 108-12 record. As a senior in 1976, Crews helped IU to a 32-0 record and a national championship, the last time a Division I men's program has posted an undefeated record.

After graduating from Indiana, Crews returned for an eight-year stint on Knight's coaching staff. Indiana captured another national championship in 1981, won three Big Ten championships (1980, 1981 and 1983) and posted a 174-76 record during his tenure as an assistant.

Crews, a native of Normal, Ill., has a wife, Kim, and two children, a daughter Abby and a son Todd.

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