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Jim Crews
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Jim Crews 789642
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Indiana
Graduating Year: 1976

• Formally introduced as the Billikens’ 26th head men’s basketball coach on April 12, 2013.

• Entered the 2015-16 season with a 28-year head coaching record of 419-384 that includes stints at SLU (three years), Army (seven years) and Evansville (17 years). He is entering his fourth year at Saint Louis with a 66-35 record. 

• Named A-10 Coach of the Year for the second year in a row in 2013-14. Also named on of 10 finalists for the USBWA’s Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award.

• Tabbed the 2012-13 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 after serving the year as interim head coach.

• Has been a part of 16 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 has led the Billikens to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, including the 2012-13 season when as interim head coach he helped SLU capture Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season and tournament titles. 

The 2015-16 campaign is the 28th of Crews' head coaching career and the fourth on the Billikens sideline. He entered the year with a 420-383 career record and a 66-35 mark at SLU.

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 went on to lead 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.

That success carried over to the 2013-14 season, when the Billikens (27-7) manufactured a 19-game winning streak, captured the A-10 regular-season title and advanced to their school-record third straight NCAA Tournament.

Crews has been a part of the Billiken program for the last five years, including the 2011-12 campaign as an assistant coach under Majerus. He has been a part of arguably the best three-year stretch in Billiken history. SLU advanced to the NCAA Tournament three consecutive NCAA Tournaments from 2012-14, a school record. In addition, the Billikens were nationally ranked at some point during all three seasons, including a top 10 ranking in 2013-14. SLU had three A-10 titles (2012-13 regular-season and tournament, 2013-14 regular-season) to its credit, as well.

In 2013-14, the Billikens graduated their all-time winningest class. The class of Jake Barnett, Dwayne Evans, Jordair Jett, Rob Loe and Mike McCall Jr. accumulated 93 victories during their four-year careers.

Under Crews’ tutelage, several Billiken student-athletes have made a name for themselves on the national stage. Jett was named the A-10 Player of the Year in 2013-14, becoming the first Billiken to earn the honor since 1980. Dwayne Evans earned first-team All-Conference plaudits for two straight seasons, something not done at SLU since 1994.

Crews’ coaching performance, as well as the Billikens’ success on the court, has not gone unnoticed on the national scene. He was named the A-10 Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2014. Additionally, in 2012-13, Crews earned national coach of the year awards 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.

Prior to arriving at SLU just before the start of the 2011-12 season, Crews served seven seasons at Army from 2002-09. Preceding his appointment at West Point, he 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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