Steve Crutchley
    Steve Crutchley

    Running Backs

    Fifth Year

    Alma Mater:
    Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 2001

    Last updated on June 2, 2011

    Steve Crutchley is in his fifth season as the running backs coach at Southern Illinois. He has guided two different running backs to All-America accolades in his first four years at SIU and mentored three backs who have topped 1,000 yards rushing during a season.

    In 2008, he coached Larry Warner, who was an Associated Press first team All-America selection, named to the CSN Fab-Fifty All-America Team and was selected by The Sports Network as a Third-Team All-American. Warner rushed for 1,265 yards and 10 touchdowns under Crutchley's tutelage, returned three kickoffs for TDs, and posted the nation's second-highest kick return average.

    After Warner's departure, Deji Karim took over and earned consensus All-America status, as he led the nation with 1,694 rushing yards. Karim was the 2009 MVFC Offensive Player of the Year and finished third in the voting for the Walter Payton Award. Karim twice broke the school record for the longest run from scrimmage (had touchdown runs of 92 and 93 yards). He went on to be drafted in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    During the 2010 season, Crutchley shepherded a trio of running backs that combined to rush for 189.5 yards per game. The combination of Lucien Walker, Shariff Harris and Steve Strother put up four 100-yard rushing games.

    In 2011, Jewel Hampton took the reigns at tailback and carried for 1,121 yards and 17 touchdowns. He had six 100-yard games, and Crutchley's running backs have posted 23 100-yard rushing games in his four-year tenure at SIU.

    Crutchley came to SIU after spending six years at St. Cloud State (2002-07). He joined the St. Cloud State staff as the wide receivers coach in 2002 and was promoted to co-offensive coordinator in 2007.

    Crutchley played football and competed in track and field at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He was a three-year starter and letterwinner at wide receiver. His team won the WIAA title in 1998, and he was a two-time All-Conference selection.

    In track, Crutchley was the 1999 conference champion in the indoor 200 meters and currently holds the 200-meter record at UWEC. He was also a member of the national qualifying 4x100 meter relay team in 1998 and 1999.

    Crutchley received a bachelor's in social studies from UWEC and a master's in sports management from St. Cloud State in 2006.