Jim Crutchfield Has Won Wherever He’s Coached, and NSU’s Success Is Getting the Attention of the NBA
It’s no secret – Coach Jim Crutchfield is a winner.
Before arriving at Nova Southeastern University in 2017, he created quite the legacy at West Liberty University. In fact, it’s one that demands a double take – he went 359-61. Yes, you read that correctly – that’s an .855 career winning percentage. Put that into perspective – that level of winning is the highest percentage for ANY NCAA coach with 10 or more years experience. Yep, higher than Kentucky’s Adolph Rupp (3rd all-time), UCLA’s John Wooden (7th) and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski (21st).
So when Coach Crutch chose to come to NSU to lead its men’s basketball team, spirits were high. But the university had no idea the team’s transformation under his leadership would be so dramatic, so quickly.
In just his second year at the helm, he led the NSU Sharks to the Division II Tournament, making the round of the Elite Eight for the first time in history.
This level of success is going to grab the attention of colleagues at all levels, including the highest – the National Basketball Association (NBA.) Coaches from the Miami Heat to the Boston Celtics have met with Coach Crutch to talk basketball, pick his brain and learn from him, and he from them. Yes, it turns out that even coaches need to be “coached up” from time to time and sharing what works can help no matter what level of competition.
Coach Crutchfield was featured in a recent story by the Miami Herald – you can read the story ONLINE.
You can also read more about Coach Crutch and NSU’s men’s basketball team below:
- Press Conference Announcing his Arrival to NSU
- NSU Sharks Make Top 25 Ranking for First Time
- Coach Crutchfield Honored with 2019 Jack Bennett Award
- NSU Sharks Run to the 2019 NCAA Division II Elite Eight
- Coach Crutchfield Named Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year
- NSU One of Two Programs to Have Both Teams in Elite Eight