Person:Coach Louis Crews

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Coach Louis Crews


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 A&M Coach

Nickname:"Sugar Bear"
Born:c. 1918, Bessemeer, AL
Died:January 2005, Huntsville, AL

Notes:

•  "Coach Crews amassed an outstanding record of 110 wins, 61 losses and 3 ties in football. He received many awards, was voted the Outstanding Citizen of Huntsville, and received a citation from Governor George C. Wallace for his contribution to the state of Alabama." - Huntsville News Wire

•  "Upon graduation, he joined the Armed Forces and served the needs of the nation for almost four years. He also played football during his Army career. Upon completion of his service tour, Coach Crews was invited to work at Wilberforce University for one year before moving on to Ohio State University, where he earned the B.S. degree in physical education while obtaining valuable teaching experience.


Immediately after completion of his work at Ohio State University, Coach Crews accepted an invitation at Alcorn College. Coach Crews served as backfield coach, head baseball coach, basketball coach for women and supervised physical education majors. It was during his tenure at Alcorn that several other important events in his life occurred. These included earning a diploma from Yale University, the M.S. and Director's degrees from Indiana University.

Coach Crews was invited to return to his alma mater. He accepted with joy and immediately posted a 7-1 won-lost record in football. The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) honored his accomplishments that season by presenting him with no less than four (4) trophies. He was also voted coach of the year by the 100% Wrong Club and the Forecasters Club in recognition of his team's outstanding performance. The Bulldogs of A&M were rated second only to Florida A&M University that year. Continuing his winning ways, Coach Crews led the Bulldogs to their first SIAC Championship in 1972 and, in addition to being Coach of the State for several consecutive years, he was voted Coach of the State during his first and last years as coach at AAMU.

During his coaching career, Coach Crews produced some professional players, including Ronald Coleman, Ronald Foxx, Oliver Ross, Wayne Mosley and John Stallworth. Somewhat eclipsed by his brilliant work as head football mentor is his 12 or more years as baseball coach for the University. But here, too, he showed the stuff of which champions are made as he coached the only championship baseball team in the University's one hundred years of existence.

Coach Crews amassed an outstanding record of 110 wins, 61 losses and 3 ties in football. He received many awards, was voted the Outstanding Citizen of Huntsville, and received a citation from Governor George C. Wallace for his contribution to the state of Alabama.

Crews was a gentleman and a dynamic leader. He was a man who loved people and always enjoyed helping them. He gave much of his time and even a part of the money he earned just to help people. Not only did Coach Crews help football players at Wilberforce, Alcorn, Jarvis and Alabama A&M, but he helped non-football players, as well." - Huntsville News Wire

•  The biggest stadium in the area (at A&M) is named after him. - Lewis Crews Physical Education Complex - Nilsson

•  A&M coaching legend, he is mostly known for football but also coached baseball.

•  1993 induction into the SIAC Hall of Fame. - Boston.com


Related Links:
•  Boston.com - Obituary
•  Google Images - Possible photos of Coach Louis Crews
•  Huntsville News Wire - Description of the Louis Crews Classic by William T. Martin, July 15, 2011.
•  Huntwsville Times, History - Article by John Turner, with a photo of a Louis Crews when he was first hired at A&M., February 2, 2012.
•  Louis Crews Classic - Photo and article
•  Nilsson - Why Is It Named That? By Dex Nilsson, Twinbrook Communications, © 2003, p. 86-7.
•  Wikipedia - Description of the Louis Crews Stadium.




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