CHRIS CRUTCHFIELD | Assistant Coach
An assistant coach for 15 years on the Division I level and a former junior college head coach, Chris Crutchfield recently completed his fifth season on the Oklahoma staff. He was hired by in April 2011 as an assistant coach after spending four seasons at Oral Roberts University in the same capacity. In May of 2016, Crutchfield was promoted as the program's associate head coach.
During Crutchfield's time at OU, the Sooners have compiled a 111-57 (.661) overall record and have advanced to the NCAA Tournament in four straight seasons, including the 2016 Final Four. In 2016, the Sooners racked up 29 victories on the season, which tied for sixth-most in program history.
On the recruiting trail at Oklahoma, Crutchfield was instrumental in the signing and subsequent mentoring of 2016 national player of the year Buddy Hield. He also helped reel in ESPN top 75 recruit Dante Buford, a redshirt-freshman on last year’s squad.
Prior to Oklahoma, Crutchfield, 47, helped Oral Roberts to an average of 20 wins over his last four years at the school and to postseason appearances in 2008 (NCAA Tournament) and 2011 (CollegeInsider.com Tournament). The Golden Eagles finished first (2008), second (2009 and ‘11) or third (2010) in the 10-team Summit League each year.
Prior to his stint at ORU, Crutchfield served on TCU’s staff for two seasons. He was the Horned Frogs’ director of basketball operations for the 2005-06 season before being named assistant coach for the 2006-07 campaign. He was also an assistant for four seasons at New Mexico State (2001-05) under NMSU all-time wins leader Lou Henson, helping the Aggies to two 20-win campaigns as well as a Sun Belt Conference title in 2002.
Crutchfield also has head coaching experience. He served two seasons (1999-2001) at Tyler (Texas) Junior College as head coach after spending the previous two years as an Apaches’ assistant coach. As head coach, he led Tyler to a 35-28 record and saw his players graduate at a 91 percent rate.
Before his stop at Tyler, Crutchfield spent the 1996-97 season an assistant coach at Texas-San Antonio. He began his full-time coaching career during the 1995-96 season at his alma mater, Nebraska-Omaha, after serving the previous two seasons there as a graduate assistant.
Crutchfield, originally from Hopkinsville, Ky., graduated from Nebraska-Omaha in 1992 with a degree in criminal justice and earned his master’s in health, physical education and administration four years later from the same school. He and his wife Jodi are the parents of three sons: Derrick, Jalen and Josh.
CARLIN HARTMAN | Assistant Coach
Carlin Hartman will begin his first season as an assistant coach for the Sooners after being hired by head coach Lon Kruger on May 4, 2016. Hartman comes to Norman after spending the past two seasons as the associate head coach at Rice University.
Hartman made his coaching debut as an assistant coach at Rice in 1996 following his professional basketball career. He served in three separate stints with the Owls, returning for two seasons as director of operations from 2002-04 and as associate head coach from 2014-16.
Prior to his return to Rice, Hartman worked as Columbia's associate head coach for four seasons. In 2013-14, he helped lead the program to its most wins (21) since 1968 and the most home wins (14) since 1950. The Lions posted a 21-13 overall record, including a third-place finish in the Ivy League at 8-6. Columbia advanced to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament quarterfinal round, marking the program's first postseason appearance in more than 40 years.
Before his appointment at Columbia, Hartman served as an assistant coach for one season each at James Madison and Centenary in 2009-10 and 2008-09, respectively.
From 2005-08, Hartman worked as assistant coach and the lead recruiter at Richmond for three seasons where he helped bring in three of the top 11 scorers in program history, including Justin Harper, who was later drafted No. 32 overall in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Hartman mentored three future NBA talents at Rice from 2002-04 as director of operations, including the Owls' all-time leading scorer and rebounder Mike Harris, as well as All-America honoree and 2007 NBA draft selection Morris Almond and all-WAC selection Mike Wilks. The Owls won 41 games over those two seasons, including a 23-13 mark in league play.
Additionally, Hartman spent one season each at McNeese State and Louisiana-Lafayette as an assistant coach.
Hartman earned a degree in communications with a concentration in broadcast journalism from Tulane in 1994. He wrapped up his Tulane career ranked 10th in scoring (1,180 points), third on the program's career field goal percentage list (52.8 percent) and seventh in career steals (146). In 2011, Hartman was named to Tulane's 1990s All-Decade Team as part of the Green Wave's celebration of 100 years of basketball. Following college, the Rapid City Thrillers selected Hartman in the third round of the 1994 CBA Draft.
Hartman and his wife, Christine, have four children - Sydney, Kailyn, Tess and Joseph.
KEVIN KRUGER | Assistant Coach
Kevin Kruger, hired by the Sooners on April 13, will begin his first season as an assistant coach next fall.
The son of Lon Kruger, Kevin returns to Norman after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach for Northern Arizona University. Prior to NAU, he spent the 2013-14 campaign serving as a graduate assistant for the Sooners.
Kevin Kruger, now age 32, had professional basketball stints in Bulgaria, Italy, China, Mexico, Belgium and Germany in addition to NBA training camp invitations from the Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks. He also played with the Utah Flash and Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League before launching his coaching career at OU.
Collegiately, Kruger played three seasons for Arizona State from 2003-06. After earning a criminal justice degree from ASU, he transferred to UNLV to play for his father, who was the head coach prior to moving to Oklahoma. In his one season at UNLV in 2006-07, Kruger helped the Rebels win 30 games and reach the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1991. He earned All-Mountain West Third Team honors and was named to the conference’s all-tournament team.
Kruger was named an honorable mention All-Pac-10 and second-team NABC District 15 selection in his third and final season at Arizona State. Also a Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention pick, Kruger left the Sun Devils ranked fourth in career free throw percentage at ASU, fifth all-time in 3-pointers made and attempted and seventh in 3-point percentage.
MIKE SHEPHERD | Director of Operations
Recently completing his fifth year as Oklahoma’s director of basketball operations, Mike Shepherd worked the previous seven seasons at UNLV in the same capacity under OU head coach Lon Kruger.
Shepherd went to Las Vegas in the spring of 2004 from Northern Illinois University where he spent three years as an assistant coach. Prior to joining NIU, he was a scout for Kruger’s Atlanta Hawks.
Shepherd was a student manager at Kansas State University when Kruger was the head coach, and started his coaching career in 1990 as a volunteer assistant at the University of Florida, also under Kruger. He spent a total of six seasons in Gainesville as a volunteer and an assistant coach. His time at Florida was highlighted by a 1993-94 season that saw the Gators go 29-8 and advance to the Final Four. That team also captured the Southeastern Conference East Division title.
In the spring of 1996, Shepherd followed Kruger to the University of Illinois where he served as an assistant coach. Illinois produced 22-10 and 23-10 seasons, won berths in the NCAA Tournament and finished in the Associated Press Top 25 in 1996-97 and 1997-98 at No. 19 and No. 22, respectively. The Illini were also crowned Big Ten champions in 1998 with Shepherd on the bench.
At Illinois, his responsibilities included on-the-floor coaching, scouting, recruiting and administering the Fighting Illini summer basketball camps. At Florida, in addition to the same duties he held at Illinois, Shepherd coordinated video operations for games, practice and scouting.
In 1999-00, Shepherd joined the University of Tulsa women’s basketball program. The program had a tremendous turnaround while Shepherd was there as it recorded the second most wins in school history, going 14-15.
A native of Burlingame, Kan., Shepherd, 50, won varsity letters in three sports at Burlingame High School. He lettered in football, basketball and track. He attended Allen County Community College in Iola, Kan., and received a bachelor of science degree in social sciences from Kansas State in 1992.
Shepherd is married to the former Allison Wade and the couple has a daughter, Molly, 9, and a son, Clayton, 6.
BRYCE DAUB | Director of Strength & Performance
Bryce Daub enters his first season as the program’s director of strength and performance.
Daub comes to OU from the University of Oregon where he spent the past four seasons as the strength and conditioning coach for the Ducks’ men’s basketball program. Oregon has participated in the NCAA Tournament each of the last three seasons and won at least one postseason game each of those years. It advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2013.
Daub is no stranger to central Oklahoma. Before joining the Oregon athletics department, Daub spent the 2010-11 season as an athletic performance coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball franchise. The Thunder went 55-27, won the Northwest Division and advanced to the Western Conference Finals. Prior to that, he served as a strength and conditioning intern with the Seattle Supersonics.
Daub played college basketball at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash., where he earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in exercise science in 2008 and 2010, respectively. Following his playing career, he served as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach working specifically with men’s and women’s basketball, women’s soccer and track and field.
Daub played the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons at Central Washington, starting 21 of 54 career games. He played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Bellevue Community College. He averaged nearly 20 points per outing as a sophomore and earned all-NWAACC Northern Region honors as a freshman.
A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Daub is also certified as a performance enhancement specialist (PES) and corrective exercise specialist (CES) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
A native of Centralia, Ill., who spent the majority of his youth in Washington, Daub and his wife Carlee were married in 2012. They have a 1-year-old daughter named Tatum.
ALEX BROWN | Athletic Trainer
The most veteran member of the OU men’s basketball program, Alex Brown is in his 29th year as the Sooners’ trainer.
A 2011 Oklahoma Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame inductee, Brown also has responsibilities as the athletic trainer for the men’s and women’s golf teams at OU, and worked with the Sooner football program for seven years.
Prior to his arrival in Norman, Brown served as head athletic trainer at East Central University in Ada. He also taught classes and was the head golf and assistant track coach.
A certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure advisory committee on athletics training, Brown has won several awards for his training abilities and has served on numerous advisory commissions on sports medicine. In 1997, the NATA presented him with the 25-Year Award.
Interested in all sports, Brown has served as a member of the medical staff at two U.S. Olympic Festivals and as trainer for the basketball tryouts for the 1990 World University Games and Goodwill Games. He also spent three weeks as the trainer for the U.S. men’s basketball team which won the bronze medal in the 1991 Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba, and was the official trainer for the gold-medal U.S. team at the 1993 FIBA World Championships in Valladolid, Spain. In 1994, Brown traveled with the U.S. World Cup soccer team to Trinidad and Jamaica for two international matches.
Brown, who hails from Durham, N.C., is a member of the Golf Digest course-ranking panel and has nine holes-in-one to his credit.
The Appalachian State University alum earned a bachelor’s degree in 1979 and a master’s degree in 1980. He married his wife, Sheila, in 2010 and has two daughters (Evelyn and Erica [married to Jordan Key]), two stepdaughters (Erin [married to Eric Swaim] and Mariah) and a grandson (Ezra Key).