Coach Profile: William Chrisman's John Crutcher 8/3

John Crutcher

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: August 4, 2011 - 1:31 AM



William Chrisman coach John Crutcher always knew he would end up living in Missouri. Even as a young man growing up in Texas he told his grandmother he was going to marry a Missouri girl.

That’s exactly what the second-year coach did and now more than 10 years into his football coaching career he not only married the Missouri girl, he moved to Missouri and he is the head coach of a Missouri football team.

Crutcher grew up in Texas but he spent summers in Missouri and the time made an impression on him. He would go to Shelbina in northeast Missouri near Hannibal to visit relatives he knew he liked what he saw.

“I’ve always loved Missouri,” Crutcher said. “When I was little I always told my parents I would marry someone from Missouri. My mom’s family is from Shelbina and we used to come up here every summer and I really liked it.”

To get to Missouri Crutcher traveled a lot of the college coaching roads before ending up in the high school ranks. He spent one year at a high school in Oklahoma before joining David Allie’s staff at Raytown South. Crutcher spent two years as the defensive coordinator for the Cardinals including a 2008 run to the Class 5 state championship game.

With his different stops in high school and college one thing about football has stuck with him. Crutcher said that fundamentals are the biggest factor in the game.

“It doesn’t matter what level you always have to start off with the fundamentals,” Crutcher said. “It starts with being able to block and tackle, being able to fit up on a blocker and get off a block and make a play. It starts there just fundamentally.”

Dion Clisso is the Managing Editor of PrepsKC to reach him send e-mail to dion@prepskc.com.