Crews was born in Odessa and graduated from the high school in 1954. From there he attended the University of Central Missouri where he graduated in 1958.
He began his coaching career at Maple Park Junior High in 1962 before moving to Oak Park in 1965. He served as an assistant until 1971 when he took over the program as the head coach. Crews led the Northmen until 1985 and his teams compiled an 84-57 record that featured seven conference championships, two district championships, two undefeated regular seasons and two appearances in the state semifinals. He was named the Missouri Class 4 coach of the year in 1975.
Crews coached a variety of sports over a 54-year period including track and golf. He also served as Oak Park’s Athletic Director for 16 years.
He currently resides in Kansas City with his wife.