Former Arkansas assistant joining coaching staff at Oregon

Arkansas associate head coach Chris Crutchfield speaks to his team Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, during the second half of play against South Dakota in Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville.

Former Arkansas basketball assistant coach Chris Crutchfield is changing jobs for the second time in less than one year.

Crutchfield, the second on-court-assistant hired to Razorbacks coach Eric Musselman’s initial staff in 2019, announced Wednesday his resignation as head basketball coach at East Central (Okla.) University, a Divison-II program in Ada, Okla. He will join Dana Altman’s coaching staff at Oregon.

Crutchfield accepted the position at ECU on June 1, 2020.

"This has been one of the best years in my life, having the opportunity to be a head coach and to coach (my sons) Jalen and Josh has been a dream come true,” Crutchfield said in a release. “I’m excited about the next journey that God is about to take us on at the University of Oregon.

“I want to thank ECU and the community of Ada for all its support during the year. ECU holds a special place in my heart and I'm so happy that my boys are staying to finish their careers at ECU."

In his one season leading the Tigers, the program finished 10-9 overall and 9-8 in the Great American Conference. Two of his players, including Jalen Crutchfield, were second team all-conference performers.

Before coming to Arkansas, he spent eight seasons at Oklahoma under former Sooners coach Lon Kruger. Crutchfield was also an assistant at Oral Roberts in Tulsa from 2007-11.

In his 11th season with the Ducks, Altman led Oregon to a Sweet 16 appearance in this year's NCAA Tournament as a No. 7 seed. The Ducks finished 21-7 overall and 14-4 in Pac-12 play.

Oregon's first NCAA Tournament game against VCU was deemed a no contest due to covid-19 issues within the Rams' program. It defeated Iowa in the second round before falling to conference rival USC in the Sweet 16.