Crutchmer named head coach at Ouachita Baptist

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. -- Ouachita Baptist University Athletic Director David Sharp announced the hiring of Kevin Crutchmer as the new head coach of the Ouachita Tigers' wrestling program. Coach Crutchmer has served as the head coach at Union High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma since 2008 and has served as a committee member for USA Wrestling since 2014.

Kevin Crutchmer
"I am extremely excited that Coach Kevin Crutchmer is joining our staff to lead our wrestling program," Sharp said. "He has had tremendous success as a high school coach in Oklahoma where wrestling is very competitive. His enthusiasm, intensity, and experience are qualities he brings with him as he begins to direct our program."
Sharp added, "His connections with USA Wrestling in Oklahoma and across the nation will be assets to him and our program as he builds toward the future. I look forward to working with Coach Crutchmer."

During his tenure at Class 6A Union, Coach Crutchmer compiled a dual record of 107-24. His teams produced 13 state champions, 35 state placers, 15 nationally ranked wrestlers and three Tulsa World Wrestlers of the Year. Under coach Crutchmer's guidance, Union High School won the Oklahoma 6A Traditional Tournament State Championship in 2008 and finished as runner-ups from 2009-2011. His team also won the Oklahoma Dual state championship in 2011.

"I am excited about the opportunity to lead a university program that has a great student-athlete tradition," coach Crutchmer said. "I am ready to give all I have to represent the University, Dr. Sells and David Sharp and all of the supporters of Ouachita Baptist University."

Coach Crutchmer has served as the state chairman of USA Wrestling in Oklahoma since 2013 and has acted as a committee member and executive council member for USA Wrestling since 2014.

He graduated from Northeastern State University in 1997 with a bachelor of science in Criminal Justice/Administration and served for eight years as a patrolman in Grove, Okla. He and his wife, Tina, are celebrating 20 years of marriage. They have four children, Kyle (24), Brian (24), Kayla (19) and Justin (12).


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Coach Sig (1) about 11 months ago
Congratulations to Coach Crutchmer. Great choice for Ouachita. Not only familiar with the area for recruitment but he has contacts across the country! Great hire to bring this D2 program back to power.