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Eddie Crowder
Football Coach
Athletic Director

  • CU Football Coach (1963-73)
  • CU Athletic Director (1965-84)
  • Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Member
  • Five Bowl Appearances

Eddie Crowder compiled a 63-49-2 record in 11 seasons as head coach of the Buffaloes between 1963-73, and most importantly, returned CU to national prominence following NCAA penalties in 1962 that all but crushed the program.  The banner year was 1971, when Colorado enjoyed its first 10-win season in its history, as the Buffs attained their highest final ranking ever at the time (No. 3), finishing with an Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl win over Houston and a 10-2 record.  He coached CU to five bowl appearances, with three wins, or two more than the school had overall prior to his arrival.  In 1965, he became CU’s second-ever athletic director, holding that post for 20 years until retiring in 1984.  Prominent coaching hires of Crowder’s included Bill McCartney (football), Ceal Barry (basketball) and Mark Simpson (golf), three of the most successful coaches in school history.  He also was a steady and guiding force in leading CU through many changes in college athletics, including the addition of women’s athletics in the late 1970s.  In 1990, he was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.  As a collegian, he was an All-American quarterback at Oklahoma, and as coach of the Buffaloes, he defeated his alma mater four times, including 20-14 victory in 1972 when the Sooners were ranked No. 2. 

 

 

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