Hank Crisp

Hank Crisp (1896-1970)

Teams coached: Alabama Crimson Tide
Alabama record: 264-133 (.665)
Overall record: 264-133 (.665)

Career Accomplishments:

Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

1945-1946 Alabama
1924-1942 Alabama

Hank Crisp Facts

  • Henry Gorham Crisp
  • Born December 10, 1896
  • Died January 23, 1970
  • Hometown: Crisp, North Carolina
  • Alma Mater: Virginia Polytechnic Institute (BA, 1921)
  • Played one year at the Hampden-Sydney and finished his career and degree at VPI (now Virginia Tech)
    • Was a quarterback on the football team and starred on the basketball team (both for head coach Charles Bernier
      • Also pitched for the baseball and ran track for one year
    • Did all of this with one (left) hand, as he lost his right hand in an accident at the age of 13
    • For his accomplishments in all sports, Crisp was later inducted into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame (c/o 1987)
  • In 1921, he was hired by Bernier (then AD at Alabama) to coach linemen for the Tide football team
    • Would serve in this role with the football team for a total of 30 seasons (1921-41, 1945 and 1950-57), during which time he was part of four National Championship teams (1925, 1926, 1930 & 1934)
    • Also coached the track team from 1921-27 and coached baseball for one season (1928), going 12-7-2
  • Added head basketball coach to his plate in 1924, coaching the Tide on the hardwood for a total of 19 seasons
    • Compiled a 264-133 record during that time, winning two conference titles (1930 SoCon and 1934 SEC)
    • His 1929-30 team finished 20-0 in the pre-Tournament era; retroactively named Premo-Porretta national champs
  • Served two stints as Alabama’s athletic director for a total of 13 years (1930-40 & 1954-57)
    • Hired future Hall of Famer Paul “Bear” Bryant to replace his as AD and coach the football team in 1957
  • Outside of his time at Alabama, also coached the Miami Seahawks (1946) of the short-lived All-America Football Conference
    • Also spent three seasons as the line coach at Tulane (1947-49)
  • Inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1970
    • Suffered a heart attack at a Hall of Fame banquet the night before his induction and passed away (aged 73)
    • The University renamed the now Hank Crisp Indoor Facility in his honor in 1991 (built in 1986)

Hank Crisp Coaching Tree

  • Malcolm Laney (Alabama)