Jim Crews

Jim Crews (born February 14, 1954)

Teams coach: Evansville Purple Aces, Army Black Knights, Saint Louis Billikens
Evansville record: 294-209 (.584)
Army record: 59-140 (.296)
Saint Louis record: 77-56 (.579)
Overall record: 430-405 (.515)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2012-2016 Saint Louis
2011-2012 Saint Louis (asst)
2002-2009 Army
1985-2002 Evansville
1977-1985 Indiana (asst)

Jim Crews Facts

  • James S. Crews
  • Born February 14, 1954
  • Hometown: Normal, Illinois
  • Alma Mater: Indiana University (1976)
  • Played for the Indiana Hoosiers under legendary head coach Bob Knight
  • After graduating from IU, worked on Knight‘s staff for eight years; was part of Indiana’s 1981 National Championship team
  • Coached the Evansville Purple Aces for seventeen seasons, leading the program to four NCAA Tournaments and two NITs
  • Became the head coach at Army in 2002, a position that was held decades earlier by his college coach Knight
    • Went 59-140 over seven seasons at the helm
  • Returned to coaching as an assistant to Rick Majerus at Saint Louis
    • Spent the 2012-13 season as interim head coach, due to Majerus‘ medical leave, and was later promoted to head coach following the tragic passing of Majerus during that season
    • Led the Billikens to back-to-back Atlantic 10 titles and NCAA berths
    • Fired in March 2016 following a second-straight 11-21 season
  • Currently assists Tom Abernathy, his former teammate at IU, in running the Indiana Basketball Academy, based in Indianapolis
  • Along with his wife, Kim, has one daughter and one son

Jim Crews Coaching Tree