Thunderbirds Complete Football Staff

January 22, 2014
By SUU Strategic Communication

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Courtesy: SUU Strategic Communications
CEDAR CITY, Jan. 22 – Southern Utah University has added four new coaches to its football staff, Thunderbird head coach Ed Lamb has announced. Gary Crowton will take over as offensive coordinator while Ken Miller will assume duties at offensive line. In addition to Crowton and Miller, two former SUU players, Rob Takeno and Sam Lutui, will return to the Thunderbirds as coaches. Takeno will serve as linebackers coach while Lutui will mentor the running backs.

Crowton, who has served as head coach at both Louisiana Tech and Brigham Young, has been in coaching since 1985 when he was offensive coordinator at Snow College. Along the way he has coached at the FCS and FBS levels of NCAA Division I football as well as in the NFL and the CFL. Among his stops was a three-year stint at Louisiana State, where he was offensive coordinator on the Bayou Bengals’ 2007 BCS National Championship squad. His resume also includes a stop with the Chicago Bears, where he served as offensive coordinator, and one with the Winnipeg BlueBombers of the CFL, also as offensive coordinator.

Miller is another coach with vast experience, having served as a head coach at both the collegiate and professional levels. He was at the University of Redlands for 17 seasons, serving at various times as offensive and defensive coordinator as well as head coach. It was at Redlands where Miller and Lamb, who served as an assistant in that program from 1998 to 2000, became aquianted.  Following his time at Redlands, Coach Miller moved to the CFL, where he spent four seasons with the Toronto Argonauts before moving on to Saskatchewan, where he spent one season as offensive coordinator before taking over as head coach in 2008 and leading the Roughriders to a pair of Grey Cup appearances.

Takeno, who was a four-year starter at linebacker and a four-time all-Great West Conference performer, returns to the Thunderbirds after spending last season as a graduate assistant on the staff at Utah State. Last season he helped the Aggies to a 9-5 record and a victory over No. 24 Northern Illinois in the Poinsettia Bowl. Prior to his time at USU, Takeno spent two seasons as linebackers coach at Snow College, where he helped the Badgers to a pair of bowl appearances and a 21-4 overall record in the two seasons, including an 11-1 mark in 2012. He also spent one season playing with the Fairbanks Grizzlies in the Indoor Football League.

Lutui, who was a two-year starter on the offensive line for the Thunderbirds in 1995 and 1996, cut his coaching teeth at SUU, where he spent the 2003 season as offensive line coach on Coach Gary Andersen’s staff. Following the 2003 season, Lutui entered private business while continuing to coach at the high school level.

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