Gary Crowton | Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks
Gary Crowton is in his first season as the Lumberjacks' offensive coordinator while also serving as SFA's quarterbacks coach.
With over 30 years of coaching under his belt, Crowton brings a wealth of knowledge and football experience, coaching at both the FBS and FCS levels along with the National Football League and Canadian Football League.
It is a reunion of sorts for both Conque and Crowton as the two previously worked together at Louisiana Tech from 1996-98 when Crowton served as the Bulldogs’ head coach and Conque filled the role of offensive coordinator.
Most recently, Crowton spent one and a half seasons as the offensive coordinator at Southern Utah before spending the second half of the 2015 season as an offensive consultant at Oregon State. He helped engineer the Thunderbirds’ offensive attack which averaged 35 points and nearly 445 yards per game, capturing the 2015 Big Sky championship in the process.
The stint at Southern Utah continued a span of 10-straight seasons in which Crowton served as an offensive coordinator, including stops at Oregon (2005-06), LSU (2007-10), Maryland (2011) and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL (2012-13).
During his time in Baton Rouge, Crowton helped lead the Tigers to the 2007 national championship, winning the SEC championship in the process, and helping mentor JaMarcus Russell, the top overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. Working along side head coach Les Miles, LSU posted a 40-13 record during his four seasons in Baton Rouge as the Tigers won three bowl games during that span.
In his two years at Oregon, Crowton helped lead the Ducks to a 17-8 record, including a 10-2 mark in 2005 as Oregon finished 12th nationally.
From 2001-04, Crowton was the head coach at Brigham Young University, his alma mater, guiding the Cougars to a 26-23 overall record. Crowton’s best season came in 2001 as BYU went 12-2, including a perfect 7-0 record in Mountain West Conference play, earning MWC and District 8 Coach of the Year as the Cougars finished the season ranked 24th nationally. He oversaw an offense which produced the 2001 Doak Walker Award winner in running back Luke Staley.
Crowton’s time at BYU came after spending two seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears. The Bears ranked third in the NFL in passing yards per game in 1999, setting a then-franchise record in passing yards with 4,136.
Prior to his time with the Bears, Crowton spent four seasons at Louisiana Tech, the final three as head coach. The Bulldogs went 21-13 during his three seasons at the helm, including a 9-2 record in 1997, as LaTech led the nation in passing and was second in total offense in 1998 behind the arm of Heisman trophy candidate Tim Rattay.
Crowton spent one season as the offensive coordinator at Georgia Tech (1994), preceeded by a three-year stint as the quarterbacks coach at Boston College (1991-93) under head coach Tom Coughlin.
Beginning his coaching career as a graduate assistant at BYU in 1982, Crowton served as a defensive backs coach at Snow College in 1983 before filling the role of offensive coordinator.
From 1984-90, Crowton served as the offensive coordinator at three different institutions, including Snow College (1984-86), Western Illinois (1987) and New Hampshire (1988-90). During his time at Snow, Crowton helped lead the Badgers to the 1985 NJCAA national championship, leading the nation in passing offense.
A native of Orem, Utah, Crowton earned his degree in physical education from BYU in 1983. Crowton is married to his wife, Maren, and the couple have seven children: daughters Tara, Jenessa, Mikauli and Toriana and sons Dane, Quinn and Macloud.
Bill Best | Offensive Line / Run Game Coordinator
Bill Best is in his third season as part of the SFA staff, handling responsibility for the Lumberjacks’ offensive line while serving as the run game coordinator.
In charge of one of the most experienced offensive lines in the nation in 2015, Best’s contingent came up big in crucial situations for the Lumberjacks. Senior Byron Williams ended the season as a second team All-Southland Conference selection following his preseason third team All-America honors by STATS FCS.
Following the season, a pair of Best’s linemen signed contracts with NFL franchises as Terran Vaughn signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Oakland Raiders while Williams received a rookie camp invitation from the Raiders. It brings Best’s total to 11 former players who have gone on to earn professional contracts following their collegiate days.
SFA’s offensive line proved to be a critical component for the Lumberjacks’ five-win improvement in 2014. Behind the veteran line, running back Gus Johnson rushed for 1,683 yards and 23 touchdowns, setting an SFA and Southland Conference single-season record, while quarterback Zach Conque earned the SLC’s Newcomer of the Year, led by junior Byron Williams earning first team All-SLC honors.
Best joins coach Conque in Nacogdoches after spending the previous two seasons as the offensive line coach for Central Arkansas and will serve as the `Jacks run game coordinator. Previously, Best spent seven seasons at West Texas A&M, beginning his career with the Buffs in 2006 as a graduate assistant before being elevated to associate head coach and offensive line coach in 2007.
He also spent one season as West Texas’ offensive coordinator (2012). Best spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Ranger College (2004-05) after beginning his coaching career spending four years working among the Louisiana high school ranks.
Best was an offensive lineman and long snapper at Millsaps College and Louisiana-Monroe, earning his degree from ULM in 2001 before attaining his masters from West Texas A&M in 2007.
Best and his wife, Jennifer, are the parents of twins Hannah and Brady.
Jeremy Hammock | Tight Ends / Co-Special Teams Coordinator
Jeremy Hammock is in his third season on the SFA coaching staff, handling responsibilities with the Lumberjacks’ tight ends as well as serving as SFA’s co-special teams coordinator.
In 2015, the Lumberjack tight ends once again played a key role in SFA’s offensive scheme, providing key blocking and other aspects that didn’t always register on the box score. With a young but talented contingent, including sophomore Will Taylor and redshirt freshman Lucas Askew, the position made great strides.
From a special teams standpoint, SFA was among the conference leaders in returns, led by Robert Sylvester’s 21.1 kick return average. The ‘Jacks were also one of a few teams in the nation to not have a kick blocked in 2015 while registering five blocked kicks of their own.
The tight end position added a new wrinkle to the Lumberjack offense in 2014 as the trio of Danan Henderson, jayson Clements and Will Taylor added another threat to the SFA offense. In addition to providing key blocking for Walter Payton Award finalist Gus Johnson and SLC Newcomer of the Year, Zach Conque, the tight end corps accounted for 169 receiving yards and three touchdowns on the season.
Hammock comes to Nacogdoches with coach Conque from Central Arkansas where he spent the previous three seasons as the Bears’ running backs coach.
Before joining the UCA staff, Hammock spent two seasons at Louisiana-Monroe, his alma mater, working as a graduate assistant from 2009-10 in charge of the Warhawks offensive line. Hammock spent two seasons at Trinity Valley Community College, serving as the director of football operations while coaching both the wide receivers and tight ends.
A four-year letterwinner at Louisiana-Monroe, Hammock was a two-year starter at tight end and helped lead the Warhawks to the Sun Belt championship in 2005.
He earned his degree in general studies from ULM in 2006 and is married to Markia. The Hammocks welcomed their first son, Jace, in the spring of 2015.
Jeremy Moses | Wide Recievers/Running Backs
One of the most decorated players in Stephen F. Austin history, Jeremy Moses is entering his fifth season as an assistant coach for the Lumberjacks, working with SFA’s running backs.
The Lumberjack rushing units continuted to thrive in 2015, led by the emergence of freshman Loren Easly, leading the team with 759 rushing yards and two of the 10 longest rushes in program history. Junior Joshawa West added to the attack with his 617 yards, giving SFA a balanced rushing attack.
Moses spent the 2014 season mentoring Walter Payton Award finalist Gus Johnson, guiding the senior to the best rushing season in both SFA and Southland Conference history. It formed a unique storyline with a Payton Award winner mentoring a Payton Award finalist.
The first player in school or Southland Conference history to win the Walter Payton Award, given annually to the top player in Division I FCS, Moses has been a key member of the Lumberjack staff for the past two seasons, helping to mentor quarterback Brady Attaway, his former backup. Attaway closed out his SFA career by sitting second all-time in the Lumberjack record books in nearly every passing category, trailing only his mentor Moses.
Named to numerous All-America teams during his collegiate career, Moses rewrote the school and conference record books on his way to being named the NCAA FCS National Player of the Year. A two-time SLC Player of the Year selection, Moses left SFA as the NCAA’s all-time leader in completions at the FCS level.
Following his playing career, Moses spent one season at North Alabama as an assistant on Terry Bowden’s coaching staff before returning to his alma mater.
The 2011 SFA graduate is married to the former Jessica Miller.
Jake Brown | Running Backs
Jake Brown is in his first season at Stephen F. Austin, joining the staff in January 2017. Brown will assume responsibility of the Lumberjack running backs.
Brown comes to Nacogdoches after spending three seasons at TCU, serving as a graduate assistant from 2014-15, working primarily with the Horned Frogs’ inside wide receivers. During those two years, TCU posted a record of 23-3, captured the 2014 Big 12 championship, captured victories in both the 2014 Peach Bowl and the 2016 Alamo Bowl and notched a pair of top-10 final rankings.
In 2016, Brown was promoted to TCU’s director of high school relations while still working with Horned Frogs’ wide receivers. During his time in Fort Worth, Brown helped coach seven players who made NFL rosters following their collegiate careers as TCU ranked in the top-five in the nation in total offense.
Before joining the staff at TCU, Brown coached at the high school level, serving as the defensive line coach at Arlington Martin in 2013, the wide receivers coach at Lake Travis in 2012 and safeties and special teams coordinator at Midlothian from 2010-11. Brown coached a number of Division I players during that span, including Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett (Arlington Martin) and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield (Lake Travis).
A native of Ennis, Brown graduated with his bachelor’s degree from North Texas in 2009. He married his wife, Brittany, in 2013.