JACKSONVILLE – Jacksonville State has extended the contract of head football coach Jack Crowe through the 2014 season, Athletics Director Warren Koegel announced today.
"We are glad that we have reached an agreement with Coach Crowe and that he has signed his contract extension," Koegel said. "I know this is something that Dr. Meehan wanted me to address in my first month on the job and I've had discussions with Coach Crowe about our football program and we are all on the same page."
Crowe's base salary will be $162,000 per year and includes incentives if he wins the Ohio Valley Conference Championship and the FCS National Championship. He was hired as Jacksonville State's 11th head football coach in the modern day era on Nov. 22, 1999.
"We feel like Coach Crowe has done an outstanding job with our football program," said Dr. Meehan. "We have been the most successful team in the Ohio Valley Conference since joining the league in 2003 and he helped us return Jacksonville State to national prominence among our peer institutions."
Crowe, who begins his 12th season leading Jax State, has guided the Gamecocks to eight consecutive winning seasons, which is the longest such streak in almost 20 years. The 2010 senior class left as the winningest four-year class since the Gamecocks left the Division II ranks in 1993. The senior class finished with a four-year record of 31-13, which is the most wins of any other four-year class since JSU moved to Division I.
The Gamecocks enter the 2011 season preseason ranked in the football polls for 30 consecutive weeks, which is the longest such stretch in the school's 108-year football history. Jax State is the winningest team – by percentage – in the Ohio Valley Conference and in all of FCS football since joining the league in 2003. The Gamecocks have won 76.6 percent of their conference games, posting a 48-15 record, while Eastern Kentucky is second with a 70.6 all-time winning percentage.
In 2003, his squad posted an impressive 7-1 league mark and claimed the Ohio Valley Conference Championship with a 22-17 win over Southeast Missouri State on Nov. 22, leading the Gamecocks to their first-ever Football Championship Subdivision play-off berth.
The 2004 Gamecocks earned their second-straight Ohio Valley Conference Championship with an impressive 7-1 league record and finished the regular-season with an incredible 9-1 overall record. For his efforts, Crowe was named the Roy Kidd OVC Football Coach of the Year by his peers for the 2004 season. Jax State also posted the best record in the Ohio Valley Conference in 2009 with a 9-3 mark and was just 53 seconds away from upsetting BCS national power Florida State.
Crowe led the Gamecocks to one of the most successful seasons in the school's Division I history, posting a 9-3 overall record, and was ranked as high as No. 2 during the 2010 season. JSU also advanced to the second round of the NCAA playoffs and hosted its first home playoff game in 18 years at the newly renovated Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium, while also claiming one of the biggest wins in school history with a 49-48 double-overtime thriller at Ole Miss.