Chante’ Crutchfield is in her first year with LSU Women’s Basketball as the Assistant Director for Women’s Basketball Operations/Recruiting. In addition to assisting in recruiting, Crutchfield will prepare game film and scout opponents.
Crutchfield reunites with head coach Kim Mulkey, who she worked for as a graduate assistant at Baylor from 2000-02, helping to lay the foundation of what Coach Mulkey built in Waco.
After she completed her graduate assistant coach position at Baylor, she went on to serve as the Director of Operations for the Houston Comets organization in the WNBA from 2002-2005.
Crutchfield recently finished a six-year stint as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Southeast Missouri State in the Ohio Valley Conference. Her recruiting with the Redhawks was a key in leading them to their first conference championship and first NCAA Tournament bid in 13 years. She was hired as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Texas State in June 2021 before joined the LSU Women’s Basketball staff.
Prior to her arrival at Southeast Missouri, Crutchfield was the head coach at Crowley High School (2014-15), where she led her team to a 23-8 record and to its first District Championship in seven seasons and first playoff win in 10 years.
Crutchfield has seven years of a head coaching experience at the high school level. She has worked at other Texas prep schools, including Brenham, William B. Travis, and University.
Her head coaching career began at William B. Travis High School, where she helped the Rebels to an overall 62-54 record, three consecutive playoff appearances and their first 20-win season in 15 years. She was named Coach of the Year twice.
At Brenham, Crutchfield compiled an overall record of 55-15. She guided the program to its first District Championship in nine years and back-to-back District Titles for the first time in 12 seasons. Those teams produced two District Most Valuable Players, one Offensive MVP, two Defensive MVPs, one Newcomer of the Year, one Most Improved Player, 14 All-District selections, nine Academic All-District honorees, four All-Brazos Valley, three All-State and three All-Region picks, and one District 18-4A Coach of the Year accolade.
Throughout her coaching career, Crutchfield has recruited and guided many successful women’s basketball players, including Teaira McCowan at Brenham. McCowan went on to play for the USA U18 National Team that won gold, before being drafted No. 3 overall in the 2019 WNBA Draft following a standout career at Mississippi State University.
Crutchfield, a native of Waco, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration-Finance from the University of Texas-Arlington (2000) before earning a Master’s in Sport Administration at Baylor (2002).