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George "Bad News" Cafego -- Football / Baseball

After one year at the University of Georgia, Cafego transferred to Tennessee in 1937. The 1938 UT team finished 11-0 and Cafego was SEC Player of the Year. He became a three-year starter at tailback and an All-American in 1939. During his last two seasons, Tennessee won all 20 of its regular season games, beat Oklahoma 17-0 in the 1939 Orange Bowl, and lost 14-0 to Southern California in the 1940 Rose Bowl, when Cafego was injured.
The 5-foot-10, 183-pound Cafego combined breakaway speed with a high knee action that made him very difficult to tackle. He was also an excellent passer and punter and a strong defensive player. During his career at UT, Cafego rushed 259 times for 1,589 yards, a 6.1 average; completed 49 of 105 passes for 550 yards; returned 64 punts for 883 yards, a 13.8 average; ran back 12 kickoffs for 391 yards, a 32.6 average; punted 115 times for a 38.3 average; and had 5 interceptions.
Cafego then was the first pick of the 1940 NFL Draft, taken by the Chicago Cardinals. After playing for the NFL's Brooklyn Dodgers in 1940, Cafego spent two seasons in the Army. He was with the Dodgers and the Washington Redskins in 1943 and he finished his playing career with the Boston Yanks in 1944 and 1945. NFL Stats.
Cafego became an assistant coach at Furman University in 1948 and later assisted at Wyoming,
Arkansas (1953-54), and Tennessee. He was also head baseball coach at Tennessee from 1955 through 1961 and an assistant with the football team from 1955-85.
He was elected to the Tennessee Hall of Fame in 1966 and the West Virginia Hall of Fame in 1973.
He was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1969 and the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame in 1985.
George died in February of 1998 at UT Hospital at the age of 82.


Ron Calcagni -- Head Coach / General Manager, Arkansas (AAFL)

(as of 2008 season) Former Arkansas Razorback great Ron Calcagni was named the head coach and GM of the Arkansas team in the All American Football League on November 13, 2007. He had previously spent three seasons as Vice President of Football Operations and Business Development for the Arkansas Twisters (2001-03). Calcagni oversaw arenafootball2 league compliance and assisted with the offense, quarterbacks and recruiting. Calcagni also worked with corporate development for the Twisters. Calcagni was a four-year letterman and three-year starter at quarterback for the Razorbacks from 1975-79, playing for both Frank Broyles and Lou Holtz. In his junior season, Calcagni led the Razorbacks to an 11-1 record and a 31-6 upset win over number two ranked Oklahoma in the 1978 Orange Bowl in one of the most memorable games in Razorback history. Arkansas finished as the number three ranked team in the nation that year. Calcagni finished his career with the Razorbacks in the 1978-79 season and led Arkansas to a 9-2-1 record and a berth in the Fiesta Bowl. He then moved on to play professionally for the Montreal Alouettes and the Ottawa Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League. Calcagni turned to coaching after his playing career and has over 20 years of coaching experience. During his career, he has coached at Arkansas State, the University of Houston, the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma. He was also the offensive coordinator for a season with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL. He has coached seven All-Americans and two Heisman candidates, including 1989 Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware and Davey O'Brien Award winner David Klingler.


Louis Campbell -- Linebackers Coach, Mississippi State University Bulldogs

(as of football season 2008) Campbell comes to Starkville (January 2008) with extensive ties to Croom and two members of the Bulldog coaching staff, and after 18 years of football service to Arkansas.
A native of Hamburg, Ark., Campbell worked in Fayetteville, Ark., from 1990-2007. He served in various capacities with the
Razorbacks, working as the school's secondary coach, director of football operations, or assistant athletic director for internal football operations during that time.
He served eight seasons as a
Razorback assistant coach under Jack Crowe, Joe Kines and Danny Ford, adding the title of assistant head coach under Ford prior to the 1996 season. Campbell switched to director of football operations prior to the 1998 season.
Campbell returned to the practice and game field in 2006, coaching
Arkansas' secondary. He helped UA win the SEC's Western Division title, play in the SEC Championship Game, and earn a spot in the Capital One Bowl. Arkansas finished 10-4 and ranked No. 15 in the nation that year.
Prior to that season, his last assignment on the field came at the end of the 1999 regular season. Then-
Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt asked Campbell to coach the secondary against Texas in the Cotton Bowl. In that game, he helped direct an Arkansas defensive unit that held the Longhorns to negative rushing yards (-27) for the first time in that program's history as the UA posted a 27-6 victory.
Campbell, a 1973
Arkansas graduate, began his coaching career that year with a four-season stint at Alabama under head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. It was in Tuscaloosa, Ala., that Campbell first developed a relationship with Sylvester Croom.
A three-year term as defensive backs coach at Southern Methodist University (1977-79) immediately preceded a five-year run back at Alabama. He was reunited with Croom upon his return and the two worked together all five years.
Campbell helped the Crimson Tide to eight bowl games in nine years during those two tours of duty at Alabama. The 1973 squad finished 11-1 and earned a No. 1 final ranking from United Press International.
In 1985, Campbell began a four-year stint as defensive coordinator and defensive secondary coach at Oklahoma State. He helped the Cowboys to three bowl appearances during those four seasons in Stillwater, Okla.
Prior to launching his extensive tenure in Fayetteville, Campbell worked one year as a defensive assistant with the National Football League's Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1989). Croom was the running back coach for the Bucs on that '89 Buc staff.
Campbell has accompanied teams to 20 bowl games in his 31 years as a collegiate coach and football administrator.
A three-year letterman as a defensive back at
Arkansas, his 12 career interceptions are still tied for third all-time at the school, and his three pass thefts against Tennessee in the 1971 Liberty Bowl are a Razorback bowl record. He earned his undergraduate degree in education at UA in 1973.


Shannon Clancy -- Assistant Women's Soccer Coach, Virginia Military Institute

(as of soccer season 2003) Clancy is the first assistant coach in the history of the program.
Clancy played for Julie Davis for three seasons at the
University of Arkansas where Davis served as the top assistant. In four seasons at Arkansas, Clancy started 62 of the 70 games that she played on the Lady Razorback defense.
Since her graduation in June of 2002, the Katy, Texas native has coached several youth teams in her home state.


Bert Clark -- Football

Former Washington State football coach Bert Clark passed away at the age of 74 on December 13, 2004 in Katy, Texas.
Clark served as the Cougars' head coach from 1964-67 and was best known as the leader of the "Cardiac Kids," WSU's 1965 team that defeated three Big Ten teams on the road en route to a 7-3 record.
As a player at the University of Oklahoma, Clark was twice an All-Big 8 linebacker under Bud Wilkinson from 1948-52, and helped the Sooners capture the 1950 national title.
The Wichita Falls, Texas, native played one season with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League before beginning his coaching career as an assistant at the
University of Arkansas in 1956. The following season he went to Washington as an assistant coach.
After leaving the Palouse, he spent time as an assistant at New Mexico and with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL.


Doug Clark -- Head Baseball Coach, University of Central Arkansas Bears

(as of baseball season 2010) Hired at UCA in August of 2002. Spent 25 seasons as an integral part of the Razorback baseball program. Arkansas' hitting instructor since 1976, Clark teamed with head coach Norm DeBriyn to provide 55 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Razorbacks. Clark joined the Arkansas program as a graduate assistant in 1976 and was named the program's first full-time assistant coach when the position was created in 1980. His mark on the Razorback offense over the years was been unmistakable. Every Arkansas team and individual hitting record was set during Clark's tenure, including the school's team batting average mark of .341 set in 1997 and the UA team home run record of 84 set in 1999. In 1997, the Razorbacks rewrote the school record book, setting 11 single-season offensive records including team marks in batting average, home runs, runs, RBI and slugging percentage. The Hogs finished in the top 15 in the nation in batting average, scoring, doubles, triples and slugging percentage. In addition, the Razorbacks set a new Southeastern Conference season record for doubles with 168. That same year, sophomore Ryan Lundquist smashed the school home run record with 24 round trippers and set single-season marks for total bases and slugging percentage in the process. Junior Jeremy Jackson captured the SEC batting crown with a .425 mark, becoming the sixth Razorback player to win a league batting title under Clark's guidance. Sophomore Eric Hinske led the SEC in runs scored on a way to a school-record total of 87.In 1998, the Razorbacks continued to put up impressive offensive numbers. Lundquist earned second-team All-SEC honors while Brent Caldwell, Joe Jester, Rodney Nye and Jack Welsh earned All-SEC Tournament honors while helping the Hogs to the SEC Tournament title game. Nye was named the tournament's most valuable player. In 1999, four Hogs tallied double-digits in home runs as the Razorbacks hit a school-record 84 homers en route to their first SEC overall and Western Division championships and a return to the SEC Tournament title game. Even more impressive than the numbers put up during Clark's tenure in Fayetteville is the list of hitters that have translated his instruction into all-star performances. Former Kansas City Royals first baseman Jeff King posted a career .372 batting average and swatted 42 home runs as a Razorback. For his efforts, King was selected as the top overall pick of the 1986 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Many other of Clark's pupils have gone on to successful collegiate and professional careers. Former St. Louis Cardinals catcher Tom Pagnozzi spent a season at Arkansas before going on to star at the major-league level. Former major leaguers Kevin McReynolds, Johnny Ray and Ronn Reynolds all parlayed their experience at Arkansas into major league careers.
An all-city baseball and football star at St. Mary's High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., Clark lettered one season at Arizona State before transferring to the University of Colorado. A two-year letterman at CU, he earned All-Big Eight honors in his senior season after hitting .403. Signed by the St. Louis Cardinals out of college, Clark spent six years in minor league baseball and reached the triple-A level in 1974. Clark was part of championship teams at three different levels, including single-A (Modesto, Calif.) and double-A (Tulsa, Okla.). Clark came to
Arkansas as a graduate assistant in 1976.


Bill Clay -- Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers Coach, Blinn College Buccaneers

Clay joined the Blinn College staff in 2011 and retired following the season. He was at Samford from 2008-10.
Clay came to Samford with a tremendous amount of coaching experience. He spent the last two seasons (06-07) coaching safeties at Texas A&M. Prior to his time at Texas A&M, he spent the 2005 season coaching inside linebackers at Louisiana Tech.
Clay has served as the defensive coordinator at Oklahoma State (2001-04), UAB (1997-2000), UTEP (1996), Mississippi State (1991-95), Temple (1988), SMU (1981-86) and Southern Mississippi (1980-81).
Clay worked at Mississippi State as an assistant coach from 1989-90 prior to being named defensive coordinator in 1991. He was also an assistant coach at Southern Mississippi from 1976-79 before his promotion to defensive coordinator in 1980.
From 1973-74 Clay served as an assistant coach at South Carolina. He worked as an assistant coach at Virginia Tech in 1972 and Virginia from 1969-71.
Clay began his coaching career at Ganby High School in Norfolk, Va., from 1965-68.
Clay, a native of Marianna, Ark., is a 1963 graduate of the
University of Arkansas. He was a two-year letterman for the Razorbacks.


Charlie Coffey -- Football

Was an assistant coach at Arkansas from 1966 through 1970.
Coached Virginia Tech from 1971-73 and led them to a 12-20-1 record.


George Cole -- Football / Baseball / Athletic Director

In 1924 Cole attended the University of Arkansas, where he participated in both football and baseball. He became the first team quarterback in 1925 and held that position throughout the 1926 and 1927 seasons. In 1927 he was selected to the All-Southwest-Conference. That year he broke the single season scoring record that stood until 1965.
In three years Cole scored a total of 185 points by making 22 touchdowns, 32 extra points and seven field goals.
After college Cole coached Warren High School's basketball team, which reached the finals of the national high school tournament. After two years at Warren, Coach Cole accepted the head coach and athletic director's job at College of the Ozarks. In 1934 he returned to the
University of Arkansas as head freshman football coach.
In 1942 he became the head football coach at the
Arkansas, but at the season's end he joined the armed services to help in the World War II effort. In 1946 he returned to the U of A as an assistant coach and worked for four different football coaches. In 1957 he was hired as the assistant athletics director under Coach John Barnhill and in 1970 he was promoted to the director's post, a position he held until his retirement.
Coach Cole's numerous honors included his 1963 election into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, his 1974 induction into the Collegiate Athletic Directors Hall of Fame, the 1975 renaming of the
Razorback Baseball Field to George Cole Field and his 2006 induction into the Bauxite (AR) High School Sports Hall of Fame.


Tom Collen -- Head Women's Basketball Coach, University of Arkansas

Tom Collen was hired at Louisville in March of 2003 after five seasons at Colorado State and came back to Arkansas in March 2007. He was let go at Arkansas after the 2013-14 season.
While at Colorado State, Collen compiled an impressive 129-33 (.796) record in his five seasons with the Rams. Collen served as the head coach of the Rams from 1997-2002. His 1998-99 squad finished with a 33-3 record and an appearance in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
In his five seasons at CSU, the Rams made five postseason appearances, four NCAA Tournament appearances and his 1999-2000 squad advanced to the semifinals of the WNIT. The Rams were WAC regular season champions in 1998 and 1999. In 2001, they were crowned Mountain West Tournament Champions and were 2002 Mountain West Champions of the regular season.
Collen was named WAC Coach of the Year in 1999 as well as WBCA District Coach of the Year, Women's Basketball Journal National Coach of the Year, and Women's Basketball News Service Coach of the Year. He earned Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year honors in 2002.
On February 3, 2001, Collen recorded his 100th career win with a 55-54 victory over San Diego State. Collen became the fifth fastest active Division I coach to reach 100 wins when he did so in his 125th game.
Collen joined the Rams after coaching at the University of Arkansas for four seasons. There he served as an assistant coach for two seasons before being promoted to associate head coach during the summer of 1995. In addition to continuing as defensive coordinator and national recruiting contact, he assumed more responsibility for day-to-day operations.
One of Collen's strengths as a coach is the ability to recruit some of the top players in the country. This year, he signed the 65th best player in the country according to the All Star Girls Report, in Joy Jenkins out of Aurora, Colorado. During his first season at Arkansas, his national recruiting helped deliver one of the nation's top 15 freshman classes. In 1994, he repeated his efforts and signed a class ranked in the top 10. At Colorado State, Collen's freshman class from last season ranked as high as sixth in recruitment ranking.
At Arkansas, he was named defensive coordinator and initiated an up-tempo pressing style that put Arkansas at or near the top of every defensive category in the Southeastern Conference.
But for all his efforts at Arkansas, Collen's most valuable contributions still came in the recruiting area. Instrumental in signing SEC Freshman of the Year Christy Smith, he also helped sign two Parade All-Americans in Tennille Adams and Shaka Massey.
Collen is a proven winner. In his 16 seasons as a collegiate women's assistant coach, his teams never posted a losing record and at Colorado State as head coach he has amassed at least 20 victories all four years. Overall, the teams he served as an assistant posted a .695 winning percentage (329-144) with 10 post-season appearances and as a head coach he has an 80-19 overall record, which equates to an .808 winning percentage.
Prior to Arkansas, Collen spent seven seasons at Purdue, primarily recruiting, coordinating defense and promoting the program in the state of Indiana.
While at Purdue, the Boilermakers made four appearances in the NCAA Tournament, twice reaching the Sweet Sixteen in 1990 and 1992. Purdue was ranked as high as third in the Associated Press basketball poll in 1991.
Among Collen's notable recruits prior to Arkansas are a pair of Kodak All-Americans: Joy Holmes, who led Purdue to the 1991 Big 10 championship and MaChelle Joseph, who was named Big 10 Player of the Year.
Prior to Purdue, Collen was an assistant coach for three seasons at the University of Utah from 1984-86. The Utes made post-season trips to the WNIT and NCAA in his three seasons, posting a combined record of 56-32.
He started his collegiate career at Miami (Ohio) in 1982, assisting the Red Hawks to a pair of conference championships and a berth to the AIAW Sweet 16 in 1982.
Before collegiate coaching, Collen was a high school coach for several sports in Logan, Ohio.
A 1977 graduate of Bowling Green with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education, Collen earned a pair of master's degrees from Miami in health education in 1982 and in recreational programming in 1983.


Bob Cope -- Football

A football coach for 32 years. He served as the assistant coach at the University of the Pacific (1972-75) and head coach (1983-88) and was an assistant at Southern California (1991-93), Baylor (defensive coordinator in 1994, assistant head coach in 1995) and Kansas State (1989-90, 1996). During his career, he coached 23 nationally-ranked defenses and participated in eight bowl games.
Cope began his coaching career in 1964 at Vanderbilt, and had positions at Southern Methodist (1976),
Arkansas (1977-80), Mississippi (1981) and Purdue (1982) before his first stop at K-State.
Bob Cope, defensive coordinator at Kansas State, died August 3, 1997 in Manhattan, Kansas. He was 58. Cope was diagnosed with cancer in September of 1996. He was in his second stint with the Wildcats, also serving as defensive coordinator and associate head coach in 1989 and 1990.


Pete Cordelli -- Assistant Coach / Running Backs, Western Michigan University Broncos

(as of football season 2003) Pete Cordelli, Jr., an experienced assistant in the collegiate ranks and former head coach at Kent State University, was named running backs coach at WMU on March 20, 2002.
Cordelli is no stranger to the Mid-American Conference, having served three seasons (1991-93) as head coach at Kent State. During his time with the Golden Flashes, Cordelli mentored nine all-conference players and the 1991 Freshman of the Year in linebacker Morrey Norris.
A native of Blakely, Pa., (DOB: 9/14/53) Cordelli has worked as an assistant coach at the University of Notre Dame (1986-90), the University of Minnesota (1984-85), the
University of Arkansas (1983), Memphis State University (1980-81) and TCU (1979).
While at Notre Dame, Cordelli oversaw quarterbacks and receivers, which included Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown (1987) and runner-up Raghib "Rocket" Ismail (1990). He was also a member of the Irish's 1988 national championship team and worked alongside Darnell during the 1990 season.
In between collegiate jobs, Cordelli worked in the NFL, assisting in the personnel department of the Cleveland Browns (1994) and as a personnel scout for the Dallas Cowboys (1982).
Most recently, Cordelli coached on the staff at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis. At the same time, he worked in the media, co-hosting a sports call-in show on WHBQ 560 AM and providing color for the University of Mississippi radio network.
Cordelli received a bachelor's degree in education from North Carolina State in 1977 after playing three seasons with the Wolfpack. Cordelli's college playing career began in Ithaca, N.Y., where he played a season at Cornell University before transferring to N.C. State.


Walter F. 'Jack' Crangle -- Football / Baseball / Basketball

Jack was an All-American fullback for the University of Illinois in 1920 and 1921. After one season with the NFL's Chicago Cardinals he moved into coaching. He was an assistant for the Arkansas football team in 1925 at least. He would become a football and basketball coach at St. Viator college in Illinois, the head baseball and assistant football coach at Missouri and assistant football coach at St. Louis University. He passed away in 1944 at age 45.


Jen Kennedy Croft -- Head Women's Soccer Coach, Utah State University

On Jan. 12, 2001, Jen Kennedy Croft was named the second head soccer coach at Utah State since the inception of the program in 1996.
Croft was an assistant at Utah State for two seasons under Stacy Enos, and has 12 years of collegiate coaching experience. Prior to arriving at USU, she served as an assistant at Connecticut (1989), Maine (1990-91), Princeton (1991), Rhode Island (1992) and
Arkansas (1992-93).
Croft was the head coach at Seattle University from 1994-96 before joining the Utah State staff in 1999. At Seattle, she guided the program to a 34-19-7 record in three years while leading the team to three NAIA Regional Tournament appearances. In three years at the helm, Croft's teams were 8-5-6 in her inaugural season, 9-11-1 in her second year and 17-3-0 in her final campaign.
In 2001, her first season as head coach at Utah State, she guided the Aggies to a 6-11-1 record, their second-best year in the program's six seasons. Additionally, USU handed then-undefeated Big West champion Cal State Fullerton its only conference loss on the season.
As a player at Connecticut from 1984-77, Croft earned four letters as a defender and was named the team's Most Valuable Player in 1987.

Years Team Wins Losses Ties
1994 Seattle U. 8 5 6
1995 Seattle U. 9 11 1
1996 Seattle U. 17 3 0
2001 Utah State 6 11 1
2002 Utah State 8 9 3
5 yrs Totals 40 39 11


Justin Crouse -- Coordinator of Recruiting Development, Ole Miss Rebels

(as of football season 2011) Justin Crouse joined the Memphis Tiger support staff in September 2007 and served as the director of player personnel. He moved to Ole Miss in 2011.
In his position, he is responsible for the day-to-day on-campus recruiting efforts, and is the team's pro liaison. In addition, he assists with football administrative duties.
Crouse joined the Tiger staff after serving one season as the assistant director of football relations at the University of Miami. In that capacity, he assisted with on-campus recruiting visits and was the liaison between the team and NFL scouts. Just prior to his stint at Miami, Crouse was an area scout and personal assistant from 2004-06 with the New England Patriots.
A native of Murray, Ky., Crouse also has held positions on the college level at Arkansas and Murray State. He began his coaching career at MSU where he worked from 1994-97 as the tight ends/receivers coach. He joined the Razorbacks' staff in 1998 as the assistant recruiting coordinator and also filled in as the running backs coach from January-May, 2000. He later was named the assistant to head coach Houston Nutt and served in that role for four years.
Crouse earned his bachelor's degree in 1995 in marketing from Murray State, where he was a two-year letterman at wide receiver.


Jack Crowe -- Head Coach, Jacksonville State Gamecocks

(as of football season 2012) Jack Crowe, who had over 35 years of coaching experience, was hired as the 11th head football coach at Jacksonville State on Nov. 22, 1999. A native of Birmingham, Crowe has coached at some of the top programs in the country. During his career, he has worked at Auburn, Baylor, Arkansas, Clemson and Wyoming on the Division I level and also has college coaching stints at North Alabama and Livingston (now West Alabama). Crowe was named the head coach at Arkansas in January of 1990 after serving three years as offensive coordinator. He coached the Razorbacks to the 1991 Independence Bowl as head coach and to the 1989 Citrus Bowl, the Southwestern Conference Championship and the 1990 Cotton Bowl as an assistant, posting a 19-14 record.  He was offensive coordinator at Baylor from 1993 to 1995 and the Bears were the 1995 conference champions.

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