BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Bridgewater College head football coach Michael Clark has announced the addition of longtime Division I assistant coach Brian Crist to the coaching staff for the Eagles football team for the 2013 season.
Crist joins the Eagles after stints at the University of Massachusetts, Louisiana-Lafayette and Virginia Tech. With the Eagles, Crist will coach the wide receivers which is a group that returns a number of talented players to the mix for the upcoming season. Most recently, Crist served as the offensive coordinator at Blacksburg High School.
"We are fortunate to get this type of experience on our staff for the 2013 season. We anticipate the wide receivers group to be a critical part in our offensive plan and Brian brings credibility to lead this group," said Clark. "He will be a coach who can contribute on multiple levels for us."
Crist returned to UMass for his third stint with the Minutemen, as the wide receivers coach, prior to the 2007 season. He worked at UMass from 1996-2001 and was on the staff during the 1998 National Championship season. During his most recent stretch with the Minutemen, Crist coached four current or former NFL players, including New York Giants standout Victor Cruz.
Between his times in Amherst, Crist spent five seasons at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette where he was the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach. During his time with the Ragin' Cajuns, he helped coach his team to the 2005 Sun Belt Conference Championship.
In 1995, Crist helped Virginia Tech post a 10-2 record and claim a piece of the Big East Conference regular season championship. The Hokies went on to record a 28-10 victory over Texas in the Nokia Sugar Bowl on New Year's Eve and concluded the season ranked 10th in the final Associated Press national poll.
Crist is no stranger to the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) after playing at Hampden-Sydney for four years. A 1994 graduate of Hampden-Sydney, Crist was a two-year starter at quarterback for the Tigers.
Bridgewater opens the 2013 season on September 7 at home when the Eagles play host to St. Vincent. Start time against the Bearcats is set for 1 p.m.