NEO names Zach Crissup as new head football coach

Crissup is elevated from interim head coach

MIAMI, Okla. – In July, Zach Crissup was named the interim head coach at NEO after head coach Zach Allen stepped down to become recruiting coordinator and defensive run game coordinator at Northeastern State. Now, Crissup is at the helm with the interim title dropped.

“This is something I’ve dreamed about, prayed about, thought about…talked about for a long time — is to take this step in my career personally,” says Crissup. “I don’t have time to be nervous. I have time to go to work.”

Crissup has been with the program for a total of eight years. In his second stint at NEO, he served as the defensive coordinator the last two seasons.

“The familiarity is nice, but you don’t want to stay in the familiarity. You want to move forward and get better. You want to make things harder and learn more,” adds Crissup.

NEO Athletic Director Joe Renfro says elevating Crissup to head coach was an easy decision.

“I was very comfortable with him in that situation — knowingly that he was going to make wise choices and keep progressingly moving forward and just keep his nose to the grindstone and work, which is what Zach Crissup does,” says Renfro.

Under legendary coaches, the Golden Norsemen have won eight national championship. Crissup says he is ready to uphold that winning tradition.

“It was how could I make sure that NEO football is successful forever. And how can I be a part of that. Not saying that I can do that all by myself because I can’t, and we’ve talked about that, but to be a part of that that was probably the first thing that hit me,” adds Crissup.

This is Crissup’s first head coaching job at the college level.