Western Kentucky coach Mike Sanford announced the final addition to his full-time assistant coaching staff Tuesday with former Notre Dame captain and linebacker Maurice Crum, who will lead WKU’s linebackers this season.
"I couldn't be more excited to add someone with a passion for football and for the linebacker position like Maurice Crum to our coaching staff,” Sanford said in a rlease. “Maurice understands what is required to be a successful linebacker on and off the field, and he will be a great mentor for our linebacking corps this season."
Said Crum: "I am both anxious and eager to get into that linebacker room and begin coaching these players. As a recent former player myself, I hope to be able to instill some of my knowledge into their game and continue the tradition of great linebackers here on The Hill."
Crum, a former standout linebacker at Notre Dame from 2005-08, spent the 2016 season working for Mike Sanford Sr., at Indiana State as the cornerbacks and nickelbacks coach. During his playing career, Crum played in 50 games with 42 consecutive starts and registered 306 tackles, 23 tackles for loss and eight sacks.
His 306 career tackles rank 11th in Notre Dame history. A two-time team captain in 2007 and 2008, Crum was one of only 17 players in school history to accomplish that feat.
Prior to his time at Indiana State, Crum was a defensive graduate assistant at Notre Dame in 2015 which included an appearance in the Fiesta Bowl where he worked with Sanford. Crum’s post-college playing career included a three-year stint in the United Football League (2009-11) and three seasons on Charlie Weis’ staff at Kansas in various roles included defensive graduate assistant (2012), assistant director of operations (2013) and director of high school relations (2014).
A 2008 graduate of Notre Dame with a degree in sociology, Crum is married to the former Crysta Swayzer and the couple has three sons, Maurice III, Allen and Noah. Crum’s father, Maurice Sr., was a consensus All-American at Miami in 1990.