Otis Crane was named defensive line coach for the Bruins by Bartlesville head football coach Jason Sport in June of 2020. He comes to Bartlesville after spending the previous three seasons as the defensive coordinator at Dewey High School.
In Dewey, Crane inherited a young defensive group that continually developed throughout his stint with the Bulldoggers. In Crane’s second season he helped lea Dewey to a 7 win regular season and a birth in the Oklahoma 2A playoffs. Playing in the toughest 2A district in Oklahoma, the Bulldoggers finished 3rd behind defending state champion Sperry and defending state runners-up Beggs. Dewey’s 3rd place marked the Bulldoggers best season in more than a decade.
Prior to his tenure at Dewey, Crane had stops at Chelsea High School, as the defensive coordinator (2015-2017) and Foyil High School, as the offensive coordinator and the head football coach (2011-2014). In Crane’s first season at Foyil , his offense averaged more than 40 points per game as he led the Panthers to a district A6 title and the Oklahoma Class A Quarterfinals.
Crane enters his 14th year of coaching with lots of valuable experience which includes stints as the defensive coordinator for Semi-Pro teams, the Oklahoma Knights and the Oklahoma Gunslingers.
Crane, 39, played high school football for his hometown Catoosa before serving our country in the U.S. Army from 2001-2005. After his military service he went on to earn his bachelors degree from Northeastern State University and his masters degree from East Central University. Crane is married to Lena and they have two children, Myles and Malachi.
Season……… Playoff Round (School)
2010………….. Oklahoma League Champions (Oklahoma Gunslingers)
2011………….. Oklahoma State Class A Quarterfinalist (Foyil)
2012………….. Oklahoma State Class A Playoff Qualifier (Foyil)
2019………….. Oklahoma State 2A Playoff Qualifier (Dewey)
THE CRANE PERSONAL FILE
Birthdate: August 19, 1981
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Hometown: Catoosa, Oklahoma
Family: wife Lena, children Myles & Malachi