Mike Crawford '97 will take over the role of offensive coordinator for the Lancers football program.
Orange Lutheran High School is pleased to announce that OLu alum Mr. Mike Crawford will return to his alma mater in the role of offensive coordinator for the Orange Lutheran football program.
Crawford, a graduate of the Class of ‘97, enjoyed a decorated career as a football standout at OLu. He is the school’s all-time record holder in each receiving category, and was a multi-year all-league, all-county and all-CIF performer.
“I am incredibly excited to return to Orange Lutheran, my alma mater,” Crawford said. “My four years as a Lancer student-athlete were vitally important to my development, and I look forward to mentoring current and future Lancers. Having worked at several high schools since I left Orange Lutheran in 2012, I can truly say ‘there's no place like home.’ I'm glad to be back.”
After graduating from Orange Lutheran, Crawford played wide receiver at Texas Christian University and the University of Nevada, Reno. In 2003, Crawford began his coaching career, serving as an assistant coach at Orange Lutheran from 2003-2012, including five years as offensive coordinator for the program.
He went on to spend one season at Mater Dei High School as an assistant coach, two seasons at El Dorado High School as head coach, and has spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach and running backs coach at St. John Bosco High School. Crawford returns to Orange Lutheran after recently helping lead St. John Bosco to CIF Southern Section and CIF State championship victories.
“We are thrilled to welcome home a true ‘Lancer for Life,’” said Principal Todd Eklund. “Coach Crawford is beloved by countless former players and families and his rich experience coaching in the Trinity League has helped to propel young men of character to the next level. We look forward to the future growth and success of Lancer football as Coach Crawford unites with the rest of the staff to pursue a Christ centered program of excellence.”
Coach Crawford will join head coach Jason Presley ‘92, longtime defensive coordinator Dee Meza ‘99, and the entire Lancer football program after spending the Christmas break with wife Laura, a 2001 OLu graduate, and their daughters, Chloe and Everleigh.
Founded in 1973, Orange Lutheran High School is a comprehensive private Christian co-educational college preparatory high school, grades 9-12, that exists to help students internalize the gospel message of salvation in Christ Jesus. The culture and climate of Orange Lutheran are based on caring relationships that strengthen our community as a Lancer Family. High standards of excellence coupled with a warm, energetic atmosphere create a safe, nurturing environment where students can thrive, as they discover and develop their unique gifts, talents, and passions.