Stanford hires a Crook

Stanford has hired Ron Crook at tight ends and offensive tackles coach, the school announced Monday.

Crook has spent the past eight seasons as offensive line coach at Harvard. His 22-year career includes stints at Illinois, West Liberty State, Glenville State, Clarion, West Virginia Tech and Cincinnati.

“He also shares our vision for the physical style of play in which we believe," said Stanford coach David Shaw in a statement.

While at Harvard, Crook’s line helped pave the way for Clifton Dawson (2003-06) to set the Ivy League’s all-time career rushing record with 4,841 yards, breaking the former mark held by Cornell’s Ed Marinaro. Eight of Crook’s players earned first team All-Ivy honors a combined 11 times, including tackle James Williams, who was a three-time All-America and first team All-Ivy selection. In 2009, four of Harvard’s linemen earned all-league honors while Treavor Scales was named the Ivy League’s Rookie of the Year.