Jeff McCrone, who has spent his entire life around the game, enters his third season on the JU coaching staff as the defensive backs coach.
The son of JU defensive coordinator Ron McCrone, Jeff brings a wide array of experiences to the program.
A native of Jacksonville, McCrone was an all-state quarterback during his senior season at Orange Park High School. In college, he rewrote the record books at Tennessee-Martin, leading the Ohio Valley Conference in passing yards and touchdowns, as well as setting the record for completions in a game.
The younger McCrone has built the defensive backfield into one of the most feared in the PFL and nationally since coming to JU – finishing fifth in the country in pass efficiency defense. His secondary turned into a ball-hawking machine last season, led by Tremaine Mack – who picked off four passes, returning two for touchdowns. On the season, his unit picked off a school-record tying 16 passes.
After graduating UT-Martin with his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, McCrone followed in his father back to Jacksonville as the quarterback for the Jacksonville Tomcats in AFL2. McCrone continued to rack up numbers in the pros, leading the league in quarterback rating and finishing third in the league in passing and total offense.
Following an injury in 2001, McCrone made the leap to the coaching staff - starting as offensive coordinator for the Tomcats under his father. Following his stint with the Tomcats, McCrone was named offensive coordinator at Orange Park High School, where he worked for three years.
McCrone resides in Jacksonville with his wife, Danielle.
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