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NEO names Crissup as head coach

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) announced at a press conference on Thursday that Interim Head Coach Zach Crissup will officially be named as head coach of the NEO Golden Norsemen Football Program. Crissup entered into the interim role after former Head Coach Zach Allen took a position at Northeastern State University.

“I have confidence that Zach will be able to be the type of leader we need to carry on the rich and storied Golden Norsemen tradition,” said Joe Renfro, NEO Athletic Director. “Coach Crissup has the integrity to be a successful leader and I am thrilled to see what the future of NEO football holds.”

Crissup first joined the NEO coaching staff in 2010 and specialized in Linebackers and Strength/Conditioning. Under the direction of Head Coach Dale Patterson, Crissup helped lead the 2012 Golden Norseman to a 9-2 record and a SWJCFC Championship. Following stints at Fairmont State University and Missouri Southern State Universities, Crissup returned to NEO under Head Coach Zach Allen as the Defensive Coordinator and helped lead the team to the Regional Championship game in 2018. In the past two seasons, Crissup has led the #1 passing defense in the SWJCFC.

Originally from Helena, Crissup played as a safety under Coach Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State University until receiving his degree in 2008. He continued to complete his Master of Science in Health and Human Performance at Pittsburg State University in 2011. Crissup, his wife Stephanie, and their son, Patch now live in Miami.

For more information, contact Lisa Severe at, or call 918-540-6327.

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