During Crutchfield's three Furfari Award-winning seasons, West Liberty has a 99-6 (.943) record. Crutchfield leads all active NCAA coaches - any division - by a wide margin with a winning percentage of .843 (241-45).
"I know we've had a good run over this nine-year period,'' Crutchfield said. "Could have been [national champs] this year.
"But you can't get caught up in the inside of it. I don't think about it, but everyone knows who we are now, either by coming to the games or watching them on TV. I went to Lowe's recently and there were people who wanted to talk to me about our team. I'm almost embarrassed by it.''
Crutchfield's team led the nation in scoring for the seventh time in eight seasons (104 points per game), outscoring every other men's or women's NCAA team - all divisions - by more than 700 points. The Glenville State women were a distant second.
The Hilltoppers captured an unprecedented third consecutive Atlantic Region title, winning three regional tournament games by an average of 23 points. And Crutchfield is partly responsible for the maturation of the Division II National, Atlantic Region and WVC Player of the Year Alex Falk.
Crutchfield also earned his second Basketball Times NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year award, along with third consecutive NABC Atlantic District Coach of the Year and a record fifth WVC Coach of the Year.
The Hilltoppers boss was also a finalist for the John McLendon National Coach of the Year award that went to Georgetown's John Thompson III, as well as the Clarence "Big House'' Gaines NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year honor, which went to Augustana College's Tom Billeter.
In addition to Falk, West Liberty also loses fellow seniors Tim Hausfeld and Chris Morrow, the second-most prolific scoring class in the school's history - bested only by its predecessor - with a combined 4,415 points. That will be tough to duplicate, but Crutchfield feels as though he may have the pieces in place to contend again.
"It's difficult to lose three players like that, especially since we don't bring in D1 transfers,'' Crutchfield said. "What the expectations are right now, I don't know. But for the last four years, we have been following the example of Alex, Tim and Chris and they're not here anymore. Guys have to get better.''