Crisler Joins Cedar Hill Football Staff As Quarterbacks Coach

The Cedar Hill High School Football Team has a new quarterbacks coach who has a lot of experience playing the position and mentoring athletes who play it.

“I decided to come to Cedar Hill to grow professionally as a coach and a teacher,” Cedar Hill quarterbacks coach Austin Crisler said.

Crisler comes to Cedar Hill from Class 3A Kemp, located 45 miles southeast of Dallas in Kaufman County. He was the Yellowjackets’ Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach the past two years and served as a Running Backs Coach for one season.

Prior to that, he coached running backs in Bartlesville, Oklahoma and began his career as a graduate assistant, coaching quarterbacks at his collegiate alma mater, East Central University (ECU) in Ada, Oklahoma.

ECU is also the alma mater of Cedar Hill head football coach Carlos Lynn, who is two decades Crisler’s senior.

“It’s always good to get an ECU Tiger on staff,” Lynn said. “Coach Crisler is an up and coming young coach that will be a difference maker in our quarterback room.”

Crisler grew up in Collin County and played quarterback for Class 3A Lovejoy – then a new school – as a junior in 2008. He transferred to Bishop Lynch in Dallas as a senior and led the Friars to the TAPPS State Semifinals as a senior in 2009.

He transferred to ECU from Kansas Wesleyan University – playing quarterback for both universities. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration both from ECU – where some of his teammates were former Cedar Hill Longhorns.

At Cedar Hill, Crisler succeeds DJ Mann, who accepted the head coaching position at his alma mater, Lubbock Coronado, earlier this year.

The Longhorns will have a new starting quarterback since All-American quarterback Kaidon Salter graduated in January and enrolled at the University of Tennessee.

Cedar Hill rising junior quarterback Cedric “CJ” Harden is expected to make his starting debut on August 27 vs. Rockwall. Harden scored seven touchdowns last season, backing up Salter, including a touchdown pass to Salter in the state semifinal victory over Denton Guyer.

Harden already has scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Illinois State and Kansas.

“It’s nice to be able to work with someone who has those abilities,” Crisler said. “He is eager to learn and wants to be coached. We have a lot of good young kids at that position.”