JACKSONVILLE, Fla. –
Former Temple assistant coach Ron McCrone passed away on Saturday, April 18, after battling lung cancer. He was 71.
During his three year stint at Temple from 1995-97, McCrone not only served as assistant head coach, but also oversaw the defense and the linebackers under head coach Ron Dickerson. He coached Lance Johnstone and Alshermond Singletary, each of whom went on to play more than 10 years in the National Football League. In his first season with the Owls, McCrone's defense ranked fifth in the BIG EAST in average passing yards allowed and in 1996, the team ranked sixth in the BIG EAST and 48th
nationally in passing defense, allowing just 187.0 yards per game.
In addition to his time at Temple, McCrone had an illustrious 25-year career that included three high schools, ten universities, and one professional team, with stints at Auburn, Duke, Florida, University of Tampa, University of Tennessee-Martin, Vanderbilt, UCF, Southern Mississippi, as well as a three-year stint with the Tampa Bay Bandits of the United States Football League. McCrone began his coaching career in 1969 as an assistant coach at Paxon High School in Jacksonville, Fla., his hometown.
McCrone is survived by his wife, Mary Sue, his children, Jeff, Kelly, and Blair, and five grandchildren.