Scott Criner joins his uncles
coaching staff for the XFLs Inaugural Season after
three years as the receivers coach for Northern Arizona
University. Prior to his tenure with the Lumberjacks,
during which the team advanced to the Division I-AA
playoffs in 1999 for just the second time in school
history, Criner served as quarterbacks coach at Meridian
(Idaho) High School and was an adjunct faculty member at
Boise State University after two seasons as the running
backs coach for the Broncos.
Criner was running backs coach and recruiting
coordinator at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1995 after
spending seven seasons as the co-offensive coordinator
and passing game coordinator at the University of
Pacific in Stockton, Calif. Criner helped the Tigers
passing game rank ninth nationally in 1994 as Pacific
posted its first winning season since the mid-1970s.
Criner also spent five seasons as an assistant coach at
the University of Cincinnati (1984-88), serving as the
Bearcats passing game coordinator. Scotts coaching
career began 19 years ago at Boise State, serving as the
Broncos Tight Ends coach under Head Coach Jim Criner.
Born on February 27, 1959, Criner earned his Bachelor of
Arts degree in history in 1992 from Boise State, and he
and his wife, Leslie Peterson-Criner, have a daughter,
Nicole (4), and are expecting their second child,
Matthew Scott, in January.