The promotion came after discussions between Reinhardt president Thomas Isherwood, athletic director Bill Popp and Cronic’s father, Eagles head coach Danny Cronic.
Drew Cronic joined his father’s inaugural staff in November 2011. Popp lauded him as one of the hardest workers in the program.
“He has a wealth of collegiate football knowledge, and his passion for the sport of football in unrivaled,” Popp said. “This is a promotion that we feel is very-deserved.”
The addition of the assistant head coach title makes clear Reinhardt’s intention to have Drew Cronic follow his father as the head coach when the elder Cronic steps down.
“It’s just great,” Drew Cronic said. “I’m excited about it. I think this will be a really special situation. Our administrators and Dr. Isherwood have just given us the opportunity to do what we need to do. It’s a great state to recruit from, and we have got all of our players back. I’m excited about where we are headed.”
Though his son has been named the heir apparent, Danny Cronic doesn’t plan to go anywhere for a while.
“By no means am I ready to go just yet, but I feel like this gives us added stability for when that time comes,” Cronic said.
Drew Cronic said he isn’t in a hurry to get the head job.
“I want my dad to do this for as long as he wants to do it,” he said. “I’m very happy working for him, but when he gets ready to ride off into the sunset, hopefully, I’ll be able to continue what he has been doing. I’ve learned so much from him. I’d say I’ve learned more in the last three years than I did in the previous 11.”
Cronic said part of learning so much in such a short time is that at a small program like Reinhardt, everyone has to wear a lot of different hats.
“I’ve had to handle a lot of different things — financial aid, making sure (players have) housing — just a lot of things,” Cronic said. “Those are administrative-type things, and looking after kids. Having to do those things here has helped me learn those leadership qualities.”
The Cronics had not had the opportunity to coach together prior to their time at Reinhardt. Danny Cronic coached Drew at East Coweta High School, but the younger Cronic said he was too young to appreciate it then.
“When I was playing for him, we had a great time, but I don’t think I was old enough to really appreciate how special he is and the job he does,” Drew Cronic said. “Now, I’m older and I can understand things better and appreciate them better.”
Prior to joining the staff at Reinhardt, Drew Cronic was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Central High School in Carrollton. Cronic also served nine years on the coaching staff at Furman University.
During his time at the Football Championship Subdivision program, Cronic served in various positions, coaching running backs, tight ends and wide receivers.
Cronic has also coached at James Madison, another FCS team, in which he helped the team win an Atlantic-10 championship.
Cronic graduated from Georgia, lettering in football in 1996 and ’97. He graduated with a degree in math education and earning Southeastern Conference all-academic honors.
Cronic earned his master’s degree in educational leadership from West Georgia in 1999.