The former All Black and current Canterbury coach Scott Robertson will coach the Cruaders next year, replacing incumbent Todd Blackadder who's leaving at the end of this season.
Blackadder announced at the start of this season that it would be his last in charge.
Robertson said becoming Cruaders head coach was a dream come true.
"This is a team I have played for, am passionate about and looking forward to leading. The head coach of the Crusaders is regarded as one of the best jobs in the world, so I couldn't be more excited to be taking it on," he said.
The rest of the Crusaders coaching lineup will be appointed at the end of the Super Rugby season.
Roberston, who took up the Canterbury job in 2013 and has guided the team to two Premiership titles, will continue in the role this year.
He is also head coach of the New Zealand Under-20 team, who failed to qualify for the semi-finals at this year's tournament, but did win the title last year.