DANBURY, CT - Caitlin Crowley, a Burnt Hills, NY native, has been named Assistant Director of Athletics at Western Connecticut State University, announced WestConn Director of Athletics and Recreational Sports, Lori R. Mazza.
"With the support of upper administration and the NCAA, we are very excited to welcome Caitlin to the WestConn family," acknowledged Mazza. "Her DIII philosophy and how that translates to cultivating relationships was evident. Caitlin's unique skill set, her innovative vision, and her ability to communicate our story to others is something we look forward to over the years."
Crowley comes to WestConn after a two-year stint as the Coordinator of Sport Administration for the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), which is house in Hadley, Mass. Responsibilities included championship event management and operations, compliance, governance, leadership development and sports information. She also supported the Assistant Director for Championships and Compliance and took an active role in resolving NCAA and NESCAC rules questions brought forth by the conference's membership and assisted in processing medical hardship waivers.
"I am thrilled to be joining the Colonial family and look forward to getting to know our coaches, student-athletes, alumni, and supporters," stated Crowley. "I am thankful to Director of Athletics Lori Mazza and the search committee for affording me the opportunity to help continue to enhance the student-athlete experience at Western Connecticut State University."
Prior to her appointment with the NESCAC, Crowley was the Head Women's Tennis Coach at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY for three years. During this time at RPI she was able to cultivate a strong pool of financial supports of the program which yielded donors at various levels but also yielding a long term annual pledge totaling $50,000. It was at RPI where she was an Athletic Administration Intern in 2013 following an eight-month internship in the Provost's Office of the State University of New York System offices.
As a student-athlete, she spent the 2006-07 season at Stony Brook University, where she earned Society of Distinguished Scholar Athletes recognition and a Division of Campus Residences Academic Achievement Award.
She then transferred to the University at Albany, where she served as captain and earned numerous honors, including America East Tennis Player of the Week once. She also was on the Athletic Director's Honor Roll, was an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic honoree, was presented the President's Award for Leadership in Athletics, was a nominee for the NCAA National Leadership Conference, and served on the executive board of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Crowley graduated from UAlbany in 2010 with a degree in psychology. A Dean's List student each semester, she was the undergraduate commencement speaker. She earned a master's in educational administration and policy studies in 2012 and is currently working toward a doctorate in philosophy in the same curriculum.
While earning her master's degree, she was a Graduate Assistant for Student-Athlete Support Services.
She has been the associate tennis professional at Tri-City Fitness in Latham since 2010 and also has experience as a counselor at various camps, including Stony Brook and Penn State University. Crowley has also worked in the UAlbany athletics department as a graduate assistant, providing academic support for the intercollegiate athletes.