June 4, 2007
Tom Crowley, a 27-year intercollegiate administration and coaching veteran who spent the past two years as an Assistant Athletic Director for Development at Temple University, has been named Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations at Butler University. He will begin his duties with the Bulldogs on June 18.
"I am very excited to join the Butler Team," said Crowley, who is stepping into the position formerly held by Jon Hind. Hind left Butler to become Director of Athletics at Hamilton College. "I look forward to working closely with Barry, the staff, coaches, student-athletes and alumni to advance the Bulldogs' athletic program."
Crowley brings nearly three decades of coaching, business and administrative experience to the Butler position, which directly oversees game operations, event management, facilities and budget. He's held athletic development positions at Vermont and Temple for the past six years.
"We're excited to have Tom join our staff," said Butler Director of Athletics Barry Collier. "Tom's breadth of experience as a student-athlete, assistant coach, head coach and athletic administrator at multiple universities will benefit Butler in numerous ways."
During his two years at Temple, Crowley helped increase charitable giving to the athletic department through his work with the school's Owl Club donor organization. Owl Club revenue increased from fiscal year 2005 to fiscal year 2006 by 40%, and the club's two key fund-raising events - the Owl Club Auction and the Owl Club Golf Outing - both set revenue records in 2006. Crowley was involved in event planning for the department and for the Owl Club, and he was responsible for the fund-raising accounts of Temple's 24 sports.
Crowley joined the staff at Temple after spending four years as Assistant Athletic Director for Development at the University of Vermont. He was hired as Vermont's first fully dedicated fund-raiser for athletics in 2001, after spending one season as an assistant men's basketball coach for the Catamounts. As Assistant Athletic Director, he developed and implemented Vermont's Victory Club, an annual giving organization that reached its goal of raising $500,000.
A 1978 graduate of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Crowley was captain of the 1978 Penn basketball team which advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. He began his coaching career as an assistant men's basketball coach at Penn in 1979 and helped the Quakers to the NCAA Final Four that year. He held assistant basketball coaching positions at Xavier, Rutgers and Stanford (where he served on the same staff as Collier), before becoming head men's basketball coach at St. Michael's College (Vt.) in 1990. He coached at St. Michaels for seven seasons and served two years as head men's basketball coach at Christian Brothers University (Tenn.). He also worked in private business for two years.