Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Geneva’s Jen Crossley named NEOIAAA Athletic Director of the Year

Geneva’s Jen Crossley was named a 2023 Northeast Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association Athletic Director of the Year.

Crossley is the seventh Chagrin Valley Conference AD to earn the award since 2017.

“I was shocked,” Crossley said of her reaction to learning she had earned the award. “It was a very nice feeling to know that my colleagues think highly of me.”

The NEOIAAA award is presented annually to an athletic director who is a member of the organization and also, “amplifies the highest standards of professionalism and has made a significant contribution to their students, school, and community.”

That’s exactly what drives Crossley to go above and beyond what is called for to serve her coaches, student-athletes, and community.

“I’m dedicated to the school district and dedicated to the student-athletes,” she said. “I also try to stay involved with the Chagrin Valley conference on committees and so forth.”

Previous CVC athletic directors to earn the award included Cuyahoga Heights’ Ryan Kelber (2022), Kirtland’s Matt Paul (2021), Hawken’s Jim Doyle (2019), Beachwood’s Ryan Peters (2018), Chagrin Falls’ Charlie Barch (2017), and Perry’s T.J. Rockwell (2017).

CVC commissioner Don Lewis was awarded the Ralph Quisenberry Service Award, which is presented to an individual from outside the profession of athletic administration who has made contributions and service to interscholastic athletics.

Perry student-athlete Charlie Rockwell will receive the NEOIAA’s Phil Cassella/Nelson Thinnes $500 Scholarship, which is presented to the son or daughter of an active NEOIAAA member. Factors such as scholastic achievement and leadership qualities were considered.


Steve Harehttp://www.ohiovarsity.com
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes OhioVarsity.com, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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