Niagara Gazette


October 5, 2012

NU'snew boss


Niagara Gazette — “That was appealing to me.”

The search committee found Crowley’s extensive experience appealing. 

At Butler, Crowley was responsible for business operations, budget oversight and facilities, as well as game and event operations. He also played a key role in the development of the strategic plan for Butler’s athletic operations. 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. At Vermont, he became the school’s first fully-dedicated fundraiser for athletics after spending one season as an assistant men’s basketball coach for the Catamounts.

“He’s got a wealth of experience and knowledge, both as an administrator and a coach,” men’s hockey coach Dave Burkholder said. “Those experiences are going to be invaluable for us. I think he’s going to be a tremendous asset to our university.”

“We all felt like Tom Crowley is the total package,” Mihalich said. “We feel like we really got lucky.”

Recalling their days as competitors, Crowley said Mihalich “did whatever he wanted to do against me,” and Mihalich said Crowley “was a lot better than me.”

Now, they’re on the same team.

“Maybe,” Mihalich said, “he can give me a couple plays that worked when he was at Stanford.”

Crowley begins work on Nov. 1, relieving interim director Steve Beatty, who has been leading the department since Ed McLaughlin left for VCU in July.

Said Joseph Levesque, university president, “It’s a brand new chapter for Niagara University.”

Contact sports editor Jonah Bronstein at

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