Long-time New England Football Conference Director of Media Relations, Roger Crosley, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Bob Kenworthy Division III Communications Award presented by the Metropolitan New York Football Writers. The award will be presented Thursday, February 23, at the Eastern College Football Awards Banquet at Met Life Stadium in the New Jersey Meadowlands.
Crosley began his part-time position with the NEFC in 1999, serving under then Commissioner Bill Mottola. He has also worked with commissioners Sue Lauder, John Harper and Gregg Kaye. Crosley assisted in development, maintenance and multiple re-designs of the New England Football Conference website, and during his tenure with the Conference has served as chair of the Scheduling and Championship Committees. He has conducted the weekly and seasonal awards processes since he began with the league.
“It seems somewhat ironic that I am receiving an award for doing something I have loved doing for so long,” Crosley said. “My work with the NEFC has always been enjoyable and at times even thrilling.
“What I’ll always take away from my time with the NEFC is the quality of people with whom I’ve had the chance to work. The commissioners, the athletic directors, the coaches, and especially the student-athletes have made this job a pure joy.”
In addition to his work with the NEFC, since 1995 Crosley has served as chairperson of the New England Football Writers New England Division II/III All-New England team selection committee and is a member of the Board of Directors of that organization. For the past five years Crosley has been a voter in the Lambert Polls which select the best football teams in the East in all four collegiate divisions.
Crosley has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation since 1987, and for the past six years has served as Executive Director of the Chapter. During his time as Executive Director, membership in the Chapter has more than doubled, awards presented by the Chapter have increased by over 50%, the annual Chapter Coaches Clinic has repeatedly reached capacity, and he created a website for the Chapter.
“I feel very fortunate to be able to call Bob Kenworthy a friend,” Crosley said. “I’ve known Bob for over 30 years and I couldn’t be more honored to receive an award named after such a giant in the sports communications field, but more importantly such a wonderful person.”
Kenworthy became Gettysburg's first-ever Sports Information Director shortly following his graduation from the College in 1959 and served in that role for the next 40 years. As one of the early pioneers and innovators in the field, he was a ground-breaking early member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He worked behind the scenes for the growing needs of an ever-expanding athletic department that grew from 13 to 23 varsity sports during his tenure.