Devin Crosby became Lynn University’s seventh director of intercollegiate athletics on May 4, 2015, bringing with him a track record of success at the Division I level. Since his arrival, Crosby has built an athletics culture of spirit, service and strength—values he developed with President Kevin M. Ross to align with university attributes.
Crosby has pursued an aggressive strategy to ensure success on and off the field and elevate the Fighting Knights’ profile locally and nationally. He has advanced Lynn’s athletic programs through fundraising, capital improvement projects, student academic support, sport expansion, public speaking, budget growth and community outreach. Crosby solidified a four-year, $1 million agreement with adidas, the most lucrative university apparel agreement in NCAA Division II, and initiated capital projects at Bobby Campbell Stadium, de Hoernle Sports and Cultural Center and Lynn’s baseball complex.
Crosby is also focused on Lynn student-athletes’ academic success. The university’s more than 250 student athletes, representing 14 varsity programs, held a combined 3.39 GPA during the 2015–16 academic year. In fall 2015, the Fighting Knights earned an average 3.41 GPA, the second highest in Lynn’s history. Further improving the student-athlete experience, Crosby facilitated the Student-Athlete Career Connection program. It guides student-athletes toward their professional passion, connects them with internships and job opportunities, and prepares them for lifelong success. Furthermore, Lynn’s fan experience was elevated under Crosby’s leadership. Admission to Lynn events is free thanks to sponsors, complimentary childcare and concessions are provided for Saturday games, and game programs and tickets have gone paperless. Prior to joining Lynn, Crosby worked at Kent State University as deputy athletics director, where he led athletics communications, marketing, tickets, facilities and equipment. He was also responsible for the comprehensive supervision of football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball programs. This included personnel, budgeting, student-athlete conduct/welfare, staff mentoring, APR planning, game scheduling, academic monitoring and student-athlete counseling.
Active in the community, Crosby was a member of the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce executive board and Kent Area Rotary Club, as well as a frequent public speaker on diverse topics including Kent State Athletics, Kent State’s impact on the community, leadership theory and emotional intelligence. Additionally, Crosby served as deputy athletic director at Towson University, where he guided fundraising, supervised football and baseball programs, and assisted strategic planning and athletic management. Under his supervision, the Towson Tigers won the Colonial Athletic Association football championship in 2011 and 2012. Crosby was also an associate athletics director for development at Northeastern University, and he gained administrative experience at the University of Virginia, Saint Louis University, University of Houston and Holy Cross University. Crosby and his wife, Cindy, have two daughters, Reese and Reagan.
Originally from Monaca, Pennsylvania, Crosby earned his Bachelor of Arts in communication studies from Slippery Rock University, where he was an all-conference selection in track and field, and a Master of Education in physical education and sport management from East Stroudsburg University.