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Athletics provide ‘sense of community’

Godfrey Lee Tray Crusciel is the new athletic director at Godfrey-Lee Public Schools. SNN gets to know him in this edition of Meet the Administrators.

Other positions in education: Crusciel comes to Godfrey-Lee as a seasoned athletic director. He previously worked as physical/health education teacher and athletic director for Covert Public Schools, and as athletic director in Benton Harbor Public Schools, Lakeview High School in Battle Creek and Lumen Christi Catholic School in Jackson.

Education: Crusciel earned a bachelor’s degree in physical health education from Western Michigan University and a master’s degree in sports administration from Wayne State University. 

Family: Crusciel and his wife, Phuong Tran, have a 9-month-old son, Harrison. 

Hobbies/Interests/Little-known talent: Sports and spending time with family are the two main ways Crusciel said he spends his time. He also enjoys camping, spending time with friends and speaks “a little bit” of Vietnamese. 

What kind of kid were you when you were in school? “I was big into football, hanging with friends and spending time with anyone that I enjoyed being around as much as possible. I also loved camping with my family and having dogs at home.”

The biggest lesson you have learned from students is… “everything impacts them, big or small.”

What makes your job unique? “One thing is having to learn all the different kinds of sports and having to know each one inside and out.”

My favorite thing about being an athletic director is… “having the opportunity to see young men and women grow via athletics. I love the sense of community that athletics provide a school district.”

If I could go back to school I would go to… “grade 11, because high school is the best time of your life.”

If you walked into your new school building to theme music by a favorite artist or band, what would it be? Something by Mumford and Sons.

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Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark is a reporter covering Byron Center, Caledonia, Godfrey-Lee, Kenowa Hills and Thornapple Kellogg. She grew up in metro Detroit and her journalism journey brought her west to Grand Rapids via Michigan State University where she covered features and campus news for The State News. She also co-authored three 100-question guides to increase understanding and awareness of various human identities, through the MSU School of Journalism. Following graduation, she worked as a beat reporter for The Ann Arbor News, covering stories on education, community, prison arts and poetry, before finding her calling in education reporting and landing at SNN. Alexis is also the author of a poetry chapbook, “Learning to Sleep in the Middle of the Bed.”


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