Crowley named ju­nior coach of year

Guided Ma­jor Rookie AAA Tigers to provin­cial ti­tle

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports -

Adam Crowley, head coach of the Peter­bor­ough Ma­jor Rookie AAA Tigers, has been named 2018 Base­ball On­tario Ju­nior Coach of the Year.

Crowley was voted to the ti­tle by a panel se­lected by Base­ball On­tario af­ter guid­ing the Ma­jor Rookie AAA Tigers to the Peter­bor­ough Base­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s first AAA All On­tario Cham­pi­onship since 1994.

Crowley was pre­sented the award at a cer­e­mony at the Brook­street Ho­tel in Kanata,

Ont. dur­ing the 2018 Base­ball On­tario an­nual gen­eral meet­ing over the week­end.

Crowley led the Ma­jor Rookie AAA Tigers team to a sec­ond straight un­de­feated sea­son in the East­ern On­tario Base­ball As­so­ci­a­tion be­fore mak­ing an in­cred­i­ble run at the provin­cial cham­pi­onships held over the Labour

Day week­end in North Toronto.

The sea­son looked to be on the wrong path as the team lost the East­ern On­tario Base­ball As­so­ci­a­tion league fi­nal to the Pick­er­ing Red Sox just two week­ends be­fore the provin­cial tour­na­ment.

“Adam has taught these boys to be­lieve in them­selves and each other. This team is the true def­i­ni­tion of never giv­ing up,” said An­drea Hat­ton, a mother on the team who helped in putting the nom­i­na­tion for­ward.

Un­der Crowley’s lead­er­ship over the past two sea­sons, the team has won four tour­na­ment ti­tles, an East­ern On­tario Base­ball As­so­ci­a­tion Cham­pi­onship and now the AAA On­tario Cham­pi­onship to go along with mul­ti­ple skills com­pe­ti­tion wins.

A grad­u­ate of the Peter­bor­ough Base­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, Crowley worked to grow the game of base­ball in the city he grew up in. Through hard work and end­less com­mit­ment, Crowley has helped grow the en­tire Peter­bor­ough Base­ball As­so­ci­a­tion to a well-rounded pro­gram in­clud­ing in­tro­duc­ing mi­nor and ma­jor rookie rep teams as well as a mi­nor rookie de­vel­op­ment team to give chil­dren a more in-depth ex­pe­ri­ence at younger ages.

As a teenager Crowley was named to Team On­tario base­ball four years run­ning and has brought that knowl­edge for­ward to as­sist the play­ers he has come in con­tact with.

“What Adam has given to this As­so­ci­a­tion is amaz­ing. His ded­i­ca­tion to not only his team, but to each team that falls un­der our um­brella is spec­tac­u­lar,” said Peter­bor­ough Base­ball As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Shawn Micks.

“To see a coach of Adam’s cal­i­bre and ded­i­ca­tion level be rec­og­nized is great for our city and our As­so­ci­a­tion.”

Crowley is a de­mand­ing coach who in­stills qual­i­ties of com­pet­i­tive­ness, de­ter­mi­na­tion, and sports­man­ship. He has taught the boys how to be gra­cious both in vic­tory and de­feat, some­thing he con­sid­ers to be very im­por­tant at­tributes in any ath­lete.

“A huge thank you goes out to Adam on be­half of all of the play­ers, coaches, and par­ents for all his ded­i­ca­tion, hard work, and com­mit­ment to the team,” as­sis­tant coach Craig Stan­ley said.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Adam Crowley, seen giv­ing a pre-game speech to the Peter­bor­ough Ma­jor Rookie AAA Tigers at the provin­cial cham­pi­onships in North Toronto, was named the 2018 Base­ball On­tario Ju­nior Coach of the Year.

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