MEMPHIS — Christian Brothers University Director of Athletics Brian Summers has announced the promotion of Donna Crone to Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance.
Crone has been Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance for five years, also serving as Interim Director of Athletics from October to June after the death of Joe Nadicksbernd.
“In conjunction with President John Smarrelli, I am pleased to elevate Donna Crone to Associate Director of Athletics,” said Summers. “Donna has served CBU as an athlete, coach, alumna and distinguished athletics administrator. This promotion recognizes her commitment to CBU athletics and our student athletes, and her integral role in our athletics administration.”
“I’m excited about the new opportunity,” Crone said. “Last year was a tough year after losing Joe, but I’m looking forward to working closely with Brian to bring CBU and CBU athletics to the next level.”
A two-sport athlete at CBU, Crone has been the school’s Senior Woman Administrator for 13 years. She serves as a member of the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee for women’s golf, and she is the GSC liaison for men’s and women’s golf. She previously served a three-year term on the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee for softball.
Crone was CBU’s head softball coach for 10 years, coaching 16 All-GSC players and two GSC Freshmen of the Year in her time. The all-time winningest coach at CBU, Crone led CBU to its four highest season win totals.
Crone played basketball and tennis for CBU, graduating in 1983. She earned her Master’s of Business Education from the University of Memphis in 1988. Her family has deep ties to the school. Her husband, Chris, is a 1976 CBU graduate. Her daughter, Kristen, is a 2011 graduate and is enrolled at CBU pursuing her master’s degree, and her son, Justin, is enrolled at CBU as well.