Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen hired Devin Crosby as Kent State's new deputy athletic director Saturday.


“We’re excited about adding someone with Devin's experience and background to our senior management team,” Nielsen said in a press release. “I know he’ll bring a wealth of knowledge from his past positions at the Division I level, plus he’s currently serving in a very similar position at Towson University."


Crosby has served at Towson since July of 2011. At Kent State, he will be involved in all of the athletic department’s day-to-day operations while also serve as sports supervisor for football and men's and women's basketball.


“I am grateful to serve Kent State University, learn from Joel Nielsen and help sustain KSU's MAC and national success," Crosby said in the press release. "Our competitive gains will increase the University's dynamic impact throughout Northeast Ohio, the state and the region."


As the first person to serve in the role of deputy athletics director at Towson, Crosby assisted with strategic planning and the overall management of the department while leading efforts to build strong relationships with alumni and donors.


He also directly supervised the Tigers' football and baseball programs, as Towson won Colonial Athletic Association football championships in 2011 and 2012 under Crosby's supervision.


Crosby has more than 14 years of administrative experience at six different Division I programs including Northeastern, Virginia, Saint Louis, Houston and Holy Cross.


A native of Monaca, Pa., (near Pittsburgh), Crosby earned his B.A. degree in communication studies from Slippery Rock University in 1997, where he was an all-conference selection in track and field. Crosby earned a master's of education in physical education and sport management from East Stroudsburg University.


Crosby and his wife, Cynthia, have two daughters, Reese and Reagan.