TAKOMA PARK MD — The Association of Independent Institutions, named Patrick E. Crarey, II 2020 A.I.I. Athletic Director of the Year this week. Crarey, in his tenth year leading W.A.U. Athletics & Men’s Basketball has added another milestone in his legacy. It’s the first time in W.A.U. history that an award of this magnitude has been given to a WAU AD.
The conference noted, “In Crarey’s 10th year in this leadership position, Washington Adventist made a successful transition from NCAA DII to NAIA affiliation, the Shock qualified for A.I.I. postseason tournament events in women’s soccer, men’s basketball and women’s basketball. Crarey earned the A.I.I. Coach of the Year award this winter after the Takoma Park, MD based university had a Top-10 NAIA national ranking and No.1 seeding in the 2020 A.I.I. Championship Tournament. The team had a 23-9 record and represented the conference in the NAIA National Championship.”
Crarey has guided the men’s basketball team to four national tournament appearances, one USCAA National Championship, and one A.I.I. Conference Championship, and has produced several professional players during his tenure.
Notable Hires During Crarey’s Tenure
Alex J. Sandoval – Hired by Crarey in 2014 to lead the women’s soccer program. In the 2016-2017 campaign, he led the squad to a 9-5-1 record and a berth to the USCAA National Championships. It was the program’s first time back since 2013. Sandoval, known for his recruiting, has boosted the rosters for both the men’s and women’s teams. He is in his second season as the men’s soccer head coach.
Ele Margelos – Hired by Crarey in 2018. Margelos, in her first two seasons, has guided the women’s soccer program to two back-to-back A.I.I. Conference Tournaments the first time in program history.
Jerry McFarland – Hired by Crarey in 2018. McFarland has been a vital part of the Athletics Department. He ensures that all programs stay within budget guidelines, he manages student-professionals & game management and is a liaison for the business office.
Harry Thomas Jr. – Hired by Crarey in 2020. Coach Thomas is a staple in the D.C. Softball community brought a new connection for the softball program. The softball team was 1-1 before their season was brought to a halt due to the Pandemic.
Jered Lyons – Hired by Crarey in 2014 to lead the women’s basketball program. Lyons has guided the squad to three consecutive winning seasons, five tournament appearances, and three semifinals. Coach Lyons led students on a mission trip to El Salvador. He is the longest-tenured and winningest coach in women’s basketball program history.
In Crarey’s tenure, he has helped with two Acrofests (A gathering of Seventh-Day Adventist Acrobat teams across the nation) in conjunction with Head Coach Ben Johnson. During Acrofest, countless meetings lead to this national event to ensure safety, logistics, and overall good experiences for the teams participating.
“I have been blessed to receive recognition throughout the years, but nothing can compare to this. This is the ultimate team award. This award is about all of our staff, coaches, and student-athletes. We work extremely hard to provide them with the best experience we possibly can. I am blessed to work at Washington Adventist University under the leadership of Dr. Spence. His support is what leads the way for our successes. Thank you to everyone at Washington Adventist University and the Association of Independent Institutions that made this possible I am truly honored and humbled.”