“I love The College of New Rochelle community and the opportunity to work in a brand new Center with a wonderful staff. To be able to create and institute first class athletic, intramural, recreational and wellness programming and events is a wonderful challenge. ”

Harold Crocker
CNR Wellness Center & Intercollegiate Athletics
The College of New Rochelle

Harold, tell us a little about yourself.

I live in Northern Westchester with my wife and two children, but I grew up in New Rochelle and attended New Rochelle schools. I played many sports but excelled in football and in the weight events of track and field. I have my BS in Physical Education from Central Connecticut State University, where I was the captain of the football team. I received my master’s in education here at CNR, and I have a Professional Diploma in Administration & Supervision from Iona College. I also worked for many years as a teacher, coach and supervisor in the New Rochelle School District.

What is your position here at The College of New Rochelle?

I came to CNR in 1999 as the Director of Athletics. Two years ago I became the Director of the Wellness Center and Intercollegiate Athletics.

What are your responsibilities as Director of the Wellness Center?

I’m responsible for all aspects of the programming, staffing, supervision and operation, as well as the Intercollegiate Athletic Program.

What do you think the new Wellness Center
brings to the College Community?

As we move forward, the Wellness Center will become the new center of the College Community. The saying ‘Healthy Mind, Healthy Body’ will become more important as we integrate our wellness theme with new classes and activities for our College population, alumnae/i, and the surrounding community.

What do you think, Harold, are some of the benefits
of the Wellness Center  for students who go to CNR?

With the Wellness Center open, we now have a state-of-the-art facility available for the entire College Community. Students, faculty and staff can work out in the fitness center, take a swim, spend time playing sports in our gymnasium or walking/jogging on the indoor track. They can take a class or attend a seminar. And all of these wonderful wellness activities are available in a beautiful brand new setting.  

What are some of the recent achievements of our CNR teams?

We have a rich history in athletics at CNR. We have had three All Americans and numerous NCAA Division III award winners. Last season, the School of Arts & Sciences’ Ruchelle Austin was the NCAA III leader for rebounds.

This year, we have All Conference players in Tennis, Cross Country, Volleyball and Swimming. And in December our Swim Coach/Aquatics Director Kristen Ferranti was named Coach of the Year in The Hudson Valley Women’s Athletic Conference.

How big is the athletic  program at the College?

We are a NCAA Division III Independent program and an affiliate member of the Association of Division III Independents. We have teams in Cross Country, Tennis, Volleyball, Basketball, Swimming and Softball, and we sponsor Cheerleading and Soccer club teams.

What do you like best about your job?

I love The College of New Rochelle Community and the opportunity to work in a brand new Center with a wonderful staff. To be able to create and institute first class athletic, intramural, recreational and wellness programming and events is a wonderful challenge.

What is the best way for a student
to take advantage of the Wellness Center?

There are numerous ways to take advantage of the Wellness Center. The fitness center and walking track are available to everyone during open hours. We have regularly scheduled open swim hours. A student can sign up for any of the activities and events that are scheduled and even do a “drop-in” to see if you might like something.  At the beginning of each semester, we are offering a series of open houses so everyone can view the activities, meet the instructors and coaches and experience firsthand the offerings available to them. All of this information and the opportunity to sign-up is available online.  

What are some upcoming programs coming out of the Center?

Well, in addition to our regularly scheduled classes we are offering additional programs that are online on our web page. We will have basketball games this winter, and are in the process of starting an extensive intramural and recreational activity program.  We currently have ‘drop in’ volleyball games and plan to start a basketball and indoor soccer program.

The Wellness Center is here for all of us to use and enjoy. It is a wonderful place to relax, think “wellness” and start on a path for a healthier lifestyle. I look forward to seeing everyone in the College Community here at the Center.

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