New AD navigates his way around high school

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— On Tuesday afternoon, Bruce Crowhurst was still trying to find his way around the hallways of Steamboat Springs High School.

He was doing pretty good, considering that Crowhurst just started as the high school's new athletics director a little more than 24 hours before.

"I'm still trying to find my way around," Crowhurst said as he pointed down the long hallway leading to the gyms.

Crowhurst started work Monday morning after moving from his home in Thornton, along with his wife, Kathy. The couple came to Steamboat a few weekends ago to get a better feel for the place where they were going to live.

"I wasn't that crazy about coming to a resort town," Crowhurst said. "But, after visiting a couple of weekends, I realized that Steamboat is a town that just happens to have a resort."

The Texas A&M graduate has lived in the Denver area and has been a special education teacher at Brighton High school for the past four years. He has coached a number of sports during his teaching career, working as an assistant football and track coach at Brighton most recently.

"I've always wanted to be an athletics director," Crowhurst said. "My wife and I also wanted to live in a smaller community."

So this summer Crowhurst decided to apply and interview for the athletics director position at Steamboat Springs High School, which was vacated by Steve Moos last spring. Moos left the job because he wanted to return to the classroom.

"When I came to Steamboat it was my third interview for an athletics director position," Crowhurst said.

Crowhurst recently was offered and accepted the position in Steamboat Springs.

"It's always hectic when you start a new job," Crowhurst said on Monday. "But Steve (Moos) left things in good hands."

Crowhurst said the staff at the high school has been very helpful the past couple of days at making his transition an easy one something that was appreciated by the new director since he started work on the first day of practice.

Crowhurst said his priorities at the high school are simple. He wants to make sure the students are his top priority and that he gets as many of them as possible involved in the high school experience.

Crowhurst, and his wife are also excited about living in Steamboat and becoming a part of the local community.

"Steamboat already has a good reputation," Crowhurst said. "I want to work to continue that tradition and pursue any opportunities to get new kids to participate. It's what we are here for to get kids to buy into the educational process."

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