Ethan Crump to kick Lenoir athletics into high gear

Jun. 22, 2014 @ 06:12 AM

Ethan Crump likes to get people active. He likes to encourage kids and their parents alike to get out on the basketball court, baseball field or soccer pitch, helping them fight obesity, stay active and keep healthy.

Crump, 25, is the new athletic programs supervisor with Lenoir Parks and Recreation, a newly created position that oversees all the department's sports programming, from handling coaches and officials to making sure the teams have jerseys. Crump had been working part-time with the city since 2005

Crump, who is from the Collettsville area, earned his bachelor's degree in recreation management from Appalachian State University, and his experience with recreation has taken him from his own backyard to the far side of the country.

A 2007 West Caldwell graduate, he interned at a private country club on Lake James called Camp Lake James in the summer of 2010, handling all the recreation facilities, and in September 2011 worked in Moab, Utah, with the company Plateau Restoration Conservation.

He also works part-time at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute teaching computer classes, and brings that teacher mindset to his new role.

“We were looking for youth, a new perspective, new energy,” said Rob Winkler, Lenoir Parks and Recreation director. “One thing we’re not going to do here is go backwards in our programs. We’ll keep raising the bar.”

Winkler said Crump’s position carries with it the most interaction with the public in Parks and Rec.

Crump said he wants to use his position to help keep kids in the community more active because kids today have more things competing for their attention and keeping them indoors. But through more advertising and outreach he hopes to get them out playing sports, and when kids get involved, their parents often do too.

“I want to bring more people in the community out to our sports,” Crump said. “I’m thrilled to have the job.”