Larry DeSimpelare is the commissioner of the Crossroads League, which is arguably the best NAIA conference in the country when it comes to combining national-level competition and an emphasis on character-building. The Crossroads League has schools from the state of Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Before becoming a commissioner, Larry served as a collegiate men’s basketball coach at Cleveland State University, Rutgers University, Kent State University, Eastern Michigan University and Concordia University. Along the way, DeSimpelare helped guide those programs to three league titles, eight NIT berths and four NCAA bids, where he helped Eastern Michigan take out Duke and Cleveland State upend Wake Forest in a pair of opening round upsets.
In today’s episode, we discuss:
- The importance of loyalty and how he stayed with head coach Gary Waters for more than 20 years and at 3 different jobs
- His journey to becoming a collegiate conference commissioner
- Future Hall of Fame football player Antonio Gates playing basketball at Kent State University
Books, Resources, and Links Mentioned in the Podcast
Larry’s email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Larry’s Blog entitled Commishioners Corner
Larry’s Twitter: @Commish_LD
Article from 2009 entitled “Waters Way” that highlights Gary Waters and mentions Larry DeSimpelare often.
Larry DeSimpelare named Crossroads League Commissioner
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