Get To Know Doug Crawford '09

High School Graduation Year


What did you do right after graduation? College/career/travel/military?

After graduating from DeSales High School, I attended the University of Louisville, transferred to St. Catharine College, then finally graduated from Indiana University Southeast. I earned an undergraduate degree in Secondary Education Mathematics. During this time, I played college baseball at St. Catherine College and Indiana University Southeast. I continued my education by enrolling in graduate studies at the University of the Cumberlands, and later Northern Kentucky University. I earned a Masters degree in Special Education in Learning Behavioral Disorder Students (University of the Cumberlands), a second Masters degree in School Administration (University of the Cumberlands), a Director of Pupil Personnel Certification (Northern Kentucky University), and a Ph. D. in Educational Leadership (University of the Cumberlands).

Please describe DeSales in three words.

Faith, Brotherhood, Tradition

Where are you and what are you doing now?

Currently, I am a high school mathematics teacher at Butler Traditional High School. I teach Geometry to Sophomores and Probability and Statistics to Seniors. Recently, I stopped coaching baseball after 8 years to spend more time with family and friends and to welcome a new baby girl in March 2022.

What do you like most about what you are doing?

I enjoy being a role model for the young men and women at Butler Traditional High School. I feel I have a positive impact on their lives. Teaching is one of the most rewarding careers and I have appreciated my time teaching and coaching at Butler Traditional High School.

What is your favorite memory about DeSales?

My favorite memory about DeSales was participating in the Athletics. Throughout my years at DeSales, I participated in basketball, football, and baseball. I truly miss those Friday Night Lights and the springtime baseball games.

Who influenced you most during your time at DeSales?

One who influenced me the most would have to be Coach McAnally. "Coach Mac" saw the potential in me my freshmen year and pushed me to become a starter on the varsity level by the following year. In order to accomplish this task, Coach Mac lined out a plan for me. I followed his plan and soon became the starting varsity catcher the following year. Through Coach Mac's structure and belief, he became very influential to me during my time at DeSales.

What classes and learning experiences did you have at DeSales that are beneficial to the work you do?

One of the learning experiences I had at DeSales that benefited me the most was to always be early for any event. Whether that be to class, practice, or even a game. As a result, this has become second nature to me to this day. As I learned at DeSales, if you are on time, you are late.

What is the most important thing you learned while you were at DeSales?

The most important thing I learned at DeSales was to always Stand Up, Stand Out, and Stand Proud. One of the many DeSales motos that speaks volumes to me. So much, I still believe in this today.

What advice do you have for current (or potential) students at DeSales?

The advice I would give for any current or potential students at DeSales would be to cherish the moments you spend at DeSales. These moments really will be ones that last a lifetime. DeSales is a wonderful place. I learned many lessons inside those walls.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I enjoy exercising, spending time with family and friends, and working on rental properties.

What is something people may not know about you?

I have two Doberman Pinschers.

Do you still stay in touch with any of your DeSales friends?

Yes. Friendships that I have made at DeSales have lasted a lifetime.

What’s next for you/where do you see yourself in five years?

I currently hold a Ph.D. in Administrative Leadership with a certification in Principalship. In the next 5 years, I would like to see myself as a principal of an elementary or middle school.