Crehan gets started at PHCC

April 4, 2014

Enda Crehan has hit the ground running at Patrick Henry Community College.enda

Last week, he was named to the new position of advancement recruiter and men’s soccer coach at the college.

Thursday, the team held its first practice under his leadership. Next, the Patriots will play in two small scrimmage tournaments, the first with Hampden-Sydney College and Randolph College — a top-20 division III school — on April 12. The following day, PHCC will face Bluefield College, Averett University and Ferrum College to close out the week-long training camp.

“I not only enjoy soccer but I enjoy every sport, too, and it’s nice to be around that every day,” Crehan said. “I enjoy being a part of a team and moving the school forward with regular students and student-athletes. I think it’s going to be a great environment to work in overall and I’m very excited for this challenge and happy to stay local.”

But soccer is only part of his new job

As advancement recruiter, Crehan is charged with working to increase the school’s enrollment, making a national and international effort, and its ranks of athletes. PHCC has three international students and is looking to increase that number by 20 to 25 a year over the next several years, said Christopher Parker, PHCC’s vice president for institutional advancement.

Crehan expects it to take time to start building the enrollment, and that it will be done in steps and stages. As an international student himself — he’s from Ireland — when he attended college in the United States on Long Island and played soccer, he said he can relate to those coming from abroad.

Crehan will report to Parker and will be in charge of developing recruitment strategies to advance the college as a whole. The position also requires Crehan to supervise one part-time employee who will be an outreach specialist.

Parker said the job requires leadership, exceptional communication skills and the ability to respond quickly to any change and demand.

“We were looking for somebody who could champion the college every second of every day,” Parker said. “Sell the college every second of every day, and enhance the diverse population from regional/local, to national and international. Those were the three main objectives. Enda’s international background made him the perfect fit to lead such an effort on PHCC’s campus.”

Crehan has experience working in a college environment, having worked at Averett University with its soccer program before joining Carlisle three years ago. As the director of the Piedmont Youth Soccer League for the last several years, Crehan also has experience in developing and pushing talent forward. Parker said that aspect was not only a great fit for the school, but for the soccer program.

“I do have a lot of connections and do want to move kids on. First, get them in and then to move them forward, it’s like free marketing,” Crehan said. “Most of the positions I’ve worked in before require you to deal with kids, deal with parents, and all sorts of people. Being from Ireland, too, I think helps a lot. We’re just a friendly nation, I guess.”

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