Cambridge, Mass. (October 23) -- The MIT Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) announced today the renaming of the MIT Football Assistant Coach Fund as the Walter R. Crosby (1981) Football Assistant Coach Endowed Fund. This fund is in honor of Walt Crosby '81, who was one of the founders of the MIT Football Club Team in 1978.
"Walt Crosby was a founding member and lifelong supporter of the MIT Football Program," said MIT football head coach Brian Bubna. "Walt's leadership helped in the creation of MIT Football and has aided in the development of the program to where it is today. The renaming of the assistant coach endowment will ensure that future generations of ??MIT Football will continue to be supported by Walt, while honoring his legacy."
Crosby's vision and enthusiasm for the MIT football program spanned from his time as a student in the 1970's and 80's, all the way through the most recent seasons that saw the Engineers capture back-to-back NEWMAC Championships and NCAA Tournament berths. Crosby was a fixture at many home and road games over his 40+ years of involvement with MIT Football and is a great contributor to the success that the team has had.
"When people talk about a true number one fan of MIT football, there's nobody else compared to Walt," said Ken Corless `86. "I think the strong connection to the program and how important it was to our MIT experiences was probably the core bond between Walt and what the program has become."
He began his association with MIT football in 1978, when he was the center for the team, as well as the team's treasurer. Crosby helped organize a variety of activities to raise money for the team, including selling concessions at the dedication of Steinbrenner Stadium, which is the home of MIT Football.
A transfer student from Rochester Institute of Technology, Crosby learned that RIT had dropped their program and struck a deal to purchase all of the RIT equipment for $2,000 to help jump start the MIT team. After collecting the money from the fraternity members, they rented a truck and drove to Rochester to pick up the equipment and that is how the Engineers came to wear white and orange jerseys during that first club season.
"Walt used to tell me how important the assistant coach was and he wanted him to be recognized for his value to the team," said Crosby's widow, Beth Weinberg.
The fund currently supports the position that is held by Andy Byron, who is in his third year as an assistant coach. Byron works with the defensive line and also serves as an assistant coach of sport performance.