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Kruczek Named To MASCAC Hall Of Fame

FITCHBURG, Mass. – Former Fitchburg State Athletic Director Betty Kruczek was recently inducted into the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Hall of Fame as part of the 2020 Hall of Fame Class as announced by the conference office on Wednesday afternoon.
Wed May 27, 2020

FITCHBURG, Mass. – Former Fitchburg State Athletic Director Betty Kruczek was recently inducted into the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Hall of Fame as part of the 2020 Hall of Fame Class as announced by the conference office on Wednesday afternoon.

Betty Kruczek was Fitchburg State's first ever full-time athletic director in 1978. During her time at the university, she moved Fitchburg State into a higher level of intercollegiate athletics. She added numerous full-time positions including athletic trainer, sports information director and equipment manager.

Kruczek also improved the facilities tremendously and was in charge of the the intermural program. She was on the executive committee of the MASCAC, a member of the ECAC Hockey Executive Board and the DIII Selection Committee. She also was a huge contributor to the NCAA, she served six years on the NCAA Council (four of those years on the NCAA DIII Management Council and was the first women to hold that post). 

Lastly, she served as secretary of the NACDA and was the only officer from a DIII school. She was one of five collegiate administrators to serve as an official national administrator for the Goodwill Games in Moscow. Every year, Fitchburg State gives out an annual award in her name to a student-athlete who "demonstrates courage and spirit in overcoming adversity."

Joining Kruczek as part of the 2020 MASCAC Hall of Fame Class are:

Ed Greuter –Bridgewater State University
Tony Crescitelli- MCLA
Cindy Sturm Menarrd – Westfield State University
Elke Aun – Worcester State University
The 1994 Bridgewater State University Softball Team
Peter Mazaferro – Bridgewater State University
John Harper – Bridgewater State University

The MASCAC created the Hall of Fame to provide the recognition of those individuals who have made a significant contribution to the conference and to help preserve the storied history of the MASCAC and its member institutions.

There are five categories for nomination: student-athlete from a men's team, student-athlete from a women's team, overall team, coach and administrator. The 2020 MASCAC Hall of Fame Class is as follows:

For more information regarding the MASCAC Hall of Fame, please contact assistant sports information director Jamie Rogers at 978-665-3726 or via email at jrogers@fitchburgstate.edu.

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Click here to view compete 2020 MASCAC Hall of Fame Release