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Crusader Athletics Fund

The Crusader Athletics Fund (CAF) raises unrestricted annual support for the College’s 27 varsity athletics programs. CAF provides resources to each program through sport-specific designations that support expenses associated with recruiting, equipment, travel, technology and assistant coach salaries. It also makes unrestricted funds available to the entire Athletics department through the Fund for Athletics Excellence, which allows Director of Athletics Nathan Pine to use the money were it is needed the most.

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Recent Success

Established in 2007, CAF makes it possible for former athletes, parents and Holy Cross fans to support Holy Cross varsity programs. Since its inception, it has raised $12.7 million for these programs. In fiscal year 2017, $2.1 million was raised from 4,441 donors — a record for both donor dollars and participation! The record-breaking year represented a 21 percent increase in dollars and a 2 percent increase in donors over the previous year. In this fiscal year, the goal is to raise $2.2 million from 4,500 donors.


2017 Results 2018 Goals
Total Dollars: $2,085,251 Dollar Goal: $2,200,000
Donors: 4,441 Donors: 4,500

Crusader Athletics Fund Volunteers

From strengthening the bond alumni have with each other and the College to fundraising for new resources and opportunities for student-athletes, volunteers play an essential role in the ongoing success of Holy Cross Athletics. 

Executive Committee

The CAF Executive Committee was formed in 2015 to help promote ways to support Holy Cross Athletics. Led by national co-chairs Gordie Lockbaum '88 and Coleen Lynch '95, the executive committee attends events and works closely with the director of the Crusader Athletics Fund to ensure the annual goals are met or exceeded. Each committee member serves a three-year term and is appointed by the director of the Crusader Athletics Fund. National co-chairs elect Lorn Davis '90 and Nancy Taylor '81 will begin their three-year term in July 2018.

CAF Executive Committee, 2017-18

  • Gordon (Gordie) Lockbaum '88 (National Co-Chair), Football
  • Coleen Lynch '95 (National Co-Chair, Swimming and Diving
  • Lorn Davis ’90 (National Co-Chair Elect), Basketball
  • Nancy Taylor ’81 (National Co-Chair Elect)
  • Lawrence (Larry) Burns '74, Football, Lacrosse
  • Dean Casagrande '83, Baseball, Hockey, Soccer
  • Marie DiPalma '02, Rowing
  • Erin Flynn '86, Field Hockey, Lacrosse
  • Jen Glowik '05
  • Derek Kump '14, Hockey
  • James (Jim) McCloud '06, Baseball
  • K. Courtney Moore '92, Track and Field
  • Tim O’Keefe ’89 P21
  • Kat Rosenthal ’13, Softball
  • Greg Swanson '93, Lacrosse


Former Athlete Reunion Representatives

Former Athlete Reunion Representatives serve as lead volunteers on their reunion gift committees. Their role consists of encouraging and promoting participation from former athletes as part of their reunion gift effort.

Sports-Specific Volunteers

Sport-specific volunteers work with coaches and CAF staff to encourage event attendance and financial support of Holy Cross Athletics. These volunteers work closely with each other, CAF, and coaching staff to reach desired goals.

Crusader Nation

Crusader Nation is the official magazine for fans and supporters of Holy Cross Athletics. Published three times a year, the magazines features articles about our current sports teams and student-athletes, and details the many ways alumni, family and friends give back to support our sports. View the latest issue of Crusader Nation »


For more information on CAF, please contact Cara Hanrahan Abraham, director of the Crusader Athletics Fund, at (508) 793-2632 or