1992 James Crowley  Portage - Arcadia.gifJim Crowley is a 1948 graduate of Portage High School. Upon finishing high school he continued his education at LaCrosse State College, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in 1955. He also earned his Masters Degree in 1959 from the University of Wisconsin.

He began his first and only teaching job at Arcadia High School in 1955, where he remained until his retirement in 1991. In his tenure at Arcadia, Jim taught Physical Education and Science and was at one time or another, the head coach in basketball, track and wrestling. Jim was also very active in officiating, working football, basketball, track, softball and wrestling. He worked the state-wrestling tournament in 1983 and 1984.

In 1972 he began his tenure as Athletic Director and Assistant Principal at Arcadia High School, continuing in that capacity until retirement. Jim began his work at the Coulee Conference Commissioner in 1986 and, as he says, "he's still going."

It was in the sport of wrestling that Jim put together an outstanding record. He started the program in 1964, continuing as head coach until 1972. He compiled a stellar dual meet record of 101-12, with 8 of his losses coming in the first season.

Crowley's teams won 7 Coulee Conference Championships along with 6 Regional Championships. Jim coached 1 state champion, Jim Haines, who went on to wrestling excellence as an NCAA Champion at Wisconsin and later as an Olympian. Jim also served the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association as District Three Representative for a number of year.

Jim's hobbies include fishing, woodworking and now, following sports as a spectator, although it should be noted, that he continues to be active in the sport of wrestling as a scorer for tournaments in the Arcadia area.