Athletics Department Adds Angela Crosby and Ardin Tucker as Assistant Directors and Coaches
Crosby To Coach Girls Basketball, Tucker to Assist Track Team
April 2018 - Mount Pisgah Christian School is pleased to announce the addition of Angela Crosby and Ardin Tucker to its Athletics staff. Crosby and Tucker, both experienced coaches, athletes, and administrators, will join the Patriots this summer.
Crosby and Tucker will serve as Assistant Directors of Athletics, working alongside new Director of Athletics Ryan Livezey. In addition to these important roles, Crosby will serve as Mount Pisgah’s new head women's basketball coach, while Tucker will work as a coaching mentor throughout the department as well as assist with the school’s track and field teams.
"We are extremely fortunate to be adding both Angela and Ardin to the Mount Pisgah family," said Livezey. "They both have tremendous experience in athletics and leadership, but more importantly, they are great people. Their passion for developing young people and building relationships makes them a perfect fit for our school. To be able to add just one of these women would have been phenomenal, but to be able to add both, is exceptional."
ATHLETICS MEET AND GREET: On Monday, May 7, the school will host an athletics Meet and Greet at 6:30 p.m. in the LEC (Upper School, Geier Hall). During this event, we will introduce several of the department’s newest staff members, including Angela and Ardin. As a way to give you a chance to get to know more about them prior to that event, please read below.
Getting to know... Angela Crosby
Assistant Director of Athletics, Head Girls Basketball Coach
College: Appalachian State University
Degree: B.S. Habilitive Science, 1995
Whitefield Academy, Mableton. GA-2015-2018
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 2012-2015
UNC-Charlotte, Charlotte, NC 2011-2012
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 2008-2011
University of Memphis, TN 2004-2007
UT-Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN 2000-2004
Appalachian State University Boone, NC 1996-2000
Whitefield Academy-Assistant Dean of Students, 2007-2008; Whitefield Academy-Dean of Students 2015-2018
Family: My family is from Anderson S.C. and I am the 2nd of 3 girls. Most of my family is still in that area which is very close to Atlanta. I have three nephews and a niece whom I enjoy spending time with as well as my other “children” I have picked up along the way.
What do you like most about coaching and education: What I like most about education and coaching is that I get to impact young lives daily. Relationships are important and I deem it an honor and privilege to serve God and Mount Pisgah while sharing my passion for young people and athletics.
Why you are excited to join the Mount Pisgah team: Mount Pisgah is committed and dedicated to building character and developing each student-athlete. I am excited about mentoring and aiding student-athletes while they are competing at Mount Pisgah as well as assisting them and their families with finding a place to compete on the collegiate level.
Getting to know...Ardin Tucker
Assistant Director of Athetics, Track & Field Coach
College: attended Fresno State University, member of the Track and Field team all 4 years. Completed Master’s degree at California University of Pennsylvania.
Athletic Background: Member of Fresno State Track and Field team - competed in 400m, 400m hurdles, pole vault and heptathlon. 1996 WAC Indoor 400m Champion and 1998 Heptathlon Champion in the Cal/Nevada State Championship. Qualified for 1998 NCAA Division I Outdoor Championship in the inaugural year of the Women’s Pole Vault.
Professional Athletic Career: Member of Team Canada for four years. 2000 Canadian Olympic Trials Champion, member of Team Canada at 2001 Francophonie Games and 2002 Commonwealth Games. Former Indoor Canadian National Record Holder in Pole Vault.
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies and Master's of Science in Exercise Science
Coaching Experience: Coached track and field at National, Club and High School level for past 20 years. Most recently coached at Milton High School and was Head Varsity/JV Women’s coach for two years. Moved to King's Ridge Christian School four years ago and was Head Varsity Softball coach, Head Boys and Girls Varsity Track Coach and Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach.
Administrative Experience: Associate Athletic Director at King's Ridge Christian School for past four years.
Where have you been most recently and what do you consider your greatest accomplishment during this time: Currently, I am the Associate Athletic Director at King’s Ridge Christian School. When I was first hired, one of my responsibilities was to grow the softball and track and field teams. Our softball team started with five players in 2013, and after a lot of hard work and dedication from the girls, the softball team qualified for the State tournament this past Fall. It was so amazing to watch the girls grow as student-athletes and accomplish the goals that they set for themselves. Our track team started with 10 athletes between Middle School and High School. There are now more than 60 athletes participating in Track and Field. Last year, we had our first Individual State Champion at King’s Ridge in the 110m Hurdles.
Family and Children: I am married to Ben Tucker and am a proud mom of four kids. Nathan (23), Benjy (14), Max (13), and Avery (10). Our family has a very rich background in Athletics. My husband, Ben, played college baseball at University of Southern California and professional baseball for the San Francisco Giants. My dad, Jim Harrison, played in the National Hockey League for 12 years, my father-in-law played football and lacrosse for the Naval Academy, my brother played rugby for Team USA and Team Canada, and my brother-in-law played baseball for Pepperdine University and the Philadelphia Phillies organization.
My son Nathan ran track and cross-country at Furman University and South Alabama. He is currently training in Arizona and is a member of Team Canada’s Track and Field team. Benjy plays baseball for Colt 45’s and basketball for the GA Stars. Max played six Middle School sports (cross-country, basketball, lacrosse, track, tennis and golf) this past year and was the Metro 10 Cross-Country Champion and 1600m Metro 10 Champion. Avery plays on the GA Fire 10U Fastpitch team and Lacrosse on the Eagle Stix Summer Elite team.
What do you like most about coaching and education: I love how the skills learned through sports can impact a student’s education. My favorite moments are not always associated with trophies, but rather when a student accomplishes something they did not believe that they could.
Why you are excited to join the Mount Pisgah team: I am very excited to be working directly with coaches in order to implement Christian values and athletic excellence within their programs. Encouraging students to try new sports and growing the current athletics’ programs are areas that I am excited to be part of at Mount Pisgah.