|Title:||Assistant Cross Country Coach|
Assistant Coach Pia Crosby came to Franciscan in 1990, when her husband John Crosby accepted the invitation to join the philosophy department. For the next 12 years she devoted herself to homeschooling her family of 6 children. For almost 20 years she has been the advisor of Little Flowers Household.
Running has always been part of Coach Crosby’s life, but serious distance running began in earnest only when her daughter Jane started her first cross country season as a freshman in high school. From then on the daily 5K became the norm. Soon longer runs began to evolve, and in June 2008 Coach Crosby ran her first 5K race and was shocked when she won the race with a 20:44.
But the elation was short lived. A month later, Coach Crosby was hit by a van on her daily run in her neighborhood. Life lighted to Allegheny Hospital she was in the ICU with multiple fractures and internal injuries for many days.
But God had other plans. After a year of rehab, Coach Crosby was able to return to running, with only minor limitations. In March and August 2011, Coach Crosby was able to return to racing 2 more 5Ks, winning the most recent one.
When head coach Dan Kuebler approached her in 2011 and asked her if she would be willing to assist with the cross country team, she felt that this was the next step in God’s plan.
Coach Crosby, her husband John and their youngest son Michael reside in Steubenville. Three of their six children are alumni of Franciscan, and one is presently a junior in Gaming, Austria.