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Charles Auto Family’s Getting to Know: Crestwood AD Troy Spiker


By Tom Nader

Publisher and Editor


The “Getting to Know” series was created to learn more about the coaches and administrators that are guiding today’s Portage County student-athletes to be tomorrow’s leaders.

Today, we get to know Crestwood High School athletic director Troy Spiker, who is in his third year at the school.


Q: Hometown?

A: Rootstown, Ohio.


Q: High school?

A: Rootstown High School. Class of 2008. Played football, wrestled and ran track and field.


Q: College:

A: Undergraduate for nursing at Capital University (Class of 2012). Masters in athletic administration at William Woods (Class of 2021).


Q: Current occupation?

A: Athletic Director for Crestwood Local School District.


Q: What inspired you to go into education?

A: Having former athletes that I have coached come back and express their gratitude for the mentoring and growing relationship as they have entered adulthood/professional lives.


Q: What makes working at Crestwood special to you?

A: The leadership and people of the district, seeing and feeling the potential for this district, community and athletic department and facilities.


Q: Who is your biggest influence as a coach?

A: Mark Geis. When I was a senior in high school, I had little aspirations of playing football in college. Mark was my positional coach and without his efforts in getting me set up for a recruiting trip to Capital University, I probably would not have played in college. He also offered me my first coaching job of my career.


Q: Funny story nobody would believe from your playing days?

A: People that have played with me, coached me or with me, all know that I absolutly struggle catching a football. But, in college, I had four interceptions.


Q: Favorite TV show?

A: The Ozarks.


Q: Favorite movie?

A: Just pick any movie based off of a true story, with a meaningful narrative and based on athletics.


Q: Favorite music?

A: Modern country.


Q: Favorite food?

A: Barbecue ribs.


Q: Best vacation?

A: Punta cana.


Q: Shoutout to former teammates?

A: Corey, JT, Dom, Josh, Matt, Danny.


Q: Favorite motto?

A: Don’t waste the moment.


Q: Describe your educational philosophy?

A: Teaching and helping individuals understand the “why” and “reaction” of their instruction and tasks.


Q: Favorite restaurant?

A: Jersey’s or Town Tavern.


Q: Favorite teacher from high school?

A: My English teacher Kelly Morris.


Q: Advice you would give the younger version of yourself?

A: Recognize that the world is much larger than you realize, and you need to work and focus harder.


Q: Favorite coach from your playing days?

A: Mark Geis.


Q: Coaching resume?

A: Rootstown High School linebackers coach (2012-15); Crestwood High School safeties coach (2016); Southeast High School assistant wrestling coach (2016-17 and 2018-19); Streetsboro High School offensive line and defensive ends (2017); Rootstown High School defensive coordinator (2018-19); Rootstown High School football head coach (2020).


Q: Favorite sports team?

A: Cleveland Browns.


Q: Favorite athlete?

A: Nick Chubb.


Q: First job as a teenager?

A: Working for my dad’s abatement company during the summers of high school through college.


Q: Family member that always gave you the best advice?

A: My dad Gary.


Q: Can you play any instruments?

A: No, but I attempted the trumpet in middle school.


Q: Favorite candy?

A: Fruit flavored Tootsie Rolls.


Q: First car?

A: Ford Ranger.


Q: Best friends?

A: Phillip, Anthony, Kyle.

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