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