An administrative assistant since 1977, her last day was Wednesday and she will be recognized tonight
The original “Voice of the Eagles” is retiring.
Judy Crabb, an administrative assistant in the Eastern Washington University athletic department for nearly 40 years, has retired effective today (April 30). Her final day in her office at the Physical Education Classroom Building -- her home-away-from-home for almost 38 years -- was on Wednesday.
Her retirement will begin with a reception open to the public tonight starting at 5:30 p.m. in Cheney, and will continue with a cross-country trip across the United States with her long-time friend, Larry Beelaert, and her dog, “Ranger.”
“There certainly are not many people who can boast a more than 37-year career in one job at one place, and that is what Judy has accomplished,” said Bill Chaves, one of nine EWU athletic directors Crabb has served with. “Through the many Presidents, AD's, coaches and staffs throughout the years, Judy has been the constant. We will miss her greatly, but we are happy for her as she begins the next chapters of her life.”
When Crabb started in September of 1977, she was the first voice anybody heard when contacting athletic department personnel via the “switchboard” located in her office. Technology changed communications through the years, but her enthusiastic and caring voice made her the real “front porch” to the athletic department throughout her tenure.
She was inducted into the Eastern Athletic Hall of Fame in fall of 2014, and she received the Eastern Washington University Distinguished Service Award in 2000. Included in her fondest memories are her relationships with past and present staff members. Among them are Dick Zornes, John Johnson and Larry Hattemer (pictured with her above), as well as Kerry Moxcey (pictured at right).
Crabb has witnessed first-hand Eastern’s growth from NAIA affiliation to the school’s current position as a NCAA Division I powerhouse. Among the school's many accomplishments during her tenure have been two national championships (1982 NCAA Division II Cross Country and 2010 NCAA Division I Football), 11 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoff appearances and other NCAA Tournament berths for the men’s basketball, women’s basketball, volleyball and men’s tennis teams.
She has been on staff during Eastern’s entire 32-year existence as a member of NCAA Division I and 28 seasons as a member of the Big Sky Conference.
“For nearly 40 years,” commented EWU sports information director Dave Cook, who has worked with Crabb since 1985, “Judy has been a great listener, confidant, co-worker, proof-reader, organizer, coordinator, communicator and phone receptionist for myself and other people. But, most of all, she’s been the greatest friend anybody associated with Eastern Athletics has ever known. She will be missed dearly.”