Dr. Craig Poisson was named the Springfield College Director of Athletics, on April 15, 2015. Poisson took on the role with more than two decades of athletics administration experience, spending the previous 19 years as a member of the Springfield College Athletics staff and professor of physical education. Poisson was previously the senior associate director of athletics at Springfield College since 2007
Poisson has had the unique opportunity of working in a variety of capacities for the last three directors of athletics at Springfield College in Dr. Edward Steitz, Dr. Edward Bilik, and Dr. Cathie Schweitzer.
Poisson's administrative duties have focused on scheduling and event management for the college’s 26 varsity sport programs. During his tenure, Springfield College has emerged as one of the premiere hosts for Division III postseason events. He has served as Event Manager or Tournament Director for numerous National Championships including the NCAA Division III Field Hockey National Championships, NCAA New England Regional Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships, NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball National Championships, United States of America Gymnastics (USAG) National Championships, National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) National Championships, and the inaugural NCAA Division III Men’s Volleyball National Championship.
Poisson also spent 19 years in the classroom as a professor of physical education, teaching at the graduate level in Athletic Administration. He serves on numerous campus committees, including the Branding Initiative Group and the Enrollment Task Force and spent two terms on the Faculty Senate. He has presented at the NCAA Convention, the Eastern District Association of the American Alliance for Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention (AAPHERD), as well as the North American Society of the Sociology of Sport Convention.
Poisson served as commissioner of the Pilgrim Lacrosse League, a conference comprised of seven New England-based Division III programs, from 2002 through 2013. He has worked as a Consultant for the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) and for Framingham State University, served as the first Chair of the NEWMAC Associate and Assistant Group, and is a member of both the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Officiating/Negotiating and Championships committees. Additionally, he was the first Chair of the NEWMAC Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct Committee and has served on several NCAA and ECAC regional selection committees including baseball, field hockey, men’s basketball, and women’s lacrosse. In 2005, Poisson was recognized as the Male Administrator of the Year by the ECAC.
Prior to Springfield College, Poisson served as an athletic administrator and adjunct faculty member at Purchase College, SUNY.
Poisson earned both a master’s and a doctoral degree from Springfield College and was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary and secondary Physical Education from Southern Connecticut State University. He and his wife Karen reside in Wilbraham with their two children, Tyler and Madison.
Poisson comes by his athletics career organically. His father, Francis, served on the athletic staff at the University of Bridgeport (CT) for 35 years before retiring as Director of Athletics in 1990, while his mother, Chickie, is an inductee in five athletic halls of fame, including a member of the inaugural class of the U.S. Field Hockey Hall of Fame.