Growing up in Peterborough, Bill played many sports. He won Ontario Midget and Junior Softball Championships in 1964 and 1966; quarterbacked the St. Peter’s High School football team; coached two baseball teams to Provincial finals in 1968-69; played on the senior baseball team in 1972-73 and was the Peterborough Men’s City Softball League Red Sullivan MVP in 1973.
Bill began officiating basketball in Peterborough in 1967. A move west in 1974 started a life long commitment to the sport. He officiated at the highest level of basketball competition in Canada. He achieved his FIBA (International Basketball Federation) certification in 1984 and officiated in international competitions world wide, including pre-Olympic tournaments and 3 World Championships. In 2006 he was appointed Canadian FIBA Commissioner and has officiated NAIA & NCAA for 14 years. A highly respected official, he has been honoured with many awards; 1986 B.C. Official of the Year; the Canadian Association of Basketball Officials Award in 2004; the “CABO Award” in 2009 and in 2010 he became the fourth official to be inducted into the BC Basketball Hall of Fame. Bill served on the Executive of CABO for 12 years including 4 as President. He is currently the Supervisor of Officials for Canada West Universities Athletics Association (CIS) and is on the CABO National Evaluation Panel.
Bill Crowley becomes the third “Bill Crowley” to be inducted into the Peterborough & District Sports Hall of Fame after his father and grandfather.