Michael Crowley is a member of the San Jose Earthquakes Board of Directors. He previously spent seven seasons with the Earthquakes as the managing director and prior to that served as the team’s president from the re-launch in 2007 to October of 2010.
The club expanded significantly on the business side under Crowley, including the construction of a new home - Avaya Stadium - the first soccer-specific stadium in the Bay Area. The club has hosted games at Stanford Stadium seven years in a row, each drawing massive crowds - including sellouts each of the last four years. The Earthquakes also played in the inaugural event at the San Francisco 49ers’ new venue, Levi’s Stadium, on Sept. 2, 2014. That event drew a crowd of 48,765.
During the 2010 season, Crowley was instrumental in helping to bring Tottenham Hotspur to San Jose for a friendly on July 17, 2010, a match that drew a sellout crowd as well as a national television audience on ESPN.
Under Crowley’s leadership in 2009, the Earthquakes signed a multi-million dollar sponsorship deal with Amway. He also played a key role in bringing the Night of Champions doubleheader to San Francisco, a doubleheader featuring the Earthquakes and Columbus Crew followed by FC Barcelona and Chivas de Guadalajara at Candlestick Park. The event drew the largest Bay Area soccer crowd since the 1999 Women’s World Cup with 61,572 fans attending.
Michael Crowley also served as president of the Oakland Athletics. The 2016 season marked Crowley’s 19th year with the Athletics organization and his 18th as president after being named to the position on Sept. 28, 1998. His tenure as president was the longest in Oakland history. Crowley was responsible for the overall day-to-day functioning of the Athletics organization both on the business and baseball sides of the operation.
After spending three years in the San Jose office of Price Waterhouse and nine years with I.C.I./Fuller O’Brien Paints, Crowley joined the Athletics organization in July 1997 as vice president and chief financial officer. Considered a key figure in the A’s resurgence as one of baseball’s premier franchises, Crowley was committed to fielding a championship-caliber team with homegrown talent. He worked closely with General Manager Billy Beane on key player decisions and issues relating to the baseball operations overall objectives and philosophies.
In 1999, Crowley and his wife, Kathy, were the driving force behind Breast Cancer Awareness Day, which has raised $1.4 million for the American Cancer Society over the last 15 years. Crowley has also served on the Bay Area’s Board of Trustees of KIPP schools, which aims to create a respected, influential and nationwide family of schools that are successful in helping educationally underserved students develop the knowledge, skills and character to succeed in college and the competitive world beyond. He also served on the board of top business executives and community leaders which attempted to land the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in the Bay Area. , Crowley has been named to the advisory board for the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics, as well as the President’s Intercollegiate Athletics Commission at Santa Clara University.
A native Californian, Crowley graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1985 with a degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting. He earned his MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business in 1992. In November of 2002, Crowley was named one of Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal’s “40 Under 40,” honoring the nation’s top sport executives under the age of 40.
He resides in Los Gatos, Calif. with his wife, Kathy. The Crowleys have three children.