Longtime Brooklyn/Staten Island, New York Athletic League Director Craig Raucher
In addition to a well-established career in the transportation business, Craig Raucher has led the Brooklyn/Staten Island Athletic League as director for the past 32 years. Attending the City University of New York, Brooklyn College as a business administration student, he helped his volleyball and basketball teams achieve league championship status twice. Craig Raucher envisioned his current league as offering a “safe haven” where accomplished amateur athletes could set aside confrontational schoolyard attitudes and concentrate on the strategic team play elements of the game. Initially based in Brooklyn, the league ultimately migrated to Staten Island, as many of its members moved to the borough and to nearby New Jersey. The league currently meets twice each week at an indoor gym provided by Robert Fulton School.
Mr. Raucher’s corporate experience includes past executive positions with Total Freight Solutions and Corporate Express Delivery Systems. Recruited as vice president of the latter company’s northern region, he drove profitability gains in a territory spanning 10 major facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Craig Raucher also expanded gross profit margins from four to 19 percent through effectively integrating diverse sales and marketing activities.
Brooklyn/Staten Island PS8 Men's Pickup League Introduces New Players
Craig Raucher is an experienced sales and marketing professional who has spent time in the freight solutions and shipping industries. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Craig Raucher serves as commissioner of a New York City men’s pickup basketball league.
The PS8 men’s pickup basketball league has served the Brooklyn and Staten Island areas for more than three decades. The league, which until recently reached out exclusively to middle-aged athletes, has focused on maintaining an atmosphere of quality competition for its members. In recent years, however, the league has begun to bridge the generational gap by introducing a group of younger, more athletic players to complement the founders. The average age of the league had been about 50 years old until the new group, averaging 24 years old, began to join in on the bi-weekly Wednesday night and Saturday morning games. Despite the influx of new athletes, about 16 of the founding members are still present, hailing from professions as diverse as investment bankers and veterinarians.