The Mike Cleary Sports Leadership Program at John Carroll
As a John Carroll sports leadership student, you’ll choose one of two tracks. The sports and athletic administration track is geared towards students who hope to pursue management positions in collegiate athletics, sports franchises, elementary and collegiate athletics, and professional sports franchises. The coaching and personnel development track prepares students for careers in coaching and the wellness industry. Both tracks prepare students for careers in sports communications, marketing, coaching, fan engagement, sponsorship, youth recreation and sport, and collegiate and high school athletic administration. Recent graduates have gone on to coach football and basketball at the college level, and been hired by the Cleveland Guardians, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Pittsburgh Pirates, Sponsor United, JCU Athletics, and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.
The John Carroll campus and surrounding NE Ohio area provides the ideal viewpoint to study sports as a macro-business product. Besides Cleveland being home to 8 independent sports franchises in the Cleveland area, the John Carroll (Exercise Science and) Sports Studies department has connections with local high school athletic directors, the Cleveland Guardians, and ESPN Cleveland. JCU alum include NFL leaders like David Caldwell, Nick Caserio, Josh McDaniels, Tom Telesco, and David Ziegler.