Julie McCleery, Ph.D.

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Research Associate, Center for Leadership in Athletics

Julie’s primary role in the Center is as the principal investigator for the Ambitious Coaching Research Project. The Ambitious Coaching research is an exploration into the core practices of highly effective coaches – what we call Ambitious Coaches. Julie also teaches Coaching Philosophy and Pedagogy in the IAL’s coaching degree program. She has over 25 years of experience as an educator, coach, and youth sports advocate. Prior to joining UW, she ran a consulting business assisting educational and non-profit clients with strategic planning, grant writing, and project management. She was on the US National Rowing Team as both an athlete and a coach. She currently coaches youth baseball and is a vocal advocate for improving youth access to sport, recreation, and great coaching. She received a B.A. from Georgetown University, an M.Ed. from Harvard, and a Ph.D. from the University of Washington. She enjoys hiking with her two dogs and cheering respectfully from the sidelines when she watches her three boys play soccer, lacrosse, basketball and baseball. Contact Julie: juliem4@uw.edu or 206-543-7922

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"The IAL Program is uniquely designed to give you both the classroom foundations as well as the hands-on internship experience in order to best prepare you for a successful career in intercollegiate athletics."

- Cait Haggarty, 2012 IAL alum