UW Center for Leadership in Athletics
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Julie McCleery, Ph.D.

Director of Research-Practice Partnerships

Julie’s work is at the intersection of research and practice. She serves as the principal investigator for two of the Center’s main projects – Ambitious Coaching and State of Play: Seattle-King County – both of which have translated into community-based efforts to ensure equitable access to high-quality sports experiences. The Ambitious Coaching research explores the core practices of highly effective coaches and underpins the Center’s ACCEL Coaching Certificate. The State of Play research, a landscape analysis of youth physical activity in King County, serves as a springboard for the King County Play Equity Coalition, a 95 member organization focused on systemic change in youth sports.  Julie also teaches both masters and undergraduate students in courses that include Coaching Philosophy and Pedagogy, Navigating the Youth Sports Ecosystem, and the Sports Coach As Leader. She has over 25 years of experience as an educator, coach, and youth sports advocate. Prior to joining UW, she ran a consulting business, worked in the education policy field, was a high school teacher, and was on the US National Rowing Team as both an athlete and a coach. 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 206-851-7923.