Blue Gold Club
Alumni and parent support for the Blue Gold Fund has increased 29% since last year at this time. Current donations for the Blue Streaks total $59,173 from 373 donors, as compared to $42,834 from 266 donors in 2011-12. This success can be attributed to the collaborative efforts between University Advancement and Athletics and the leadership of Gretchen Weitbrecht, Associate Athletic Director, who initiated new marketing and mailing strategies in summer 2012.
The Blue Gold Club will host the 2nd annual “Pot O’ Blue & Gold Party” on March 15 in the Tony De Carlo Varsity Center. Former Blue Streaks athletes, parents of current athletes, and members of the John Carroll community have been targeted for participation. The event will include food and drinks, raffles, Irish music and dancing, and fundraising to support the athletic program.
Additionally, the Club will be conducting the annual Hall of Fame nomination process during the month of March. There is an online submission form at jcusports.com through March 1. The Class of 2013 will be inducted on Homecoming and Family Weekend, September 27-29.
The Athletics staff continues to support community and local high school teams throughout the busy winter season. Spanning from November to March, more than ten outside groups utilized JCU athletic facilities. In addition, the baseball team hosted a holiday baseball camp and Sunday morning clinics in January and February. Women’s Soccer hosted “Kids Night Out” on February 9 in conjunction with the JCU Alumni Couples Dance. The JCU Cheer Squad hosted its fourth annual clinic on January 19, which culminated in a youth performance during halftime at the Men’s Basketball game. The Dance Team performed at Quicken Loans Arena during a Cavaliers game.
Guest groups at JCU sporting events included the Magis Advisory group, fall Student Athlete Honorees, R.E.A.L. (Relevant, Experiential, Active Learning) Early College Program students, CYO teams and families, athletic recruits, Boy Scouts, Milestones Autism, Special Olympics athletes, and several alumni gatherings.
Athletic Alumni Outreach
Alumni gatherings were held for several winter sports, including Wrestling, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, and Swimming and Diving. Each event included hospitality and a home sporting event.
Tom Arth has been hired as the new Head Football Coach and has completed the process of evaluating, restructuring, and hiring his full time staff. The 2013-2014 football staff includes: Tom Zagorski, Offensive Coordinator; Jerry Schuplinski, Defensive Coordinator; Brian Cochran, Recruiting Coordinator; and Michael Cook, Special Forces Coordinator.
The hiring process for the first Men’s Lacrosse Coach was completed. JCU welcomes Brian Small, who most recently coached at Quinnipiac College. Brian has hit the ground running by traveling to visit recruits and hosting prospects on campus.
Celebrate DIII at JCU
During the week of April 8, JCU Athletics will partner with the NCAA to feature our Blue Streaks athletes in noteworthy ways, including highlights on the JCU website. Athletics will also promote special events to feature our DIII status and athletic tradition. Later in the month, JCU will host the Student Athlete Academic Celebration.
Collaboration continues to develop in the area of special event days, including the Junior Open House and Celebration for the Class of 2017, where Athletics will take part in a featured panel discussion. A new program called “The Legacy of a Man of Carroll” will be held on campus March 19 and will serve as both a recruitment event and an alumni forum.
In collaboration with the Tim Russert School of Communications, Athletics has selected Larry Napoli ‘13 to work with Jane Evans, Assistant Athletic Director – External Operations on marketing and communications this semester. Larry is working on a variety of projects including the upcoming 40th anniversary of JCU Baseball.
The newest published author in the JCU community comes from the JCU Grounds Crew. Jeff Haag’s publication, “Improving Photosynthetic Efficiency in Sports Turf” is available online and features images of John Carroll athletic facilities. Through Jeff’s efforts, John Carroll received an award for maintenance work on the baseball and softball fields.