The Department of Athletics at John Carroll University is committed to a broad based program of competitive excellence for all student-athletes. Administrators, coaches and staff are dedicated to supporting each student athlete’s journey toward academic and athletic success. Recognizing this commitment, the department embraces an obligation to attract diversified students of high moral character, academic distinction and acknowledged athletic proficiency. Influenced by Jesuit values, student-athlete development is accomplished through quality coaching, adequate resources, and an environment that fosters personal growth.
The JCU Athletic Department enjoyed one of the best all-around seasons in school history during the 2014-2015 academic year. Highlights included capturing a coveted athletic honor–the OAC Men’s All-Sports Trophy–which returned to JCU’s campus for the first time since 2003-2004.
- John Carroll can boast over 800 first team All-OAC selection and OAC champions, more than 90 Division III All-Americans, six national champions, three national Players of the Year and two Academic All-Americans of the Year.
- More than 40 varsity athletes have been named Academic All-Americans either by their respective sport or by national organizations such as ESPN The Magazine.
- Each year, more than 100 varsity athletes from all academic disciplines and majors are celebrated for maintaining a GPA of 3.25 or higher.
- Teams at John Carroll have captured more than 75 league titles and have placed among the top 10 Division III schools in the nation on several occasions.
- In the last decade, football, men’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, wrestling, women’s swimming & diving, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track & field, baseball, softball, men’s golf and men’s tennis have been represented at their respective NCAA postseason championship events.
- In 2009-10, the JCU men’s basketball team battled its way to the Sweet 16 for the seventh time in program history. There are more than 400 Division III schools that sponsor men’s basketball.
- In 2012 and 2013, the JCU softball team qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship tournament. Only 62 of the 402 teams that sponsor Division III softball make the field.
Honoring Our History
- In 2013, John Carroll celebrated 40 years of baseball, honoring program founder Jerry Schweickert ’60, ’65G and members of the first team fielded in 1973.
- In 2014, the university honored 50 years of men’s soccer and 25 years of women’s soccer as intercollegiate varsity sports.
- Since 1964, over 200 individuals and a half dozen teams have been inducted into the John Carroll University Athletic Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame honors men and women who have experienced exceptional athletic achievement, coaching excellence, or have made a significant impact on the John Carroll University athletic program.
Showcasing Our Events and Alumni
- Legendary Miami Dolphins coach, Don Shula, is a proud 1951 JCU graduate and has the most wins of any coach in the history of the National Football League. Since then, more Blue Streaks have been in leadership positions in the National Football League both on and off the field, including Josh McDaniels ’99, Nick Caserio ’98, London Fletcher ’97, and Greg Roman ’95 (just to name a few). Their road to success in the NFL began by earning a degree at Carroll, and the sports media world is taking notice.
- Over the last 20 years, John Carroll sports teams have played in some amazing venues, including Gund Arena/Quicken Loans Arena and Jacobs Field/Progressive Field in downtown Cleveland, the National Softball Training center in Orlando, the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati, Toyota Park in Chicago, and Donnybrook Stadium in Dublin, Ireland.
- John Carroll has been a leader in the implementation of video webcasting as a means of showcasing our athletic teams and outreach to both alumni and prospective student-athletes. For the past seven years, the athletic department has produced a full slate of webcasts featuring 14 varsity teams and covering over 70 home events.