Julie McCleery

Director of Research-Practice Partnerships, University of Washington, Center for Leadership in Athletics

Chapter Board Members - Seattle, Seattle

Julie McCleery has over 25 years of experience as an educator, coach, and youth sports advocate. She is currently a Research Associate and Lecturer at the University of Washington’s College of Education working in UW’s Center for Athletic Leadership. She teaches education leadership and coaching pedagogy and is doing research on the core practices of great coaches. Prior to joining UW, she ran a consulting business assisting educational and non-profit clients with strategic planning, grant writing, and project management.

As an athlete, she played multiple high school sports but found a home as a rower at Georgetown University. She went on to make the US National Rowing team, winning a bronze at the World Championships and a silver medal at the Pan Am games. Following her rowing career, she coached elite rowers for 10 years in Seattle, including US U23 and Senior National Team crews.

Her volunteer work is filled with youth sports. She currently serves as the President of her local Little League where she has also managed a baseball team for 5 years. She serves on the board of the George Pocock Rowing foundation. She has coached youth soccer and basketball as well and is a vocal advocate for improving youth access to sport, recreation, and great coaching in Seattle.

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.

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