A new era for one of the most successful athletic programs in NCAA Division II begins today. It’s the first day on the job for Clayton State University’s second Director of Athletics, Carl McAloose.
“I’m excited to be on campus,” he says. “We have a great opportunity to do something special and take our athletic program beyond even what it is already. I’m looking forward to building our program both athletically and academically. There’s no question we can do both, athletics and academics mesh at Clayton State.
"I would like to thank (Clayton State President) Dr. Tim Hynes for the great opportunity he has given me. (Clayton State’s first athletic director) Mason Barfield did a great job assembling a fantastic group of coaches, and I hope to continue to build upon his dream. And, I’d also like to thank all of Clayton State’s student/athletes for all of their efforts.”
“Carl brings to Clayton State a wealth of knowledge and experience both as an athletic director and as a conference commissioner,” says Hynes. “We anticipate that he will build on the foundations of an excellent program now, and only make it better-measured not only by continued athletic excellence, but by expanded student academic success, community engagement, and community support.”
McAloose most recently served as president and CEO of Athletics Staffing & Consulting, a consulting company that supports college and university athletic programs with feasibility studies, strategic planning, compliance reviews, NCAA membership initiatives and conference realignment proposals.
Prior to his role with Athletics Staffing & Consulting, he served as the director of athletics at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) in Fort Myers, Fla., from 2000 to 2008. As Barfield did at Clayton State, McAloose built the FGCU program from scratch, overseeing a program with 14 sports and an annual operating budget of $8 million.
A few of his more notable achievements at FGCU include: leading the program’s move to NCAA Division I and the A-Sun Conference in 2007, the fastest in NCAA history; overseeing the construction of the University’s $30 million athletic complex, which included multiple facilities; and helping secure a $5 million gift, the largest cash contribution in the school’s 10-year history, for the construction of the school’s $20 million Alico Arena.
In addition to his success in building the FGCU program, several individual teams and many student-athletes were also successful on the playing field, in the classroom and active in the community during his tenure at the school.
The FGCU student-athlete grade point average was over 3.1 each semester and the department averaged more than 7,500 hours of community service each year. A total of 10 athletic squads advanced to the NCAA postseason in the school’s final year at the Division II level, which included two teams ranked number one in the country. Later, at the Division I level, seven FGCU teams won conference championships in the school’s first two years of competing at the NCAA’s highest membership level.
Along with his experience as an athletic director, McAloose also brings a wealth of experience in athletic conference administration. He served as the commissioner of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference from 1996 to 2000 after serving as the associate commissioner in the Big South Conference from 1992 to 1996. He also served in associate athletic director roles at both Coastal Carolina University and at West Chester State (Pa.) University.
He earned a master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Physical Education and Athletic Administration from Frostburg State University in 1988. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from McDaniel College.
McAloose has three children: Krista, 19; Savannah, 16; and Hunter, 14. Krista McAloose is just starting her college career this month at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Co.