Director of Athletics, John Carroll University
“I was previously involved with the PCA chapter in Minneapolis before moving to Cleveland in July 2018, and I couldn’t think of a better way to get involved with the sports community in my new city. This organization provides tremendous resources for coaches, managers and parents, all while maintaining the very important conversation about key lessons that sport can teach our young people. I’m honored to be able to work with an organization that does so much for the community and the culture of sport.“ – Michelle Morgan
Michelle currently serves as the Senior Director of Athletics and Recreation at John Carroll University, in University Heights, OH. Named to the position in July, 2018, she oversees over 700 student athletes within 23 NCAA varsity sports, as well as all club sports, intramurals and recreation. She is a member of the NCAA DIII Management Council, the Interpretations and Legislative Committee, Playing and Practice Seasons Subcommittee and the Sportsmanship & Ethical Conduct Committee.
Prior to JCU, Morgan served for eight year at the University of St. Thomas, departing as the Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator. She oversaw sports information, game management and led all external relations including revenue generation through sponsorships, ticket sales and secured the first department wide athletic apparel contract with Nike / Eastbay in 2015. In 2017 she led negotiations with the Minnesota Twins for the Tommie Johnnie football game held at Target Field. Michelle orchestrated the planning and execution of all game operations, fan experience, ticket sales, merchandise and marketing for the largest football game in Division III history. The record crowd of 37,355 (previous record: 17,535) outdrew 28 FBS games and 56 of 57 FCS games that took place that same weekend.
Morgan is a Disney Institute ambassador and presenter for “Game Day the DIII Way”. She is a 2018 NCAA Pathway Program graduate, and previously served on the NCAA DIII Women’s Ice Hockey Committee and regional committee of the NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship Committee.
Prior to collegiate athletics, Michelle spent time working in various roles in the front offices of the Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Wild.
An active associate member of the Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association, she currently serves as the Director of Events for this organization. In this role, she served as the liaison to the NHL, Minnesota Wild, St. Louis Blues, and Chicago Blackhawks for the 2016 NHL Stadium Series Alumni game and the 2017 NHL Winter Classic Alumni game. Each event, held at TCF Bank Stadium and Busch Stadium, respectively hosted nearly 40,000 fans for games.
Morgan holds an Executive MBA and BA in Marketing from the University of St. Thomas, where she was an accomplished student athlete in women’s ice hockey. She currently is an adjunct professor in the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas.