LUBBOCK, TX - Head Women's Golf Coach JoJo Robertson has announced that John Cleary, the current head men's golf coach at Northern Illinois, will join the Lady Raiders this fall as an assistant coach.
"I am really excited to have John as a part of our team," said Head Coach JoJo Robertson. " His knowledge of the game and the experience that he brings with him will be a great asset for us. With the resources and facilities that we have I know that John can help us become successful."
Cleary, one of the top collegiate coaches in the country, makes the move from Northern Illinois where he spent the previous eight seasons as the head men's coach. During his tenure at Northern Illinois, he led the Huskies to five team titles while mentoring Nick Schenk, the school's first First-Team All-MAC (Mid-American Conference) selection in over two decades. He also tutored Andrew Frame, the MAC Freshman of the Year in 2007.
Just the second head coach in the 50-year history of the program, Cleary's impact was felt in his first season in 2002-03. During that initial campaign, the Glenview, Ill. native helped lower Northern Illinois' scoring average by more than eight strokes. The Huskies posted top 10 finishes in seven of their 10 tournaments and came home with titles from the Bradley Fall Classic and the Illinois State Intercollegiate.
Clearly earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas in 1991. He began his coaching career in 1997 as an assistant coach at Loyola (Ill.) and then moved on to Northwestern University where he served as the women's assistant coach for three seasons. Golf Digest Magazine rated him as the ninth best golf teacher in the state of Illinois in its July issue.