September 4, 2012—Howell, Mich.--Cleary University is thrilled to welcome Detroit soccer star, Droo Callahan as its new women's head soccer coach. Callahan is no stranger to the soccer world: he is a two-time all-star, having played for both the Detroit Rockers and the Detroit Ignition, in addition to the Columbus Invaders and Indiana Twisters. He currently serves as the assistant head coach of the Detroit Ignition, the Club Director for Michigan Alliance and is the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) ODP 101 Director.
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Callahan came to Detroit in 1998 when he was drafted by the Rockers. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Eastern Michigan University and has an Advanced National Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and a B License from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).
“I am excited to be starting a collegiate soccer program at Cleary,” said Callahan. “The pool of talented soccer players in Michigan ensures I won’t have to go far to recruit and build a powerhouse team.”
Cleary University announced plans to reintroduce collegiate athletics in 2011 after hiatus of more than 50 years. Currently, men’s and women’s golf and men’s and women’s cross country teams are competing in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). Men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s tennis teams will begin competing in the fall of 2013.
“Cleary University pursued an athletic program to provide an opportunity for student-athletes who enjoyed playing a sport in high school, would enjoy continuing to play the sport and whose primary motivation is the completion of their college degree,” said Cleary University President Tom Sullivan. “We seek to recruit, retain and graduate these young women and men and help them to successfully apply the leadership, teamwork and discipline of their sport to successful business careers.”
Recruiting has begun for the 2013 school year. Both academic and athletic scholarships are available including honors program scholarships of up to $7,500. Potential athletes interested in being contacted by Callahan or other Cleary coaches should visit www.cleary.edu/becomeaclearycougar to fill out the online form and to find out more about Cleary Cougar athletics.