History of Cleary Athletics

Cleary University has participated in intercollegiate athletics almost from its founding in 1883. Cleary had a football team from the 1890s to 1900s. Through the years, Cleary had a baseball team (1930s) and a basketball team (1950s and 60s).

Cleary University reintroduced collegiate athletics in 2011 with the formation of men's and women's cross country and golf teams. The University added men's and women's soccer teams in 2013 and will take the field with baseball and softball teams in 2015.

Cleary University joined the United States Collegiate Athletic Association in 2012.

While the athletic program is new, it has been very dynamic in its three years of existence. In 2013, Elaine Lowe, a freshman from Alpena, became Cleary University's first National Champion when she finished first at the USCAA Cross Country Championships. The women's cross country team finished fifth nationally in only its second year of competition.

The men's golf team finished its second season ranked fifth in the nation, behind standout performances by junior Randy Norris and freshman Mitch Cleary. Norris earned All-American honors while teammate Gary Jennings was named to the All-American Academic team.

Not to be left out, men's soccer also had a player, Tony Grams, honored with All-American status.