John Born sees North Park as being the perfect place to offer a concentration in sport management. “We utilize our urban location, with numerous guest speakers, volunteer opportunities, and internships with local professional and amateur organizations, and nonprofit agencies,” saysBorn. “This is not just a classroom program.”
After playing collegiate soccer at Concordia University, Born went on to earn a master’s degree in sport management from the University of Richmond. He has used this training to successfully lead sports programs and coach at the club, high school, and college levels, as well as to serve as an Associate Athletic Director at North Park.
Born also continues in his role as the head men’s soccer coach with teams that consistently earn top honors in conference standings and in the classroom. Under his direction, the program has had 14 consecutive winning seasons, captured four CCIW titles, achieved regional rankings from 2001 to 2011, and was ranked nationally from 2005 to 2011. For six of the past seven years, the National Soccer Coaches Association has also recognized and honored North Park with the “Team Academic Award,” given to athletic teams that have a cumulative grade point average over 3.0.