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Get To Know Your CABMA Colleagues - Tim McCleary

Jan. 16, 2018

Tim McCleary - University of Minnesota

Favorite CABMA memory?
Lots of great memories building friendships and meeting great people. One of my best memories is my first memory, which was the Golf Tournament for the Convention in Anaheim. At the time I was in Public Accounting looking to get into Athletics. I did not know anyone or what to expect, but right away everyone was welcoming and supportive. It was a great time, and a few months later I was very fortunate to be hired at Oklahoma.

Last book you read (title & author)?
Just finished The Cubs Way by Tom Verducci and 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, both on audio and both were excellent.

Favorite Movie?
Good Will Hunting

Instagram or Twitter?

Most memorable sporting event attended?
2001 #14 Colorado beat #2 Nebraska 62-36. After many years being on the other end of the score with Nebraska, it was shocking and pure excitement to see the Buffs run through Nebraska that day. To cap it off, the Buffs went on to beat #3 Texas the following week to win the Big 12 Championship. In general, sporting events are memorable as they have always been great experiences with family and friends.

Favorite Quote?
“Life is what you make it.” Not sure who gets credit for that one, but it is simple and it always applies.

What is one of the greatest aspects of being involved in athletics?
The opportunity to be a part of an organization and an industry that I am passionate about. It is fulfilling to be working with great people and having a role in all the great benefits that college athletics provides for the student-athletes, the University, and the community. Additionally, I think we can all agree there is always something interesting going on. Lastly, even on the administrative side, it is an opportunity to be competitive, which makes it fun.

Best piece of professional advice you've received?
Every opportunity whether it is one you seek out, or one assigned to you, is an opportunity to learn, contribute, and build relationships.

About CABMA: CABMA is an organization devoted to the establishment, maintenance and implementation of the highest standards of integrity and efficiency in the scope, policies and procedures involved in the management and administration of business in the athletics departments and associations of colleges and universities. For more information about CABMA, please visit www.cabma.com. CABMA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 53rd year. For more information on NACDA and the 17 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.