Saint Joseph Academy head rugby coach, Mrs. Jaime Cleary, has announced that she will be stepping down from her coaching position. Coach Cleary has led the program since its inaugural season in 2007.
After over a decade of coaching at Saint Joseph Academy, Cleary has made the decision to step away from coaching to spend more time with her family; specifically, her two children, Marian and Ayden.
In 11 years as the team’s head coach, she has lead the Jaguars to seven state championships (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) and a National Championship in 2016. In 2010, Coach Cleary was voted the Ohio Girl’s Rugby Coach of the Year.
In addition, longtime assistant coaches Sara Leary and Mary Jo Reddy ’10 will be leaving the program.
“The impact that Coach Cleary has had on the students at Saint Joseph Academy goes well beyond her incredible record and championships,” said SJA Athletic Director John Manuszak. “Coach Cleary created a program that was highly successful while also providing support, guidance, and encouragement to the hundreds of young women that have been a part of her teams over the years. She had a way of building relationships with students that encouraged them to reach their full potential both in the classroom and on the field. We are so thankful for all that Coach Cleary, Coach Leary and Coach Reddy have given to our community over the years and wish them the best of luck in the future.”
Saint Joseph Academy will begin its coaching search immediately and will update the SJA rugby community as appropriate.