Occupation: Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Chicago State University
USSA Degree: M.S.S. Sports Management
Hometown: New Boston, Texas
As Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Chicago State University, Dr. Monique Carroll oversees 15 NCAA Division 1 sports programs and serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet. She joined CSU in September 2022 after working two years as athletic director at Huston-Tillotson University.
Carroll earned her Master of Sports Science degree from the Academy while she worked in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) office in Birmingham, Ala.
“I was in Birmingham at the time and I knew I needed a master’s degree to move up in my career,” Carroll said. “I started doing research into master’s degrees and ultimately, it came down to a decision between the Academy and business school at Wake Forest. If I had to do it again, I would always choose the United States Sports Academy.”
Since earning her Academy degree and subsequent doctoral degree from Northcentral University, Carroll has risen up through the ranks of collegiate athletics departments at Prairie View A&M, South Carolina State University, and Huston-Tillotson University.
Chicago State President Zaldwaynaka Scott, Esq. said Carroll was the clear choice to lead the school’s athletics programs.
“As a strong leader with a track record of prioritizing student-athletes’ success and elevating program brands, Monique is ready to bring our Division I program to the next level,” Scott said.
“The commitment, energy, and skills from athletes, coaches, the institution, and the community at Chicago State University is unparalleled,” Carroll said. “I am proud to lead the Cougars into our next era of excellence.”
Carroll was a three-sport athlete as she was a member of the UAPB volleyball, track and field, and bowling teams. Carroll also attended Langston University (LU) where she was a member of the track and field team. During her time at LU, she set four school records – that have since been broken – in the indoor high jump, outdoor high jump, outdoor triple jump, and women’s heptathlon.
Carroll’s recognitions and organizational memberships include NCAA Division I National SAAC Representative for the SWAC, NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics, NCAA Effective Facilitation workshop, Women Leaders in College Sports, NACDA, NAADD, NAAC, and BWSF, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
“Whatever role you are in, look for opportunities to stand out and bring something extra to the table,” Carroll said. “Look for ways to elevate the experience of your colleagues and make their day better.”