Sean McDonough was hired in July 2010 as Western
Illinois University Assistant Athletics Director in charge of external
relations and the Leatherneck Club.
In the four years prior to starting at Western, McDonough worked at The Steier Group in Omaha,
Nebraska, as a Senior Campaign Manager. During his time as a consultant on four
major capital campaigns, he raised more than $60 million dollars. McDonough was
responsible for: creating and executing development strategies, donor
cultivation, marketing strategies, leadership and volunteer management, and
tailoring a development plan for each client.
He is responsible for development and fund raising for Leatherneck Athletics, including the annual Purple and Gold Gala, and oversees the marketing and ticket operations.
He founded the academy1 Basketball School in Omaha and served as executive
director for two years. McDonough managed a staff of 50 members for camps and
clinics while using an interactive website, e-mail marketing campaign and
strategic direct mail campaign to turn a profit within the organization's first
year. For two years prior he worked as an Account Representative for Impact
Sports in Madison, Wisconsin.
started his career working in collegiate athletics spending 12 years as a
basketball coach, including three seasons as head coach at Carroll University
(formerly Carroll College), and two years as a member of the Marquette
University Basketball team.
Sean and his wife Catherine have two daughters: Maeve and Annie.