William T. Klika III

Associate Professor

JWU Faculty Since 2016

William Klika

Contact Info


William Klika's professional path to JWU began not in the classroom, but on the playing fields. After graduating from Lehigh University, he was an athletic coach and administrator for more than 20 years at the NCAA Division I and III levels.

Along the way, Klika received a master’s degree in Teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Ph.D. in Sports Leadership from Concordia University in Chicago. He began teaching at the college level in 2009, and finds it incredibly rewarding.

Klika's areas of specialization include sport management, sport business and economics, global sport, sports sociology, and athletic administration. He has done research regarding student-athlete experiences and philanthropy, and will be continuing research here at JWU.


  • Ph.D., Sport Leadership, Concordia University
  • M.A.T., Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • B.A., History, Lehigh University

I worked in college athletics — both on and off the field — and then behind the scenes helping college athletics departments. Then I transitioned into teaching.

Teaching Interests

  • Sport Management
  • Sport Business and Economics
  • Global Sport
  • Sports Sociology
  • Athletic Administration

Scholarly Interests

  • Athletics Related Philanthropy
  • Sport Leadership


  • Contemporary Leadership Strategies in Sport
  • Advanced Marketing Methods in Sport
  • Finance & Revenue Generation in Sport
  • Diversity & Social Responsibility in Sport
  • Global Issues in Sport Leadership

Professional Affiliations

  • North American Society For Sport Management
  • NSCA Coach Magazine, Editorial Review Panel
  • Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach Emeritus (RSCC*E
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Honors And Awards

  • R.S.C.C*E – Registered Strength & Conditioning Coach Emeritus by the NSCA

Q&A with William

How Did You Get Started?

I was a college baseball, football, and strength coach starting in 1993. Around 2005, my former school asked if I would be interested I teaching a few courses in their new program. I enjoyed it and decided to go back to school for my PhD., which led me to JWU in 2016.