COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Mike Caruso, Associate Athletics Director for Game Management, has decided to retire from Texas A&M Athletics in August of 2018. Caruso has been a mainstay in Aggie athletics for more than 30 years. Caruso has served as associate athletics director since 2000 and served the previous seven years as an assistant athletics director for promotions and operations. He started his tenure in the Aggie promotions office in Sept. of 1987.
“Jackie (Caruso’s wife) and I thought as soon as our children graduate from college, we would take advantage of retirement to spend more time with the kids, travel and watch a lot of NBA basketball,” Caruso said. “All three of our children are Texas A&M graduates and we have loved our time here in Aggieland and we will continue to call College Station home.”
“Mike has been an invaluable member of our athletics staff for many years,” Texas A&M Director of Athletics Scott Woodward said. “His attention to detail at our venues has been tremendous. He has helped make sure our fans have the best experience possible. We wish Mike, Jackie, and the kids all the best.”
Caruso has been a member of the International Association of Venue Managers and the Stadium Managers Association. He has been associated with the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security since 2008. He has assisted with curriculum development and instructing at national training workshops for Sport Event Risk Management courses as well as a trainer for TEEX/National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center in their Sports and Special Events Incident Management workshops.
Before coming to Aggieland in 1987, Caruso served as head basketball coach and assistant to the athletics director at Elmhurst College (Chicago) from 1981-87. He was an assistant basketball coach at Creighton from 1974-81. He started in administration and as head basketball coach at Cathedral High School in Omaha in 1973-74.
A native of Oakland, Calif., Caruso was a basketball star for Bishop O’Dowd High School leading them to a California state championship his senior season with a record of 37-2. He would go on to play basketball at Creighton under legendary Coach Eddie Sutton. Earning his degree in history and physical education at Creighton in 1971, Caruso would earn his master’s degree in physical education from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 1973.
Caruso will turn 69 in July. He and his wife, Jackie, have three children, Megan (Texas A&M Class of ‘14), Alex (Class of ‘16) and Emily (Class of ’18). Alex is currently a member of the NBA Los Angeles Lakers’ organization.
A retirement reception in August will be announced later this summer.