John Born – Assistant Vice President for Athletics and Sport Management – Staff Directory
John Born made the transition from his career as a 23-year men’s soccer head coach to assistant vice president for athletics and sport management in the summer of 2019.
As coach, Born took over a North Park team that, prior to his arrival, had won just one game in 1998. Under his leadership, the program enjoyed 18 consecutive winning seasons, winning five CCIW titles, achieved regional rankings from 2001 to 2014. and was ranked nationally from 2005 to 2012, then again in 2017 and 2018. He has coached 85 All-CCIW players, 49 All-Region selections, 12 All-Americans and 4 CCIW Players of the Year. His players also had the honor of being selected “North Park Athlete of the Year” ten times under his tenure.
Off the pitch, his teams have also had great success in the classroom. For 11 of the past 14 years, the National Soccer Coaches Association has recognized and honored North Park with the “Team Academic Award”, given to sports teams that have a GPA greater than 3.0.
The Vikings’ five-game improvement in Born’s first year at North Park was the sixth-biggest jump of any Division III football program in the country. In 2001, the Vikings came one game away from capturing their very first CCIW title. In 2002, the men from North Park went unbeaten on a pre-season trip to Sweden, where they faced top Swedish clubs. In 2004, the Vikings rocketed to the top and eventually won their first championship, ending Wheaton College’s streak of nine consecutive CCIW titles.
Born’s overall coaching record entering the 2018 season is 244-138-31 while his North Park record is 215-102-36. He was named coach of the year at the CCIW (2004, 2005, 2010 and 2017) and at the Lake Michigan Conference (1996).
Most recently, Born was named Central Region Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Year by D3soccer.com in 2017 after leading his side to a second national finish. The historic run ended with a 20-2-2 record, including a CCIW title and a CCIW tournament title.
Born was also instrumental in establishing a sports management concentration for undergraduate students in the School of Business and Non-Profit Management.
At the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Born showed his ability to bring a program out of the depths. Born started at MSOE with a team that finished 1-12-1 in his first season and gradually built the program. Showing a marked improvement over a four-year span, Born’s 1998 team posted a 13-5-2 record in his final season at the MSOE.
Prior to becoming a head coach, Born earned his bachelor’s degree from Concordia University in Wisconsin and a master of science in sports management from the University of Richmond. While playing on a nationally ranked NAIA team at Concordia, Born was honored as team captain, team MVP, All-Lake Michigan Conference, NSCAA All-Midwest Region, and NSCAA All-American. Scholar Athlete.
He and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Golf, Illinois.