Mike Caruso is in his 25th year with the Texas A&M Athletic Department. He currently serves as Associate Athletic Director for Events and Game Operations. He was promoted to Associate Athletic Director in February of 2000 after serving the prior seven years as Assistant Athletic Director for Promotions and Operations. Previously, he worked in the athletic promotions office.
Caruso directs all 21 of the Aggie sports in event management and game operations as well as annual NCAA Regional and National Championships.
He is a member of the International Association of Venue Managers and the Stadium Managers Association. He has been associated with National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security since 2008 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.
Caruso earned his master's degree in physical education from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 1973 and received a bachelor's degree in history and physical education from Creighton University in 1971. While at Creighton as a scholarship athlete, Caruso played basketball under legendary Coach Eddie Sutton.
He is a native of Oakland, California also starring in basketball for Bishop O' Dowd High School leading them to a state championship his senior year (37-2).
Before coming to A&M in 1987, Caruso served as head basketball coach and assistant to the athletic director at Elmhurst College (Chicago) from 1981-87. He was an assistant basketball coach at Creighton from 1974-81 after serving as athletic director and head basketball coach at Cathedral High School in Omaha, Neb., in 1973-74.
Caruso and his wife, Jackie, have three children, Megan (21), Alex (19) and Emily (17).