5 Questions with…William Klika, Sports, Entertainment, Event – Management


William Klika III, Ph.D., CHE, RSCC*E, is completing his third year at JWU in the College of Hospitality Management as an assistant professor in Sports, Entertainment, Event – Management. In addition to proficiency in sports management, Klika has a genetic predisposition for the business. He competed in the Olympic sport of weightlifting and founded the “Devils Training Hall,” which became the training center for dozens of regional, national and international level weightlifters.

Immersed in sports from a young age, Klika's father was the first football coach and long-time athletic director of Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. Currently, Klika teaches the Business of Sports, Professional Sports Management, and Contemporary Leadership Strategies in Sports. Klika lives in East Greenwich with his wife Kerry and three sons William IV (17), Winslow (13), and Walker (9).

1. What new hobby would you pursue if you had more time?

Boating - I enjoy the water and the beach. I think it would be great to take up boating.

2. What’s your favorite place to dine in Rhode Island?

The Shanty - It is a farm-to-table pub located on Post Road near the Warwick/East Greenwich border. My family enjoys the place, the food, and the philosophy of local farm-to-table.

3. If you could learn another language, what would you choose?

Russian - In my previous career as a sport coach and pseudo sport scientist, Russian would have been immensely useful. I read dozens of articles and books translated from Russian, and I’ve been fortunate enough to meet several legendary Soviet scientists and coaches.

4. What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of—personally and/or professionally?

Personal – Family aside, earning my Ph.D. is what I am most proud of. I went back as a full time doctoral student in my 40’s while holding down the equivalent of two full time jobs. It was an arduous – and sometimes brutal – endeavor, and I am proud of getting that done.

Professional – I was awarded the National Strength & Conditioning Association’s title of “Strength Coach Emeritus,” which is presented to strength coaches who have achieved 20 or more years of service to those who are in the trenches coaching athletes while maintaining the highest educational and professional standards. At the time I received it, there were less than 50 strength coaches in the world with this distinction, so I am proud about it.

5. What’s your favorite thing about JWU?

I enjoy the opportunity to continue leading students by serving them. The field of sport management is very broad, and many students do not know which path they wish to pursue. It is great to be part of their journey and help educate and guide them in the direction they really want to go.