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Athletics

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4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: dont know much about the sports yet

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I did not take advantage of the gym as much as I should have or the club sports, but the games that I did go to there was clearly a lot of energy going on throughout the gym

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our boys basketball team is great and everyone attends but I just wish the students at the school would support the other sports

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The school receives wonderful fan support from the students and others. the teams perform at their highest level and there is plenty of school spirit as well.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The school spirit is very high. Basketball and rugby have big turn outs.

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Since Iona is a very small school, the sports program does exceptionally well. Iona has 21 NCAA Division I teams and has had several nationally-ranked teams in the past, even if the basketball team receives the most school spirit. All of the home games are right on campus, and the team receives tremendous support from the New Rochelle community. Typically, students go to the games and then go to the bars after to party. Tickets for all sporting events are free for students, and the only ticket that's difficult to get is when basketball sells out. 

There are many intramural sports with which to get involved, as Iona offers a variety of sports. There is basketball, handball, wiffle ball, flag football, indoor soccer, volleyball, badminton, and ultimate Frisbee. The facilities are accessible and up-to-date. Students are allowed to lounge or play on the soccer field when it is open. There are also two courts for pick-up games of basketball along with a gym for students. The facilities are on a smaller scale at Iona, which is not a surprise, considering the small size of the College.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
School Colors
Maroon and gold
School Nickname
Gaels
Men Playing Varsity Sports
169 - 13%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
176 - 10%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Track and field
  • Water polo
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Club Sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Dance
  • Rugby (men's)
Intramurals
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Handball
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wiffle ball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Hynes Athletics Center
  • Mazzella Field Quadrangle
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, cross country, and soccer
Most Overlooked Teams
Softball, track, and women's water polo
School Spirit
There is a ton of school spirit for men's basketball. There are pre-game parties held in the student union, and many times there are promotions at the games. For weekend games, they give out towels, signs, shirts, etc. The games are ways to really show school spirit, and they also provide students with something to do before they go out for the night. Basketball would be in a league of its own, considering other sports do not receive this much support.
Getting Tickets
Most sports do not even require a ticket to watch games. The soccer field is on campus, for example, so students can just watch for a little or sit in the stands. The only problem with tickets ever is with basketball. The tickets are free, but students may have to show up a little earlier to get seats.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The pond and woods that are a couple of blocks away from Iona are the best places to take a stroll. The quiet neighborhoods in the north end of town are also perfect to get away from the fast-paced life of college.
Did You Know?
  • Iona graduate Jason Motte pitched the final out in the 2011 World Series for the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • The men's cross country team has earned 10 straight top ten finishes at the NCAA Championships.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 70 responses

  • 10% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 50% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 34% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 6% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 70 responses

  • 17% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 37% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 41% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 4% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 71 responses

  • 8% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 59% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 25% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 7% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.

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