About Athletics

 

As an NCAA Division III school, the University of Saint Joseph hosts eight varsity teams, intramurals, numerous recreation and wellness programs. The University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC).

The O'Connell Athletic Center features a fitness center, indoor track, six-lane pool, gymnasium, dance studio and locker rooms. The Center's outdoor complex includes six tennis courts, an all-weather track, soccer/lacrosse field and a softball field.

The University of Saint Joseph Athletic Department has been fully established as an NCAA Division III athletic program since the fall of 1993. The Blue Jays have won GNAC championships in volleyball, basketball, softball and tennis. The University of Saint Joseph also offers varsity programs in soccer, cross country, lacrosse, and swimming & diving.

In 2002, the Saint Joseph College athletic department was the recipient of the USA TODAY/NCAA Foundation Academic Achievement Award for having the highest overall percentage of graduating student-athletes among the nation's Division III institutions.

In keeping with the University's educational and athletic mission statement, all students must be in good academic standing as determined by the University and must also maintain full-time undergraduate status for eligibility on a varsity team. The athletic department at the University of Saint Joseph complements students' academic experience with a competitive physical regimen. Participation in athletics develops students' leadership skills, strengthens their problem-solving capabilities, and allows them to maintain their physical, mental, and emotional fitness.

Intramural sports consist of: badminton, basketball, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, multi-sport club and walking club. Recreational programs include: Holiday Challenge, Cardio Across America, zumba, exercise buddy contest and free weight bursts, providing diverse athletic opportunities to our campus community.

 

Fast Facts

Location

West Hartford, Conn.

Enrollment

1052

Affiliations

NCAA Division III

Conference

Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC)

Founded

1932

President

Dr. Rhona Free

Athletic Director

Bill Cardarelli

SWA

Jackie Piscitelli

SID

Josh Ingham

Colors

Blue and Gold

Nickname

Blue Jays

Department Phone

860.231.5415

Department Fax

860.570.2423

Gymnasium

The O’Connell Athletic Center

Capacity

500

Directions to the University of Saint Joseph
Take exit 43 off I-84 East or West. At end of the ramp, take a right and an immediate left onto Trout Brook Drive. Continue straight on Trout Brook Drive until intersection of Trout Brook Drive and Asylum Avenue (UCONN will be on opposite corner). Take a right on Asylum Avenue and left into driveway of USJ. Follow driveway to back of campus. The O’Connell Center is at the back of the campus next to the track.