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Iona College Introduces Robust Club Sports Program to Expand Student Opportunities

Students will participate in regional and national leagues to compete against other colleges and universities in the tri-state area

Club Sports

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — Interested in playing sports, making friends and having fun? Iona College recently launched its new Club Sports program, which is geared toward those with an interest in organized sports outside of Iona’s rigorous Division I Athletics program.

Developed as a part of the College’s brand promise to “Learn Outside the Lines,” students will have the opportunity to pursue their passions while developing meaningful relationships around shared interests. The program offers students a variety of sports to choose from throughout the academic year, including:

  • Fall: men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s rugby
  • Winter: men’s basketball, women’s basketball
  • Spring: men’s lacrosse
  • Year-Round: co-ed weightlifting, esports

“I couldn’t be happier to lead Iona’s brand-new Club Sports program,” said Matthew Grimaldi, director of Club Sports. “Each of these sports will give students a feeling of belonging and make the campus feel like their ‘home away from home’ even more. A lot of our students wanted to continue to pursue sports after high school without participating in rigorous collegiate-level competitions. Now we can offer them the best of both worlds.”

Teams will compete in intercollegiate competitions where Gaels will have the opportunity to go head-to-head against clubs at other colleges such as Columbia, Fordham and Stony Brook.

Iona’s Club Sports program is designed to cater to students who wish to focus on three main areas: the first is competition – for students who are seeking the competitive aspect of the games; next, is education – ideal for those who are interested in learning more about a sport or to further develop their skills; and finally, community – intended for students looking for a social setting to get to know other students.

To learn more about Iona’s new Club Sports program, including tryouts and upcoming events, please contact Matt Grimaldi at

Founded in 1940, Iona College is a master's-granting private, Catholic, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers. Iona's 45-acre New Rochelle campus and 28-acre Bronxville campus are just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. With a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and an alumni base of over 50,000 around the world, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona’s LaPenta School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, a prestigious recognition awarded to just five percent of business schools worldwide. The Princeton Review recognized Iona’s on-campus MBA program as a “Best Business School for 2021.” Iona College also recently launched a new, fully online MBA program for even greater flexibility. In July 2021, Iona College and NewYork-Presbyterian announced the establishment of the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences, to be principally located on the College’s new campus at 171 White Plains Road, Bronxville, N.Y. Supported by a $20 million gift from NewYork-Presbyterian, the NewYork-Presbyterian Iona School of Health Sciences is expected to offer a new vision for collaborative health care education, modern workforce development, and community care.