Iona Gaels

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Iona Gaels
University Iona College
Conference Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Rick Cole Jr.
Location New Rochelle, NY
Varsity teams 21
Football stadium Mazzella Field
Basketball arena Hynes Athletic Center
Baseball stadium Salesian Field
Mascot Killian
Nickname Gaels
Fight song Hail To Iona
     Maroon       Gold

The Iona Gaels are the athletics teams of Iona College, in New Rochelle, New York. They compete in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and participate in 21 NCAA Division I programs.

Other members of the MAAC include Canisius College, Fairfield University, Manhattan College, Marist College, Monmouth University, Niagara University, Quinnipiac University, Rider University, Saint Peter's University, and Siena College.

Varsity athletic programs[edit]

Mens Women's
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross Country/Track & Field
Cross Country/Track & Field Lacrosse
Golf Rowing
Rowing Soccer
Soccer Softball
Swimming & Diving Swimming & Diving
Water Polo Volleyball
Water Polo

Men's basketball[edit]

Iona College has been competing in men's basketball since the inception of the school in 1940. Iona is an original member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, which began play in men's basketball with the 1981-82 season. The Gaels have compiled the most victories of any MAAC team since the founding of the conference and have won a league record seven MAAC titles. During their history, the Gaels have participated in 10 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championships compiling a record of 1-10. The lone win for the Gaels came in 1980 against Holy Cross, 84-78, which was later vacated due to NCAA violations. The Gaels were the 2011 Tournament runners up.[1]

Victories against ranked opponents:

Notable Men's Basketball Coaches at Iona:

On April 9, 2010, Tim Cluess was named the 12th head coach in the history of Iona men's basketball. Cluess is a graduate of Hofstra University and formerly the head coach of the C.W. Post men's basketball team. He has won 20 games and a postseason berth in each of his first four seasons as the head coach of Iona, the first coach in the history of the program to accomplish the feat.[2] As of Dec. 11, 2014, Cluess is No. 4 on Iona's all-time wins list.[3]

Gaels who have played in the NBA:

Steve Burtt Sr. is Iona's all-time leading scorer with 2,534 career points.

Women's basketball[edit]

The Gaels have been competing in NCAA women's basketball since the 1974-75 season. They are a founding member of the MAAC and are coached by Billi Godsey, a graduate of Hofstra University. Godsey was named head coach for the 2013-14 season. In her first season, the Gaels earned their first ever MAAC Regular Season Championship. The program has four postseason appearances to their credit, in the 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2014 Women's National Invitation Tournaments. They hold a 2-4 record in postseason play.

Gaels in the WNBA:

  • Martina Weber, 2007 29th pick New York Liberty.


Main article: Iona Gaels baseball


Main article: Iona Gaels softball

Ice Hockey[edit]

Cross Country[edit]

Iona men's cross country is one of the top programs in NCAA Division I having earned 11 top 10 finishes at the NCAA Championship in the past 12 years from 2002–present.[4] The Gaels finished as the runner up at consecutive championships in 2007 and 2008. The program finished six overall in 2013. The Gaels have finished in the top three at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship in 16 of the last 18 years dating back to 1997, including titles in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2012.[5] The program has also captured 24 straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference titles, the longest active streak in NCAA.[6]

Mazzella Field and Hynes Athletics Center

Notable non varsity sports[edit]


Iona offers a college rugby program. The rugby team is led by Head Coach Bruce McLane, who formerly coached the New York Athletic Club.[7]



Iona's rivals include the following:


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Coordinates: 40°55′33″N 73°47′15″W / 40.92583°N 73.7875°W / 40.92583; -73.7875