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About Athletics

As an NCAA Division III school, the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) hosts 15 varsity teams, intramurals, and 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 newly renovated fitness center, indoor track, six-lane pool, gymnasium, and newly renovated locker rooms. The OC's outdoor complex includes six pristine tennis courts, a turf soccer/lacrosse/field hockey field, softball field, and grass practice 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, women's basketball, women's tennis, softball and men's basketball. The University of Saint Joseph also offers varsity programs in men's soccer, women's soccer, men's cross country, women's cross country, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, men's swimming & diving, women's swimming & diving, men's tennis and field hockey.

In 2002, the then 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


West Hartford, Conn.




NCAA Division III


Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC)




Dr. Rhona Free

Athletic Director

Amanda Devitt


Megan Bosworth


Josh Ingham


Blue and Gold


Blue Jays

Department Phone


Department Fax



The O’Connell Athletic Center



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. 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.