St. Thomas Aquinas College (STAC) is proud to announce the addition of Women’s and Men’s Volleyball programs as their 21st and 22nd NCAA sports. The Spartans anticipate beginning the inaugural Women’s Volleyball season in Fall 2023, with the Men’s team beginning competition in Spring 2024.
“St. Thomas Aquinas College has a long and proven legacy of providing outstanding athletic opportunities for our student-athletes, who excel both in the classroom – with an ECC-high 90% academic success graduation rate – and on the field,” said STAC President Ken Daly. “As highlighted in our strategic plan, we are passionately committed to the holistic development of our students and are proud to be adding these popular athletic offerings for our student-athletes.”
With the introduction of these two new programs, St. Thomas Aquinas College leads the East Coast Conference (ECC) in NCAA sports programs.
Along with 22 NCAA sports, the college sponsors club sports including Sprint Football (CSFL), Men’s Ice Hockey, Esports, and Cheer and Dance, as well as multiple other club and intramural opportunities.
“The ECC is very excited about STAC’s announcement to add the sport of volleyball. The ECC has some of the best women’s volleyball programs in our region and adding STAC will be a major plus to our conference,” stated ECC Commissioner Dr. Robert Dranoff. “We are confident the volleyball program will build on the success of STAC’s other athletic programs.”
St. Thomas Aquinas College will immediately conduct a national search for head coaches to lead these programs. The STAC Women’s Volleyball team will compete in the Division II East Coast Conference while the men’s program will initially play an independent schedule as future conference affiliations are to be determined.
“We are thrilled to add both Men’s and Women’s Volleyball as we continue to expand our athletic offerings. These additions will strengthen our academic and athletic profile while creating new opportunities for our campus and community,” stated STAC Director of Athletics Nicole Ryan.
STAC President Kenneth Daly resides in Port Washington.