Athletic Programs

Athletics at Marist College play a vital role in the life of the College, its students and area community.


Athletics at Marist College are an extracurricular activity and secondary to any student’s college education. Marist offers a three-tiered sports program: varsity, club, and intramural. Athletics at Marist College reflect the College objectives and are a means to attain educational goals.

The varsity program offers the most advanced level of competition. Marist is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and subscribes to the Division I philosophy. Marist belongs to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and the Pioneer Football League. Sports at the Varsity level are the most competitive and include:

Men: Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, and Indoor and Outdoor Track.

Women: Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Indoor and Outdoor Track, Volleyball and Water Polo.

At the Club level opportunities exist may include: Co-ed Band, Co-ed, Co-ed Cheerleading, Co-ed Fencing, Co-ed Golf, Co-ed Sailing, Co-ed Skiing, Men’s Ice Hockey, Men’s Rugby, Men’s Volleyball, Women’s Rugby, Co-ed Equestrian and many others.

Students interested in team sports at a less advanced level may turn to an extensive intramural program. Intramurals offer any students, regardless of skill level, the chance to play on a team without the time demands of intercollegiate athletics; more than 2000 undergraduates participate each year. There are teams in Flag Football, Softball, Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, and many more.

In its physical education and recreation program, a wide range of courses are offered in individual sports including Zumba, karate, exercise, racquetball, sailing, dance, yoga and coaching certification.  Classes are small and instruction is geared to beginning and intermediate levels of ability.

Team schedules are available throughout the year to all students. Student support and participation in these activities are a vital part of life at Marist. Current Marist students are not charged admission to regularly scheduled athletic events and attendance is encouraged.

How Do I Participate In The Athletics Program

The varsity program is the highest level of competition offered at Marist. Many of the participants at the Varsity level have been recruited to attend the College. Opportunities for participation do exist for the non-recruited student-athlete and trying out is encouraged.  To obtain information on a particular team of interest, the coach of the sport should be contacted at the McCann Center or an inquiry made through the Office of the Athletic Director at X3304. The intercollegiate programs at the Club level offer a wider degree of opportunity for participation. An inquiry can be made to obtain information on a particular club sport through the Director of Club and Recreational Sports at Ext. 2482.

Information on the Intramural program is also posted at the McCann Center and can be obtained by contacting the Director of Club and Recreational Sports at Ext. 2482.

The Recreation program has offerings listed in the College catalog. Additional information can be obtained from the Office of the Athletic Director, Ext. 3304.

Advisory Committee To The Athletics Program

1.   Standing Committee on Athletics
The purpose of the Standing Committee is to formulate the broad policies within which the Department of Athletics will operate. It does not deal with day-to-day operations. The members of the committee, appointed by the President, include teaching faculty, deans, administrators, and students. The Athletic Director is always a committee member and the department recommends to the Vice President for Student Affairs members of the committee. The Committee is composed of not more than 14 but not less than 10 members. Student members of the committee include the Co-chairs of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

2.   Student Athlete Advisory Committee
The committee, formerly known as Captains Council, is composed of captains and members from each of the varsity intercollegiate teams. The purpose is to act as a liaison between the Department of Athletics and the student-athletes on any and all matters related to the intercollegiate varsity athletic programs.  It does not have the authority to establish or change policy. The Student Athlete Advisory Committee meets monthly - September through May.

Athletic Facilities

Tennis Pavilion: Located below the Fulton Townhouses, this pavilion is the venue for the men’s and women’s tennis teams. It features 8 regulation sized courts with a spectator area. These courts are equipped with a professional lighting system, and is open for use to the Marist community.

Gartland Athletic Fields (North Fields): These fields are located on the north end of campus behind the New Gartland A and B housing area. This 10-acre area serves as the playing field for the varsity softball program as well as a practice facility for several sports.  In addition, the club men’s and women’s rugby teams and intramural programs also utilize this facility.

Tenney Stadium: Built is 2007 this multipurpose facility is home to the varsity football, men’s and women’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s soccer programs.  Build to hold 5,000 fans, this stadium is equipped with Field Turf and a professional lighting system. This facility is also widely used by club and intramural sports.

James J. McCann Recreation Center: This building opened on April 17, 1977 and houses Marist’s intercollegiate athletics, intramurals, physical education and recreational activities. Special events to which the Hudson River Valley community is invited are held in the Center throughout the year.

The back portion of the building was renovated during the summer of 2000 and now holds the Dr. Maynard Sports Medicine Area, equipment room and academic advisement area with individual meeting rooms for all varsity student-athletes.  The Sports Medicine Area measures 3,500 square feet and is under the direct supervision of the Coordinator of Sports Medicine.

The Center also houses dance studios, locker rooms and racquetball courts.
In 2011, the McCann Center saw a major renovation which included the expansion and upgrading of the lobby and restrooms. 

McCann Arena: This facility is home to the varsity volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball programs. During the 2011 renovation, the arena saw a transformation which included a 3-court basketball playing surface, chairback seating and three HD LCD video boards. This facility has open hours in which members of the Marist community can take part in recreational, club and intramural sports.  

McCann Fitness Center: A 20,000-sq. ft. addition to the James J. McCann Center, opened in October 1997. This addition includes a 4,000 square-foot, cardiovascular center, which overlooks a new 4,300 square-foot weight training area. The upper level includes a hardwood aerobics/dance floor and a wide variety of cardiovascular equipment. The lower level is fitted with free-weights and plenty of area for exercise.  The Fitness Center also houses a field house, which is utilized by the general student population in addition to club and intramural programs. This facility also has two locker rooms and a student lounge.

McCann Natatorium: This facility houses a six-lane 25-yard pool where the men’s and women’s swimming programs and women’s water polo team compete. In addition, there is a diving well for the men’s and women’s diving teams. The pool also offers open-swim hours where the Marist community can utilize this facility.

McCann Baseball Field: This facility located on the South end of campus serves as a playing field for the varsity baseball program. In 2011, the baseball received a facelift which saw the addition of a new outfield fence, warning track and scoreboard.

Riverfront: The Riverfront area has been renovated to include a new bulkhead and dock system, fishing pier, illuminated scenic river walks, renovated green space, a gazebo and new landscaping. It includes two boathouses for the storage of crew shells and sailing equipment for the varsity men’s and women’s rowing programs, club sailing team and community programs. In 2008, Marist’s Historic Cornell Boathouse was renovated and returned to its original prowess. This landmark building also hosts many college and community function throughout the year.