track athlete student at saint joseph's university with his arms crossed

Division I Athletics

This year, Saint Joseph’s track program is celebrating a centennial anniversary that dates back to 1921.


At Saint Joseph’s, athletics are about more than winning or losing. For our student athletes, it’s about maximizing their potential on and off the field and becoming effective leaders. For the campus community, it’s a sense of spirit, unity and pride that sets our campus apart. We chant it at every game: The Hawk Will Never Die.

Meet the Hawks

Toliver is midair on the basketball court making a layup

"Attending St. Joe's is an opportunity for me to play Division I basketball and have a great education as well...The small class sizes give you a chance to get closer with your teachers and classmates and it really provides an opportunity to excel."

Toliver smiles wearing his jersey

Toliver Freeman, ’20


Ally dribbles the lacrosse ball in her net as she runs down the field at night

“It is insane how much college athletes fit into one day. Learning how to balance school, sports and extracurriculars is something I will be able to carry out post-grad.” 

Ally smiles at the camera in front of a white backdrop

Ally Beck ’19


Dan prepares to serve with his tennis racket

“I was told that it wasn’t the number of hours of practice that made me a good player but the quality of the practice. I think that applies off court, too, with studies.”

Dan smiles at the camera wearing a Saint Joseph's Tennis uniform shirt

Dan Tan ’20


Athletic Facilities

From installing state-of-the-art synthetic baseball surfaces to building the newest boathouse in Philadelphia, we’re constantly renewing and upgrading our facilities. The goal: give our Hawks the biggest possible home-court advantage.

Michael J. Hagan ’85 Arena

The 4,200-seat home of Hawk basketball opened in 2009 following an extensive renovation. The arena features in-demand amenities for fans and student-athletes alike. For several games each season, Hagan is home to one of the first autism break rooms in the NCAA.


Sean Sweeney '94 Field

Created in 1929 as the home of Hawk football and named for Sean S. Sweeney ’94 (MBA) in 2014, the field has since hosted more than 1,200 varsity games, matches and track meets. It's the current home of the varsity men’s and women’s soccer and lacrosse programs.

Ellen Ryan Field

Named for longtime assistant athletics director and Hawks sports pioneer Ellen Ryan, the home of field hockey features a top-of-the-line AstroTurf12 surface, a state-of-the-art irrigation and drainage system, a mobile press box and bleacher seating for 200 fans.

Tennis Complex at the Maguire Campus

With maximum court spacing, individual corner fencing and great sight lines for fans, the tennis complex provides student-athletes with the ability to train and play every day on a top-class surface.

John W. Smithson ’68 Field

One of the Northeast’s premier collegiate baseball facilities, Smithson Field features an Astro Turf 3D GameDay Grass surface with a dirt pitching mound.

Softball Field

The Hawks christened the softball field in 2012, becoming the third facility in the Atlantic 10 to boast a turf outfield at the time of construction. 

Robert Gillin ’49 Boathouse

Set in the center of North America’s largest active rowing community, this is Philadelphia’s newest and largest boathouse. An iconic landmark on and off the water, the Gillin Boathouse is a first-class facility that provides rowers a unique competitive advantage.

Fairmount Park

Just minutes from Hawk Hill, this municipal park — one of the country’s largest — offers top-notch training venues for Saint Joseph’s runners. From the Wissahickon Trail to the Belmont Plateau, these spots are among the most favored in Philadelphia’s running community.

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Tim McGrath Junior and Senior visited the Autism Break Room when it debuted in Hagan Arena.
We're Ahead of the Game

Autism Break Room at Hagan Arena

We're always looking for ways to create a fun, inclusive environment at our games. In Hagan Arena, we have a one-of-a-kind break room equipped with sensory-friendly items such as stress balls, bean bag chairs, bounce boards, weighted blankets and noise-canceling headphones. This room offers a safe space for people with autism spectrum disorders to enjoy a calm moment in the midst of the game day excitement.