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The Mount's booming athletic program is an exciting, integral part of campus life.

There's a Lion in Each of Us

The Mount has become a conference and regional powerhouse in several sports, and has received national recognition in volleyball, football, men's basketball, softball and wrestling. Mount athletes are regularly included on all-academic teams at the conference, district and national levels. 

The 23 intercollegiate athletics programs at Mount St. Joseph University have been built on a strong foundation based on a student first philosophy. All teams emphasize and encourage academic success, followed closely by athletic achievement.

If you’re looking for stats, schedules, and rosters, please visit msjlions.com.

 

Cutting-Edge Facilities

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Centennial Field House

The Centennial Field House and Austin E. Knowlton Fitness Center was opened for student use on February 1, 2021. The state-of-the art facilty will provide indoor, fieldhouse practice space for a wide range of sports and a fitness center for the entire student population.

Softball Complex

The all-new turf outfield surface, and dirt infield playing field, which facilitates excellence drainage, is enclosed by a permanent, NCAA regulation style fence, with a full windscreen. The field also has a state of the art lighting system. In 2009, fully-covered concrete dugouts were put in and in 2011, a wireless, digital scoreboard was installed as well as the construction of a two-story press box was completed.

MSJ Esports

Want to keep up with MSJ Esports? Of course you do. We've got complete up-to-the-nano-second info on all the action. The MSJ Esports facility features eight top end PC's that were designed specifically for high-end gaming. The student-athletes who are members of the Mount's Esports team will have 24-hour a day, 7-day a week access to the machines.

 

NCAA Division III School within Greater Cincinnati

Colleges and universities in Division III place highest priority on the overall quality of the educational experience and on the successful completion of all students' academic programs. They seek to establish and maintain an environment in which a student-athlete's athletics activities are conducted as an integral part of the student-athlete's educational experience.

They also seek to establish and maintain an environment that values cultural diversity and gender equity among their student-athletes and athletics staff.

 

Member of the NCAA and Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference

The Mount is proud to be among the 442 schools who compete as a part of Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and a member of the 10 institution strong Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC). The HCAC is made up of private, independent colleges spanning Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, or as we like to call it "America's Heartland". 

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Click below to take a virtual tour of our Sports Complex and other facilities at Mount St. Joseph University.

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MSJLIONS.COM

Go to the official website of the MSJ Lions and get the latest on every sport, every team, including upcoming games, scores, ticket information, and more.

Athletic Offerings at Mount St. Joseph University

  NCAA Division III Women’s Sports

We offer women’s athletic teams in:

  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  NCAA Division III Men’s Sports

We offer men’s athletic teams in:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Track & field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  Intramural Sports

Keep in mind, you don't have to play on a Division III team to enjoy team sports. Intramural schedules are flexible, and played in a fun, yet structured, environment. We offer both team and individual sports that end each school year with a championship round.   Contact Chuck Murray, or Joe Sparhawk, Directors of Intramural Sports and Recreation, for more information at (513) 244-4311.

Sports Offered

  • Basketball
  • Cornhole
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag Football
  • Soccer
  • Sand Volleyball
  • Volleyball
  • Wiffle Ball
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Game-Changing Alumni

In just two seasons with Tyler Hopperton as Head Coach of the Lions' football team, the Mount has placed 28 Student-Athletes on the All-Conference Team, 19 on the Academic All-Conference Team, broken over 50 MSJ Team and Individual Records, and has had Top 20 National rankings in 10 different team and individual statistical categories, including an NCAA Statistical Champion in 2017. As a position coach and coordinator, Hopperton has coached 2 USA All-Americans, a Conference Special Teams Player of the Year, and an NCAA Statistical Champion for Punt Return Average.
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Sports Story of the Week

There's always something happening with the Mount's sports program, teams and athletes. And this is where you'll find out exactly what that is. Every week we've got a new story to inspire, inform, interest, maybe even intrigue. Get a new perspective on the game and the game changers on the field.

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Support Your Sport

We are proud to have supporters of the Mount St. Joseph University Athletics Department. If you are interested in supporting one of our athletic programs, learn how you can help give back!

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New MSJ Centennial Field House is open!

Our all new Centennial Field House is now open for students to use, and it is way more than a sports arena. It's a symbol of the Mount's commitment to the balanced development of body, mind, and spirit. Big enough to provide practice space for a variety of sports, but also loaded with more than enough equipment to serve as a fitness center for the entire student population.

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