Sparkill, NY – St. Thomas Aquinas College, a private, four-year liberal arts institution announced today their plan to introduce the first ever collegiate football team in Rockland County history. The team is set to compete in the Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) in fall 2018.
"St. Thomas Aquinas College is honored to join the Collegiate Sprint Football League,” said college president Dr. Margaret Fitzpatrick, S.C. “The STAC Football Spartans will continue the College's tradition of academic excellence, competitiveness and service to the community. We recognize these same values in the member institutions of our League. St. Thomas Aquinas College is proud to stand alongside the student-athletes of the CSFL.”
Director of Athletics, Gerald Oswald is thrilled with the opportunity presented by the CSFL. “Sprint football will add increased excitement and enhance the student life experience. Our athletic department has built a strong reputation and this will create another opportunity to engage the local community to become more involved with the college. We are thankful to be added into this prestigious league and we look forward to our first game next fall.”
Sprint Football is a full-contact, intercollegiate, varsity sport with the same rules as regular college football, except that all players must weigh 178.0 pounds or less. Sprint Football will not only bring college football to the area, but it makes a great addition to STAC’s sports program, joining 20 NCAA Division II Men's and Women's teams.
St. Thomas Aquinas College has also announced the hiring of Head Coach, Matthew Barry, kicking off the Spartan’s inaugural season in Sprint Football. Barry comes to STAC with 20+ years coaching and leadership experience. “We are excited to bring Sprint Football to STAC and to the county,” says Head Coach Barry. “With STAC’s extensive athletic program, it couldn’t be a better place or time to introduce college football. We’re looking forward to building a successful program and giving student-athletes another chance to excel both on the field, in the community and in the classroom.”
The Spartans will join as the tenth member of the CSFL that includes Army West Point, Caldwell University, Chestnut Hill College, Cornell University, Franklin Pierce University, Mansfield University, the U.S. Naval Academy, Post University, and the University of Pennsylvania. The league will split into two divisions with St. Thomas Aquinas College as a member of the North. The league has existed since before World War II and was initiated by president of the University of Pennsylvania, Thomas Sovereign Gates. He wanted to assure that the smaller, talented student-athletes still had opportunities to compete in football on the intercollegiate level. All current CSFL members are from the Northeast. For more information on the Collegiate Sprint Football League, visit www.sprintfootball.com.
About STAC Athletics: The St. Thomas Aquinas Athletics Department sponsors 21 varsity sports with the addition of sprint football in the 2018-19 academic year. St. Thomas Aquinas College is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division II (NCAA DII) and competes in the East Coast Conference (ECC). Sprint football will participate in the Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL). For more information about STAC Athletics, visit stacathletics.com.
About St. Thomas Aquinas College: St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent liberal arts college located on 60 acres in Rockland County, NY which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The College’s 2,800 full and part time students can choose from more than 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual degree programs across three Schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education. The College is recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the Top-Tier for Regional Universities, by Colleges of Distinction in both its New York and Catholic editions, by Affordable Colleges Online as a top College in New York for Return on Investment, and is included as a Military Friendly School®. St. Thomas Aquinas College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; its School of Education is accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); and its School of Business is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).