Athletics Initiative

Legends are Made Here

Intercollegiate Athletics has been a vital part of the Saint Mary’s University experience from its earliest beginnings. In 1913, Saint Mary’s offered its first three sports, and now more than one-quarter of our Winona campus undergraduate students compete in one or more of 21 NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics programs. From the valiant Redmen to the mighty Cardinals, Saint Mary’s has been providing opportunities for its student athletes to succeed both in the classroom and on the competitive field for more than a century.

Building Tomorrow's Leaders

Alumni, parents, and fans alike can recall numerous memorable and defining moments involving athletics. 
Saint Mary’s athletics strives for excellence on and off the field. Along with a 2000 National Championship in softball, we’ve recently garnered team and individual national tournament appearances, conference championships, a myriad of coach-of-the-year honors, and a wealth of All-American titles. 

In the classroom, our student athletes’ GPAs are equivalent to or higher than the general student population. Additionally, our athletes are encouraged to live the mission of the university by serving as examples of ethical leaders on campus and in the community. The world needs more people who have had these experiences—people who know that teamwork is essential to success. 

From donating blankets to raising money for cancer research, and from hosting toy drives to assisting with cleanup in flood-ravaged communities, community service has become a hallmark of Saint Mary’s University athletics, garnering national recognition in recent years, including the nation’s top community service award for NCAA Division III athletic departments, the Josten’s Community Service Award.

Great Athletes Deserve Great Facilities

Saint Mary’s alumni consistently express how much they enjoyed their memories of playing for the university—how much they respected their coaches, made lifelong friends, and grew as players and as individuals. It was a group of appreciative alumni athletes who made new scoreboards on the Max Molock and Cardinal Softball Fields possible. Other planned improvements to these fields include press boxes and replacing the current chain-link fence backstop with a knee-wall and netting—modern amenities that are now standard in major-league ball parks.

At Saint Mary’s, we believe that great athletes deserve equally great facilities. Our athletes demonstrate commitment, discipline, sacrifice, priorities, perseverance, character, and heart. They give it their all; help us support them with state-of-the art facilities that will enhance and strengthen these qualities. When they reach their fullest potential, make their goals, and develop as leaders, we all win.

To make a gift to the Athletics Initiative, please contact Tony Piscitiello AFSC '69 M'82 at 507-457-1475 or tpisciti@smumn.edu