Notre Dame College is bringing back its track and cross country programs.
The College is now actively recruiting for men’s and women’s cross country, which will start in the fall of 2023, and its men’s and women’s track and field teams that will begin their indoor and outdoor season in 2023-2024, as well. Transfers are especially encouraged to apply.
Notre Dame is in the process of naming coaches for the sports that involve long-distance racing among teams and individuals outdoors on natural terrain and sprinting, distance running, jumping and throwing competitions both in and outside facilities.
Since track and field encompass both indoor and outdoor campaigns, a total of six sports will augment the Notre Dame athletic department. Along with the addition of Falcons Acrobatics & Tumbling, an NCAA emerging women’s sport that participated in its inaugural season in spring 2023, the College family of athletics now has grown to 26 athletic programs. The College last fielded teams for the women’s and men’s cross country and track and field in 2018.
“We are pleased to bring these sports back to Notre Dame College,” said Scott Swain, vice president for intercollegiate athletics at the College. “Track and field and cross country provide numerous participation opportunities for many student-athletes. We know there is great potential for growth with these sports.”
Track and field and cross country are sponsored by the Mountain East Conference. The student-athletes will have the opportunity to compete in the conference championships and to earn all-conference honors.
The Notre Dame community is familiar with track and field and cross country. The sports first were brought to campus in 2002 and competed for 16 years.
Over nearly two decades, the running, jumping and throwing programs garnered several all-conference honors, All-America awards and national championship finalists. Mike Mannozzi became the first Notre Dame track and field student-athlete to earn a national championship when he won the indoor 3,000-Meter Collegiate Race Walk in 2010.
Notre Dame is home to more than 600 student-athletes.
The Notre Dame Department of Athletics subscribes to the NCAA Division II philosophy of “life in the balance,” which emphasizes “a comprehensive program of learning and development in a personal setting.”
Athletics at Notre Dame are an integral part of a unified academic and student life experience. The College views its institutional sports programs as linked to the College’s mission to educate for “personal, professional and global responsibility.”
Anchored in student life and academics, Notre Dame seeks to provide its student-athletes with the opportunity, consistent with NCAA Division II values, “to grow through opportunities for academic achievement, learning in high-level athletics competition and the development of positive societal attitudes in service to community.”
The College works with its student-athletes to help them become competent students, responsible campus citizens and athletes who can compete:
- Competent students entails recruiting students who accept their responsibility to succeed academically and providing them with the support to accomplish that goal.
- Responsible campus citizens means faculty and staff work with the College’s student-athletes to help them understand and embrace their responsibility as role models to one another, to other students and to the general College community.
- Athletes who can compete are those who strive to excel at the highest level of Division II athletic competition.
To help its student-athletes meet these expectations, the College accepts its responsibility to provide student-athletes with high quality athletic administration, coaching, facilities and academic and student life support.
Falcon athletic teams also regularly serve in the community, conduct fundraisers and grant experiences to youth enduring terminal illnesses.
The College offers more than 30 majors, accepts applications year-round and offers a wide variety of transfer credit. More than 95 percent of Notre Dame students receive financial aid and 40 percent are diverse. Nearly 100 students on campus are international, representing more than 20 countries.
About Notre Dame College
Notre Dame College is a private, Catholic, liberal arts college in South Euclid, Ohio, committed to teaching students how to make a good living and live a good life. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master’s degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. For more information, visit NotreDameCollege.edu.