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Eshleman was also a part of the Oregon Acrobatics & tumbling program after she transferred there, where they placed third at NCA Nationals. 

Jacquie Eshleman named inaugural acrobatics & tumbling head coach-

Lachlan Wellington, Sports Editor December 8, 2022

Iona University Director of Athletics Matthew Glovaski announced Jacquie Eshleman as the school’s inaugural women’s acrobatics and tumbling head coach, on Nov. 4.   Eshleman joins the Gaels after...

All 11 teams in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference have joined in with MAAC’s “Time Out for Black Lives” initiative. // Photo courtesy of

MAAC creates initiative celebrating Black culture

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor February 25, 2021

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Committee created “Time Out for Black Lives,” an initiative for MAAC basketball players and coaches to celebrate Black culture.  The initiative comes after the MAAC...

The renovations for Hynes Center West took a total of 169 days. // Photo from YouTube channel Iona Gaels.

Iona reopens newly renovated Hynes Center West with blessing

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor February 11, 2021

Iona College reopened Hynes Center West on Feb. 3 after renovations announced in August of 2020 finished.  The center was opened with Dean of Students Joel Quintong, Father Gerard Mulvey, senior...

Lucy Gunton-Jones played for the Long Island University Blackbirds for four years, continuing with them after she graduated as an assistant coach. // Photo courtesy of

Iona adds Lucy Gunton-Jones to athletics

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor November 15, 2020

Iona College announced  that Lucy Gunton-Jones was named Assistant AD/Facilities & Operations for Iona Athletics on Oct. 27.  Gunton-Jones joins the Gaels from Long Island University in Brooklyn,...

This is the first time the Big East conference comes to the Electronic Gaming Federation. // Photos used from left to right: Matthew Chaves/The Ionian - - -

Esports league expands, includes Iona

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor November 2, 2020

The Electronic Gaming Federation announced the EGFC League Season 2 on Oct. 5, expanding the total teams to 32, including Iona College in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.  The expansion is...

Iona College was just four teams away from having every student-athlete registered to vote before the Oct. 9 deadline. // Photo from

Majority of teams register after Iona, MAAC committee’s campaign

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor October 16, 2020

Iona’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee announced on Aug. 17 that they were starting the Student Voter Registration Challenge, working with the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference SAAC to get every...

Iona Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s new Diversity Inclusion Chair is the first of its kind for the committee. // Photo from Iona SAAC’s Facebook

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee to host fundraiser, add new diversity role

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor October 16, 2020

Iona’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is planning to host their fifth annual Lift-O-Ween fundraiser and announced junior Francis Acolitse as their first ever diversity inclusion chair.  Student-athletes...

Strength and conditioning head coach Kelly Shaver has been a part of Iona Athletics since 2013. / Photo courtesy of

Strength and conditioning processes overhauled over the summer

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor September 18, 2020

Iona College has changed their trainings drastically over the summer to comply with coronavirus regulations, leading to a major overhaul in the strength and conditioning department.  Usually when...

Tournament jitters, tight defense finals pieces to women’s water polo puzzle going into MAAC season

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor March 9, 2020

The Iona College women’s water polo team proved their own against top teams at the 2020 Wolverine Invitational on Feb. 29 and Mar. 1. The Gaels took on two top-ranked teams in No. 23 Bucknell and...

Lacrosse struggles in game plan, strives in leadership

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor March 9, 2020

Iona College’s lacrosse team, led by first-time head coach Lauren Kahn, is 3-3, already better than last season’s record. The Gaels have been back and forth in their games, lacking a certain amount...

Head coach Nick Cavataro has been the head coach of Iona swimming and diving for 39 years.

Cavataro looking forward to successful national tournament after historic conference championship

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor February 27, 2020

The Iona College women’s swimming and diving team set a school record when they finished second at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship, four places higher than last year. The men’s...

DeSouza was named a Cross Country Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Academic Team honoree this season.

DeSouza loves intensity, competition of college sport

Matthew Chaves, Sports Editor February 27, 2020

Track and field is one of those sports that requires determination and the love of challenging yourself to be faster and more consistent. It requires diligence, hard work and practice to become the best...

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