Jill Bodensteiner Introduced as Director of Athletics
Saint Joseph’s Athletics ushered in a new era with the introduction of Jill Bodensteiner as Director of Athletics on March 22. Bodensteiner arrived on Hawk Hill after a 20-year career at her alma mater, the University of Notre Dame. She began her tenure on June 1. She laid out her expectations for the future of SJU athletics, focusing on continuing to build on its strong tradition of educating student-athletes to immerse themselves in the classroom and the world around them.
Don DiJulia Retires as Director of Athletics
After more than six decades of affiliation at his alma mater, Don DiJulia retired as vice president and director of athletics at SJU at the end of the 2017-18 academic year. One of the most respected leaders in college athletics, he spent 35 years as AD during two stints on Hawk Hill from 1976-1981 and 1988-2018. Overall, he spent 50 years as an athletic coach and administrator.
Don DiJulia Honors - 2017-18
- SJU Athletics Hall of Fame
- Big 5 Hall of Fame
- ECAC Hall of Fame
- Honorary Degree, Saint Joseph’s University
- Atlantic 10 Athletic Director Internship
Men's Lacrosse Wins NEC Regular Season Title; Garners First-Ever National Ranking
The men's lacrosse team captured the Northeast Conference regular season title and hosted the NEC championship on Sweeney Field for the fourth time in five years, advancing to the conference title game. Led by NEC Coach of the Year Taylor Wray, the Hawks reeled off a school record 11-game winning streak and knocked off a pair of ranked opponents to earn the program’s first-ever national ranking.
Men's Cross Country Places Second at A-10 Championship, Third at IC4As
The men's cross country team capped a stellar year with a second place finish at the Atlantic 10 Championship and a third place finish at the IC4A Championship. Individually, Dan Savage (seventh) and Zach Michon (15th) earned A-10 All-Conference honors while all five of the Hawks’ scorers at IC4As (Savage, Michon, David Dorsey, Jack Daly and Colin Crilly) earned All-East honors.
Andre Places 13th at NCAA Track East Regional; Captures A-10, ECAC Titles
One of the most decorated jumpers in program history, Claudine Andre closed out her career with a 13th place finish at the 2018 NCAA East Regional. A three-time ECAC All-East honoree and six-time A-10 medalist in the high jump, she captured both the Atlantic 10 indoor and outdoor titles, as well as the ECAC indoor crown, while setting a new school record in the indoor high jump (5’ 9 1/4”).