Students on soccer team

Fuel Your Competitive Spirit

Athletics at Saint Mary’s has something for every student, from NCAA Division III varsity competition to friendly-but-competitive intramural games to a wide variety of fitness and recreational opportunities. 

We emphasize academic integrity, social responsibility, and athletic excellence while adhering to the philosophies and ethical standards of the NCAA, the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

We see athletics as a dynamic vehicle for educating students in developing lifelong skills in the areas of learning, leadership, sportsmanship, fair play, and accountability. We strive to positively impact the physical, emotional, and social welfare of each student-athlete. We participate in these activities with respect and equitable treatment of all community members.

Intercollegiate Athletics

The NCAA Division III Saint Mary’s Cardinals compete in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Saint Mary’s provides student-athletes with the opportunity to succeed in the classroom and in athletic competition. Offering outstanding coaching and facilities, we emphasize academic integrity, social responsibility, and athletic excellence while adhering to the philosophies and ethical standards of the NCAA, the MIAC, and Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

Men's Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field

Women's Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball

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Get set to scream at annual Walk of Horror

WINONA, Minn. — The Saint Mary’s University fastpitch softball team is showing leadership on the field … and in planning new scares for this year’s “Walk of Horror.” Once again, these athletes are guaranteeing goosebumps for all those brave enough to face their fears. The 21st annual hair-raising fundraiser for the Saint Mary’s Cardinal fastpitch […] Read more ›

Saint Mary’s honors current, former athletes

WINONA, Minn. — It was a weekend of celebrating ongoing athletic accomplishments at Saint Mary’s University. During Cardinal ‘M’ Club Weekend Sept. 8-10, current and former athletes came together to discuss their shared experiences, to reminisce about those game-winning plays, and to hear the accomplishments of today’s Cardinal athletes. On Friday, Sept. 8, three former […] Read more ›

Three to be inducted into Saint Mary’s Sports Hall of Fame

The Saint Mary’s Cardinal ‘M’ Club, in association with the Alumni Association, will induct three members into the Saint Mary’s Sports Hall of Fame during Cardinal ‘M’ Club Weekend Friday-Sunday, Sept. 8-10. The 2017 Saint Mary’s University Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony will honor former student-athletes Mark Zaremba ’78, Amanda Weinmann ’07, and Ashley […] Read more ›

Taking their game to the next level

By Donny Nadeau ’85, Sports Information director WINONA, Minn. — For most college athletes, their senior seasons are the final chapters of their competitive playing careers. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota athletes Willie Doll ’16 (Amherst, Wis.), Ben Buerkle ’17 (Roseville, Minn.), and Martin Gruse ’17 (Trenton, Mich.), however, aren’t like most athletes. And their senior-season final chapters weren’t enough—they’re writing an […] Read more ›

Team sets goal to help Haiti

Being part of a team means working together toward a common goal. Sometimes that goal is crossing the finish line first, throwing the hardest, or jumping the farthest. But the Saint Mary’s University track and field team extended their typical team goals this summer to helping bring fresh water to a poor community in Haiti. Eight members of the track and field team, head coach Niels Anderson, and four other members of the Saint Mary’s community recently returned from Haiti, where they took part in a mission trip through Healing Haiti. Read more ›

A career by sophomore year

Mike Mezzano ’17 admits there was only one, very small negative aspect to having a job lined up early in his college career. During his senior year, when Mezzano found himself with a little extra free time, his friends were busy sending out résumés and lining up interviews. A double major in finance and business […] Read more ›

Graduate scores on the court and in class

Wylie Ferron ’17 may not be dressed in his usual Cardinal red, but he will definitely have the home-court advantage when he dons a cap and gown and hits the gym floor Saturday for Saint Mary’s University’s Winona commencement ceremony. As a three-year captain of the men’s basketball team, Ferron has engineered many successful basketball […] Read more ›

2 days, 2 sports, 2 Saint Mary’s no-hitters

It was a memorable 24 hours for Saint Mary’s University pitchers. R.J. Brown (Broadview, Ill.) tossed his second no-hitter of the season—becoming the first Saint Mary’s pitcher on record to post two no-hitters in one season—in leading the Cardinals to a 4-0 Game 1 win over Carleton Friday afternoon. Saturday morning, Saint Mary’s fastpitch hurler Ashley […] Read more ›

Sharing traits of high performers

By Emily Loof ‘18 The student-athletes of Saint Mary’s recently got a taste of what it is like to be a professional athlete—specifically, what it is like to be a Minnesota Viking. On April 3, performance coach Dr. Cindra Kamphoff, Ph.D., visited Saint Mary’s to address a crowd of student-athletes, coaches, athletic staff, and other […] Read more ›

Ketterer nets career with USA Hockey

As a Cardinal hockey player, Andrew Ketterer ’14 scored some game-winning goals and made some amazing assists. Now that he’s netted a position with USA Hockey, Ketterer’s goal hasn’t changed all that much. As coordinator of social media and digital content, Ketterer is still assisting with promoting the sport of hockey. Only now, it’s on […] Read more ›

Intramural Sports

Intramural sports at Saint Mary’s offer a fun way to stay fit, enjoy friendly (but fierce!) competition, and make connections. Options include team sports, individual sports, and special events. The goal is an activity for everyone and everyone in an activity.

Intramural and club sports include ballroom dancing, basketball, broomball, cheerleading, dance team, dodgeball, fencing, flag football, handball, hockey, kickball, rugby, scuba diving, skiing, snowboarding, soccer, softball, Ultimate Frisbee®, volleyball (indoor and sand), water polo, and wiffleball.

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Recreation and Fitness

From group exercise to swimming to yoga, 5K fun runs to the Challenge Ropes Course, and many other outdoor activities, Saint Mary’s community members stay active, healthy, and engaged through a wide variety of recreational opportunities for all. Saint Mary’s provides outstanding facilities, safe equipment, and tremendous outdoor opportunities in our beautiful Winona region.

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Find Us

Gostomski Fieldhouse
Winona Campus
Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Office of Competitive Division III Sports
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #62
Winona, MN 55987-1399
800-635-5987, Ext. 1579

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Nicole Fennern, Ed.D.

Athletics - Athletic Director

Gostomski Fieldhouse, GF276

Campus Box: # 62

(507) 457-1638

Nicole Fennern Ed.D.