St. Thomas Aquinas to add men’s volleyball program in 2024

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More NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball is coming to New York.

St. Thomas Aquinas College announced earlier this week that it will add a men’s volleyball program starting in 2024.

St. Thomas Aquinas is a NCAA Division II school with the majority of its 22 teams competing in the East Coast Conference. The liberal arts college has an enrollment of 2,000 students and is located within 20 miles of New York City.


“St. Thomas Aquinas College has a long and proven legacy of providing outstanding athletic opportunities for our student athletes, who excel both in the classroom – with an ECC-high 90 percent academic success graduation rate – and on the field,” President Ken Daly said in a statement. “As highlighted in our strategic plan, we are passionately committed to the holistic development of our students and are proud to be adding these popular athletic offerings for our student athletes.”

Along with men’s volleyball, St. Thomas Aquinas will add women’s volleyball for the 2023-24 school year.

The college announced it will immediately begin a national search to fill these two head coaching positions.

This is the fifth New York school in recent years to add a NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball team. Daemen and D’Youville also are members of the East Coast Conference but in men’s volleyball compete in the NEC.

St. Thomas Aquinas will compete as an independent program during its inaugural season.