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St. Thomas Athletics

Proud Past Bright Future

When St. Thomas was founded in 1885, an athletic program soon followed. Now, with more than 100 years of varsity intercollegiate history, St. Thomas is facing its next chapter with the opportunity to showcase our students-athletes and university community across the country. We have a proud past and even brighter future. Join our team and show everyone the academic and athletic excellence of Tommies.

While our athletic conference will change, one thing will not: our commitment to both academic and athletic excellence. Since their inception at St. Thomas, athletics have given student-athletes opportunities to learn and grow outside of the classroom. From varsity sports to club and intramural opportunities, our school is legendary for participation on the field and in the stands, with plenty of ways for everyone to get involved.

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Meet our Director

A former baseball player as a St. Thomas student, Phil Esten '95 returned to St. Thomas as vice president and director of athletics in January 2019 after holding athletics leadership positions at Penn State University; the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Minnesota and The Ohio State University. Crafted over more than two decades in leadership roles across the country, Esten brings to St. Thomas a vision and understanding of the large impact athletics can have for students, especially, but throughout the entire university community, as well.

When all the variables align and intercollegiate athletics truly creates conditions for success for its student-athletes, the results can be remarkably positive for the university community.

Phil Esten '95