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Proud Past, Bright Future

Intercollegiate Athletics

Preparing student-athletes as future leaders by boldly pursuing comprehensive excellence is at the forefront of everything we do.

The decision to reclassify to Division I represents nothing less than the relentless pursuit of comprehensive excellence.

We’re making our presence known in new markets and attracting a more diverse cross section of student-athletes who are accomplished in and out of the classroom.

We’re competing at a more dynamic level, building the pride, spirit and loyalty of our fans and creating a more engaged community of alumni, donors, students, faculty, staff and Minnesota residents. D-I athletics is helping tell our story of excellence on a bigger stage, broadening the impact that St. Thomas can have regionally, nationally and even globally.

A rendering of the north side of the new Lee and Penny Anderson Arena

Lee and Penny Anderson Arena

Introducing the new home for Tommie Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey programs, as well as the Tommie Men’s and Women’s Basketball programs! Located on the University’s South Campus in St. Paul, the arena will create conditions for success to directly support student-athletes and provide the St. Thomas community gathering place.

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Classroom. Community. Character. Competition.

Your support for D-I scholarships helps us recruit and provide access for accomplished student-athletes – the future leaders who will add value in their classrooms and on the field, and work to advance the common good in their communities and careers.


Different majors represented across 5 colleges and schools

17 %
Student-athletes are BIPOC
Cumulative student-athlete GPA (Spring 2022)
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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.

Areas of Need

Partners enable capitalizing on this momentous opportunity. Over a five-year provisional period, we must close the gap between St. Thomas and our D-I peers by creating the support necessary to succeed as a fully integrated D-I university with investments in the following areas.

Scholarship Support

Recruit and provide access for accomplished student-athletes, without finances as a barrier.

Operational Support and Program Initiatives

Support student health, fitness and wellness, mentoring, tutoring and career services.


Attract student-athletes and fans and generate the necessary revenue to build a financially sustainable D-I program.