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Bad news from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference fall sports cancelled!
07/27/2020
MAAC Statement on Fall Sports Competition

Bad news from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference fall sports cancelled!

Edison, N.J. (July 27, 2020) – Following today’s Council of Presidents meeting, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) has decided to cancel fall sports competition due to continuing health and safety concerns surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic. A decision on whether fall sport comp...

Excellent Athletic facilities at Iona College recognized by Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
07/25/2020

Excellent Athletic facilities at Iona College recognized by Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

#FacilityFriday ➡ Iona College Athletics

#MAACSports #MAAC40 #GaelNation

Good to see St. Peter's able to attract resources to invest in their facilities:https://saintpeterspeacocks.com/news/202...
07/22/2020
Saint Peter’s Announces $5 Million Lead Gift from Thomas P. Mac Mahon ’68 for YLC Transformation - Saint Peter's University Athletics

Good to see St. Peter's able to attract resources to invest in their facilities:
https://saintpeterspeacocks.com/news/2020/7/22/ylc-transformation-announcement.aspx

Athletic Department 7/22/2020 10:30:00 AM Saint Peter’s Announces $5 Million Lead Gift from Thomas P. Mac Mahon ’68 for YLC Transformation Story Links JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Saint Peter’s University today announced that Thomas P. Mac Mahon ’68, member of the Saint Peter’s University Board of ...

05/24/2020

Test 101

Iona College Gaels Basketball Report by SAL Radio's cover photo
05/16/2020

Iona College Gaels Basketball Report by SAL Radio's cover photo

05/16/2020

College Athletics is About Graduation!
Congratulations to Iona Class of 2020!

04/27/2020
MAAC's Richard Ensor on Impact Cancellations Outlook to Restart in Fall

"College sports will always be an important part of our nation's identity, I know we will get it going again soon as possible"

That's Richard Ensor, Commissioner of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference discusses with Ken Kraetzer the impact of Covid-19 crisis on college sports and education. Topics covered:

1. Preparing for Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament in #AtlanticCity, then canceling due to #Covid19

2. Impact canceled NCAA Basketball Tournament on #collegebasketball

3. Rick Pitino hiring by Iona College

4. Decision timing for fall, winter sports

5. Rollout of #onlineeducation at colleges

6. Enrollment for fall.

7. Economic importance of NCAA Tournament being played next year.

8. Benefits of NCAA events in NY region.

Many thanks to our friend Rich Ensor for this briefing and recognition of his decades of service to college athletes and schools.

Video by Ken Kraetzer for Sons of the American Legion Radio based at Squadron 135, White Plains, NY
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A Message from President Carey:Dear Iona Alumni and Friends:Ordinarily, our campus would be buzzing with activity as thi...
04/24/2020

A Message from President Carey:

Dear Iona Alumni and Friends:

Ordinarily, our campus would be buzzing with activity as this is the time of year when we honor our seniors – their accomplishments, contributions, friendships and hard work. This year our campus is quiet. The world is in the midst of radical change accompanied by uncertainty and anxiety.

When the Coronavirus arrived, we acted quickly to protect the safety of our students, faculty and staff by starting spring break early. At the time, we were hoping we would return to campus after Easter. We moved our course delivery online and the entire community came together to make sure our students’ academic progress would not be interrupted.

We now know campus will be closed for the entire spring semester. The fall remains uncertain. Yet, throughout the disruption of the Coronavirus, Iona has demonstrated why it is such a special community. Our students, faculty, staff and alumni have been at the front lines in response to the challenges the virus has presented. They are running hospitals, treating patients, donating and delivering supplies, tutoring students. The response of the Iona community shows once again who we are and the motto we live by – we fight the good fight. The support of our alumni and the dedication of faculty and students, who were showcased for the online tutoring they offered to local K-12 students are examples of the Iona spirit initiated by Blessed Edmund Rice more than two centuries ago.

We are studying the impact of COVID-19 from every angle and preparing diligently for every eventuality. The impact on our communities and our families is significant and the full scale of that impact is yet to unfold. We know that parents have lost jobs, as have students who worked to help with their tuition and expenses. These financial hardships will make the continuation of their education difficult.

There is uncertainty surrounding fall semester – will we open in September, will there be a delayed opening, will campus be closed until January, will students feel safe to return – all of these possibilities can have a dramatic effect on our community and how Iona moves forward.

Members of our Board of Trustees along with alumni and friends of the College have come together to advise and support us through the initial phase of this crisis. Sadly, there is more to come and much more work to do. In the coming weeks and months, we will need your support in order to fulfill our mission and continue to provide access to opportunity to our most vulnerable students.

As we endure yet another day of a disorienting time, I am reminded of a line from our most famous New Rochelle neighbor, Thomas Paine, who wrote, “I love the person that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength in distress and grow.” Iona College is grounded in the highest and most enduring principles of compassion, care and resilience. We will continue to be guided by these principles as we work our way through the fog of this crisis and we will continue to grow as we do. When it clears, we will be stronger, our mission to fight the good fight reaffirmed.

Stay safe and well,
Seamus

Iona College Office of Alumni Engagement
Telephone: (914) 633-2390 | Fax: (914) 637-2711
Email: [email protected]

Congratulations to EJ Crawford named to First Team All Met area team by Met Writers Assoc.
04/21/2020

Congratulations to EJ Crawford named to First Team All Met area team by Met Writers Assoc.

Four Men's #MAACHoops Players Named to All-Met Teams.

#ICMBB
#GoBroncs
#FlyHawks
#StrutYourPride

📰: bit.ly/2VKfdrP

04/18/2020
Iona Gael Update with Sean Armand

Great to visit with Iona great from early 2010s Sean Armand.

We hear about Sean's six years of play in European professional basketball that has taken him paly for teams in Germany, Turkey, Russia, and France, memories of playing for Gaels two NCAA teams in early 2010's, thoughts on Coach Tim Cluess and the arrival of Rick Pitino, and thoughts on life after basketball.

We hope to do more of these.

Quite a group of recruits for Iona basketball assembled for next season.
04/18/2020
Iona MBB Announces Recruiting Class For 2020-21 Season - Iona College Athletics

Quite a group of recruits for Iona basketball assembled for next season.

Iona College men's basketball head coach Rick Pitino announced the addition of eight student-athletes for the 2020-21 season. The Gaels' incoming class contains three juniors, two sophomores and three freshmen, including three junior college transfers ranked in the top 100 in the nation and six that...

We saw coach Holloway in the season finale in Jersey City Last month.
04/14/2020

We saw coach Holloway in the season finale in Jersey City Last month.

The #MAACSports Coaching Spotlight is back!

This week, the MAAC sat down with Shaheen Holloway, Men's Basketball Head Coach at Saint Peter's, to get an inside look at the program.

Read the full interview below!

#MAACHoops

📰: bit.ly/34ySHGB

Esports is taking off:
04/10/2020

Esports is taking off:

𝕎𝕖'𝕣𝕖 𝕓𝕒𝕔𝕜.

The 2020 #MAACEsports Championships presented by New Jersey Army National Guard to be Conducted Online.

📰: bit.ly/2XlOHY7

Review of first Tourney in AC,  Richard Ensor and MAAC staff put a lot of planning and effort into it. NY area suffers f...
04/08/2020
Our view: College conference's first tournament in Atlantic City shows promise

Review of first Tourney in AC, Richard Ensor and MAAC staff put a lot of planning and effort into it.

NY area suffers for not having a centrally located 6,000 arena. New Rochelle missed once in 40 year opportunity not building one into New Roc Center 20 years ago. Could have housed Iona basketball, hockey, high school games, concerts and serve as a convention floor.

My friend Pete Maneri thought Cross County center in Yonkers could fit an arena.

Still could happen, but not a conversation till the economy clears. Pitino factor could accelerate.

I went to Providence College which got City to build 12,000 seat civic center in 1970s, a boon for city for decades, then state of RI did recent $60 million remodel job.

Honestly, I like Patriot League format playing at higher seed campus sites, creates big time home game atmosphere that are well attended and memorable.

What do you think?

1 Should New Rochelle build a 6,000 seat arena?

2. Should MAAC consider after AC experience go to a campus site Championship format?

Ken Kraetzer, editor

The first year of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall did not end the way that anyone wanted.

Rick Pitino has already attracted a number of high potential players to Iona, but it will take a while to see how much c...
04/07/2020
Rick Pitino wants Iona to face Kentucky

Rick Pitino has already attracted a number of high potential players to Iona, but it will take a while to see how much can be done in the first season. Understand Iona has already been contacted about a number of interesting preseason tournaments for the fall. Kentucky in the first month might be a lot to take on, we will see. Once life returns to normal this will get interesting.

Key concern at private schools like Iona is enrolling enough students for the fall, a lot of tuition money lost in stock market drop. A lot of lost jobs for parents. A lot of student jobs lost. Hopefully the economy is back close to normal by Labor Day but no guarantees.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/ncaabk/rick-pitino-wants-iona-to-face-kentucky/ar-BB12epmp

It's clear the new Iona head coach isn't interested in easing in to his latest coaching gig. He wants to take on the top programs, particularly one he has very close ties to.

John Feinstein discusses Rick Pitino hire by Iona in this podcast, his new book, "Back Roads to March" describing the 20...
04/07/2020
John Feinstein Talks College Basketball, New Book - WFNZ Podcasts - Omny.fm

John Feinstein discusses Rick Pitino hire by Iona in this podcast, his new book, "Back Roads to March" describing the 2018-19 season has a nice chapter about Iona and Tim Cluess.
https://omny.fm/shows/wfnz-podcasts/john-feinstein-talks-college-basketball-new-book

Author John Feinstein joined the Mac Attack to discuss all things involving College Basketball, plus a look at his new book "The Back Roads to March".   

Former Iona player Jonathan Duck, Dies from Coronavirus.Very sad news former late '80s Iona center,  Jonathan Duck, one ...
03/29/2020
They Celebrated Basketball and a Birthday. Then Came Coronavirus.

Former Iona player Jonathan Duck, Dies from Coronavirus.

Very sad news former late '80s Iona center, Jonathan Duck, one of two college basketball players who have died from coronavirus after attending a birthday party March 14th in Scarsdale.

Remember Jonathan very well, low post player, husky, could not move well, but great hands, taught me value of good hands for an athlete, the great ones have it. When ever there was a scramble for a rebound under a basket, if Jonathan could get to it, he usually came away with the rebound.

Remember going to an '88 or '89 Iona game at the Palestra in Philadelphia against LaSalle with a business friend and pointing out Jonathan's consistent rebounding.

This was before I covered Iona games, but attended them regularly with my Dad. May have said hello to Jonathan, appeared to be a warm hearted guy, well liked by teammates.

Why the alumni programs are such great occasions, the night honoring Richie Guerin and this season the 1980 team standout, always great to see the stars, but also the names we remember coming off the bench and going into games late.

Feel free to add any Remembrances of Jonathon Duck below:

Our condolences and prayers to Jonathan's family and friends. Sad and hits home.

Ken

Ken Kraetzer MBA'86
Editor

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/28/sports/basketball/coronavirus-college-basketball-players-ncaa.html

A tight social circle bound by New York City basketball is hit hard by Covid-19, with two dead and others ailing.

Congratulations to five Gaels recognized on  Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship team!
03/26/2020

Congratulations to five Gaels recognized on Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship team!

Men's and Women's ECAC representatives from the MAAC announced:
03/26/2020

Men's and Women's ECAC representatives from the MAAC announced:

#MAACHoops Men’s and Women’s Players Named to All-ECAC Teams, Stella Johnson Named ECAC Division I Player of the Year.

📰: bit.ly/2wE186Q

EJ Crawford named to 1st Team by NABC!  Congratulations to EJ on a remarkable career at Iona. Best wishes on the future.
03/24/2020

EJ Crawford named to 1st Team by NABC! Congratulations to EJ on a remarkable career at Iona. Best wishes on the future.

Five Men's #MAACHoops Players Named to 2019-20 NABC All-District Teams.

📰: bit.ly/2WGdJRx

Note from President Carey:Iona Connection A Message from the PresidentDear Iona alumni and friends,As we have witnessed ...
03/19/2020

Note from President Carey:

Iona Connection
A Message from the President

Dear Iona alumni and friends,

As we have witnessed together, the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications are far-reaching, fluid and evolving – day to day, even hour to hour. At Iona College, our Task Force Response Team has been vigilant in monitoring facts and guidance from health officials and doing everything possible to stay a step ahead in preventative measures to keep both our campus and community safe.

Based on guidance from health officials, all undergraduate and graduate classes will move online for the rest of the spring semester and all employees who can work from home are encouraged to do so until further notice.

We realize that each of you is impacted differently by the current circumstances. Please know our staff remains committed to helping students, parents and alumni during this time and can be reached through email or phone to answer questions or hear your concerns.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our lives in ways nobody could have anticipated. And we know there are more challenges in front of us. We will meet these challenges together. We will learn together. We will explore together. We will pray together. And when we return to campus to be together, we will be wiser, stronger, and closer than ever.

I want to personally thank you for all the support you have shown over the past few weeks and I know you will be there for us as we navigate these unchartered territories together.

Thank you for your continued prayers, compassion and vigilance.

Sincerely,

Seamus Carey

Iona College Office of Alumni Engagement
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Email: [email protected]

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Isaiah Washington will transfer, Omar Rowe joining program.
Seton Hall transfer Anthony Nelson to Manhattan
Today's Iona College Class of 2020 virtual Graduation: https://graduation.iona.edu Congratulations to all the Graduates!
NCAA will vote on allowing one immediate transfer, some say talented underclassman could be lured to Power Five, Big East programs. Also saw Discussion today that Power Five could move out of NCAA entirely. That move would pull major revenue out of every other school.
MAAC to keep indoor track and field at Armory Center in Manhattan: https://www.facebook.com/35951943769/posts/10158353171908770/
More NCAA problems for Coach Pitino, not clear how severe sanctions will be:
NCAA levels penalties at Rick Pitino, not clear how severe they will be.
Rich Ensor, Commissioner of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference discusses with Ken Kraetzer of Sons of the American Legion Radio and WVOX 1460 AM New Rochelle the impact of Covid-19 crisis on college sports. Topics covered include : 1. Closing the MAAC Basketball Tournament in Atlantic City, 2. Canceled NCAA Basketball Tournament impact 3. Rick Pitino hiring by Iona College 4. Outlook for fall and winter sports Video by Ken Kraetzer for Sons of the American Legion Radio based at Squadron 135, White Plains, NY
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