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Athletics at Xavier

At Xavier, we know that a strong and disciplined mind is enhanced by a strong, healthy body.

We know the value of hard work, teamwork, and sportsmanship, and that's why we offer 40 teams spread across 18 sports, including three year-round JROTC programs. Athletics are an extension of the classroom and Xavier mission, where there is a mutual respect among players, coaches, and parents. Teamwork teaches humility and sacrifice for something greater than ourselves.

Xavier plays in three highly competitive leagues—the Catholic High School Athletic Association, the Catholic High School Football League (CHSFL), and the Catholic High School Hockey League. Athletic participation requires a tremendous commitment from players, coaches, and parents; most teams practice six days a week.

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Chris O’Halloran Gannon '23

“Sports at Xavier have given me the opportunity to be a part of something special. The feeling that I have running on the field with my brothers is something that cannot be put into words. My teammates have been my brothers since freshman football tryouts and will continue to be by my side long after my playing days at Xavier are over.” 

Athletics Department

Philosophy and Vision

The Xavier Athletics Department maintains student-athlete wellness through modern sports medicine and exercise science. We have a partnership with NYU Langone Medical and Concussion Center; have a full-time strength and conditioning coach on staff; and provide myriad athletic training services.

Xavier Athletics encourages the development of multi-sport athletes and follows appropriate periodization in our strength and conditioning programs. We serve as the physical outlet of the Jesuit ideal of cura personalis, promoting the development of each Son of Xavier's unique athletic talents, challenges, and goals. Coaches and athletic administrators will promote a growth mindset within each student-athlette by creating team environments where athletes challenge themselves both on and off the field of play.

This aligns with the "Open to Growth" pillar of the "Grad at Grad," through which students are expected to seek opportunities for self-development while maintaining responsibility for their own growth.

Through hard work, Xavier athletes will develop character as part of the larger, collaborative team environment. By promoting an enjoyable, team-first, goal-oriented environment for each player within each team, overall participating in athletics by the Xavier student body will grow. Through an increased number of students facing adversity in pursuit of excellence, greater school pride in the Maroon and Blue will burn within each Son o f Xavier, allowing even more Xavier graduates to go forth and set the world on fire in athletics.

By the Numbers






of students play at least one sport


of students are multi-sport athletes

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NY State Championship
Fordham Prep
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CHSAA Championship
CHSAA Playoffs - Xaverian
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