We Are the Gaels

In the simplest terms, a Gael is an Irish person. Legend has it that in the 1920s a sportswriter named Saint Mary’s “the Gaels” because there were so many Irish guys on the squad. These days the Gaels’ continuing legacy in athletics includes 17 Division 1 teams. Saint Mary’s is a proud founding member of the West Coast Conference, which now includes Gonzaga, Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, Santa Clara, Portland, Sn Diego, BYU and San Francisco.

Our teams compete with the support of the GaelForce, the most powerful student cheering squad in the country that can send tremors through McKeon Pavilion. Joined by the cheerleading team, the dance team and the SMC Sports Band, the GaelForce and Gael fans everywhere provide an unmatched electric atmosphere of support for our teams.

Our Highlights

  • Saint Mary’s won its first-ever West Coast Conference Men’s All-Sports Award recognizing it as the best men’s sports in the league.
  • Men’s golf and women’s tennis won WCC championships, while men’s basketball, women’s tennis , volleyball and men’s golf all advanced to NCAA championship play.
  • Saint Mary’s competed in its inaugural season of sand volleyball. The team finished as top team in Northern California and ranked 9th nationally.
  • Men’s Soccer Trevor Newquist was named West Coast Conference Defender of the Year.
  • As a senior, Matthew Dellavedova was named West Coast Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year before joining the NBA.

Our Teams

  • Baseball

    As head coach Eric Valenzuela takes over for his first season in Moraga, he returns every infield starter from a year ago. First baseman Collin Ferguson enters the season as an All-West Coast Conference preseason team pick, and third baseman Anthony Villa is back to try and build off a 2013 campaign that saw him earn All-WCC Freshman team honors. Up the middle, shortstop Ricky Boas and second basemen Darian Ramage and Connor Hornsby are also back.

  • Men's Basketball

    The Gaels own a positive history of success in the WCC Championships under Randy Bennett. Since 2001-02, the Gaels have advanced to at least the semifinals in all 12 tournaments and have played in seven championship finals - including the last five.

  • Women's Basketball

    This past season the Gaels enjoyed another record setting year. It started with a best-ever 12-1 start and concluded with 23 wins, tying the second most in school history.

  • Cross Country

    "The NCAA West region is the most competitive region in the country,” said head coach Mary Kinsey. “From the teams through the individuals competing for a spot at Nationals, it doesn't get more tough. Our athletes are prepared ready for a very fast and competitive day.

  • Men's Golf

    Saint Mary’s joins league rivals BYU, Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, Pacific, Pepperdine, San Diego, San Francisco and Santa Clara Monday through Wednesday at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. for the annual 54-hole event that determines the WCC's team and individual automatic qualifiers for the NCAA regional championships.

  • Women's Lacrosse

    The Saint Mary’s lacrosse team begins the 2014 season this week when it hosts a pair of games. All SMC home games are played on Recreation Field on campus.

  • Men's Soccer

    Head coach Adam Cooper announced the addition of five incoming student-athletes to the Saint Mary’s College men’s soccer program this fall. The five-player class includes Dakota Armour (Sacramento, Calif.), Michael Dingle (Alpine, Calif.), Nicolas Gamp (Weilheim, Germany), Max Mirner (Lafayette, Calif.) and Severin Porschen (Bergisch Gladbach, Germany).

  • Women's Soccer

    he Saint Mary’s women’s soccer team had 10 student-athletes earn West Coast Conference All-Academic honors on Friday, as announced by the conference office. Flannery Davis, Hannah Diaz, Samantha Dion, Jessica Imbrie, Val Laforge, Casi Lynch, Julia McDonald, Heather Seybert, Jaime Turrentine and Anne Whipple were named All-Academic honorable mention.

  • Softball

    This is the inaugural season of softball as a member of the West Coast Conference. Joining SMC in the WCC is Loyola Marymount, San Diego, Pacific, Santa Clara and BYU.

  • Men's Tennis

    The Saint Mary's men's tennis team brings the 2014 regular season to a close this week with a Senior Day match against San Francisco serving as the highlight of a three-match stretch that will lead into the West Coast Conference Championships.

  • Women's Tennis

    The Saint Mary's women's tennis team has worked through the non-conference season to build momentum and confidence toward the West Coast Conference season.

  • Women's Volleyball

    If there is no more volleyball to be played this season, let it be said that the Saint Mary's volleyball team went out with a final three weeks befitting its tremendous talent and skill.

  • Track & Field

    Saint Mary’s cross country and track head coach Marty Kinsey is pleased to announce the following additions to the Saint Mary’s programs. Gabriel Arias, Noah McDermott, Matt Coss, Josh Spooner and Tyler Gershman complete the Gaels’ incoming class for 2014-15.

  • Rowing

    Saint Mary’s rowing head coach Anna Pytlak announced the Gaels have signed nine student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. Lily Oswald, Claire Ochsner, Marissa Selby, Olivia Tanasse, Sabrina Felix, Christina Schubat, Abby McGill, Brianna Pero and Jordan Patchell will join the Gaels for the upcoming 2014-15 campaign.

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Moraga, CA 94575
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