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Lori Runksmeier, Director of Athletics, (860) 465-5091
Eastern’s intercollegiate athletic teams have gained recognition as among the best in New England and nationally; regularly competing for conference championships. The Eastern athletic program is a member of the Little East Conference, one of the most prominent conferences at the NCAA Division III level. The softball team has won five national championships, the baseball team has won four, and the women’s basketball team has participated in national semi-final games three times.
Varsity programs are offered for women in the sports of basketball, cross-country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, track and field (indoor and outdoor), and volleyball. For the men, varsity programs are offered in the sports of baseball, basketball, cross-country, lacrosse, soccer, and track and field (indoor and outdoor). First-year students are eligible to participate on varsity teams.
The Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium, located in the Sports Center, is the home court for the men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball teams. Swimming competes in Eastern’s pool, also located in the Sports Center. Home baseball and softball games are played on their respective lighted fields at the Mansfield Sports Complex. The men’s home soccer matches are played on Thomas Nevers Field, located on Eastern’s main campus. The women’s soccer team plays on both Nevers field and the turf field at the Mansfield Sports Complex. Teams utilizing the artificial turf field at the Mansfield Sports Complex include women’s lacrosse, men’s lacrosse and field hockey. The men’s and women’s track and field programs also utilize the Mansfield Sports Complex as their home meet site.
Scott Smith, Athletic Equipment Manager (860) 465-4326
The schedule publicizing open recreational use of athletic facilities (including the Geissler Gym and the pool) is updated on the University web site. The Sports Center facilities, which include the gymnasium, pool, racquetball courts, dance studio, and fitness areas for both cardio and weights provide opportunities for a variety of recreational pursuits. Recreation staff monitors are on duty during all open hours of the building, including in the weight room. When using the Sports Center facilities, Eastern students, faculty, staff must have their valid ID with them at all times. Recreational equipment and lockers are available upon presentation of a valid ID card.
Ryan Wilde, Coordinator of Intramurals and Recreation (860) 465-0265
Eastern offers students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of intramural activities. Flag football, basketball, racquetball, indoor and outdoor soccer, volleyball, dodge ball, wiffle ball, softball, tennis, and floor hockey are typical offerings and are open to all matriculated students. Any member of the Eastern community interested in intramural sports, as a participant or an official, should contact the Coordinator of Intramurals in the Sports Center.