The University of St. Joseph in West Hartford will not play its conference athletic schedule this winter after the Great Northeast Athletic Conference announced Monday that it has canceled all conference winter sports contests due to COVID-19.
Winter sports include men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and men’s and women’s indoor track and field.
Albertus Magnus in New Haven, another GNAC school, also canceled its winter sports.
The conference is allowing each school to plan for nonconference competition consistent with national and state public health, NCAA and institutional guidelines, as well as providing training and conditioning opportunities.
“St. Joseph is considering all options, including on-campus training plans and exploring alternative opportunities to compete this winter,” the school said in a statement. “We will update student-athletes with plans in the coming weeks. The health and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and community will remain our highest priority during this process.”
Last winter, St. Joseph men’s basketball, coached by Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun, advanced to its first NCAA Division III Tournament appearance, where the Blue Jays lost to Hobart in the first round, 78-74, on March 6 in Springfield. The Blue Jays had a 25-game winning streak last season, and Calhoun picked up his 900th career victory in January.
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