While high school senior night might mark the end of some sports careers, over 700 Gonzaga students participate in club sports each year. With more than 25 clubs covering 20 sports and activities, there is ample opportunity to extend a high school athlete’s career at GU.
The world’s game is represented by both a women’s and men’s club soccer teams on GU’s campus. Both clubs hold tryouts in early September, with semiweekly practices occurring on Mulligan Field. Additionally, each club participates in a rigorous fall season and club tournaments. Keep an eye out for College Hall whiteboards with tryout information.
Easily a fan favorite, the Gonzaga Hockey Club practices and plays home games at the Eagles Ice Arena about 10 minutes north of campus. While practices are late in the night during the week, weekend home games draw hundreds of Zags to provide a true home ice advantage. The squad is coed and open to all hockey lovers on campus.
Perhaps the most competitive club teams on the national stage, the men’s and women’s volleyball teams more than hold their own against larger schools. The men’s team won the DIAAA Championship in 2018, with the women’s team finishing third. The teams practice during the early morning hours in the RFC and have matches all around the region.
Baseball & Softball
Both the club baseball and softball teams can be seen honing their craft on Mulligan Field, home of most outdoor intramural sports. Club baseball is a member of the National Club Baseball Association and competes in the Northern Pacific North League each spring. The club practices twice a week, with weekends consisting of three game series resulting in around 15 games a semester.
Softball, meanwhile, is a member of the National Collegiate Softball Association and battles the University of Oregon, Boise State University, Washington State University and Eastern Washington University during its season.
“Being able to balance social life, classes and participate in other activities while also getting to play [softball] and have fun with a team is such a great opportunity,” said Abby Morris, a junior.
Gonzaga offers both men’s and women’s club basketball teams. Both clubs practice twice weekly in the Rudolf Fitness Center (RFC) and play competitive schedules against other universities’ club teams, local community colleges, and, in the men’s case, local adult recreational teams.
Two additional fan favorite club sports teams are the men’s and women’s rugby football clubs. One of the oldest and most historical clubs on campus, the first Gonzaga men’s rugby match was held in 1892. Recently moving into the Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference, men’s rugby draws dozens of students to Mulligan Field for home matches. Furthermore, the club has a vast alumni network.
“Freshmen should come out for the squad because it’s a great chance to instantly gain 30 friends and build a great network around campus,” said President of the men’s club Will Dodds. “We have a great alumni network and I know a bunch of the guys have been a big help to graduates getting jobs.”
In turn, the women’s club plays its matches against other clubs teams, both collegiate and recreational. The matches take them all over the Pacific Northwest and even north into Canada. No experience is needed, and all incoming freshmen girls are encouraged to come out.
Additional club sports offered include tennis, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s Ultimate Frisbee and Spikeball. Recently, a trio of esports clubs have popped up on campus. GU boasts clubs in League of Legends, Overwatch and Super Smash Bros.
*We misprinted this story in the print edition of The Zag Mag. The misprint was a repeat of the softball and baseball section in the rugby section. It has been fixed online.