Athletic offerings continue to expand as Redhawks already compete in men’s and women’s golf, cross country, tennis and volleyball

December 19, 2014

Mesa Athletics Men's GolfMesa, Arizona ~ The Benedictine University at Mesa Redhawks continue to take flight as the University announced today that it will add softball and men’s basketball beginning in the fall of next year.

Student-athletes who play for high school or community college softball or men’s basketball teams are encouraged to schedule an appointment to visit the University to see what Benedictine has to offer.

“We are pleased and very excited to be able to continue to grow our athletics program,” said Steve Schafer, associate athletic director at Benedictine University at Mesa. “We are looking for good athletes and good students who embrace Benedictine values of academic excellence and service.”
Schafer said the University will immediately begin recruiting efforts in the East Valley and beyond.

This past fall, the University demonstrated great potential and promise for the future of its athletics programs with a successful inaugural season for men’s and women’s golf and cross country – a trend the Redhawks will look to continue this winter and spring as men’s and women’s volleyball kick off their season and men’s and women’s tennis compete for the first time. Cheerleading and Dance will also be added next fall.

The University has applied for membership with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Once accepted into the NAIA, the University’s athletic programs will have the opportunity to qualify and compete in national tournaments and championships.

Benedictine University at Mesa is a branch campus of Benedictine University, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education to operate an accredited, degree-granting institution of higher learning in Arizona.

Applications are still being accepted for spring 2015 classes. Classes begin January 12.

For more information about Benedictine, please visit Gillett Hall at 225 E. Main St. in downtown Mesa, or contact (602) 888-5533 or For more information on the University’s athletic programs, visit To schedule a campus tour, please visit


Benedictine University at Mesa is a branch campus of Benedictine University, an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine is ranked No. 1 among the country’s fastest-growing campuses between 2002-2012 in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of private nonprofit doctoral institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the fourth consecutive year in 2014.

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