Hofstra Pride
UniversityHofstra University
ConferenceColonial Athletic Association
EIWA (Wrestling)
NCAADivision I
Athletic directorRick Cole Jr.
LocationHempstead, New York
Varsity teams21
ArenaMack Sports Complex (4,223)
Lacrosse stadiumJames M. Shuart Stadium (13,000)
Other venuesNassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Fight songMarch On, Hofstra
ColorsBlue, white, and gold[1]
Hofstra Pride wordmark.svg
Colonial Athletic Association logo in Hofstra’s colors
Colonial Athletic Association logo in Hofstra’s colors

The Hofstra Pride (formerly the Hofstra Flying Dutchmen) are composed of 17 teams representing Hofstra University in intercollegiate athletics, including men and women’s basketball, cross-country running, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and track and field. Men’s sports include baseball and wrestling. Women’s sports include volleyball, field hockey, and softball. The Pride compete in the NCAA Division I and have been members of the Colonial Athletic Association in most sports since 2001.[2] They were previously members of the America East Conference.

Until 2001, Hofstra's nickname was the Flying Dutchmen (shortened to simply "Dutchmen" or "Dutch"), an homage to the Dutch heritage of university founder William S. Hofstra.[3] The Pride refer to the two lions on Hofstra's longtime logo, which school officials felt was more meaningful.[4]


Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross country
Cross country Field hockey
Golf Golf
Lacrosse Lacrosse
Soccer Soccer
Tennis Softball
Track and field+ Tennis
Wrestling Track and field+
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.


The men’s basketball team experienced its most successful period in 2000 and 2001, winning back-to-back America East Men's Basketball Tournament titles and making their first appearances in the Division I championship since the 1970s. The team most recently won the 2020 Colonial Athletic Association Championship. Speedy Claxton, the star on the 2000 team, was named the head coach in April.


The Hofstra Pride baseball team represents Hofstra University in NCAA Division I college baseball. The team plays its home games at University Field in Hempstead, New York.[5]


The Hofstra University Pride Wrestling team competes in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association in the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

In 1977, Hofstra wrestler Nick Gallo won the NCAA National Championship in the 126 lb weight class and was a member of the 1976 and 1980 U.S. Olympic Freestyle Wrestling teams, he was also given the title "Most Outstanding Wrestler" in the 1977 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.[6]

Dennis Papadatos is the current head coach.[7] The Pride wrestling team competes on campus in the Mack Sports Complex. Former Pride wrestler Chris Weidman was a 2-time NCAA Division I All-American (6th in 2006 & 3rd in 2007, both at 197 lb) and is a former UFC Middleweight Champion. Hofstra can claim 30 All-American honors among 19 wrestlers through 2018.

Hofstra’s wrestling team was formerly a member of the CAA like all other Pride teams until the CAA ended sponsorship of wrestling in 2013.

Discontinued sports


Main article: Hofstra Pride football

The school fielded a football team from 1937 to 2009, when the sport was cancelled due to costs and declining attendance.[8] The team was an associate member of the Atlantic 10 Conference from 2001 until 2009. Funds previously used for the football program went into the creation of the medical school, and enhancing a variety of programs, including hard sciences and engineering.[9]

Conference history

References in popular culture

Two of Bill Cosby's early comedy albums include routines about a game between the now-defunct Hofstra football team and Temple University.[citation needed] The routines are "TV Football" (from I Started Out as a Child) and its expanded re-telling "Hofstra" (from Why Is There Air?).

An entire episode of Everybody Loves Raymond was devoted to a main character, Frank Barone, catching a record-setting field goal ball kicked by a Hofstra player at a game against Northeastern that Ray Barone predicted to be a "tickle fight".

See also


  1. ^ Hofstra Licensing Standards Guide (PDF). July 1, 2014. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  2. ^ "The Official Website of Hofstra Pride Athletics". GoHofstra.com. Retrieved June 26, 2012.
  3. ^ Clarity, James F. (January 17, 1981). "Hofstra, Facing the Irish, Will Meet Its Mismatch". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 28, 2022.
  4. ^ Farmer, Sam (March 13, 2001). "Hofstra Sheds Colorful Name for Meaningful One". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 28, 2022.
  5. ^ "Facilities". GoHofstra.com.
  6. ^ "Points of Pride". Hofstra University.
  7. ^ "2013 Season". Hofstra University Athletics. Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  8. ^ Armstrong, Kevin (December 3, 2009). "Hofstra Drops Its 72-Year-Old Football Program". The New York Times.
  9. ^ "News". Hofstra University. March 12, 2009. Archived from the original on March 28, 2017. Retrieved March 27, 2017.