Proud to be Patriots

What it means to the Loyola Greyhounds to belong to the Patriot League

By Ryan Eigenbrode  |  Photos by Malia Leary/Courtesy of Loyola Athletics

On July 1, Loyola University Maryland joined the Patriot League, where the Greyhounds now compete against student-athletes from American, Army, Boston University, Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette, Lehigh, and Navy.

Loyola magazine invited a few members of the Loyola community to share what this change means to them—and to the University.

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“We are ecstatic to be joining the Patriot League in 2013. We believe that the move to the Patriot League will enhance our ability to recruit highly-motivated student-athletes. These student-athletes will increase our desire for excellence in the classroom, on the court, and in the community. We will be facing great coaches and programs in the Patriot League, and we look forward to the challenge of excelling in an extremely competitive environment.”

Joe Logan, ’96, Head Women’s Basketball Coach

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“We are excited to be part of such a prestigious conference with some of the best academic programs in the country. I believe that from a recruiting standout, and for the current players in the program, being a member of the Patriot League makes an already valuable Loyola University Maryland degree that much more respected. It has been, and it will continue to be, an advantage for us.”

—Chris Baloga, Head Men’s Golf Coach

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“We are looking forward to a new challenge; the Patriot League is rich in tradition and we are thrilled to be a part of it. The Patriot League teams are of an exceedingly high caliber. Amongst a myriad of unknowns, the strength of the conference is one of the ‘knowns,’ so to speak. It is exciting to think about the challenge.”

Katherine Remy Vettori, Head Women’s Soccer Coach

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“What it means to Loyola—and particularly Loyola athletics—is that we’ve found a stable home for our athletic program that will be competitive, and that exemplifies that we expect our athletes are genuinely scholar-athletes. Loyola has a profound Catholic commitment to deep academic quality, and we are joining other members of the Patriot League who share—and live out—that commitment to academic excellence. I don’t think I even realized quite how much this would mean to Loyola University Maryland until this summer. Everywhere I go, parents and alumni are speaking with me about what a strong move this is for Loyola. The company that we are keeping is very impressive both athletically and academically, and we are right where Loyola should be.”

Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., Loyola President

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