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basketball players pose for photo on court

Proving that you are never too old to keep playing the game that you love, Chestnut Hill College alumni, Cassie Sebold '22, Lauren Crim '23, and Abbey Spratt '23, took to the court this summer to participate in - and win - the Philadelphia/Suburban Women's Basketball Summer League.

In 2021 and 2022, the Chestnut Hill College Men's Lacrosse Team won back-to-back Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference championships. You can read the full story in the CHC Magazine. Below is a Q&A with three of the team captains during the championship run.

photo of the 1992-93 Jefferson Men's Basketball Team

For many incoming students, college can be a bit of a daunting experience in its own right. Add to that the pursuit of a national basketball championship, and it certainly makes for an eventful rookie/freshman year. Such was the case for Chestnut Hill College Director of Athletics and Recreation, Jesse Balcer ’11 SGS, who walked onto a team with big personalities and even bigger expectations. 

esports at chestnut hill college

Chestnut Hill College Director of Athletics and Recreation, Jesse Balcer, is pleased to announce E-Sports as the 19th intercollegiate program in the College's athletic catalog.

haley norwillo

Focusing on the student first and the athlete second, our Griffins are encouraged to achieve success in the classroom, the community and the courts/fields. We are so incredibly proud of how CHC student-athletes always manage to maintain the perfect balance between all three, and this year we are thrilled to announce the recognition of three athletes in particular as winners of the CACC Top XVI Award. We also are proud to recognize the women's athletics program for the CACC Sportsmanship Award.


Jesse Balcer will step down from his position as Chestnut Hill College's men's basketball coach following the 2019-20 season.

State Senator Art Haywood (far left) and State Representative Chris Rabb joined Jesse Balcer (far right), Mike West, Cassie Sebold and Sister Carol Jean Vale in welcoming Tamika Milburn (next to Sister Carol) and her team (to her left) to Philadelphia and Chestnut Hill College.

Sen. Art Haywood and Rep. Chris Rabb visited CHC last week to welcome the Philadelphia Reign, the city's first professional women’s basketball team in more than two decades. The team will play its home games in Sorgenti Arena.

Jesse Balcer

After an exhaustive search process which took into account many qualified candidates, Chestnut Hill College is excited to announce that Jesse Balcer, M.S., has been appointed as the new full-time athletic director.

Lynn Tubman

The Chestnut Hill College Department of Athletics and Recreation has announced the departure of nine-year athletic director, Lynn Tubman, who has been appointed to the same role at Muhlenberg College, an NCAA Division-III (D-III) institution in Western Pennsylvania.

women's lacrosse hall of fame

The great Michael Jordan once said, "Talent wins games but teamwork and intelligence win championships." 

That was the sentiment quoted by Natalie Gozzard '90 when accepting her induction into the Athletics Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2018.


In February, four Chestnut Hill College student-athletes were chosen to take part in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference's (CACC) new series, "Inspiring Courses," designed to put a direct spotlight on the academic side of being a student-athlete.

men's lacrosse team

From September to January, the CHC men's lacrosse team embodied the college’s mission and embraced the true spirit of the "Dear Neighbor" by giving back to those who matter most to them.

cross country runners

It's been a busy month for GriffinNation. Here is a roundup of the top things that happened in November.

Mike Marino

Following last year’s full, and somewhat bumpy, introduction into the Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL), CHC's 2017 campaign was full of success and record-breaking moments.

Griffin Cup group

How do you engage student-athletes? Through competition, of course, and that’s exactly what the Athletics Department has done with the annual Griffin Cup

new head coaches

With a new season comes new faces as Chestnut Hill College recently welcomed in a whole new class of student-athletes this semester. But the students weren’t the only ones to change as this offseason, several of the men’s programs as well as men’s and women’s tennis, found themselves looking to the future with brand new coaching hires.

Women's Basketball summer league

Coming off its most successful campaign in program history, CHC's women’s basketball team participated in the well-recognized Philadelphia/Suburban Women’s NCAA Summer Basketball League, to prepare for the upcoming season.

Athletic Director's Award

Sorgenti Arena was the site of a night of celebration as CHC hosted its annual Athletics Award Reception to recognize individual and team achievements over the course of the 2016-17 academic year.

CACC Champions

Men’s Tennis Makes History with First CACC Championship
The moment had finally arrived. Fifteen years after elevating to NCAA Division II status, Chestnut Hill College had won its first DII and Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) championship. 

CACC Champions

Following a successful regular season, the men's tennis team did something no other team has done before them, as they captured Chestnut Hill College's first-ever CACC championship.


When it comes to life on campus, Chestnut Hill College student-athletes are always ready to be leaders and step up to the plate in order to help create a positive impact and college experience for all of their peers.

women's basketball military appreciation night

On the morning of December 7, members of the Chestnut Hill College Women’s Basketball team served breakfast to military veterans and later hosted the College’s first Military Appreciation Night in Sorgenti Arena. 

NCAA retreat

When Mike West, head women’s basketball coach, returned from the NCAA Identity Workshop last summer, he brought back the opportunity for Chestnut Hill to participate in the NCAA D-II Campus Retreat Program.

sprint football

Not even the rain could dampen the spirits of the Chestnut Hill College community as they came out in large numbers to support the sprint football team in their home opening win over the Cornell Bears, 29-24.

The Griffins home opener game against Princeton in September 2015.

When Mike Pearson, head sprint football coach, first got the job in November 2014, he had a two-year plan in mind to build the program from scratch.

Dexter Harris

Most 21-year-olds don’t expect to be told they can no longer pursue their lifelong passion, but that is what happened to Dexter Harris ’16, who was diagnosed with a blood-clotting disorder two years ago. He was told he could never play basketball again.


Thanks to the $30,000 NCAA CHOICES grant received by the College in 2012, student-athletes have been able to promote alcohol education programs on campus, as well as attend conferences around the country, as several CHC student-athletes did at the end of January.


As a result of a successful inaugural season, seven student athletes, sophomore Domoree Hill, and freshmen, Raevon Floyd-Bennett, Brian Layden, Jon Baldwin, Kevin Meredith, Kevin Clancy and Dasantae Callis, were given all-CSFL distinction as honorable mentions on the conference-wide team.

Fitness Center

With the addition of two new athletic programs earlier this year, Chestnut Hill College saw the need to increase the offerings in the Jack and Rosemary Murphy Gulati Complex Fitness and Recreation Center to better suit the needs of its athletes and the entire campus population.

Nick Jaffe

Julian Fernandez ’11, new head men’s soccer coach and four-year star of the team when he was a student, did something he had never accomplished as a player — he took the team to the program’s first-ever playoff victory and all the way through to the conference championship.

Mike Pearson addresses team

The inaugural sprint football season may be over but the excitement and uncommon excellence it brought to the College is still very much felt among the students, the athletes and everyone else on campus.

cacc bowl

Against their CSFL and CACC rival, Post University, Chestnut Hill College orchestrated a stunning come from behind victory in their road-debut.

Chestnut Hill College kicked off its sprint football season in front of a crowd over 600 strong, treating those in attendance to a home opening rout of Princeton University, 48-13. 

Rookies Rally Men's Soccer to Home Opener Victory

The greenest members of the Chestnut Hill College men's soccer team paved the way for a red-hot second half in the team's home opener opposite University of the District of Columbia (UDC) as it was the freshmen thay tallied all three goals en route to giving first-year head coach Julian Fernandez, his inaugural victory.

helmet chc logo

On Saturday, September 5th, on a day that could only be described as having that perfect football weather, the Chestnut Hill College Griffins traveled to Penn Park to take part in an organized practice/scrimmage with the University of Pennsylvania Quakers.

Baseball team

Building off of a strong foundation established by the program's only ever head coach, Bob Spratt, the baseball team capped off the 2015 season, the best in the program's eight year history, with a record in wins, their first ever ranking in the NCWBA Poll and their second trip to the CACC Championship in the past three years.

Concussion Education Program

A team of faculty and staff led by William Ernst, Psy.D., was selected as a winner in the NCAA's 'Mind Matters' Challenge

sprint football

One year after announcing the addition of sprint football as the College's newest athletic offering, the team of coaches and players, alongside a supportive College community, has been preparing for its first-ever home football game, against Princeton University on September 19.