Athletics

Fall Athletics Kicks Off

Athletics kicks off the fall season on Monday, August 26, with a women’s tennis match at 4pm against Roger Williams University (away). Cheer on the Wildcats at their first home games of the fall season:

  • Women’s Tennis - September 4 vs. Gordon, 3pm

  • Field Hockey - September 7 vs. Becker, 1pm

  • Women’s Soccer - September 7 vs. Brandeis, 4pm

  • Men’s Soccer - September 10 vs. Lesley, 7pm

  • Women’s Volleyball - September 13 vs. Springfield, 7pm

  • Men’s and Women’s Cross Country - October 5, Tri State Championship at CCRI Lincoln, 10am

  • IHSA Equestrian - October 5, JWU Home Show

  • IDA Equestrian - October 26, JWU Home Show, 10am

Visit the JWU Providence Athletics website for the latest news and game schedules.

National Champion Jay Albis ‘19 Joins JWU Wrestling Staff

While Jay Albis ‘19 may have wrapped up his wrestling career on the mat with a second national championship, he will still be a part of the Johnson & Wales University wrestling program. Head coach Lonnie Morris has announced that Albis will join the coaching staff this fall as an assistant.

This March, Albis solidified his place in school history when he won his second-straight NCAA title at 125 pounds. A year early he became the school’s first NCAA National Champion in any sport. In addition to his two trophies, Albis is JWU’s first three-time All-American.

Named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the 2019 NCAA Championships, Albis finished his career as the Wildcats’ all-time leader with 152 wins and a 92.12 winning percentage. As a junior, he set the single-season record with 48 victories while leading the country in tech falls. The back-to-back NEWA Wrestler of the Year and the most decorated wrestler in NEWA history, Albis collected a trio of regional championships as well as three-straight All-NEWA selections.

A native of Fishkill, NY, Albis graduated from Johnson & Wales this spring with a 3.02 grade point average in criminal justice. He earned the NWCA Scholar-Athlete award in 2016.

JWU Tennis Programs Recognized by ITA

Success has not been limited to the court for the Johnson & Wales University women's and men's tennis teams. The Wildcats are also excelling in the classroom with recent academic honors from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).

For the fourth year in row, the women's team earned an ITA All-Academic Team award for having at least a 3.20 grade point average. The program posted a 3.64 GPA – up from 3.44 the year before – to rank second amongst all JWU sports. Also surpassing last year was the number of Wildcats who earned ITA Scholar-Athlete status. Read more.

Lonnie Morris to be Inducted into NWCA Hall of Fame

In the fall of 1997, first-year head coach Lonnie Morris was just getting the Johnson & Wales University wrestling program off the ground. Next month, he will receive the sport’s highest honor when he is inducted into the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III Hall of Fame.

The ceremony will take place on August 3, 2019, at the NWCA Convention in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Joining Morris in the class of 2019 inductees are two former JWU student-athletes – John Gemmel (Ithaca College) and Tim Jacoutot (The College of New Jersey).

Twice, including this year, Morris has been named NWCA National Coach of the Year and he has been named regional coach of the year seven times. During his tenure, JWU has produced 34 regional champions and 28 All-Americans. In 2018, Jay Albis became the Wildcats’ first national champion when he claimed the title at 125 pounds. He repeated that feat in 2019. This season also saw JWU record its best showing at the NCAA Championships with a third-place finish.

A native Rhode Islander, giving back is also very important to Morris. He and his team are very active in the community service field with over 200 hours spent helping Beat the Streets Providence and conducting many clinics at clubs and high schools throughout the northeast. Read full announcement.