August 7, 2022

‘Giving the Best of Yourself’, On and Off the Field

AMU Communications

Fall Athletes Return to Ave Maria University 

On August 5, 2022, Ave Maria University welcomed back its fall athletes, including a brand-new class of recruits. The 2022-2023 academic year will mark the beginning of three new varsity programs and the return of two programs that made their debuts last season.  

The 2021 AMU Volleyball team after their Sun Conference Championship win on November 13, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

“The returning Gyrenes look great; they obviously worked hard over the summer. I’m looking forward to seeing them on the field with the talented newcomers. The buzz is back on campus, lots of energy.”

—Will Hampton, Associate Athletic Director, External Operations

A total of 282 student-athletes report for camp in August. 90 of the 282 are incoming freshmen, and new to the University. The programs returning for pre-season camp are football, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, and volleyball. The AMU Marching Band will also be among this assembly, as they prepare their half-time show. 

“It is an exciting time in Ave Maria as we welcome our Gyrenes back to campus. Preseason camp is a unique experience. The upperclassmen return to campus ready to work and push themselves to get better and the freshmen enter their first camp eager to make a mark on their respective programs. Preseason camp is about laying a strong foundation for the season ahead.

—Elizabeth Feger, Associate Athletic Director – Compliance and SWA

Last season, the volleyball team brought home the Sun Conference Championship for the first time in University history, and the football team made a run for the title. This year, all eyes are on returning to the conference playoffs. But this goal can’t be reached on the field alone; AMU focuses just as much on academic skills as athletic skills. 

In addition to the athletic preparations our new student-athletes will take part in academic preparations with members of the University faculty, where they will discuss ‘Giving the Best of Yourself: A Document on the Christian Perspective on Sport and the Human Person’

Elizabeth Feger, Associate Athletic Director – Compliance and SWA

AMU will have 24 NAIA varsity programs entering the 2022-2023 academic year, the most in University history. Women’s soccer play their first game of the season on August 18, closely followed by men’s soccer on August 25, volleyball on August 26, and football on August 27. Cross country will run their first invitational on September 3 in Lakeland, Fla. For more information about the Gyrene fall athletic schedule, visit



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