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10 Iona Preparatory Scholar-Athletes Commit to Playing Sports in College, Including 8 Division I Programs

Ten Iona Preparatory School scholar-athletes committed to playing a sport in college – including 8 Division I National Letter of Intent signees – as part of the school year’s first National Signing Day on Nov. 14.

Last year, the Gaels had a total of 31 scholar-athletes commit to play on college teams, including 17 Division I signings to schools such as Brown, MIT and Stanford. In all, 550 scholar-athletes participated in at least one sport at Iona Preparatory, with a remarkable 90.25 overall GPA.

This year's commits include:
  • Sam Bello, Maryland Baseball, Division I (West Nyack)
  • William Citron, Cornell University, Division I (Scarsdale)
  • Jack Cleary, Marquette Lacrosse, Division I (Bronxville)
  • Chris DiFiore, Bucknell Baseball, Division I (Mount Kisco)
  • John Hufnagle, Providence Lacrosse, Division I (Yorktown)
  • Jack Keenan, Marist Baseball, Division I (White Plains)
  • Matt Minerva, Villanova Golf, Division I (Elmsford)
  • John Nowak, Bates Baseball, Division III (Pelham)
  • Jake Pasacreta, University of Tampa Lacrosse, Division II (White Plains)
  • John Schreiber, Johns Hopkins Lacrosse, Division I (Pound Ridge)
“It was a great day to be a Gael, as I like to say,” Athletic Director Bernard A. Mahoney remarked.  “A lot of hard work from our boys, sacrifice from their parents and the dedication of our coaches went into these commitments. We look forward to these seniors’ continued commitment to their teams and studies as they finish the year strong and prepare for the next chapter in their lives.”

Iona Preparatory recently announced the creation of a new Assistant Dean for Scholar-Athlete Success position to help support students as they successfully navigate both the high school classroom and the college application, recruitment and scholarship process. Michael Moffitt, former Bergen Catholic High School guidance counselor and assistant football coach, is serving in the position.

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