Faith & Athletics

Jay Phillips | Faith & Athletics Coordinator 

The Mount St. Mary's University Athletic Department is committed to the full development of the student-athlete. As a Catholic institution the Mount has a unique opportunity to integrate faith with athletic endeavors, to give athletics a higher meaning, and to allow student-athletes to strive for victories beyond the field, court, or track.

Mount St. Mary's student-athletes have the ability to fully integrate their vocation to participate in an intercollegiate sport and their vocation to live the Gospel message.   Each team has at least one chaplain, whose primary role is to provide spiritual support and consolation to student-athletes.  Sport chaplains invest themselves into a particular team with their prayer and encouragement during practice and competitions.  They are a phenomenal resource to help our student-athletes develop virtue and enable them to have a unique Division I athletic experience.  Our Sports Chaplains are current Mount St. Mary’s University seminarians and include, or have included, former Professional, NCAA Division I, II, and II student-athletes.

In addition to sport chaplains, the Mount can boast weekly “Faith & Athletics” studies open exclusively to student-athletes.  These studies are led by chaplains, coaches, Varsity Catholic missionaries, and student-athlete leaders.  The studies focus on developing the perspectives and virtues necessary to commit to athletic and personal excellence for Christ.

Associate Head Cross Country, Track & Field Coach Jay Phillips coordinates these efforts within the athletic department. Phillips was a stand-out sprinter for the Mount and earned his bachelor's degree in theology in 2005. As a student he earned the University's most prestigious academic award, the Flanagan Memorial Prize, which is given to the graduating senior who best represents the mission of Mount St. Mary's in scholarship, conduct, and leadership. Phillips also earned the Sheridan Award, given each year to a graduating student-athlete who excels in both athletics and academics. In 2008 Phillips earned his master's degree from the Mount in theology and is currently a lecturer in the undergraduate theology department.

The Mount is the one of the only NCAA Division I institutions listed in the Cardinal Newman Society's "Newman Guide to choosing a Catholic College." Coach Phillips works with coaches, sport chaplains, and the Center for Campus Ministry to help all Mount St. Mary's student-athletes live the university's mission. Student-athletes will be able to use their faith as a guide to true athletic excellence, discover their full potential as young men and women called to participate in intercollegiate athletics, develop leadership skills important in and out of the competition context, and experience the love of a community striving for imperishable crowns

For further information regarding how our student-athletes are integrating their faith with athletics, please contact Coach Phillips at 301-447-6724 or