While we at Ave Maria Press our disappointed our own Notre Dame Fighting Irish are not part of this year’s NCAA Men’s or Women’s March Madness basketball tournaments, that is not stopping us from presenting profiles of other Catholic colleges who did make this year’s tournaments.

As always, use the information for an exit assignment, a classroom quiz, or as an extra credit assignment based on information of your choosing around these Catholic colleges, their founders, and their histories. Here is some basic information to get you started.

Men’s Tournament

School: Gonzaga University

Location: Spokane, Washington

Year Founded: 1887

Religious Community: Society of Jesus (Jesuits)

Chapel: St. Aloysius Church

Conference: West Coast Conference

Team Nickname: Zags

Coach: Mark Few

Seeding: 1 (West)

Total NCAA Appearances:  22

NCAA Championships: 0

 

School:  Creighton University

Location: Omaha, Nebraska

Year Founded: 1878

Religious Community: Society of Jesus (Jesuits)

Chapel: St. John’s

Team Nickname: Bluejays

Conference:  Big East

Coach: Greg McDermott

Seeding: 5 (West)

Total NCAA Appearances:  21

NCAA Championships: 0

 

School: Mount St. Mary’s University

Location: Emmitsburg, Maryland

Year Founded: 1808

Religious Community: Independent

Chapel: Chapel of the Immaculate Conception

Conference: Northeast

Team Nickname: Mountaineers

Coach: Dan Engelstad

Seeding: 16 (East)

Total NCAA Appearances: 6

NCAA Championships: 0

 

School: St. Bonaventure University

Location: St. Bonaventure, New York

Year Founded: 1854

Religious Community: Franciscans

Chapel: University Chapel

Conference: Atlantic 10

Team Nickname: Bonnies

Coach: Mark Schmidt

Seeding: 9 (East)

Total NCAA Appearances: 8

NCAA Championships: 0

 

School: Georgetown University

Location: Washington, DC

Year Founded: 1789

Religious Community: Society of Jesus (Jesuits)

Chapel: Dahlgren Chapel

Conference: Big East

Team Nickname: Hoyas

Coach: Patrick Ewing

Seeding: 12 (East)

NCAA Appearances: 31

NCAA Championships: 1

 

School: Iona College

Location: New Rochelle, New York

Year Founded: 1940

Religious Community: Congregation of Christian Brothers

Chapel: Blessed Edmund Rice Chapel

Conference: Metro Atlantic Athletic

Team Nickname: Gaels

Coach: Rick Pitino

Seeding: 15 (East)

NCAA Appearances: 14

NCAA Championships: 0

 

School: Villanova University

Location: Villanova, Pennsylvania

Year Founded: 1842

Religious Community: Augustinians

Chapel: St. Thomas of Villanova

Conference: Big East

Team Nickname: Wildcats

Coach: Jay Wright

Seeding: 5 (South)

NCAA Appearances: 39

NCAA Championships: 3

 

School: Loyola University Chicago

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Year Founded: 1870

Religious Community: Society of Jesus (Jesuits)

Chapel: Madonna della Strada Chapel

Conference: Missouri Valley Conference

Team Nickname: Ramblers

Coach: Porter Moser

Seeding: 8 (Midwest)

NCAA Appearances: 6

NCAA Championships: 1

 

 

Women’s Tournament

School: Mount St. Mary’s University

Location: Emmitsburg, Maryland

Year Founded: 1808

Religious Community: Independent

Chapel: Chapel of the Immaculate Conception

Conference: Northeast

Team Nickname: Mountaineers

Coach: Maria Marchesano

Seeding: 15 (Hemisfair)

NCAA Appearances: 3

NCAA Championships: 0

 

School: Marquette University

Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Year Founded: 1881

Religious Community: Society of Jesus (Jesuits)

Chapel: Church of the Gesu

Conference: Big East

Team Nickname: Golden Eagles

Coach: Megan Duffy

Seeding: 10 (River Walk)

NCAA Appearances: 19

NCAA Championships: 0

 

School: Gonzaga University

Location: Spokane, Washington

Year Founded: 1887

Religious Community: Society of Jesus (Jesuits)

Chapel: St. Aloysius Church

Conference: West Coast Conference

Team Nickname: Zags

Coach: Lisa Fortier

Seeding: 5 (Mercado)

Total NCAA Appearances:  10

NCAA Championships: 0