The Hofstra University Department of Athletics and NIKE, Inc. are joining forces as the two jointly announced that Nike will become the official apparel supplier for all of Hofstra’s 21 athletic programs. This agreement covers all Pride teams and their uniforms, footwear, apparel, and equipment.
This will mark the first-ever full head-to-toe partnership for Hofstra Athletics.
The partnership, which will be fulfilled by BSN SPORTS, will begin with the 2019-20 academic year.
“Today is a monumental moment in the history of Hofstra University and our athletics programs,” commented Hofstra Director of Athletics Rick Cole Jr. “This agreement with Nike is a significant step forward for the Hofstra Department of Athletics, our teams and most importantly, our student-athletes. Teaming up with Nike, the industry leader, will vastly improve our student-athlete experience, while also outfitting our athletic teams with the best in class from head to toe. Working with Nike and its partner, BSN Sports, will assist us as we continue to grow the Hofstra brand.”
Bill Stote, BSN’s Collegiate Select Senior Vice President added, “This agreement with Hofstra University affirms our highest aspirations for BSN’s Collegiate Select program: delivering elite, customized products and services to our college customers. We are excited to partner with the Pride to elevate the performance and impact of their top-notch and growing athletic program.”
ABOUT HOFSTRA ATHLETICS
Hofstra University sponsors 21 intercollegiate athletic programs that compete at the NCAA Division I level in the Colonial Athletic Association and Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association. These sports include baseball, men’s & women’s basketball, men’s & women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s & women’s golf, men’s and women’s indoor track, men’s & women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s outdoor track, men’s & women’s soccer, softball, men’s & women’s tennis, wrestling, and volleyball.
ABOUT NIKE, INC.
NIKE, Inc., based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world’s leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly owned NIKE, Inc. subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories; and Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes surf and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories.
ABOUT BSN SPORTS
BSN SPORTS is the leading marketer, manufacturer and distributor of sporting goods apparel and equipment. A division of Varsity Brands, BSN SPORTS markets and distributes its products to over 100,000 institutional and team sports customers in colleges and universities, middle and high schools, and recreational programs throughout the United States via catalog, e-commerce, and direct sales. Focused on providing game changing solutions through local partnerships, multi-brand selection and one-stop shopping for equipment and uniforms, BSN SPORTS’ more than 2,000 employees have been helping elevate participation in team sports since 1972. For more information about BSN SPORTS please visit http://www.bsnsports.com.
QUOTES FROM HOFSTRA HEAD COACHES
Joe Elliott, head men’s golf coach
“Nike Golf has been long recognized as one of the top brands in the game and we are thrilled to have the chance to represent Hofstra while wearing and using Nike apparel and equipment.”
Vincent Giambanco, head men’s and women’s cross country and track coach
“Founded in the 1960s to provide better footwear for track and field athletes in Oregon, Nike has for many decades provided runners worldwide, at all levels, with the very best in footwear and apparel. We are excited to be continuing our relationship with Nike with our track and cross country programs.”
Emily Mansur, head volleyball coach
“We are extremely excited to partner with Nike for many years to come. It will have a great impact on our program, especially in the areas of recruiting and on-court performance. Nike has led the way for many years in the sport of volleyball, and we cannot wait to begin our partnership with them.”
Joe Mihalich, head men’s basketball coach
“What an absolutely exciting day for Hofstra Athletics. To be partnering with a company like Nike is an outstanding development for the future of Hofstra Pride Athletics. Our men’s basketball program is thrilled to join together with Nike and their amazing apparel and equipment. Nike is truly the best in the business and this is a momentous day for our University!”
Jay Miller, head softball coach
“The most recognizable teams in college softball are linked with Nike and we are proud to become the newest program to connect ourselves with the finest brand in sports.”
Scott Muggeo, head women’s golf coach
“It is great for our team to have this incredible opportunity. Nike has outstanding products and our program will benefit immensely from this partnership.”
Richard Nuttall, head men’s soccer coach
“Nike has been at the forefront of soccer footwear, apparel, and equipment at every level around the globe. To be associated with such an iconic brand is great for the Hofstra Men’s Soccer program and I look forward to an outstanding relationship for years to come.”
Dennis Papadatos, head wrestling coach
“Knowing their association with USA Wrestling and the equipment, singlets, and mat shoes that they provide, I believe that the Hofstra Wrestling program has taken a giant step forward with our partnership with Nike. We look forward to wearing their first-class gear for many years to come.”
Jason Pasion, head men’s and women’s tennis coach
“Nike makes incredible tennis products that are used by some of the world’s best players. It is a huge boost for Hofstra’s Tennis programs to partner with them.”
Simon Riddiough, head women’s soccer coach
“Nike and women’s soccer are synonymous on a national and international level. Our recent success on the field is parallel with Nike’s high standards and tradition of victory.”
John Russo, head baseball coach
“We are super excited to be joining the Nike family. Their equipment and apparel is top-notch and our entire program cannot wait to start using and wearing it.”
Shannon Smith, head women’s lacrosse coach
“Our program could not be more thrilled to be working with Nike. We are looking forward to them outfitting our team in their outstanding lacrosse equipment. Nike’s commitment to the highest-quality equipment and apparel will be an asset to our program and to the development of our student-athletes.”
Seth Tierney, head men’s lacrosse coach
“From its humble beginnings in the early 1970s to its current status as the worldwide leader in footwear, equipment, and apparel, we look forward to becoming great partners with Nike and wearing and using their first class products. This is not only a great partnership for our program, but for the entire Hofstra University Athletics family.”
Courtney Veinotte, head field hockey coach
“Hofstra Field Hockey is truly excited to be a part of the Nike family with their wide array of field hockey footwear, uniforms, and equipment. We believe this partnership will benefit our student-athletes greatly on the field and will be a huge boost for our recruiting efforts.”
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