Canisius High School has won seven consecutive Monsignor Martin Athletic Association Supremacy Cups, and 13 Supremacy Cups in the past 14 years. The Cup is awarded annually to the school with the most successful overall athletic programs.
Canisius strives to create the best quality of experience for its student-athletes. Teachers challenge young men with a rigorous academic curriculum, coaches strive for athletic excellence, and the administration has provided first-rate facilities. Most importantly, Canisius student-athletes stay true to the school's Jesuit mission, to be "Men for Others."
In 2018-2019, 19 Canisius student-athletes committed to colleges and universities throughout the United States to continue their academic and athletic pursuits. The group represented nearly 10% of the senior class, far surpassing the national average of 2% of high school seniors that move onto collegiate athletic careers. Canisius student-athletes are pursuing their academic and athletic careers at schools such as Princeton, Harvard, Penn St., Bowling Green, Navy, Cornell, Boston College, Miami, Williams College and Cal-Berkley.
Our students compete against some of the best high school athletic programs in the Western New York region at outstanding home athletic facilities. Canisius athletic teams are thrilled to call Koessler Field at the Robert J. Stransky Memorial Complex its home field. The multi-purpose facility opened to rave reviews from home and visiting teams, alike. An eight-lane running track circles a field composed of a synthetic surface called A-Turf. An extra layer of padding beneath its surface provides for one of the top-playing fields available to an athlete, in consistency of play, durability, comfort and aesthetics.
The Bernard J. Kennedy Field House has created far more opportunities for our indoor sports such as basketball, volleyball and wrestling, as well as outdoor sports that require indoor practice such as the baseball team. In addition, physical education classes, intramurals and student-run activities such as the 3-on-3 basketball tournament held this past March, have added immensely to the Canisius experience.
Canisius sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams. During the past seven years, the Crusaders varsity teams have won an astounding 92 championships out of a possible 183 regular season and playoff titles combined. Not included in that total are exploits of the school's crew program that is nationally recognized.
The school has always embraced a philosophy that a well-rounded athletic program is an integral part of the school's educational mission. Leaning on its long and successful history, and coupled with its sights set on the future, Canisius has taken taken major steps to ensure the quality of experience for our student-athletes is an outstanding one.
All of the physical changes are an important part of the overall picture, but the student-athletes are the driving force behind the school’s legacy…past, present and future.
A large percentage of the Canisius student body participates in athletics. As a Catholic institution in the Jesuit tradition, Canisius promotes the development of the human spirit, mind and body. Canisius athletics will continue to serve as a vehicle for these qualities, as well as fostering a safe, fun and friendly environment for student athletes to develop strong character, integrity, loyalty, and a strong sense of team work and sportsmanship.
Students are encouraged to take part in any of the 19 varsity athletic programs Canisius offers, or the 40 clubs. We feel strongly that our students will not only develop athletic skills by working with our outstanding coaching staff, but also benefit from an athletic philosophy that promotes fitness for life, and a commitment to a healthy lifestyle free of drugs and alcohol.
The improvements in facilities are only a supplement to the many people who make Canisius special. The people truly make the school a wonderful place to work each and every day. I want to extend my deepest appreciation to the coaches, players, faculty, administration, alumni and fans that have helped make Canisius a first-class program. May they continue to represent Canisius with class, dignity and respect while demonstrating competitive spirit and sportsmanship. Above all, develop life-long friendships and a true devotion to Canisius in preparation for college and for life.
Director of Athletics