American Football Database
American Football Database
Manhattan Jaspers
University Manhattan College
Conference(s) Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletics director Bob Byrnes
Location New York City, NY
Varsity teams 19
Basketball arena Draddy Gymnasium
Baseball stadium Van Cortlandt Park
Nickname Jaspers
Fight song
Colors Kelly Green and White



The Manhattan Jaspers and Lady Jaspers are composed of 19 teams representing Manhattan College in intercollegiate athletics, including men and women's basketball, crew, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, and track and field. Men's sports include baseball and golf. Women's sports include volleyball, tennis, and softball. The Jaspers compete in the NCAA Division I and are members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.[1]


Manhattan College had a football program from 1924 until 1942. The college team posted an all-time record of 194 wins, 198 losses and 22 ties.[2] The final coach for the school's football team was Herbert M. Kopf. After the 1942 season, the school suspended intercollegiate football competition for World War II and then did not reactivate the program after completion of the war. The team was invited to the first ever Miami Palm Festival Game, predecessor to the Orange Bowl, played on January 2, 1933, University of Miami defeated Manhattan College 7–0.

The team was revived in the 1965 in the form of a club team, and existed until 1987.


Manhattan has long maintained rivalries with several local, and MAAC Conference opponents. The Jaspers' most notable rivals are the Fordham Rams, whom they compete in the "Battle of the Bronx" with. The Jaspers also maintain very strong rivalries with the Iona Gaels, and the Siena Saints who have often been the Jaspers' main competition in MAAC play.


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