The Iona Gaels begin their 55 game softball schedule on February 8 at the Wilmington Beach Blast in North Carolina, playing Detroit Mercy, Nebraska-Omaha, and the host school. On the weekend of February 22, the Gaels will play in the North Carolina Classic against the Tar Heels, North Dakota State, Iowa State and George Washington, who this season have as their pitching coach Sarah Jackson. Iona begins play in March at the Towson Classic before heading for the west coast. After three weekday games in San Diego, they will participate in the Riverside tournament that will feature a pair of games against Notre Dame. The Gaels will have only six home dates this season, beginning with their home opener on March 20 vs. Temple. They open MAAC play on March 30 when they host Fairfield in a rematch of last season's MAAC Championship. The Gaels close their regular season on May 4 at Saint Peter's.