Monday, August 31, 2009

MVCC Athletics - Commitment to Excellence

As fall classes begin, our broad focus is getting students off to a great start academically. At the same time, we recently took a look at the success of our athletic programs. For our success last season, we have received the trophy for second place nationwide in the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators Cup Competition. This honor recognizes our 20 athletic teams' performance in national championships in 2008-09 compared to more than 100 other community colleges in the non-scholarship division III category. The only college to best us this year? College of DuPage--a college of more than 34,000 students near Chicago. We've never taken anything lower than fourth in our division in the six years this competition has been held.

MVCC currently offers 10 men's and 9 women's sports, plus one co-ed team. This represents one of the largest and most diverse two year college intercollegiate athletic programs in the country. A quick summary of the excellence achieved by our more than 350 student athletes and outstanding coaches last year is as follows:

Team Accomplishments:

  • 6 Conference Championships
  • 2 Regional Championships
  • 5 Regional Runner-ups
  • 16 Final Four appearances
  • 2 National Championships
  • 1 National Runner-up

Individual Accomplishments

  • 34 All-Conference
  • 67 All-Region
  • 25 All-Americans
  • 3 Conference Players of the Year
  • 2 Regional Players of the Year
  • 3 National Players of the Year

Coaches of the Year

  • 5 Conference
  • 2 National

Academic Awards

  • 11 All-Region
  • 9 All-American
  • 4 Teams Academic All-American

Overall Record

  • 417 wins
  • 185 losses
  • 5 ties
  • .673% Winning Percentage
  • 2nd Place

This is a linear continuation of decades of success for our athletic programs. MVCC is proud of its 17 national championships, 107 individual national champions and 330 NJCAA all-Americans…330 all-Americans!

Our mission is to promote student success and community involvement through a commitment to excellence and a spirit of service. Clearly, our athletic programs highlight those elements of student success and a commitment to excellence. Congratulations to the athletes and coaches on an outstanding year. I look forward to cheering on their continued success in the coming year! If you have any thoughts about our athletic programs at MVCC, please contact me at presblog@mvcc.edu.