Bay College joins the Michigan Community College Athletic Association
ESCANABA, Mich. (WLUC) — Member schools of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) met Monday morning and voted to accept Bay College’s application to be the MCCAA’s 23rd member starting the year university 2022-2023.
Bay joins Southwest Michigan College and North Central Michigan College as new members for next year. The Norwegians will compete in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, softball and volleyball.
MCCAA President Mel Grau shared her thoughts on the results. “The MCCAA is thrilled to add such a strong collegiate institution to our organization. We believe Bay will positively continue our strong competitive traditions while upholding our MCCAA mission.
“I echo the sentiments of President Grau.” Added Al Perry, MCCAA Executive Administrator. “I would also add that this excitement is due to a myriad of factors, but for the sake of brevity I will quickly mention three of those factors.”
“Firstly, it is clear from the site visit that Bay College has demonstrated a dedication to its athletic facilities over the past five years and at the same time significant improvements are planned in the future,” Perry continued. The facilities and plans are currently at championship level meeting the expectations we have for our member institutions. Once the renovations are complete, it will only add to the experience for Bay College student-athletes and their competitors within the MCCAA. Another factor in MCCAA’s decision-making process was the clear commitment of Bay College leadership. During the site visit, Dr. Coleman not only made very clear the rationale for starting athletics, but followed that feedback with a vision for the program that incorporated a strong commitment to developing the infrastructure and offerings that are offered there. The third factor is the experience of student-athletes at other member institutions. Many student-athletes attending Lower Peninsula institutions have not gone to the Upper Peninsula, and the addition of Bay College provides them with that experience, simultaneously demonstrating the vastness, beauty, and uniqueness of our state.
“The Michigan Community College Athletic Association is already one of the largest and most competitive athletic conferences in the nation, for the reasons mentioned above and many more, our members agreed without any dissent that Bay College would strengthen our association. We look forward to their addition.
“Bay College is beyond excited to take this next step in athletics by joining the Michigan Community College Athletic Association,” said Matt Johnson, athletic director. “Becoming a conference member has been our goal since the reinstatement of our program five years ago. Becoming a member of the rich MCCAA tradition creates rivalries and intensifies competition, which is great for our athletic programs, our student-athletes, and the Bay College community. It provides countless opportunities for our students through competition and enhances their opportunities for recognition and growth.
Bay College President Dr. Laura Coleman was also thrilled to hear the news. “Bay College is thrilled to join the MCCAA conference! This will give our athletes new opportunities. We look forward to focusing our game in Michigan and representing the Upper Peninsula. »
“Overall, this has been an exciting competitive year for the MCCAA in terms of growth and expansion,” added Tod Hess, MCCAA’s Director of Publicity. “For some time, the number of institutions and sports offers has stagnated there. This year, we have added not only Bay College, but also the following institutions, along with two other institutions that are inquiring about membership:
College of Southwestern Michigan, in Dowagiac, MI
North Central Michigan College, in Petoskey, MI
And many of our current members have decided to add sports offers.
Hess continued his thoughts. “With this growth, the association is currently working to restructure our current conference rosters, historically we have been split into Eastern and Western conferences, and the schedules tied to those splits. The subcommittee responsible for this restructuring intends to have the conference rosters and schedules completed by the end of February. This is an incredible time within the MCCAA and Michigan State for community college athletics; therefore, once the schedules are established, be sure to catch a game.
Bay College is currently an independent member of NJCAA Region 13. They will begin play in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association in the fall of 2022 in all sports.
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