North Central joins the Michigan Community College Athletic Association

PETOSKEY – North Central Michigan College has joined the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA), the state athletic association for two-year colleges.

Membership will ensure North Central a competitive schedule of home and away games against other Michigan community colleges starting in fall 2022.

The MCCAA voted to accept North Central as its 22nd member institution at a legislative meeting held on Monday, December 13. The Timberwolves will sponsor six teams: Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Volleyball and Esports.

In addition to guaranteeing the college multiple home games, membership also means that Timberwolf student-athletes will be eligible to receive the MCCAA conference awards and recognition.

“MCCAA membership is the next step in scaling our athletic program to the university level,” said athletic director Ashley Antonishen. “This is exciting for our community and a great opportunity for local and national student-athletes who can now continue to play the sport they love while receiving an exceptional education in the North Central. ”

Founded in 1926 to promote the sport among junior colleges, the MCCAA is made up of 21 colleges in Michigan and one college in northern Indiana. The conference is divided into two divisions, Eastern and Western, but is in the process of being redistributed. North Central won’t know which colleges will be in its division until the redistribution process is complete, Antonishen said.

Most of the MCCAA colleges are located in central Michigan or in the south. Alpena Community College, which also sponsors men’s and women’s basketball, cross-country and volleyball, is closest to Petoskey.

North Central launched its club sports program in 2019. Initial offerings included cross-country, e-sports, and downhill ski racing. The college became a member of Region 12, Division II of the National Junior College Athletic Association in October 2021.

Antonishen and his coaching staff are currently recruiting college athletes in all six sports.

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