Press release issued by Rowan College at Gloucester County
The Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) athletic department took center stage on Thursday, June 28, in Washington, D.C. The Roadrunners were named the best overall non-scholarship athletic program in the country by the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA).
“This is among the highest honors for an athletic program at our level,” Brian Rowan said, the Roadrunner Athletic Director. “We talk often about having a balanced program and this type of recognition shows that we are there. It is a great feeling to bring the cup back to RCGC!”
RCGC scored the highest number of points in the NATYCAA Cup program for non-scholarship National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) colleges, outdistancing their competitors with 153 points. In total, ten of the Roadrunners 14 intercollegiate teams competed at NJCAA National Championship events and contributed points to the Roadrunners winning total. Highlights from the year include a national championship for the men’s outdoor track and field team, national runner-up performances by women’s outdoor track and field, women’s tennis, and men’s tennis and a national third place finish by baseball. Women’s soccer, women’s basketball, wrestling, and men’s and women’s cross country also earned points toward the cup by advancing to their national championship events.
“Winning the NATYCAA Cup demonstrates the commitment and talent of both our student athletes and our coaches,” RCGC President Frederick Keating said. “It is an honor to have our athletic program recognized on a national level.”
“When I decided to attend RCGC, I had no idea it would have had as big as an impact as it has on my life,” Jack Goan said, the Roadrunner’s sophomore catcher named NJCAA Region XIX Division III Player of the Year with 12 home runs, 74 RBIs and a .490 batting average. “Creating friendships with not just the team and staff of my sport, but also with others — I’m forever grateful to be a Roadrunner.”
The winners and the top three place finishers were honored at the 2018 NATYCAA Convention, in conjunction with the NACDA and Affiliates Convention week in Washington, D.C. Point totals are accumulated through finish in NJCAA national competition. The NATYCAA Cup program began in 2004. This program recognizes excellence in two-year college athletics based on success in championship competition.
The 2017–18 NATYCAA Cup Non-Scholarship Final Standings were as follows:
1. Rowan College at Gloucester County — 153 points
2. Herkimer CC — 136 points
3. Suffolk C — 130.5 points
This is the 5th NATYCAA Cup for the RCGC Roadrunners, with the last coming in 2012–13.