North Central Michigan College Set to Join MCCAA

North Central Michigan College announced Monday that it has been approved to join the Michigan Community College Athletic Association.

The MCCAA approved NCMC’s membership during its legislative meeting on Monday.

The membership guarantees NCMC a schedule of home and away games against fellow Michigan community colleges, beginning in fall 2022.

The MCCAA is a 22-member community college athletic association, founded in 1926, and featuring 21 Michigan colleges and one college in northern Indiana.

“MCCAA membership is the next step toward bringing our athletic program to scale at the varsity level,” said NCMC Athletic Director Ashley Antonishen.  “This is exciting for our community and a great opportunity for student-athletes locally and statewide who can now continue playing the sport they love while receiving an exceptional North Central education.”

In November, NCMC announced the addition of six varsity athletic programs. The six teams will begin competition in the National Junior College Athletic Association during the 2022-23 academic year. North Central is adding volleyball, esports, men’s and women’s basketball, and men’s and women’s cross country.

The NJCAA’s board of regents unanimously approved North Central’s application in late October. North Central will compete in NJCAA Region 12, which includes 33 colleges from Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Following a one-year probationary period, the Timberwolves will be eligible for postseason competition in fall 2023.

Located in Petoskey, with learning centers in Gaylord and Cheboygan, North Central launched a club sports program in 2019, with offerings in cross country, downhill ski racing and esports.