The SCTCC Cyclones, in coordination with member colleges in MCAC, have put the athletics season on hold through the Fall 2020 semester due to COVID-19.
The presidents of the member colleges of the Minnesota Colleges Athletic Conference (MCAC) determined that football, volleyball, and soccer seasons would be canceled; only the low-risk fall sports of clay target and golf would continue with their seasons this fall. MCAC consists of 24 two-year colleges in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin.
SCTCC’s fall sport, Cyclones Volleyball, is canceling its fall 2020 season.
“My heart is heavy for this wonderful group of strong young women and very talented athletes who have the potential to be very successful, on and off the court,” said Cyclones Volleyball Coach Heidi Smith. “I know the member colleges want to keep our students safe and healthy, and I understand and respect their decision; however, that doesn’t diminish the disappointment for our team.”
The decision was not made lightly. The presidents reaffirmed the colleges’ commitment to protecting the health of student athletes and considered guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Minnesota Dept. of Health.
While the news is disappointing for SCTCC’s student athletes, the College is working with each of the 90 students in Cyclones Athletics to determine the best path for them moving forward, both athletically and academically.
The Cyclones Men’s and Women’s Basketball seasons are on hold through the fall semester, including practices and competitions. Discussions about potential for spring athletic seasons will continue in the near future, which includes the remaining basketball seasons as well as softball and baseball.
“I know this is difficult and disappointing time for our student athletes and coaches. They have worked tirelessly through these uncertain times to achieve academically and prepare themselves athletically for the 2020 season, and I am disappointed that they will not have the opportunity to show themselves on the court,” said Nate Hiestand, SCTCC Director of Athletics. “However, the safety of our student athletes must come first, and I respect the decision made to look out for the welfare of our students, coaches and staff.”
The SCTCC Cyclones are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association in addition to MCAC.