MMCC adds cross country, bowling

August 7, 2015

The Mid Michigan Community College athletic program is expanding this fall.  With a successful basketball program already developed, the college will be adding men’s and women’s cross country in the fall and men’s and women’s bowling in the winter.

With the addition of cross country and bowling, the MMCC Lakers will have six collegiate teams.  Basketball is a varsity sport while cross country and bowling will be club sports in their first year.  In 2016, those teams will move to the varsity level.

“We are so excited to grow our athletic program,” said Matt Miller, VP of Student and Community Relations at MMCC.  “Cross country and bowling are great sports with a lot of local participants.  It provides a great opportunity for students to compete at the collegiate level.”
The teams compete against other community colleges and club teams across the state.

Dan Gibson has been hired as the men’s and women’s cross country coach. Dan earned his Bachelor’s degree from Alma College where he was a four year letter winner in both track and cross country.  Dan returned to Alma College where he coached track and cross country for 18 years.  For the last six years, he has coached track at Montabella high school where his girl’s teams have won four league championships.

Joel Warner is the new coach of the men’s and women’s bowling programs.  Joel has extensive experience as a bowler and coach.  Most recently, he has been working with the women’s bowling team in Clare.

With over 4,000 students each semester at MMCC, an athletic program provides a more full college experience and complements the other student clubs and events that are available.  MMCC’s athletic program is funded by a student activity fee, which also supports student activities, groups, clubs, and the student/community fitness center.

With six teams, MMCC is poised to join the Michigan Community College Athletic Association, the conference for varsity sports at community colleges in Michigan.  MMCC is already a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

“Our goal is to continue the development of athletics so they offer a great opportunity for students and provide value to the community,” said Miller.
The MMCC Lakers are currently looking for runners and bowlers for the new teams.  In the first year, students simply need to take at least one class during the season.  Contact the athletic department at athletics@midmich.edu for more information.

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