CCC Athletics - Overview
Central Christian College's athletic program is a very important part of campus life. Athletes in each sport participate in a highly competitive schedule. Each athlete is challenged to train hard, improve skills and to contribute in positive ways to the team. Coaches respect and teach the ideals of good sportsmanship, fair play, honesty and team spirit. Although Central has had many championship teams and outstanding athletes including All-Region and All-American players, winning is not the only priority.
Central's athletic department endeavors to recruit student/athletes who are open to what Jesus Christ can do in their lives. Those who do not have a personal relationship with Christ are welcome, but need to understand that they will be challenged by Biblical truths and consistent Christian lifestyle standards. The coaching staff are committed Christians who will encourage all to mature academically, physically, spiritually and socially.
The mission of Central Christian College athletics is to grow young men and women in their walk with God in addition to giving them an excellent intercollegiate athletic experience. You will find our athletic programs to be very competitive and an enjoyable part of campus life. Athletes in each sport have an opportunity to train hard, improve skills and to contribute in positive ways to the team and the community. We have excellent coaches certified in their respective sports and hired to be life mentors for our athletes.
Varsity soccer has been a strong part of Central's intercollegiate sports program since 1964. Varsity players enjoy an 18 game regular season, plus post-season play. During the spring, the Tigers participate in an indoor season, as well as outdoor spring tournaments. Central also sponsors a reserve team, which gives players the chance to advance their skills through regular practices and competitive matches. Ultimately, the Tiger soccer program seeks to help its athletes to successfully compete on the athletic field, perform in the classroom, and excel throughout life. A strong focus on physical and spiritual development is central and can be witnessed through an environment where you will be pushed physically and challenged spiritually.
One of the highlights of the sports year at Central is the basketball season. Central plays an exciting, fast-paced style that is very entertaining and successful. The Tigers compete in the Dr. Jerry E. Alexander Arena, which was built in 2001. Central plays a highly competitive schedule against many NAIA nationally-ranked teams as well as several exhibition games against NCAA Division II schools. The team plays 30 regular season games plus a post-season.
The men's tennis program has been a part of Central's history since 1966. The program has had its share of success including conference titles, region titles and a national title (NSCAA). The men's team made back to back appearance's in NCCAA national tournament from 2011-2013. The men's team plays a competitive schedule in the spring, including area NAIA & NCAA schools with a season-preparing intra-squad schedule in the fall.
The Baseball program's priority is to provide our student athletes with the opportunity to grow academically, spiritually, and athletically. The Tigers play their home games at the historical Light Capital Field, and participate in the A.I.I. Conference, which boasts nationally ranked teams annually. The Tigers play a regular season of 55 games plus post season play.
The men's golf program held its first season in 1969. The Tigers have a dual season with 5-7 tournaments in both the fall and spring. The fall season leads to qualification opportunities for the NCCAA national tournament. The golf team qualified for nationals 5 out of the last 7 years, playing in South Carolina, Ohio, and Florida.
The women's program was inaugurated in 2000. The Tiger have a dual season with 5-7 tournaments in both the fall and spring. The fall season leads to qualification opportunities for the NCCAA national tournament, while the spring offers an opportunity to qualify for the NAIA National Tournament through a conference tournament held in late April or early May.
Our goal through volleyball is to grow and play to our fullest potential, both on and off the court. We strive to develop a lifestyle of sportsmanship and spiritual development that reflects our commitment to Jesus Christ. We play a strong, competitive NAIA/NCCAA schedule as part of the highly respected A.I.I. conference and regional post season play. We are committed to becoming all that Christ has for us, and pursuing that with excellence.
The Central Christian College Women's Basketball program competes at the NAIA Division II level, and will play a regular season schedule that includes 30 games plus 2 exhibitions, usually against NCAA Division II schools. This mission of the women's basketball program is to prepare tomorrow's leaders by developing a team that pursues excellence by strengthening its athletes' faith in Jesus Christ, achieving excellence in Christian character, and training, preparing, and competing at the highest possible level so that all we do glorifies God. The Tigers play a competitive NAIA schedule as well as games against NCCAA Division I and Division II opponents.
Central began women's soccer in the fall of 1988 and became one of the first collegiate programs in the state of Kansas. The Lady Tigers have qualified for three national tournaments and produced 16 All-Americans, most recently in 2015. Arguably their best season in program history, the 2015 season saw CCC break numerous records, finish with a 20-6 record, and place a best-ever 4th place at the NCCAA Div 1 National Tournament, in addition to having Krystina Stackhouse become the latest Lady Tiger to earn All-American recognition.
In the fall of 2015 the Central Tiger Softball program underwent an aggressive facelift. A new coaching staff, Mark and Leah Ritchhart, were hired with an outstanding successful reputation from the talented softball state of Florida. In the fall of 2016, we added another talented assistant coach, Danny Baker. The coaching leadership emphasizes championship qualities such as character, commitment and courage. The program will soon become known around the area and country due to the spiritual emphasis at the center of the multi-faceted growth training. Central Christian is one of the few colleges in the state of Kansas with a field directly on campus. There is also a gym with an indoor batting cage for inclement weather conditions or additional training options. Every person involved in this softball program will not only be a significantly improved softball player, but they will also be well equipped women, with unwavering values, for future leadership. This promise is due to our disciplined approach in training to teach His Word, overcome obstacles, understand teamwork, and utilize talents to benefit a bigger plan. Due to the potency of Central Christian College, and its rededicated softball program, the athletes will graduate as strong educated women that will have a positive impact on many.
The women's tennis program started in 1975 under the direction of Keith Ivers. Among the program's successes since then, the women's team made an appearance at the 2003-2004 NCCAA National Tournament and placed 6th. The women's team plays a competitive schedule in the spring, including area NAIA schools, with a season-preparing intra-squad schedule in the fall.
The cheerleading squad at Central Christian College is viewed as a student leadership position that makes a large contribution school spirit. The coach recruits new students and has tryouts for both new and returning students to serve as spirit leaders for all home and some away basketball games. Our purpose is not only to encourage school spirit and enthusiasm, but also to be an outreach ministry in sharing Jesus with others. The cheerleading squad does offer scholarships for those selected based on cheerleading ability. You must be a full-time student and maintain a GPA of 2.0 each semester.
Through the Student Activities Office, a variety of intramural activities are offered for the entire student body. These range from team sports such as basketball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, floor hockey and indoor soccer to individual and dual sports such as billiards and ping-pong. Intramurals are organized by a student director and tournaments are held weekly throughout the school year.