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 allows participation in junior varsity competition, while at the same time advancing skills through regular practices. Since its inception, CCC has had 46 All-Region players, 42 All-Conference players, and 11 All-American players. Most recently, the Tiger men were awarded one of the highest academic honors, with 12 members of the squad being recognized as Scholar-Athletes. 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 Ed Pyle Sports Complex, which was built in 2001. Central plays a highly competitive schedule against many NAIA nationally-ranked teams as well as a game against an NCAA Division II school. 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 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 fields both varsity and JV programs designed to stretch and develop baseball student-athletes to their finest. An eight week fall program is designed to put players in competitive and teaching situations. The Tigers participate in the stout MCAC conference, which boasts nationally ranked teams annually. Besides the MCAC conference tournament in May, the Tigers also look to the NCCAA Regional tournament for post-season opportunities. A vigorous off-season in the winter months prepares the Tigers for their 55 game spring schedule.
The Tigers have a dual season with 5-6 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 five out of the last six years, playing in South Carolina, Ohio, and Florida. Spring is dedicated to the MCAC conference with qualifying for the NAIA Regional's and Nationals. The Tigers won the MCAC Championship in the Spring of 2008.
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 MCAC conference and regional post season play. We are committed to becoming all the Christ has for us, and pursuing that with excellence.
Women's basketball has been increasing in popularity all across the nation as well as at Central Christian College. A regular season schedule includes 28 games along with a 10-12 game JV schedule. The Lady Tigers play a competitive NAIA schedule as well as teams from the NCCAA Division II schools. The Lady Tigers finished the 2006-2007 season with a record of 21-11. They were NCCAA Central Region Champions and National Runners-Up. In the 2007-2008 season, the Lady Tigers completed a back-to-back 20 win season, finishing 20-12. The Lady Tigers program is moving forward and gaining respect among its competition. The Lady Tigers are in pursuit of developing excellence physically and spiritually.
Central began women's soccer in the fall of 1988 and became one of the first collegiate programs in the state of Kansas. Under veteran coach Mike Reimer, the Lady Tigers have marked a 126-98-12 cumulative record. During that time the Lady Tigers have had two 7th place finishes at the NCCAA National Tournament and have produced first Team players in both the NCAC & the NCCAA.
The CCC softball program gives the competitive high school player the opportunity to play at a higher level of competition, with both varsity and JV teams. Our team schedules 28 double-header games in addition to tournament play during the year. We have a Junior Varsity as well as Varsity program. Our ladies' conditioning runs through the off-season including a shorter fall season.They also have the opportunity to work indoors during the winter months. Home games are played on campus.
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.