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Looking Back at the Start of Schoolcraft College Athletics

August 10, 2020

Old black and white photo of the 1964-65 men's basketball team

While we await the return of sports, let’s look back at the history of athletics at Schoolcraft College. Schoolcraft College has had athletics since the school opened in 1964. The first sports offered were cross country, basketball (pictured) and swimming.

The following passage from the book “Reaching Out … A History of Schoolcraft College,” by Samuel Hudson, describes the early days of Schoolcraft College athletics:

Between 1964 and 1970, the year the physical education building was completed, Schoolcraft basketball teams played home games at five different high school gymnasiums. For budgetary reasons, the players had to make use of new or second-hand University of Michigan uniforms from which they plucked the U of M letters.

Soccer teams played their games in Hines Park. Swimming was conducted at a pool at the Northville State Hospital. It was necessary to begin the swimming classes there at 6:30 in the morning. Coffee and doughnuts were served to the souls brave enough to get up that early.

Today, Schoolcraft College offers six sports played by nine teams:

Men’s Sports

  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Baseball

Women’s Sports

  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Softball

The Ocelots compete in the Eastern Conference of the Michigan Community College Athletic Conference (MCCAA) and in Region XII of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

Learn more about Schoolcraft College athletics.