County Community College has been named the winner in the junior
college division of the CAANJ (Collegiate Athletic Administrators
of New Jersey) Cup, sponsored by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition
Authority, in recognition of overall athletic excellence for the
2003-2004 season. The CAANJ Cup is awarded annually on the basis
of points accumulated according to conference and national standings.
It was the first time in the cup’s seven-year history that
Mercer took home the prize at the community college level.
the Cup during the CAANJ Awards Luncheon on Thursday, October
14 at the Somerset Marriott Hotel. Cups were also presented to
Princeton University (Division I, II, and NAIA) and The College
of New Jersey (Division III), an all-Mercer County sweep.
the award, MCCC Athletics Director John Simone
said, “This is the first time that Mercer has received the
Cup. We’ve come close every year, but we have never won.
We are thoroughly delighted and wish to thank our athletes and
our dedicated, talented coaches.”
that in addition to the coaching staff's commitment to student
athletes, MCCC President Robert Rose is a strong supporter of
the college’s athletic teams. “We have the genuine
support of our administration, which makes our job so much easier,”
highlights of MCCC’s 2003-2004 season was an overall combined
record of 109 wins, 66 losses and one tie. Women’s basketball,
men’s soccer, women’s soccer and women’s tennis
teams finished as the Garden State Athletic Conference champions.
In national tournament play, Mercer men’s soccer team finished
second and was awarded the team sportsmanship award. The women’s
tennis team advanced to the nationals for the sixth consecutive
year, placing fifth, while the men’s first doubles team
recorded a seventh place national finish.
student athletes, four earned All American honors and 28 were
named to All Region and All Conference teams. Twelve were listed
among Who’s Who in American Junior College Students, and
34 second-year student athletes successfully transferred to four-year
institutions after the Spring, 2004 semester.
Athletics Director John Simone (left) accepts the CAANJ Cup
for athletic program excellence from CAANJ representative Brian
Crockett of Rutgers University during a luncheon on Oct. 14.
staff at the Oct. 14 awards luncheon, from left, Regina Brown,
John Wagner, Simone Morrow, Athletics Director John Simone,
Dean of Student and Academic Services Diane Campbell, Peggy
Schaffer, and Lisa Camillone.