After a year of independence, the Johnson College Jaguars will add conference games to their schedules again. The Jaguars have joined the National Junior College Athletic Association or NCJAA, which is comprised of two-year colleges and institutions in 24 regions nationwide. Men’s Basketball and Men’s/Women’s Cross Country teams will compete in the Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (EPAC) of Region 19. Region 19 consists of two conferences, the EPAC and the Garden State Athletic Conference (GSAC).
“Now the student-athletes have more to play for,” says Johnson College Athletic/Activity Coordinator Doc Stacknick Jr. “They can now compete for a regional championship which, if they win, could lead to a national championship birth.” Doc added, “They can also now compete for other sportsmanship awards when they lead the league in stats on the court or the course and even in service to their local community.”
Johnson College’s new men’s basketball coach, Jonathan Kulas is excited to get started leading the team. He shared, “It not only gives the players more drive to win, but it gives our players exposure to help them get noticed by four-year schools.” Kulas was the men’s basketball assistant coach last season until he was named the team’s head coach back in May.
The men’s basketball team will now add 16 conference games to its schedule, but that is expected to grow to 18 with even more schools joining the league. There are 14 other non-conference games with one being a cross over against a GSAC team. The first home game of the season for the Johnson College Men’s Basketball Team is Nov. 2, at 1 p.m. in Moffat Gymnasium. Johnson College will also host their first ever Johnson College Invitational for Cross Country on their campus, Sept. 14 at noon.