NECC Observer

The student news website of Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill and Lawrence, Mass.

Student athlete numbers doubled since ‘16-17

NECC student-athletes numbers have grown in size since the arrival of Athletic Director Dan Blair

NECC athletics have been a huge part of the college for many years. NECC offers a variety of sports for Men and Women, for Men’s (Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Track and Field). For Women’s (Cross Country, Golf, Softball, Track and Field).

In the summer of 2018 eight NECC students earned Academic All-American honors, which is a record for the school. For a student athlete to eligible for this award they must have a GPA at 3.6 or higher. Also, NECC and Under Armour announced a partnership that will last for multiple years and will end in 2022-2023 academic year.

Every new academic year the student athletes number grows, The NJCAA showed that in the 2016-2017 academic year for division three sports there were and estimated of 58,785 student athletes in the previous year that number was 57,472.

Here at NECC, Athletic Director Dan Blair said,” The year before I got here there were 43 student athletes at the school and now we have an estimate of 80 student athletes.” Since the 2016-2017 academic year the number of student athletes has doubled.

The Knights baseball team has been to the NJCAA World Series for many seasons and had players get drafted to professional teams recently Ryan McAuliffe was signed by the New York Mets.

Since the restructuring of the athletic program and facilities NECC has been more successful than other Massachusetts community colleges, which could be a big reason why there are more student athletes at the school.