SMC Roadrunner

Athletics

The Return of SMC Athletics

In fall 2021, SMC will be bringing back it’s winning athletics program with the return of the Roadrunners cross country team. Men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, wrestling, and competitive dance will follow in fall 2022.

From its start in the ‘70s until its disbanding in 1996, SMC’s athletics program was renowned nationwide. The cross country team was one of the best in the country, securing five national championships and 23 MCCAA Championships in addition to creating three hall of fame runners and 41 All-Americans. The basketball team also enjoyed success with a national championship of its own, and the volleyball, baseball, and wrestling teams also produced All-Americans.

Now, after a 25-year hiatus, SMC’s storied athletics program is back, with eyes on resuming its position as a leader in community college athletics. Basketball, cross country, dance, volleyball, and wrestling will enhance the culture of the SMC community and add to the college's outstanding educational and student life opportunities.

Be a part of growing a winning team while developing your strengths and setting yourself up for continued success as an athlete.

  

Complete the recruiting questionnaire to signal your interest in athletics at SMC! 

SMC Athletics Recruiting Questionnaire

Member, NJCAA, Region XII

Sports

Competitive Dance

Men’s and Women’s Basketball

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country

Women’s Volleyball

Wrestling

NJCAA logos for wrestling, basektball, volleyball and cross country

Training

Athletes will develop skills specific to their sport with year-round training plans adapted to their needs and coaching by a professional, full-time collegiate coach.

A person running on a path in a wooded area.

Opportunities

Competing at a community college level means more chances to play early in your athletic career, giving you more time on the field or in the game, more experience, and more opportunities to transfer and play at four-year institutions.

Athletes will live in SMC’s spacious residence halls with other athletes and to participate as a volunteer in high school camps, helping to build a athletic community and a culture of support.

Student Housing Exterior

Roadrunner Trails

The Roadrunner Trails surrounding SMC’s campus have been hailed as some of the best cross country trails around. They provide an excellent training ground for cross country runners but are also a dynamic cross-training opportunity for other athletes. 

The six-mile wooded course features rigorous hills and a variety of terrains (dirt, grass, sand, mud) to develop your stamina, strength, and skill.

View a map of the Roadrunner Trails here.

Roadrunner Trails

Fitness Center

Round out your athleticism with training in the renovated fitness center. The fitness center in the Student Activity Center (SAC) features a variety of cardio equipment, weight machines, free weights, and a stretching/multi-use area.

The SAC also features a gymnasium, dance studio, and a 35-foot rock wall with 12-foot bouldering wall, providing many ways to stay fit throughout the year. Also in the SAC are a cafe, student theatre, and gaming room.

Student Activity Center Fitness Center

Athletic Scholarships

SMC offers over $800,000 in scholarships to students each year. Athletes may qualify for athletic scholarships, full-tuition scholarships, academic scholarships, housing assistance, or other scholarships.

Browse and apply for scholarships here.

Money with Graduation Cap

New Athletics Facilities

Construction will begin December 2021 on a nearly $2 million dollar renovation of the gym area in the Charles O. Zollar Building. Renovations include a complete overhaul of the gymnasium, new locker rooms for the home teams, officials rooms, and “The Nest”, a second-floor suite of coaches offices and ganeering area overlooking the court. 

The project is expected to be completed by July 2022.

Read more in the news release.

The gymnasium with the current entrance doors to the left