MCC soccer proposal gets association approval, sees $300,000 donation for teams
BULLHEAD CITY — Mohave Community College has made another step forward in its plan to launch the first men’s and women’s college soccer teams in Mohave County.
The college’s application to join the National Junior College Athletic Association has been approved and MCC plans to form teams and compete in the Division 1 soccer season beginning in the fall of 2023.
“This is a very monumental day,” said Dr. Stacy Klippenstein, the school’s president. “Men’s and women’s soccer at collegiate level will open the doors to higher education, benefiting students and the region. Plus, it will greatly add to the overall college experience at MCC.”
The MCC Bighorns will participate in the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference.
Other colleges in the conference include Arizona Western College, Cochise College, Eastern Arizona, Yavapai College, Central Arizona College and many of the colleges in the Maricopa Community College system.
The men’s and women’s teams will be based at the college’s Bullhead City campus, near the Anderson Auto Group Fieldhouse, which will be the Bighorns’ home field.
The City of Bullhead City also has offered its facilities at Rotary Park as a backup to the fieldhouse.
“Next level, that’s what I call it, next level,” he said. “Bullhead City has built a culture of sports and sports tourism. Collegiate athletics takes us to the next level. The city will work hand in hand with the college providing facilities when needed and support for tournament fundraisers so that the program can be extremely successful.”
The college plans to recruit players from throughout Mohave County, so local student-athletes can benefit from both the educational and athletic experience.
The college also plans to host matches and tournaments throughout the region to help boost support for the teams and raise money for the program.
The BHHS Legacy Foundation awarded a $300,000 grant to the college to help fund the athletics program for its first two years.