About The Herkimer Generals Athletic Program
Herkimer’s athletic program began with five sports in 1970, under the direction of Tom LaPuma, and has grown to include 19 varsity offerings. With its growth has come great success with 52 NJCAA National Championships, 100 Region III titles, 142 Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference championships and 29 NJCAA Academic Team of the Year awards. The College has gained a reputation as one of the nation’s most successful junior college athletic programs.
In 2013-14, Herkimer ranked first in the nation among two-year non-scholarship athletic programs by winning the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) Cup. Herkimer has finished in the top five of the NATYCAA Cup since its inception 10 years ago. Herkimer also won third place in the NCAA Learfield Sports Directors Cup in 2013-14. Both programs recognize excellence in two-year colleges, based on athletic success in championship competition.
Herkimer not only measures the athletic department’s success on its records, but it places great emphasis on academic success. To ensure academic success of its student-athletes, an academic support specialist meets with and supports athletes and tracks their grades and class attendance. The graduation rate of Herkimer’s athletes exceeds that of the overall student body. Herkimer had a record number of students earn Academic All Region recognition this year.
As the athletic program has grown, so has the need for new and expanded facilities. Wehrum Stadium is a state-of-the-art field turf facility and one of the nation's premier home venues. The stadium has created a significant home field advantage for the Generals. The facility features home, away and officials' locker rooms as well as an athletic training room. The complex boasts a full service concession stand, press and television broadcast box and VIP guest area. The field measures 120 yards x 80 yards. Wehrum Stadium has hosted several regional and national soccer and lacrosse tournaments, as well as many summer sports camps and local high school athletic events. Other athletic facilities include a varsity gym, recreation gym, strength and conditioning center, fitness center, aerobics room, six-lane competition pool, indoor track, nature trail, outdoor tennis courts, cross country trails, softball and baseball fields and numerous practice fields.
Herkimer alumni have continued their academic and athletic careers at four-year colleges and universities throughout the country including: Johns Hopkins, Ohio State, Cornell, U of South Carolina, UMass, Penn State, Syracuse, Virginia, Albany, Bowling Green, Coastal Carolina, U of Tampa, Clarkson, Geneseo, Hofstra, Cortland and RIT. Herkimer’s many transfer agreements allow for a smooth transition to many public and private colleges.
Herkimer College has grown and changed in many ways throughout its history, but the one thing that has remained constant is the College’s focus on student success. Building on this tradition, Herkimer’s athletic program will continue to focus on one goal — providing a premier two-year college experience for our student athletes.
|Herkimer's National Championships
|Women's Track & Field