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63 NJCAA National Championships. 130 Region III titles. 171 Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference Championships. 31 NJCAA Academic Team of the Year Awards. 

Herkimer College's athletic program began with five sports in 1970, under the direction of Tom LaPuma, and has grown to include 19 varsity offerings. The College has gained a reputation as one of the nation’s most successful junior college athletic programs.

The Herkimer Generals won the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) Cup in 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2020 ranking the Generals first in the nation among two-year non-scholarship athletic programs based on championship competition. Herkimer College not only measures the athletic department’s success on wins and losses, but it places great emphasis on academic success and sportsmanship. In 2015, Herkimer College was honored with the NJCAA Region III Sportsmanship Award, recognizing dedication to the honor and integrity of intercollegiate athletics and the display of outstanding sportsmanship during competition throughout the year by student-athletes and staff. They also received the Community Service Recognition Award. proving that civic involvement is also a priority with athletic teams supporting a number of community organizations through activities such as the Adopt a School program, Gram Lorraine Project, park clean ups, blood drives and hospital visits.

Herkimer College student-athletes 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 transfer agreements allow for a smooth transition to many public and private colleges.

Herkimer College strives to offer the premier two-year SUNY college experience. The mission of the Athletics Department is to provide student athletes with the opportunity to participate in an intercollegiate athletic experience of the highest quality in which it becomes an integral and valued component of their total educational experience. The academic pursuits of the student-athlete, beginning with the recruiting process through the fulfillment of graduation requirements, are of the highest priority in cohesiveness with the mission of the college.