Herkimer Generals Win NATYCAA Cup

Herkimer, NY-- The Herkimer Generals athletic program has won the 2016-17 National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) Cup, ranking Herkimer first in the nation among two-year college non-scholarship athletic programs. Herkimer also finished sixth in the standings for the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup which recognizes the top overall two-year colleges in all divisions combined. Both programs recognize excellence in two-year colleges, based on athletic success in championship competition. 

This is the third NATYCAA Cup win for Herkimer in the past four years. With 126.5 points, Herkimer topped Rowan College at Gloucester County of New Jersey who placed second with 125 points.

A third place national finish in men's basketball, fourth place finish in men's soccer, fifth place finish in women's cross country, third place finish in softball, and three individual national championships in track and field helped lead the Generals to the top spot.

Athletic Director Donald Dutcher said, "I am extremely proud of our student-athletes and coaches for winning this award. Our coaches put a lot of time and effort into recruiting the right student-athletes to play for the Generals. When students come to Herkimer they buy into our philosophy and the mission of the athletic department. This award is the ultimate goal of our program since it recognizes the excellence of our program as a whole. To be the best, you have to surround yourself with the best, and I feel we truly have that at Herkimer with our coaches, student-athletes, professors, administration and staff. It is a total institutional effort.”

President Cathleen McColgin said, “I commend Don Dutcher and the entire athletic department for their commitment and efforts to sustain an outstanding nationally-recognized athletic program. I am also very proud of our student-athletes who dedicate so much time and effort to excel in their respective sports as well their academic programs of study.”

NATYCAA is the professional organization of two year college athletic administrators dedicated to the continuing growth and development of two-year college athletics and the individuals involved through an exchange of information, monitoring of legislation, promotion of academic excellence, increasing communication between organizations, and encouraging a high degree of integrity in all endeavors.

Herkimer College’s athletic program has amassed 57 national, 115 regional and 158 conference championships. For more information about the Herkimer Generals, visit




Pictured from left is NATYCAA President (and Athletics Director at Golden State College) Albert Gasparian; Herkimer College Athletic Director Don Dutcher; and NJCAA Assistant Executive Director Mark Krug with the NATYCAA Cup at the 2017 NACDA & Affiliates Convention held last week in Orlando, FL.

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