MCLA Athletics Department Mission and Philosophy


The department of athletics strives to inspire an atmosphere of excellence in both the athletic and the academic settings, provides opportunities to compete at the intercollegiate level, and fosters a setting that promotes leadership in the College’s community.


The MCLA Department of Athletics philosophy integrates the philosophies of both the College and the NCAA. Through a comprehensive approach, the Athletic Department fields competitive and successful athletic teams while supporting and honoring the MCLA mission and traditions.
In addition to athletic performance success, the department’s primary focus is based on the total development of the student-athlete and the synergistic relationship between athletics and academics. Intercollegiate competition is an integral part of the total educational experience and participation in athletics teaches valuable skills used in society and the work environment.

The MCLA Athletics Department also believes that participation in both the College and the local communities is an important part of the total development of each student-athlete. This involvement increases the engagement among student-athletes, staff and the surrounding community. This service involvement develops leadership skills and adds to pride on campus as it creates an appreciation for community support of the athletics programs at the College.

Our coaches are role models who demonstrate a commitment toward both the academic and athletic development of every student-athlete. We encourage each student-athlete to strive for academic excellence while creating a competitive atmosphere based on a strong work ethic, fair play, loyalty, mutual respect, trust and teamwork.


NCAA Division III Philosophy