SCTCC Cyclones Athletics on Hold

SCTCC Cyclones Athletics on Hold Click to Enlarge Photo: KNSI News

(KNSI) - St. Cloud Technical and Community College's Cyclones athletics programs are on hold through the fall of 2020.

According to a press release from SCTCC, in coordination with member colleges in the Minnesota Colleges Athletic Conference, the athletics season is on hold through the fall 2020 semester due to COVID-19.

The presidents of the MCAC schools determined that The presidents of the member colleges of the MCAC determined that football, volleyball, and soccer seasons would be canceled; only the low-risk fall sports of clay target and golf would continue with their seasons this fall. MCAC consists of 24 two-year colleges in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.

The presidents reaffirmed the colleges' commitment to protecting student athletes' health and considered guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Minnesota Department of Health.

The Cyclones Men's and Women's Basketball seasons are also on hold through the fall semester, including practices and competitions.

School officials say the decision was not made lightly. Nate Hiestand is the SCTCC Athletics Director. In a press release from the school, he says, "I know this is difficult and disappointing time for our student athletes and coaches. They have worked tirelessly through these uncertain times to achieve academically and prepare themselves athletically for the 2020 season, and I am disappointed that they will not have the opportunity to show themselves on the court. However, the safety of our student athletes must come first, and I respect the decision made to look out for the welfare of our students, coaches and staff."

There are 90 students in the Cyclones Athletics program. The school says they are working with the athletes to determine the best path forward both academically and athletically.