Dawson Community College President Scott Mickelsen announced that volleyball will be returning to the DCC campus starting this fall. DCC already competes in 5 intercollegiate sports including men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball and rodeo. DCC had a volleyball program for many years until it suspended the program in 2014.
After 4 years without a program, the DCC community is excited to have volleyball again. A new volleyball coach will be hired soon in hopes of recruiting a team to begin playing matches in August. The Lady Bucs will compete in the Mon-Dak conference along with Bismarck State College, Dakota College Bottineau, Lake Region State College, North Dakota State College of Science and Williston State College. They will also be a part of the NJCAA Division II Region XIII which includes the aforementioned schools along with Dakota County Technical College and Gogebic College.
Volleyball is the most popular sport for girls in Montana with 165 high school programs and 3490 participants. DCC will be a great stepping stone for high school players to develop their talent on the court and get started academically before transferring on to other schools. In Montana there are 9 four-year college volleyball programs, including 2 NCAA Division I programs, 1 NCAA Division II and 6 NAIA programs. There are 8 more four-year college programs in North and South Dakota.
Dr. Mickelsen had this to say about volleyball coming back to DCC, “I am excited to bring back a sport that is the fastest growing sport nationally for females. We have great athletes in Eastern Montana and around the state that can play for DCC and then advance their education and playing careers within Montana or neighboring states. I am told there are Montana high school volleyball athletes that are still looking to sign and play at the collegiate level. There are great times ahead at Dawson Community College.”