Since ACC opened its doors in 1952, thousands of individuals have benefited from the College’s athletic programs. The College places special importance on the positive effects athletic competition has on its students. Sports help foster life skills like teamwork and good sportsmanship while enhancing self-esteem and personal development.
Athletic programs attract students from outside the area, bringing diverse talent and experience to the campus which broadens the learning environment. ACC athletics emphasizes the importance of obtaining a degree while striving for full academic and athletic potential. It is the goal of the athletic department that each student-athlete graduates from ACC or transfers to a four-year university.
ACC is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (Region XII) and the Eastern Conference of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA). ACC competes in two men’s sports (basketball and cross country) and three women’s sports (volleyball, basketball, and softball).
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Why our Athletes Choose ACC
ACC isn't just a great place to be a student, it's a great place to be a student-athlete! Our student-athletes work hard both in the classroom and on the court and field. Many of our athletes come from Northern Michigan, allowing students to stay close to home, continue their athletic careers, and receive scholarships. These student-athletes feel a special sense of pride in Northern Michigan and do their best to represent ACC.
Dakota Prevo - Women's Basketball
I chose to stay local for Alpena’s well-known nursing program. I was given the chance to play an additional two years of a sport that I couldn’t give up after high school. That was something that I had not even considered until the opportunity came across. Being a student-athlete at ACC has been difficult, to say the least, but I believe it has built so much character. This privilege has been an unforgettable experience that I’m so grateful for.
Jasmyn Schultz - Softball, Women's Basketball
I chose ACC for continuing my athletic career so that I could be close to my family. I also chose ACC to continue my education in the nursing program. I have had a blast playing basketball and softball for the College. I plan to graduate in May with my RN license and will finish with my last season of softball.
Playing volleyball for ACC has been one of the best decisions that I've made. By choosing to stay local, I can further my education while continuing to play a sport that I love. Living at home also helps me to save money, something that I wouldn't be able to do if I had moved away.
The primary goal of Alpena Community College Athletics is to make a positive difference in young people’s lives. Through our commitment to learning, teamwork, and community involvement, every Lumberjack athlete is given the opportunity to follow their dreams on and off the court while gaining experience beyond their own expectations.
As an ACC graduate, my time here as a student-athlete exposed me to new opportunities. I came here as an athlete, but I left with so much more. Being the Athletic Director at the College that started my career allows me to help new students gain these experiences as well.
I feel honored to be able to share my life experiences with the next generation of athletes.
ACC Athletic Staff
Cindy DeRocher - Athletic Director
Mark Jacobs - Men’s Basketball Head Coach
Bobby Allen - Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach
Andy Marwede - Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach
Bobby Allen - Women’s Basketball Head Coach
Jessica Sandahl - Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach
Mark Jacobs - Cross Country Head Coach
Christin Sobeck - Women’s Softball Head Coach
Cassandra Shaw - Women’s Softball Assistant Coach
Sarah Parsons - Women’s Volleyball Head Coach
Craig Gerow - Women’s Volleyball Assistant Coach
Maria Lindahl - Athletic Trainer
Kelly Lewis - Athletic Secretary
Alpena Community College belongs to the Eastern Division Michigan Community College Athletic Association.
The Lumberjacks are members in good standing with the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) and NJCAA Region XII. These three affiliations dictate intercollegiate athletics in regards to game scheduling, in season and post-season tournament sites to athletic eligibility and graduation standards.
The Lumberjacks pride themselves in maintaining the mission and philosophy statements of all three affiliations.