MINERAL AREA COLLEGE
Athletic Program Information
Mineral Area College is a two year public comprehensive community college located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of eastern Missouri, in a rapidly growing region south of St. Louis. Mineral Area College (MAC), formerly known as Flat River Junior College, is located just off US Highway 67 in Park Hills, Missouri. Park Hills is just an hour southwest of St. Louis, about four hours from Memphis, and five hours from Chicago .
In 1994 the cities of Flat River, Elvins, Esther, and Rivermines consolidated to become one community known as Park Hills. The population has grown from 7,866 at the merger to over 14,000 people today. Park Hills is a historic city featuring a country setting with all the comforts of big city living. Visit the Park Hills Chamber of Commerce web-site for additional information, points of interest, community events, and businesses.
Mineral Area College has a large service area, including the surrounding communities. Information on the surrounding local communities including: Farmington, Desloge, Bonne Terre, Leadington, Leadwood, Bismarck, and Fredericktown, can be found on their local web-sites. Click the following links to find out more information about the Mineral Area College local communities: Farmington Chamber of Commerce, City of Desloge, Bonne Terre, Leadington, Leadwood, Bismarck, and the Fredericktown Chamber of Commerce.
The Mineral Area College athletic teams compete in Region XVI of the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association). The NJCAA is the governing body of Junior College Athletics (similar to the NCAA) and has over 500 members nation-wide. Four sports (volleyball, men's and women's basketball, and baseball) compete at the Division I level, while two sports (men's golf and softball) compete at the Division II level.
The Cardinals athletic programs compete in Region XVI of the NJCAA. Region XVI is composed of the Junior Colleges in Missouri and has various divisions for each sport. The Region is similar to a conference in the NCAA, due to the fact that the Region Tournament Champion advances in National Tournament play. The teams that compete in Region XVI include: Cottey College (Nevada), Crowder College (Neosho), East Central College (Union), Florissant Valley (St. Louis), Forest Park (St. Louis), Jefferson College (Hillsboro), Longview Community College (Lee's Summit), Maple Woods Community College (Kansas City), Meramec (St. Louis), Mineral Area College (Park Hills), Moberly Area Community College (Moberly), North Central College (Tenton), Penn Valley (Kansas City), Southwest Missouri State at West Plains (West Plains), State Fair Community College (Sedalia), St. Charles Community College (St. Charles), Three Rivers Community College (Poplar Bluff), and Wentworth Military Academy (Lexington).
The Cardinals athletic programs compete in the highly-competitive MCCAC (Midwest Community College Athletic Conference) and have members in Missouri and Illinois . The MCCAC affiliates include: East Central College (Union), Florissant Valley (St. Louis), Forest Park (St. Louis), Jefferson College (Hillsboro), Meramec (St. Louis), Lewis & Clark (Godfrey , IL), Mineral Area College (Park Hills), St. Charles Community College (St. Charles), and Three Rivers Community College (Poplar Bluff).
Mineral Area College athletics enjoy a wide array of media coverage. MAC is covered locally in the newspaper, on radio, web-radio, and on television. The St. Louis media outlets also cover major stories associated with the Cardinal athletic programs.
Newspaper Coverage: Daily Journal (Park Hills , MO)
Radio Coverage: KTJJ 98.5 FM
KREI 800 AM
Froggy 96.9 FM
Web-Radio: KTJJ 98.5 FM (Game Web-Cast)
Television: MAC TV (Charter Communications Cable TV - Channel 16)
2004-05 Academic All-Americans
The NJCAA has announced the 2004-05 Academic All-American teams. Mineral Area College placed seven student-athletes on this prestigious list. Distinguished All-Americans (3.8-4.0): Jane Latu -- volleyball 4.0, Ali Tyson -- volleyball 3.85, Colleen Crider -- volleyball 3.83, Trey Graviett -- baseball 3.88, Matthew Holland -- baseball 3.80. Academic All-Americans (3.6-3.8): Ryan Byrne -- men's basketball 3.66, and Kellie Kramer -- Volleyball & Cheeerleading 3.70
Former MAC Students Return to Coach
The Mineral Area College athletic program is proud to have former student-athletes return as coaches of their athletic teams. The return of previous student-athletes is a testament to the educational process, community support, and athletic ideals that each of the coaches received while attending college at MAC. "I received a solid education that prepared me for the future while here at Mineral Area College . I felt the program had high goals, standards, and the perfect philosophy for community college athletics. I wanted to carry that on as a coach, and have the opportunity to do so here at MAC," commented Head Basketball Coach Corey Tate.
Corey Tate Head Basketball Coach
Blake Jones Assistant Baseball Coach
Dontavis Jones Assistant Basketball Coach
Eric McCrary Assistant Basketball Coach