Herkimer College earns 2019-20 Daktronics Cup for national athletic excellence

Herkimer has earned the award for best athletic finish through all combined sports in an academic year for the fourth time.

Posted: Jun 2, 2020 11:15 PM
Updated: Jun 2, 2020 11:54 PM

HERKIMER, N.Y. - Herkimer College has been named as the 2019-20 Daktronics Cup winner by the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA).

The award, formerly known as the NATYCAA Cup, recognizes excellence in two-year colleges, based on athletic success in championship competition.

Combining all sports in two-year colleges, the Generals teams finished highest nationally as a whole among two-year, non-scholarship athletic programs.

"I am extremely proud of our student-athletes and coaches for another outstanding year in the classroom, community and on the playing fields," said Dean of Students/Director of Athletics Donald Dutcher. "We strive to achieve excellence in those three areas each and every day, and that's why we continue to rank among the best.

"I, as the Dean of Students/Director of Athletics, am fortunate enough to work at a Higher Educational Institution has the genuine support of the Board of Trustees, Senior Level Administration and County Legislation that believe in the value of lifelong learning that takes place with athletics and how it complements the academic mission of the college," he added. "You don't get that everywhere and that is why Herkimer County Community College is a special place to work and belong to."

This is the fourth time that Herkimer has won the Daktronics/NATYCAA Cup, last earning the award in the 2016-17 academic year. The Generals have also placed in the top three for the award in every year since its inception in 2004, except in 2009, when the school placed fourth.

Various Herkimer teams had high national finishes that to lift Herkimer to the top of the the Daktronics Cup standings:

Men's Soccer: 2nd place national finish
Women's Soccer: 5th place national finish
Men's Cross Country: 11th place national finish
Women's Cross Country: 11th place national finish
Men's Basketball: 5th place national finish
Men's Bowling: 12th place national finish
Women's Bowling: 12th place national finish

"I think it reflects back on all of our programs, how competitive we are as coaches and as teams," said Herkimer College head women's soccer coach Jason Palkovic. "It just really exemplifies everything that we try to do here, so it is special time every time we win it."

Palkovic also said that he school's consistently high athletic achievement can also be attributed to all of the school administrators, faculty and staff that create a positive atmosphere both in the classroom and in athletic competition.

He said that the Herkimer Generals athletic community is a tight one and each sports team supports one another during their respective seasons and competitions.

Since beginning the athletic program in 1970 with five sports, Herkimer has earned 60 national, 126 regional and 166 conference championships, as well as 30 National Academic Team of the Year Awards between it's now 20 varsity programs.

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