2014 NJCAA National Soccer Tournament To Be Hosted By YC
At their recent annual meetings in Colorado Springs, CO, the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) awarded the 2014 NJCAA Division I National Soccer Tournament to Yavapai College and the cities of Prescott and Prescott Valley. This will be the first time that Yavapai College as hosted a junior college national championship event. The dates for the tournament will be November 18-23, 2014.
Earlier this year, community leaders from Prescott and Prescott Valley met to discuss the possibility of applying for the bid. Members of that committee were: Larry Tarkowski, Brian Witty and Jason Elmer from the town of Prescott Valley and Joe Baynes, Don Fishel and Rick Horman from the city of Prescott. Representing Yavapai College was Scott Farnsworth, Brad Clifford, long time soccer coaches Mike Pantalione and Hugh Bell.
Historically, the tournament field was eight teams. Beginning this season, the NJCAA will expand the field to include twelve teams from across the nation. Matches for the 2014 tournament will take place at the Roughriders home fields of Ken Lindley Field in Prescott and the Prescott Valley Amphitheater. Matches and hotel accommodations will be equally distributed between the two communities. Sponsorships are being solicited to help support the costs.
Currently, the National Tournament is on an East, Central, West rotation. In 2011, Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix hosted the National Tournament. In 2012, the championship event will be held in Albany, Georgia hosted by Darton College. Tyler Junior College from Tyler, Texas will be the host school in 2013.
The NJCAA Tournament has only been held west of St. Louis on two other occasions since 1961, both times in Phoenix including in 2008 when Yavapai College won their seventh NJCAA National Title.
YC has won the national championship in three locations–Trenton (NJ), Tyler and Phoenix. No school has won a national title in more than two locations. Since 1990, Yavapai College has had the most NJCAA tournament appearances (19). Mercer Community College and DuPage College are the only other schools that have appeared in the national tournament double-digit times.