In addition to preparing people for success through academic endeavors, Pitt Community College features an intercollegiate athletics department that is educating and empowering student-athletes for success in life, higher education and the workforce by emphasizing teamwork, character and sportsmanship.
The college fields four intercollegiate teams—men’s baseball, men’s basketball, women’s softball and women’s volleyball—that compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s (NJCAA) Region X Conference. Many of those athletes receive partial aid to attend PCC.
Pitt athletic teams have been extremely competitive over the years and have won consistently at the regional and district levels. In addition to capturing conference titles, several teams have made appearances in national championship events.
Bulldog athletes must maintain grade point averages that meet or exceed NJCAA, PCC and PCC Athletic Department guidelines in order to participate in athletic competition. They are subject to the same academic standards as all other students when it comes to admission, academic standing and graduation requirements.
Started in 1995, PCC’s baseball program has emerged as a perennial national contender that has produced a number of players who have continued their baseball careers at four-year institutions and professionally. Several former Bulldogs, including Freddie Bynum, Lonnie Chisenhall and Jeff Ferrell, have reached the Major Leagues.
In a state rich in basketball history, PCC took its first turn on the hardwood in 1969 and struggled initially–even disappearing entirely for a season—before finding momentum and success under legendary coach Charles Coburn. Though the college discontinued basketball after Coburn’s retirement in 1993, the program was resurrected 15 years later and returned to NJCAA play at the start of the 2008-09 season.
Like baseball, PCC’s fast-pitch softball program has also flourished on the diamond and in generating players who move on to four-year colleges and universities to continue their academic and playing careers. In addition to producing numerous All-Region X Conference performers, the program has played in the national championship tournament five times, including back-to-back appearances twice — 2010-11 and 2017-18.
Pitt’s volleyball program got off the ground in 2000 and has been successful nearly every season since. The Bulldogs have recorded a handful of regional championships to go along with a pair of national tournament appearances.