College of DuPage athletics honored as nation’s top community college program for 2022-23

College of DuPage teams brought home plenty of championship trophies in 2022-23 and have now been named the nation’s top community college athletic program as signified as winner of the Learfield Directors’ Cup. (College of DuPage photo)

College of DuPage has been honored as the nation’s top community college athletic program for 2022-23.

The Chaparrals earned the prestigious Learfield Directors’ Cup for the first time in school history after a record-setting year that saw four national junior college championships and a total of six top-three finishes at national competitions.

COD became just the second non-scholarship program to receive the Cup in its 12-year history and the first since Rowan College of South Jersey-Gloucester County in 2013.

National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) championships in men’s cross country, women’s volleyball, football and men’s track and field propelled the Chaparrals to the title, finishing ahead of Mt. San Antonio College of Walnut, California.

“Earning this prestigious award is an incredible accomplishment,” said Ryan Kaiser, COD Director of Athletics and Recreation. “COD athletics had a remarkable 2022-23 in every sense. Winning four national championships with six top-three NJCAA championship honors takes dedication, skill, determination and teamwork. COD enjoyed a dream season from beginning to end.”

COD President Dr. Brian Caputo said the College is proud to stand among this year’s high-caliber field of Learfield recipients.

“This accolade is a monumental testament to COD Athletics’ extraordinary year,” he said. “Director of Athletics and Recreation Ryan Kaiser and his entire staff should be incredibly proud of this distinction.”

COD teams also finished second in women’s track and field, third in men’s golf, fifth in women’s cross country, sixth in men’s tennis and eighth in women’s tennis.

The season saw six Region 4 titles (men’s and women’s basketball, softball, women’s volleyball, men’s cross country and men’s golf), 48 individual All-American honors in 10 sports, 35 NJCAA individual academic honors, and four programs (softball, women’s cross country, men’s cross country and baseball) recognized by the NJCAA for academic excellence.

Four Chaparrals earned National Player of the Year honors: Chloey Myers, volleyball; Guy Goss, football; Nicholas Keeling, cross country; and Noah Mack, track and field. Three coaches earned National Coach of the Year honors: Matthew Rahn, football; Tolis Koskinaris, women’s volleyball; and Robert Cervenka, men’s cross country and men’s track and field.

COD’s 11 sports accumulated a combined 161-98-5 record, a .610 winning percentage.

In addition to the Learfield Directors’ Cup, COD won the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCCAA) Cup, sponsored by Daktronics, in the NJCAA Non-Scholarship Division for the second time in three years and the eighth time in history.

The Chaps, which finished second last season, totaled 158 points, finishing ahead of Rowan College of South Jersey-Gloucester County (148.5) and Suffolk County CC (120.5).

The Learfield Directors’ Cup is awarded annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics to the colleges and universities in the United States with the most success in athletics.

The awards presented to top programs in NCAA Division I, II and III and NAIA in addition to junior/community colleges.