Each year, the best teams in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Men’s Division III unite in an 8-team tournament to see who the best of the best is in the U.S. Over the years, there have been many teams try to repeat, but few actually succeed. The reason for this is that competition is fierce and each school is eager to make its mark on the country. However, in the 20+ year history of this athletic competition, there have been a few to beat the odds and bring home more than one trophy.
Sullivan County Community College
Located in Loch Sheldrake, New York, Sullivan is known for its unequaled reputation in roundball hoops. The SCCC has racked up four national championships during its time competing for the crown. The first came in 1992, just one year after the tournament began. The second came three years later in 1995. In 1996, SCCC took home another, but it would be more than a decade before No. 4 could become a reality, landing at the school in 2007. Though they did not win the championship in years following, they did post some pretty impressive records, including one unbeaten season. They are not a school to be taken lightly. As many fans know, SCCC does not just rebuild. They reload.
This Dallas, Texas, based community college may not be widely known in the general population, but at the Men’s Division III basketball level, they are credited with two championships, tying North Lake and Suffolk County Community College-Selden for the honors. “9” seems to be the magic number for the teams at Richland, as their two crowns have come ten years apart in 1999 and 2009.
Located close to rivals Richland College, North Lake has managed to keep pace with the interstate team when it comes to winning national championships. Unlike Richland, North Lake’s victories have both come in recent years. The first arrived in 2006 with the second following just two years later. Watch for this quickly developing program to add a third in the not too distant future.
Suffolk County Community College-Selden
While Suffolk County Community College-Selden has barely gotten by in its two national championship-winning performances, they did manage to capture the titles in back-to-back years, the only program ever to have done so. The first came in 2003 against College of DuPage with a final of 61-56. The second occurred in 2004 in an overtime thriller against Eastfield College, a game that went Suffolk’s way, 83-81.