Junior College/Community College
June 13, 2011
Mick McDaniel, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Northeast
Mick McDaniel is in his 11th year as director of intercollegiate athletics and recreation at Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3), where he has spent much of his career.
McDaniel started his professional career as the coordinator of recreation and aquatics at TC3 and transitioned into the athletics director position in 2000. McDaniel has also coached the men’s varsity soccer team, as well as the men’s and women’s varsity golf and currently coaches the women’s varsity soccer team, in his time at Tompkins Cortland.
He has been involved in the Dryden, New York community throughout his career, serving as the founder and director of Youth Sports Camp for the last 15 years.
McDaniel is currently the 2nd Vice President of NJCAA and is on the Board of Directors of the NJCAA Region III Committee. He is also on the NJCAA Competition Committee, serves as Chairman for the men’s Division III National Golf and Soccer committees and the NJCAA Ice Hockey committee. McDaniel was the recipient of the 2006-07 Athletic Director of the Year for the NJCAA Region III and has a number of Coach of the Year Awards for golf and soccer.
Jay Mehrhoff, East Central College, Central
Jay Mehrhoff is now in his eighth year guiding the East Central College athletics department, while also serving as an associate professor of physical education.
In his time as AD at East Central, Mehrhoff has overseen 15 NJCAA All-American/Academic All-Americans as well as numerous Region XVI champions, conference champions and national tournament appearances. He directed a committee to develop a new logo for the athletics department, as well as two new websites to establish the department locally and on the national scale.
Mehrhoff has overseen the renovation of the outdoor athletics facilities, acquired new scoreboards through sponsorship donations and created an interactive touch screen athletics Hall of Fame through fundraising and grant writing. He has served as the Midwest Community College Athletic Conference (MCCAC) president since 2005 and also chair’s the MCCAC men’s and women’s soccer committee. Mehrhoff is the NJCAA Region XVI men’s soccer athletic director chair as well as the women’s softball athletics director chair.
He also recently served his first year on the NATYCAA Executive Committee. Prior to taking over the athletics director job at East Central, Mehrhoff was an adjunct faculty instructor and the head men’s soccer coach.
Christopher Parker, Patrick Henry Community College, Southeast
In 2006, Christopher Parker was hired as the athletics director at Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC), charged to transition the club sports into varsity intercollegiate athletics. With this, PHCC became the first community college in the Commonwealth of Virginia to offer intercollegiate athletics, thus joining the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
Upon his hiring, Parker hired a sports information director and a new coaching staff to help build the foundation of the department, establishing a new website to connect with the community. In his first two years, PHCC went from offering two male sports to offering a complete slate of Title IX approved men’s and women’s sports, with the latest addition coming in the form of men’s and women’s soccer, set to start competition in 2011-12.
Parker has raised over $250,000 in contributions, resulting in new and renovated facilities, as well as financial stability for unforeseen expenses. Parker helped develop the associate’s degree in recreation, parks and leisure studies and currently teaches the required coursework in this program. He also developed a special student success course required of all student-athletes.
In addition to his athletics director and teaching duties, Parker served as the head baseball coach for four seasons, as well as he serves as the student activities and intramural coordinator at the college.
John Volek, Sierra College, West
John Volek began his relationship with Sierra College 45 years ago as a football student-athlete for the Wolverines from 1965-67.
Volek began coaching in 1968 as the head wrestling coach and assistant football coach for UC Riverside. This was the beginning of a long and illustrious career of teaching and coaching students that led him from the beaches of Santa Cruz High School to Mt. San Jacinto College and to Walla Walla Community College in Washington. In 1988, Volek moved back to California as the Director of the Recreational Leadership Program and Head Coach for Fresno City College.
In 2003, Volek was offered and accepted the position as dean of physical education and athletics at Sierra College. In his first year as Dean, the California Community College Commission on Athletics and NATYCAA recognized Sierra College first in the nation for overall athletics excellence in the NATYCAA Cup. In 2010, Volek was inducted into the Sierra College Hall of Fame as a player and an administrator. Additionally, he was inducted into the Northwest Athletic Association Hall of Fame for his 10 years at Walla Walla Community College.
Volek spearheaded the development of the new “Buzz” Ostrom football Stadium, renovated the gymnasium and dedicated it the Goto/Goldenberg Court, improved the tennis courts, reconfigured the cross country trail, and remodeled the baseball and softball stadiums. These efforts were all helped along with the development of the college’s first foundation alumni association the “Wolverine Athletic Association” (WAA) in the fall of 2003.
Volek currently serves at NATYCAA’s President and is on NACDA’s Executive Committee.