About The KJCCC

By Tyler Cundith

Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) 

With 19 members, the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference is second largest major conference in community college athletics and one of the most prolific in the National Junior College Athletic Association. 

Since it founding in 1923, the KJCCC is dedicated to achieving the highest goals in the integration of academic and athletic endeavors. Individually, member schools have long been respected for successes both in the classroom and in its stadiums.

 The Kansas Jayhawk Conference crowns champions in 21 sports – 10 women’s sports, and 11 men’s sports. They include baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s rodeo, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, volleyball and wrestling.

In its history, the KJCCC has won 126 NJCAA national championships in 12 different men’s and women’s sports. In addition, 17 of its 19 members have one at lease one national championship, and 13 have captured multiple titles. Since 2000, the KJCCC has won 60 national crowns, 27 men’s and 33 women’s titles. 

Individually, the conference has produced an impressive number of NJCAA individual champions and All-Americans, and a significant number of athletes have gone on to excel on the NAIA, NCAA, Olympic and professional levels.

The KJCCC can take pride in success of former athletes on the world stage. At the 2004 Olympics, former Barton County athletes earned a total of seven medals, including three gold medals.  Among that group was Veronica Campbell, who won gold in the 200-meters and 4x100, and bronze in the 100-meters for Jamaica, and former Cougar Derrick Brew ran a leg on USA’s gold medal 4x400 relay.   

Four years later in 2008, Campbell again took gold in the 200-meters, and former Barton County track stars Aaron Armstrong and Leevan Sands also earned Olympic hardware.  Armstrong earned silver for Trinidad & Tobago in the men’s 4x100 relay and Sands took the bronze in the triple jump.  For team USA, former Cougar Hyleas Fountain finished with a Bronze medal in the women’s heptathlon and former Pratt baseball standout Terry Tiffee helped USA to a Bronze medal. 

Another former Barton County track athlete, Tyson Gay, is considered one of the more decorated former NJCAA track and field athletes.  In 2008 at the U.S. Olympic Trials, Gay set an American record in the 100-meters. He was clocked in a time of 9.77, which was the third-fastest time ever in the event.  A day later he posted a wind-aided 9.68 which is the fastest ever 100-meter time under any conditions -even faster than the official 9.69 mark set by Jamaica’s Usain Bolt at the Olympics in Beijing.  In 2007, Gay became just the third athlete in history to claim both the 100-meter and 200-meter world titles.  He also anchored the USA 4x100 relay that won gold.  For his efforts in 2007, Gay was selected as the 2007 IAAF Male World Athlete of the Year and the 2007 Men’s Athlete of the Year by Track and Field News.   

KJCCC athletes have also made an impact in the NFL, with over 300 players having played for all 32 teams in the league. Among that group include former Coffeyville running back Mike Rozier, who also was the Heisman Trophy winner in 1983 at the University of Nebraska; former Ravens back Brandon Jacobs, who won Super Bowl rings with the New York Giants and New England Patriots and former Garden City running back Corey Dillon, who won a Super Bowl with the Patriots in 2004.

On the diamond, former standouts Travis Hafner of Cowley and Adam La Roche of Fort Scott put up big numbers at the Major League level. Hafner hit 213 home runs and drove in 731 runners over his 12 season with the Rangers, Indians and Yankees, and LaRoche belted 255 career homers and drove in 882 runs in his 12-year pro career playing for the Braves, Pirates, Red Sox, Diamondbacks, Nationals and White Sox. Former Kansas City Kansas sluggers David Segui and Kevin Young combined for 27 years of service, 2,419 hits and 283 home runs at the Major League level.   

Several former athletes also went on to pro career in sports different from what they played while attending KJCCC schools.  Basketball players Marcus Pollard of Seward County, James’ Buster” Douglas of Coffeyville and Steve Fritz of Hutchinson all went on to have successful professional careers in other sports. Pollard has played 12 seasons at a tight end in the NFL.  Douglas was a former undisputed world heavy weight boxing champion, and scored the biggest upset in the history of the sport by knocking out Mike Tyson in 1990 in Tokyo.  Fritz was the 1997 U.S. national champion in the decathlon.  He also hit the game-winning shot to give Hutchinson the 1988 national basketball title.

Organized in 1923, the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference arose out of the special needs of the Kansas community colleges to create an organization which would further the best interest of intercollegiate athletics. Originally named the Kansas Public Junior College Association, the name Kansas Jayhawk Junior College Conference was adopted in 1962. Thirteen years later, the name as it is know today, the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference, was adopted.

Composed by five members at the outset, the conference has changed its makeup several times. Today, the conference has separate division based on geography (East or West) or national participation (Division I or Division II). 

Seven individual have held the title of commissioner.  

Now in his 15th year as commissioner of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference, Bryce Roderick continues to make a major impact on the KJCCC and throughout community college athletics. During his 14-year leadership, the KJCCC has remained in the forefront as a leader in community college athletics. KJCCC member schools have won 37 NJCAA championships, ranking among the most of any conference in the NJCAA over that span. 

Roderick began his service as commissioner in July of 2003, succeeding Bennie Lee. He served one year as his assistant before taking over the helm. He is the seventh individual to hold the office of commissioner.

Roderick has been extremely active in the NJCAA, serving in various capacities over his career. Most recently, Roderick completed a three-year term as President of the NJCAA. He was the 18th president in the organization’s history and first from the Sunflower State. Prior to that appointment in 2013, Roderick served six years as the NJCAA Second Vice President for Women. 

Serving as the NJCAA Second Vice President for Women since 2008, Roderick’s efforts led to dramatic achievements in both women’s and two-year college athletics. His leadership also led to streamlining the championship bid process and significant improvement to officiating at national championships. 

In 1996, Roderick began serving as NJCAA Region VI women’s director and served on the NJCAA Women’s Cross Country Committee. From there until 2008 – while remaining women’s director of Region VI – Roderick infused himself into a handful of organization committees. Some of the sports he has furnished with his insight include – Division I softball and volleyball. He was chair of the NJCAA Service and Recognition Committee, as well as co-chair of track and field, cross country, half marathon and marathon. Other notable panels Roderick served on includes eligibility, D-I sport districting, co-chair of the Finance and Budget Committee and chair of Championship Events.

In 2013, Roderick’s contributions to volleyball were recognized when he was inducted into the NJCAA Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. In 2007, he was awarded the George E. Killian Award of Excellence. This award is given to individuals dedicated to the ideals of volunteerism, achievement, service, leadership and excellence. Rockerick was only the second women’s director to receive this prestigious award. The following April, Roderick was given the NJCAA Appreciation Award which is given annually to individuals and institutions at the discretion of the Executive Director of the NJCAA. This past April, Roderick was presented with the NJCAA Service Award, given by the Executive Director to individuals and institutions that have provided the organization extraordinary leadership, loyalty and service. 

Prior to taking over as the commission of the KJCCC, Roderick spent 12 years as the athletic director at Garden City Community College. A former official for multiple sports – including track and field, football and wrestling – Roderick was inducted into the Kansas Collegiate Officials Hall of Fame in 2013 and formerly was a member of the of the USA Track and Field Board of Directors. 

A graduate from Oklahoma State University in 1967, Roderick earned his bachelor’s degree in math and went on to hear his master’s in sport management form the United States Sports Academy in 1991.

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Carl Heinrich enter his first year serving as assistant commissioner of the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference. Heinrich will assist commissioner Bryce Roderick with the day-to-day business of the office and serve as a liaison to the KJCCC’s athletic directors. 

Heinrich brings over 38 years of service in community college athletics, serving as a coach and administrator. The past 26 years he has served on the campus of Johnson County Community College. He served in several capacities at JCCC including assistant baseball coach, head baseball coach, academic director for physical education and athletics, program manager for athletics, program coordinator for student activities and as a career counselor from 1991 before becoming athletic director in 2000. 

In his 16 years as leader of JCCC’s athletic program, the college achieved unprecedented academic, athletic and administrative success. The Cavaliers claimed nine of the program’s 11 national championships, along with 76 region titles, 80 conference titles, 197 national tournament berths with 61 top-five finishes. Additionally, Johnson County had achieved a top 10 finish in 11 of the 13 years the NATYCAA Cup was awarded under his watch, including three third place finishes, two runners-up and a national cup championship in 2007-08, making Johnson County the only KJCCC program to earn that distinction. 

Heinrich holds a professional membership in the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and served on the executive committee representing two-year colleges. Heinrich also served three years as treasurer for the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators, one year as second vice president, and served as President of NATYCAA for the 2009-10 academic year. Heinrich also served three years as the assistant Region VI director for women’s athletics, and this fall he begins his 10th year as director of Region VI women’s athletics. Heinrich is also involved with several NJCAA national committee.

Heinrich’s leadership and service to community college athletics has earned him praise and accolades during his 16-year tenure. He was named the NATYCAA/AstroTurf Athletic Director of the Year for 2007-08, and in April 2011 at the NJCAA annual meetings, Heinrich was awarded the George E. Killian Award of Excellence. In June 2013, Heinrich was selected the 2013 winner of the L. William Miller Award by the National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA). He was given the award at the NATYCAA Convention in Orlando.

Heinrich also served six seasons as assistant baseball coach and one as head at JCCC. He began his college coaching career as head coach at Highland Community College in 1980. He also served five seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Scotties football team. Before becoming head coach at Highland, he played professionally for the Class A McAllen Dusters of the Lone Star Texas League. Heinrich earned his master’s degree from Northwest Missouri State University in 1985. 

A 1978 graduate of the University of Kansas, Heinrich was a former co-captain for the Jayhawks baseball team and served as a graduate assistant. Heinrich was a four-year standout at first base for the Jayhawks, and ended his KU career with a lifetime .288 average, and a reputation as one of the best glove men in the Big 8. He also set school career records for at-bats (648), hits (135) and doubles (19)

NJCAA National Champions
Barton County (55)
Women’s Indoor Track-1980
Women’s Outdoor-Track-1990
Women’s Outdoor Track-1985
Women’s Outdoor Track-1986
Women’s Cross Country-1986
Women’s Indoor Track-1988
Women’s Indoor Track-1990
Women’s Outdoor Track-1990
Women’s Cross Country-1990
Women’s Indoor Track-1991
Women’s Outdoor Track-1991
Women’s Cross Country-1991
Women’s Indoor Track-1992
Women’s Outdoor Track-1992
Women’s Cross Country-1992
Women’s Indoor Track-1993
Women’s Outdoor Track-1993
Women’s Outdoor Track-1994
Women’s Indoor Track-1995
Women’s Outdoor Track-1995
Women’s Indoor Track-1996
Women’s Cross Country-1995
Women’s Indoor Track-1998
Men’s Indoor Track-1998
Men’s Outdoor Track-1998
Women’s Indoor Track-1999
Men’s Indoor Track-1999
Men’s Outdoor Track-1999
Women’s Indoor Track-2000
Men’s Indoor Track-2000
Women’s Outdoor Track-2000
Men’s Outdoor Track-2000
Women’s Indoor Track-2001
Men’s Indoor Track-2001
Women’s Outdoor Track-2001
Men’s Outdoor Track-2001
Women’s Indoor Track-k-2002
Men’s Indoor Track-2002
Women’s Outdoor Track-2002
Men’s Outdoor Track-2002
Women’s Indoor Track-2003
Men’s Indoor Track-2003
Women’s Outdoor Track-2003
Men’s Outdoor Track-2003
Volleyball - 2003
Women’s Indoor Track-2004
Men’s Indoor Track-2004
Women’s Outdoor Track-2004
Men’s Outdoor Track-2004
Women’s Indoor Track-2005
Men’s Indoor Track-2005
Women’s Outdoor Track-2005
Men’s Indoor Track-2006
Women’s Indoor Track–2006
Men’s Indoor Track-2010

 

Butler (13)
Men’s Basketball-1953
Men’s Cross County-1970
Football-1981
Football-1998
Football-1999
Women’s Cross Country-2002
Football-2003
Men’s 1/2 Marathon-2004
Women’s 1/2 Marathon-2004
Men’s 1/2 Marathon-2005
Football-2007
Football-2008

Softball-2016

Cloud County (4)
Men’s Cross County-1995
Women’s Basketball-2001
Men’s 1/2 Marathon-2003
Men's Soccer 2011

Colby (3)
Women’s Marathon-1993
Women’s Cross Country-1999
Men’s Wrestling-1999

Coffeyville (6)
Football-1956
Men’s Outdoor Track-1960
Men’s Cross Country-1960
Men’s Basketball-1962
Football-1983
Football-1990

Cowley College (11)
Men’s Tennis-1989
Men’s Tennis-1991
Men’s Baseball-1997
Men’s Baseball-1998
Women’s 1/2 Marathon-2009
Men’s Cross Country-2010
Women’s Cross Country-2010
Men’s 1/2 Marathon-2010
Women’s 1/2 Marathon-2010
Women's Volleyball 2011,2013

Dodge City (4)
Men’s Basketball-1964
Women’s Outdoor Track-1976
Women’s Cross Country-1978
Men’s Cross Country-1998

Fort Scott (1)
Football-1970

Garden City (3)
Men’s Wrestling-1992
Men’s Wrestling-1994
Men’s Wrestling-1995

Hutchinson (5)
Men’s Outdoor Track-1954
Men’s Outdoor Track-1959
Men’s Basketball-1988
Men’s Basketball-1994
Women’s Cross Country-2001

Independence (3)
Men’s Basketball-1963
Men’s Basketball-1977
Men’s Basketball-1978

Johnson County (10)
Women’s Marathon-1992
Women’s Basketball-2000
Women’s Cross Country-2000
Men’s Basketball-2001
Women’s 1/2 Marathon-2003
Volleyball-2005
Women’s 1/2 Marathon-2005
Women’s 1/2 Marathon–2006
Women's 1/2 Marathon-2008
Men's Basketball-2009

Kansas City KS (1)

Women's Basketball-2016

Labette (2)
Men’s Basketball-1960
Men’s Wrestling-2005

Neosho County (1)
Men’s Wrestling-2000

Pratt (2)
Men’s Tennis-1959
Men’s Tennis-1961

Seward County (1)
Women’s Basketball-2002