Comet Athletics

Intercollegiate Sports Program
Cottey College offers cross-country/trackvolleyball, basketball, tennis, and softball in its intercollegiate sports program. Cottey is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II, Region XVI. The NJCAA is the athletic association for all two-year colleges. Division II is a mix of small and large two-year colleges. Region XVI is the state of Missouri. There are six colleges that are Division II in Missouri, and those colleges compete in the Regional Tournament.

The colleges that compete in NJCAA Region 16 Division II are:  Cottey College;  East Central College, Union, MO; MCC-Longview, Lee's Summit, MO; MCC-Penn Valley, Kansas City, MO; Mineral Area College,  Park Hills, MO; North Central Missouri College, Trenton, MO; St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, MO; Wentworth Military Academy, Lexington, MO.  In addition, Cottey competes against other colleges in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.  Those teams are two-year schools; small, private, four-year colleges; and some junior varsity programs of larger, four-year colleges.

In October, the Cottey College Board of Trustees approved a program proposal to strengthen and grow Cottey’s competitive athletic program. In addition to funding the start-up costs for the new sports of Cross-Country and Tennis, the Board also supported the addition of part-time assistant coaches for our three existing sports as an important step in strengthening our athletic programs. We are pleased to introduce two new members of our Cottey Comet athletic staff.

Samantha Robertson will serve as our assistant softball coach. Robertson has previously served as our very dedicated volunteer softball coach since 2012. Sami Jo earned her A.A. and A.S. at Coffeyville Community College, where she played collegiate softball under then assistant coach Shelli Stanley. Sami Jo is completing her BSED in Secondary History Education at Pittsburg State University. Sami Jo hails from Lamar, Missouri, where she has been involved in softball as both a player, youth umpire, and coach. We are so pleased to have Sami Jo continue her outstanding work with the Comets softball program.

MaKayla Grahn will serve as our new assistant basketball coach and athletic recruitment coordinator for our two new programs. Grahn had a very successful collegiate basketball career, playing at Howard Junior College, Cisco Junior College, and Rockhurst University. She earned an A.A. in Education from Cisco Junior College, and her B.A. in History with a minor in Theology from Rockhurst University. In addition to her collegiate playing career, MaKayla has worked at basketball camps throughout the state of Texas, and is a former AAU Summer League coach. MaKayla hails from Lovelady, Texas, where she played for her most demanding coach, her father, who is a very successful high school basketball coach!

Two New Sports Added for Fall 2014
Cottey College announces the addition of two more intercollegiate sports beginning in fall 2014. Cross-country and tennis will be added to the three sports currently offered at the College: basketball, softball, and volleyball. All five sports are scholarship sports meaning that athletic scholarships will be available for cross-country and track just as they are for basketball, softball, and volleyball. Read the full press release announcing the additions here.

Cottey has hired a coach for cross-country and is searching for a part-time coach for tennis. Job description is available on the College website under employment.

Click here for an interview with Athletic Director and Coach Dave Ketterman.

Arrow Prospective Student-Athlete Questionnaire
Any prospective student who would like to play basketball, volleyball or softball on the collegiate level should contact the head coach of the sport they are interested in. A questionnaire will be added soon for tennis.

"If a student is within driving range, we will visit. We will always contact the coach and ask for the student's stats and athletic biography. In some cases we may request the student send us a video," said Athletic Director Dave Ketterman.

Athletic Scholarships
Athletic Scholarships are awarded for cross-country,basketball, volleyball, tennis, and softball based on demonstrated ability. Athletic guidelines for NJCAA Division II can include a maximum of tuition, fees, and course-related books.  To be eligible for official awards of scholarships, grants, student employment and loans, prospective students must be accepted for admission and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

For more information on Cottey College's athletic program, please contact Athletic Director Dave Ketterman. E-mail address is, or write him at the College address: 1000 W. Austin, Nevada, MO 64772.

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