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American International Yellow Jackets

American International Yellow Jackets
UniversityAmerican International College
AssociationDivision II
ConferenceNortheast-10 Conference, Atlantic Hockey
Athletic directorMatt Johnson[1]
LocationSpringfield, Massachusetts
Varsity teams21
Football stadiumRonald J. Abdow Field[2]
Basketball arenaHenry A. Butova Gymnasium[3]
Baseball stadiumRichard F. Bedard Field[4]
Softball stadiumJudy Groff Field[5]
Other arenasMassMutual Center
NicknameYellow Jackets
ColorsBlack, White, and Gold[6]

The American International Yellow Jackets is composed of 22 teams representing American International College in intercollegiate athletics, including men and women's basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, and track and field. Men's sports include baseball, football, ice hockey, and wrestling. Women's sports include field hockey, rugby, softball, tennis, and volleyball. The Yellow Jackets compete in NCAA Division II and are members of the Northeast-10 Conference for all sports except ice hockey and women's rugby, which compete in NCAA Division I, and wrestling, which is NCAA Division II Independent. The men's ice hockey team is a member of Atlantic Hockey.[7]

The Yellow Jackets started competing in the 1933-34 academic season in football, men's basketball and baseball. Men's soccer was added just one year later. The athletic department grew to five teams in the winter of 1948 when the Yellow Jackets started their ice hockey team.

Twenty years later, AIC introduced its first women's sport, softball. Judy Groff was introduced as the first softball coach, a position she held for 42 seasons. Volleyball, which was invented down the road in Holyoke, Massachusetts, started in the fall of 1974 with Groff also taking the reins.

In the 1977-78 school year, AIC began competing in women's basketball and men's golf. It would be seven years before the athletic department grew again when they added women's soccer for the 1985 school year.

With the emergence of lacrosse in the Northeast, the Yellow Jackets added men's lacrosse in the spring of 1992. In 1996-97, field hockey and women's lacrosse were added to the department to bring the women's teams total to six.

Ten years later, the Yellow Jackets added six teams to their already extensive department in men's and women's cross country, men's and women's indoor track, and men's and women's outdoor track.

In 2018, the department added women's golf.

With the backing of USA Triathlon, American International College will become the 24th team in the nation to introduce a women's varsity triathlon program to its athletic department, Director of Athletics Matthew Johnson announced on Tuesday, May 29 AIC expects competition to begin in the fall of 2019. [8]

NCAA sports

Men's Women's
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross Country
Cross Country Field Hockey
Football Golf
Golf Lacrosse
Ice Hockey Rugby
Lacrosse Soccer
Soccer Softball
Track and Field Tennis
Wrestling Track and Field
Track and Field

NCAA appearances

  • Ice Hockey: 2019 [9]
  • Baseball: 1991
  • Men's Basketball: 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1994, 2000, 2010, 2015
    • Elite Eight: 1968, 1969, 1970, 1985
  • Men's Cross Country: 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017
  • Football: 2008, 2013
  • Men's Golf: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
  • Women's Basketball: 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2016
    • Elite Eight: 2002, 2006
    • National Finalist: 2006
  • Field Hockey: 2010, 2011
  • Women's Soccer: 1998, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016
    • Final Four: 2013
  • Softball: 1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003
    • World Series: 1996, 1997
  • Volleyball: 2010, 2016, 2017, 2018
    • Elite Eight: 2016, 2018 [10]

Club sports

AIC also has a college rugby program that was founded in 2009 and began play in 2010.[11] The rugby program is part of the school's athletic department, has varsity status, with rugby scholarships available for students.[12] AIC plays in Division I in the Liberty Rugby Conference.

Logos & Mascots

Notable alumni


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Facilities panorama


  1. ^ "American International College Yellow Jackets - Matt Johnson - Staff Directory - American International College". Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "Ronald J. Abdow Field". Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Henry A. Butova Gymnasium". Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Richard F. Bedard Field". Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "Judy Groff Field". Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ Logo Usage & Brand Standards Manual (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 28, 2014. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "American International College Yellow Jackets". Retrieved 2016.
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  11. ^ AIC Rugby, Fast Facts, Archived January 19, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ USA Rugby, American International College,

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