On March 16, 2020, Hawks spring sports came to an abrupt end. For track & field and golf, there wasn't even a start. Hawks baseball was 14 games into the season, with an overall record of 10-4, while Hawks softball was geared up for region competition following their 8 game out of conference start. Men's and women's basketball had just ended, and the coaching staffs were joining volleyball, men's and women's soccer and cross country, deep into the recruiting season for 2021.
The roller coaster of events to follow totally uprooted hopes, plans, and preparations normally followed by coaches and athletes. Before, staying at home, attending HCC, and committing to playing for the Hawks versus a four year college away from home before typically included a decision involving finances, athletic ability and readiness, and picking a school with a particular academic program. Looking through the lens of Covid 19, this decision became blurred by the web of ever changing governmental health and safety guidelines affecting every aspect of personal and social life. Leaving home for on-campus living, financial hardship due to loss of income, risks associated with participating in team sports of medium to high impact, traveling across state lines, quarantining, masking, testing all added another layer to the decision making process. For coaches, the pandemic offered new challenges in recruiting, athlete eligibility, advising sophomores for future playing possibilities, scheduling both conference and non-conference games, guiding and interacting with new HCC student athletes, and program fundraising.
Fast forward to August 31st...attributing much of the success to the dedicated coaching staff, HCC sports teams are robust and ready to begin preparing for the 2020 - 21 season. Men's and Women's Cross Country kick off their season at Westmoreland County Community College on Friday, September 11th, and will complete against NJCAA Region XX schools for regular season meets. All other Hawk teams are gradually beginning pre-season practices, and are set to start their regular seasons at different points in the spring semester. Following the road to recovery, Hawks sports are moving towards the road to competition! As we grow closer to the spring semester, we look forward to when we can resoundly say "Go Hawks!"