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American International Yellow Jackets

American International Yellow Jackets
UniversityAmerican International College
AssociationDivision II (primary)
Division I (men's ice hockey)
ConferenceNE-10 (primary)
AHA (men's hockey)
ECC (men's volleyball)
Athletic directorJessica Chapin[1]
LocationSpringfield, Massachusetts
Varsity teams25 (12 men's, 13 women's)
Football stadiumRonald J. Abdow Field[2]
Basketball arenaHenry A. Butova Gymnasium[3]
Baseball stadiumRichard F. Bedard Field[4]
Softball stadiumJudy Groff Field[5]
Other venuesMassMutual Center
NicknameYellow Jackets
ColorsBlack, white, and gold[6]
Yellow Jackets ice hockey competes in NCAA Division I

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


The Yellow Jackets started competing in the 1933–1934 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 1977–1978 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 became 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 expected competition to begin in the fall of 2019.[8]

During the fall of 2020, the department announced the addition of men's volleyball as the 26th sport sponsored by the department. The team started play in January 2022.

Varsity sports

Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross Country
Cross Country Field Hockey
Football Golf
Golf Lacrosse
Ice Hockey[a] Rugby[b]
Lacrosse Soccer
Soccer Softball
Track and Field Tennis
Wrestling Track and Field
Volleyball[c] Triathlon[b]
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor
  1. ^ Competes in NCAA Division I.
  2. ^ a b Part of the NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program. National championships are organized independently of the NCAA.
  3. ^ De facto NCAA Division I sport. The NCAA organizes a "National Collegiate" championship open to members of Divisions I and II. Scholarship limits are the same for members of both divisions.

NCAA appearances

  • Ice Hockey: 2019, 2021, 2022[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 D1A Conference.

Notable alumni


Panorma of part of the athleic complex
Facilities panorama


  1. ^ "Jessica Chapin". Retrieved March 24, 2024.
  2. ^ "Ronald J. Abdow Field". Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  3. ^ "Henry A. Butova Gymnasium". Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  4. ^ "Richard F. Bedard Field". Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  5. ^ "Judy Groff Field". Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  6. ^ Logo Usage & Brand Standards Manual (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 28, 2014. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  7. ^ "American International College Yellow Jackets". Archived from the original on July 11, 2023. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  8. ^ "AIC to introduce varsity triathlon program with USA Triathlon grant". American International College Athletics. Archived from the original on May 16, 2019.
  9. ^ NCAA Men's Ice Hockey 2019
  10. ^ "2021 Women's Volleyball Schedule".
  11. ^ "AIC Rugby, Fast Facts". Archived from the original on January 19, 2013. Retrieved August 28, 2023.
  12. ^ "USA Rugby, American International College". Archived from the original on June 5, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2023.

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