Montgomery College sports teams returned to the fields—and a recent ruling enabled them to travel to other Maryland JUCO campuses to resume competitive play. What does a return to campus and competitive play look like for Raptors athletes? Rules stipulate that players and coaches must wear masks if they not actively competing in a sport. Furthermore, to ensure proper social distancing practices, teams must limit both player rosters and coaching staff. As of now, there will be no spectators at games.
“Many of our student athletes come to Montgomery College to improve their skills and transfer to four-year institutions to further their academic and athletic careers,” said Montgomery College Collegewide Athletic Director and Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tarlouh Gasque. “Participating in spring sports is of high importance for student athletes,” Gasque adds.
The sports returning to campus this spring are baseball, softball, men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s track and field. The plan is for the College to begin playing home games in early April, but will not have fans in attendance.
“Our spring sports season was cut short last year. We were looking at the possibility of going two years without playing,” Gasque added. “I’m excited for our athletes—and look I forward to everyone safely resuming athletic competition.”
Our spring sports season was cut short last year. We were looking at the possibility of going two years without playing. I’m excited for our athletes—and look I forward to everyone safely resuming athletic competition.
Administrators and coaches are ensuring teams strictly adhere to all safety precautions. Teams are using additional bench space for social distancing, check-in/out tables located outside the playing area to guarantee each person passes the required COVID survey and temperature check, and more.
The Raptors welcome Pedro Braz as the new men’s soccer coach and athletic facility coordinator for business development. Braz, who coached the Raptors from 2012 to 2014, returns to the role after five seasons at Gallaudet University. In his previous stint with MC, the Raptors won the Maryland JUCO tournament all three seasons and reached the finals of the national tournament in 2012.
Braz returns to MC with a brand-new stadium and locker room on the Rockville Campus. The new stadium features a light system for night games, stadium seating, and a state-of-the-art TV booth. “I would like to thank Tarlouh Gasque for the opportunity to return to Montgomery College. The new stadium and locker rooms for men’s and women’s soccer show MC’s strong commitment to both soccer programs,” said Braz.
The Raptors baseball team is already playing, jumping out to a 4-0 record. Next up is the first men’s and women’s soccer game, which takes place April 3 at Howard Community College. The first men’s and women’s track and field meet is also scheduled for April. The full schedule can be found on the Raptors website.