Rochester Warriors

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Team Colors: Crimson & White
800 West Avon Road
Rochester Hills, MI 48037

Athletics Phone: 248-218-2000
Enrollment: 1,084
Founded: 1959
President: Dr. John Tyson Jr.
Athletic Director: Klint Pleasant

Name Title Phone Email
Klint Pleasant Athletic Director/Men's Basketball Coach 248-218-2058
Garth Pleasant AD Emeritus 248-218-2135
Clayton Bissett Associate Athletic Director/Compliance Officer/Men's and Women's Golf Coach 248-218-2181
Scott Kunert Baseball Coach 248-218-2218
Shannon Murphy Volleyball Coach 248-218-2188
Todd Stank Women's Soccer Coach 248-218-2147
Eric Sims Women's Basketball Coach 248-218-2129
Tony Hermiz Men's Soccer Coach 248-218-2147
Katy Busam Women's Cross Country Coach 248-218-2160



  • [Wrestling] Holdren Named RC First Ever Wrestling Coach
    March 23, 2018

    ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich.— Rochester College Athletic Director, Klint Pleasant, is pleased to announce the addition of wrestling to the athletic department's list of sports and that Paul Holdren will be the first head coach.

    After graduating from Albion Senior High School, Holdren attended Albion College where he lettered four years on the wrestling team. During his time on the team, Holdren was named captain twice, MVP twice, had an overall record of 49-7-1 and holds 11 Albion College wrestling records.

    In 2013 Coach Holdren was inducted into the Albion College Athletic Hall of Fame.

    After finishing his wrestling career at Albion College, Holdren started his coaching career at Albion High School.  He then took on the job at Marlette HS.  After one year there, Holdren became the varsity head coach at Flint Northwestern HS. Holdren took on the same position at Bentley HS in 1996.  In 2002, Holdren established a nationally recognized wrestling program at Mott Community College. During his time at Mott CC, Holdren coached one national champion, 15 All-Americans and 44 national qualifiers.

    Pleasant is excited about the new wrestling program and to have Coach Holdren on board.  "Our athletic department is growing and we look forward to watching wrestling grow as a college sport.  High school wrestling in this area has been very strong over the years and there are not many college options.  We look forward to interacting with new student-athletes and introducing them to our school's culture and mission.  Coach Holdren has come highly recommended and we also look forward to watching him mentor our student-athletes."

    Coach Holdren's High School coaching achievements:​

    -Total Record 88-21-1

    -3x District Champ

    -2x Top Ten State Finish

    -Coached 21 All-State Wrestlers

    -Nominated Michigan Coach of the Year 3x

  • [Women's Basketball] Five Lady Warriors Named 2017-18 NAIA Scholar-Athletes
    March 14, 2018

    ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich.—On Monday, March 12th the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced the 2017-2018 Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes. The Rochester College women's basketball team had five players honored this year. 

    Rochester College guards Maddy Valko (Marysville, Mich./St. Clair County Community College), Griffin Burton (Brownstown, Mich./Gabriel Richard H.S.), and Kirsten Rivard (Marysville, Mich./Marysville H.S.) were named 2017-2018 Daktronics NAIA-Scholar-Athletes.  Bethany McCord (Warren, Mich./Saginaw Valley State University) and Skye Donaldson (Oxford, Mich./Oxford H.S.) were also named to the list of players

    In order to be nominated a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved junior academic status. The award is given out every year to outstanding student-athletes competing in a sport in which that program is active and their respective teams are eligible for NAIA postseason competition.

  • [Men's Basketball] Four Warriors Named 2017-18 NAIA Scholar-Athletes
    March 14, 2018

    ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich.—On Monday, March 12th the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics announced the 2017-2018 Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes. The Rochester College men's basketball team had four players honored this year. 

    Rochester College guards Justin Nafso (Walled Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Central H.S.) and Dimitrios Pappas (Athens, Greece/4th General H.S) were named 2017-2018 Daktronics NAIA-Scholar-Athletes.  Ronald Norfleet (Detroit, Mich./University of Central Oklahoma) and Cap Wilson (Davison, Mich./Goodrich H.S.) were also named to the list of players

    In order to be nominated a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved junior academic status. The award is given out every year to outstanding student-athletes competing in a sport in which that program is active and their respective teams are eligible for NAIA postseason competition.

  • [Softball] RC Softball Day 3 in Florida Recap
    March 07, 2018

    COCOA BEACH, FL.—The Rochester College softball team swept the day with two wins, one over the Penn State Hazelton and Martin Luther College.  RC won game one with a final score of 14-2 in five innings and then won game two with a final score of 3-0. 

    Game one was controlled by the Lady Warriors from the first inning as they jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after senior Kelcie Juhas (Midland, Mich./Macomb CC) flew out to leftfield scoring Chander Hill (Imlay City, Mich./Macomb CC).

    RC was able to push across eleven more in the second, and three in the third. The Warriors were led by Morgan Box (Bay City, Mich./Oakland CC), who went 3 for 3 at the plate and 3 RBI's.  Allie Jo Brookman (Swartz Creek, Mich./Mott CC) added two hits with 2 RBI's.

    Alexis Evans (Hemlock, Mich./Hemlock HS) threw a complete game allowing 7 hits.  She struck out 3 and gave up one walk.  

    The Lady Warriors picked up in game two right where they left off on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball.  Rochester scored two runs in the first and one more in the second inning.  The Knights were unable to find a way to score the entire 7 innings of play.

    Brookman led the way for the Warriors going 3 for 3 with an RBI. Brooke Snyder (Willis, Mich./Ypsilanti Lincoln HS) played a key role offensively with a solid 2 for 2 at the plate with 1 RBI and a base on balls.  Marlena Booth (White Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Northern HS) collected two hits of her own.

    Snyder earned the win inside the circle for the Warriors, pitching a complete game while allowing 0 runs, 3 hits, 0 walks and 5 strikeouts.

    Coach Tai Sharpley on the teams' start of the season:

    "Things are continuing to look for up us. Pieces are starting to fall in place and we're playing with more authority and assertiveness. I'm really pleased with the progression."

    The Lady Warriors will play their last two games in Cocoa Beach, FL tomorrow as they take on the Knights of Martin Luther at 9:00 am, and then the Gyrenes of Ave Maria University at 11:00 am before heading to South Carolina.

  • [Softball] RC Softball Day 2 in Florida
    March 07, 2018

    COCOA BEACH, FL--The Rochester College women's softball team played two tough teams on day two in the hot Florida sun.  The first game they took on the Benedictine College Ravens.  The Ravens came into the game with an impressive 9-2 record in their early part of their season.  Game two the Warriors played the Celtics of Carlow University.  Carlow came into the game with a 1-4 record. 

    Game One: 

    The Ravens of Benedictine came out of the gates swinging a very hot bat and found themselves with an early 3-0 lead at the end of the first inning.  The Ravens struck again in the second with pushing across 9 more runs to give themselves a demanding 12-0 lead heading into the third.  RC was able to put one on the board in the top of the third of an RBI single off the bat of Alexis Evans (Hemlock, Mich./Hemlock HS). Benedictine answered right back with a run of their own in the bottom half of the third.  Rochester was able to score one more in the fourth to give the Warriors their last run of the game.  Rochester College fell with a final score of 2-13 in five innings. 

    RC was outhit by the Ravens 15-6, two of the hits coming from Evans.  Kelcie Juhas (Midland, Mich./Macomb CC) Jonae Bidden (Troy, Mich./Troy HS), and Karli Kline (Flushing, Mich./Elizabeth Ann Johnson HS) each recorded a hit of their own.  

    Game Two: 

    After a long break in between games, the Warriors were back on the diamond as they took on Carlow University.  Just like game one of the day, RC found themselves down after the first inning, this time down 1-4.  Rochester cut the lead in half as they scored a run in the second inning as Kline singled to right field scoring Juhas.  The Celtics answered back with three more runs of their own in the third to give themselves a comfortable 7-2 lead going into the fourth inning.  RC was unable to put any more runs on the board and fell with a final score of 2-8.  

    Evans again led the Warriors in the hit column with two more in the second game. Juhas and Kline each added another hit to their season stats. 

    The Lady Warriors will be back in action and look to improve their 3-3 record as they take on Penn State Hazleton and the Martin Luther College Knights today. The first game of the day is set to start at 1:30 pm.  With just a short break in between games, the second game is set for 4 pm.  

  • [Women's Lacrosse] Cumper Named RC Women's Lacrosse Head Coach
    March 06, 2018

    ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich.— Athletic Director Klint Pleasant is pleased to announce that Allison Cumper will be the first-ever women's lacrosse coach at Rochester College.

    Cumper graduated from Clarkston High School in 2007 During her time as a student, Cumper was on the competitive dance team and track team. After graduation, Cumper went to Oakland University where she played four years on the club women's lacrosse team and earned her undergrad in English and Communications.  During her time on the club lacrosse team, Cumper won three conference champions and appeared at the national tournament twice.

    Cumper is currently attending the University of Detroit and is working on earning a masters in school counseling.

    After finishing her playing career at Oakland University, Cumper started her coaching career as a volunteer coach at Oxford High School.  Then she took on the job as the head middle school coach at Detroit Country Day.  After some time at DCD, Cumper became the JV head coach and varsity assistant coach at Marian High School. During her time there she helped lead the team to a Catholic League Championship in 2012 and 2013.  After much success at Marian, Cumper took her coaching skills to Academy of the Sacred Heart where she became the head coach.  Her most recent coaching was done at University of Detroit Jesuit HS, where she was the boy's assistant coach.

    Coach Cumper currently lives in Birmingham, MI.

    Coach Cumper on coaching at RC:

    "I am very excited to be joining the Rochester College Warriors community. I look forward to the challenge of building this new program and being able to share my love of the game with a new group of players. I believe that my prior coaching experience will help me build a successful program."

  • [Men's Basketball] Warriors Win 4TH USCAA National Title
    March 06, 2018

    The Rochester College Warriors entered the USCAA national tournament as the 5th seed but left as the top team in the country after an 80-61 win over Oakwood University Saturday evening.  The win earned the men's basketball program their fourth USCAA national championship and sixth national title overall.  Justin Nafso was named the tournament MVP while Kash Blackwell and Armand Cartwright were named to the All-Tournament Team.

    The tournament started with the Warriors taking on Illinois Tech University in the opening round.  The Warriors' stingy defense and hot shooting had them up by 23 points at the half with a score of 39-16.  Illinois Tech answered in the second half with a 17-3 run midway through the half.  Illinois Tech was eventually able to cut the Warrior lead to 8 points late in the game, but it wasn't enough as RC sealed the deal at the free throw line.  Blackwell ended the game with 15 points.  He was followed by Nafso's 11 and Peter Agba who added 10.

    The semifinal game for the Warriors saw them match up with the tournament #1 seed, the Florida National Conquistadors.  The Conquistadors came into the game with 26 wins including two over NAIA top 25 teams.  The Conquistadors were able to build an 11-6 lead with 12 minutes left in the first half.  But as became the Warriors' calling card late in the season, RC played lockdown defense and held Florida National to only one point for the next 6 minutes and went on an 11-1 run.  It was back and forth from there and RC held a 30-25 lead headed into the locker room.  The Warriors held onto the lead in the second half until a made 3-pointer by Florida National put them up by one with just four minutes left in the game.  The Conquistadors would eventually push their lead up to six with three minutes left in the game, but the Warriors fought back.  Cap Wilson hit a lay-up with 13 seconds left to bring RC to within one.  After an RC foul, Florida National missed both free throws giving the Warriors a chance.  Nafso calmly brought the ball across half court, headed to the basket and laid it in with 1 second left on the clock to secure the 70-69 win.  Four Warriors scored in double figures.  Agba had a huge game with 15 points and 11 rebounds.  Cartwright added 14 points and 8 rebounds while Nafso tossed in 12 points to go along with 6 assists.  Blackwell ended his evening with 10 points.

    The Warriors then faced the #6 seed Oakwood University Ambassadors in the championship game.  RC came out firing on all cylinders and held a 13 point lead on three separate occasions in the first half and held a 35-25 lead at the break.  Oakwood tried to fight back in the second half and cut the lead to single digits several times, but the Warriors had an answer each time.  An  Ambassador lay-up with just over three minutes left in the game cut the Warrior lead to 10, but an RC 13-4 run to close out the game gave the Warriors the win and the championship.  Nafso had a huge game with 27 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds.  Blackwell cashed in with 16 points and 10 boards.  Cartwright added 13 points and Agba scored 8 and pulled down 11 rebounds. 

    "In 20 years of having the privilege to coach young men, I can't think of a time I've been more proud," said head coach Klint Pleasant after winning his second USCAA National Championship.  "I told the guys after the title game that perhaps one of the reasons this season was so special was that it mimicked real life.  There were ups and downs, but toughness, resolve, commitment and genuine relationships ruled the day.  Our run in the WHAC tournament, a 20 plus win season and then a USCAA National Title made for a sweet ending.  This is an amazing group of guys and I'm beyond blessed to be their coach."    

    Nafso echoed his coach's comments.  "Winning the USCAA title is an incredible feeling," said Nafso.  "With all the tough losses we had, especially in the conference championship, most teams would have folded but we stayed together and kept fighting. It felt good to win the USCAA national championship, not only for us but for the program and the RC players that came before us. "

    RC shot a blistering 41% from beyond the arc for the tournament while holding their opponents to just 26% and out-rebounded them on average 44-37.  Nafso averaged almost 17 points and almost 6 assists per game.  Blackwell averaged 13.7 points and 6.7 rebounds while Cartwright finished his tournament averaging 11.3 points and 5.6 rebounds.  Agba also had a big tournament showing averaging 11 points and 9 rebounds.   The Warriors finish their season strong with a record of 21-15 including winning seven of their final eight games of the season.  The men's basketball team has now won a total of 6 small college national championships including 4 in the USCAA. 

    As the Warriors look to their 2018-19 campaign, they return over 99% of their offensive scoring output.  "I think we just recently started playing our best basketball," Nafso said, "which is a great sign because we have our core coming back next year."

  • [Women's Basketball] Lady Warriors Win First Ever USCAA Title
    March 05, 2018

    UNIONTOWN, PA--The Rochester College Warriors are USCAA champions for the first time after knocking off the #2 seed in the semi-finals and then taking down the #1 seed in the championship game on Saturday.  The Warriors beat Paul Quinn 72-57 in the championship behind a huge game from Allyssa Copley who was later named the tournament MVP.  Copley finished with an impressive line of 13 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 blocks.  Maddy Valko was named to the All-Tournament Team. 

    The Warriors started the tournament off by facing the Apprentice School Builders and immediately showed everyone they were a force to be reckoned with.  RC began the game with a 22-0 run and never looked back.  The Builders were eventually able to cut the RC lead to eight late in the first half, but RC closed out the first half with a 35-25 advantage.  The Warriors dominated the third quarter and opened up a 63-36 lead heading into the final frame.  The Builders put up some resistance in the fourth, but it just wasn't enough.  Devan Valko finished with a game-high 24 points, connecting on 6-7 three-point attempts.  Rio Dudgeon added 14 points while Maddy Valko finished with 10 points and 6 rebounds.  Copley pulled down 10 rebounds to go along with her 8 assists and 5 steals.

    The semi-final matchup was nip and tuck most of the way.  The #2 seeded Florida College Falcons held a 25-21 lead at the end of the first half.  The two teams traded baskets most of the 3rd quarter and RC found themselves down 43-38 headed into the fourth quarter, but things got even tougher for the Warriors.  Florida College opened the final frame with a 9-2 run to take a 12 point lead with just under 5 minutes left to play.  However, sparked by a made lay-up and free throw from Bethany McCord, RC would go on a run.  After a pair of made free throws from the Falcons, McCord connected on her second "and one" on RC's next possession to cut the deficit to 54-48.  The Falcons would not score the rest of the game and with 5 seconds remaining, Copley would get free inside and lay the ball in after a nice pass from Dudgeon.  Copley finished with a team-high 15 points and 11 rebounds while McCord was right behind her with 13 points and 9 boards.  Maddy Valko ended her night with 11 points.

    The Warriors came out rolling in the championship game against the Paul Quinn Tigers and opened up an early 13-2 lead.  The Tigers were able to claw back into the game and were down just six at the end of the first quarter 20-14.  The second quarter saw back and forth action and RC's lead cut to just three points after a Paul Quinn basket at the buzzer made the score 34-31 as the teams headed into halftime.  The Tigers tied the game early in the 3rd quarter and then took the lead at 37-34 with just under 7 minutes left.  It was back and forth from there until Devan Valko hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 45 late in the third quarter.  That would spark an RC 14-0 run that extended into the 4th quarter and put the Warriors up 56-45.  RC would never look back and celebrated their first ever USCAA National Championship.  Four RC players scored in double figures including Copley's monster game.  Maddy and Devan Valko each scored 16 while McCord tossed in 14. 

    Head Coach, Brent Wichtner, summed up his team's success.  "This feeling is so surreal," Wichtner said.  "I am so extremely proud of this team and the resiliency they have shown; fighting the adversity we have had to overcome in recent weeks.  I want to thank the seniors for trusting the process of the journey.  It is amazing how so many of my past teammates, former players, and our professors, faculty, and family have reached out in support of the team in this great accomplishment.  This will be a day I will always remember."

    Copley ended her tournament averaging 11 points, 12 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 3 blocks per game.  Maddy Valko finished with 12 points and 2 assists per game while her sister, Devan, added 13.3 points per contest.  RC held their opponents to just 30% from the field and just 24.5% from beyond the arc and forced an average of 16 turnovers per game.  The Warriors finished their season with their best record since 2011-12 with a record of 20-12.

  • [Softball] Lady Warriors Win First Two of the Season
    March 04, 2018

    PIPPA PASSES, KY—The Rochester College women's softball team stopped in the state of Kentucky on their way down to Cocoa Beach, FL for the team's spring trip.  The Lady Warriors made a stop in Pippa Passes, where they played their first two games of the 2018 season against Alice Lloyd College.  RC took both games from the Eagles, the first game ended with a score of 15-4 and the second one of another dominating score, 14-2.

    Game one:

    The Lady Warriors started off slow and found themselves down 1-3 at bottom of the first inning before taking the lead in the second and never looked back.  Rochester went on to put up three runs in the second, two in the fourth, and nine in the seventh. The Eagles were able to push one more run across the plate in the bottom of the fifth.

    Rochester ended game one with 20 team hits to the Eagles 2 and had 7 walks to Alice Lloyd's 4.

    The Warriors were led offensively in game one by sophomore outfielder Ashley Romanek (Taylor, Mich./Taylor Kennedy HS) as she went 4 for 4 at the plate and scored 3 runs for RC.  Chander Hill (Imlay City, Mich./Macomb CC) and Alexis Evans (Hemlock, Mich./Hemlock HS) both ended their night 4-6.  Hill had 4 RBIs for Rochester. 

    Evans was the only Warriors pitcher in game one, as she went all seven innings only allowing 2 hits, 3 earned runs, walked 4 and struck out 5 batters. Evans has a 1-0 record on the season.

    Game two:

    The Lady Warriors picked up right where they left off in game one, as they were able to take an early 8 to 2 lead at the end of the third inning.  After being held scoreless in the fourth, RC went on to score 6 more runs in the top of the fifth and take game two with a 14 to 2 mercy win to give them a 2-0 record before they got back on the road to Florida.

    Just like game one, RC dominated in the hitting column of the box score as they ended with 15 team hits to Alice Lloyd's 4. 

    Senior shortstop, Jenna Dominek (Armada, Mich./Macomb CC) had a big game going 4 for 4 with a home run and four RBIs.  Brooke Snyder (Willis, Mich./Ypsilanti Lincoln HS) added a home run to her season stats with a blast over the centerfield fence. 

    Snyder not only had a good game at the plate but dominated inside the circle for RC as she went all five innings only allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks.  Snyder earned her first win of the season.

    Coach Sharpley on the season opener:

    "I'm extremely proud of our team's growth this year. All the hard work and dedication over the winter is really starting to pay off. I'm blown away by how hot our bats are this early in the season, which means there's so much more to come. Also, the team's camaraderie is at an ultimate high that makes them play with a "never back down" attitude. I believe in the upcoming weeks; we'll definitely show everyone what the real RC Softball team is made of."

  • [Men's Basketball] 3rd Time's a Charm for Warriors
    February 24, 2018

    ROCHESTER HILLS, Mic.--After losing two very close regular season contests to Indiana Tech during the regular season, Rochester College took their revenge in the semifinal game of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference tournament. RC beat the #2 seed, Indiana Tech, 84-68 to advance to the conference tournament championship game.

    All five of RC's starters scored in double figures led by Armand Cartwright's (Bloomfield, Mich./Bloomfield HS) game-high 26 points. Cartwright's hot shooting paced the Warriors as he connected on 10 of 14 shots including 3-5 from three-point land. He had help from his teammates, including Kash Blackwell (Cleveland, OH/Cuyahoga CC) and Andrew Kline (Clarkston, Mich./Clarkston HS) who each added 13 points. Kline also pulled down 8 rebounds. Justin Nafso (Walled Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Central HS) added 12 points as did Peter Agba (Owerri, Nigeria/University of Akron) who also hauled in 7 rebounds.
    "It was a team effort as our attack was so balanced both in scoring and minutes played, but our toughness was the difference," said head coach Klint Pleasant. "I am extremely proud of the way our guys carried themselves and their defensive intensity. On the offensive end, we moved the ball well and manufactured goods look, and guys stepped up and knocked them down."
    RC connected on 11 of 20 three points attempts for a sizzling 55% from behind the arc and held Indiana Tech to just 21.7% (5-23) from three. RC also shot 52.6% from the field and 76.5% from the free throw line.
    The Warriors will travel to the University of Michigan-Dearborn for Monday's WHAC conference championship game and an automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament. Dearborn upset the #1 team in the NAIA, Cornerstone University, on Saturday afternoon in the other semifinal. Game time for Monday is set for 7:30 pm.