The 2008-09 Alfred State College athletic season kicks off this week as preseason camps open in preparation for the fall seasons. Football, volleyball, men's & women's soccer, and baseball will all report to campus and begin practice by Sunday while the cross country team will begin practicing on Tuesday.
Over 120 athletes are expected as the football team reports to campus on Thursday. A new era of football begins as the team prepares to play on-campus for the first time since the program was established in 1995. The second phase of the construction project for the multi-purpose field turf facility that will bring bleachers and a press box to the facility should be completed by the scheduled home opener versus Stevens Tech on September 6th.
Sunday will be a busy day as volleyball, baseball, and both the men's & women's soccer teams move in and begin practices. The volleyball team coming off a 36-6 record in 2007 will look to defend their Region III title. In 2007-08, the baseball team was 33-22-1 and will look to get back to the 40 win plateau this school year. The men's and women's soccer teams both will look to return to the Region III Division III tournament and advance past the first round.
The cross country team will begin running campus hills and the roads of Allegany County starting on Tuesday in preparation for their season. Coach Gary Moore and his team will look to stay in the top ten of Division III of the NJCAA.
After a few weeks of practice the men's soccer team will get the athletic year started with play at the Jamestown CC Tournament on August 30th. Baseball also open up on the 30th with a doubleheader at Corning CC.
The athletic department will look to showcase its fall sports team and its new on-campus athletic facility on September 13th when Homecoming returns. Every team except for volleyball will be in action. Action begins at 11 a.m. with the annual ASC cross country invitational and ends with fireworks following the football game vs. Erie CC.