ALMA, Mich. - Alma College has made the decision to cancel the remainder of its 2021 spring football season in response to COVID-19 and other safety concerns. Following conversations with student leaders on the football team, coaches, college leadership, and athletics administration, the team will conclude its season and begin preparation for the fall 2021 season.
Jason Couch, head football coach, echoed his support for the decision. "This was a very difficult decision to make, but one that I feel is best for the Scots. We are thankful we had the opportunity to compete in two games this spring and are looking forward to the fall," he said. He continued to with a message for the senior football student-athletes, "I want to thank the seniors for their contribution to the program and for their selflessness. They exemplify the characteristics we desire in a Scots' football player. I look forward to watching them graduate on May 1 and hearing about their successes in the years to come."
Director of Athletics Sarah Dehring reflected on the student-athletes' experience. "This year has brought on many challenges for us all. The student-athletes have inspired me with their dedication, adaptability, and perseverance. This group of young men and their coaches have been so dedicated to each other and Alma College and I am incredibly proud of what they have accomplished," she said. "However, their safety is our top concern and this decision will allow for the team to focus on the strength training, conditioning, and preparation that they need to prepare for the fall season."
In July 2020, Alma College, in coordination with the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, postponed all fall sports to the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the two games the Scots competed in this semester, Alma went 1-1, including a 13-0 victory at Kalamazoo College on March 27.
President Jeff Abernathy acknowledged the hardships but also the accomplishments of the football team. "I am proud of what the Scots were able to accomplish this season and grateful to Jason Couch and the entire coaching staff for their support in navigating the demands of this unprecedented time for college athletics. Our student-athletes showed tremendous leadership, and gained valuable experiences and lifelong friendships, which are the hallmarks of our athletics program."
The team expresses their gratitude to all dedicated Scots' fans for their continued support. They look forward to preparing for the fall season and plan to kick off their season at home on September 4, 2021.