The Role of Mariners Athletics

Integrity first.

Progress through perseverance.

Leaders at every opportunity.

Athletics at Maine Maritime Academy

Intercollegiate athletics is a complementary component of collegiate life. Athletics contribute to a healthy and vibrant campus culture in myriad ways. Competition provides both a physical outlet and an opportunity to understand the connection between preparation and execution. Participation in athletics creates social opportunity and opportunity to celebrate our community, establishing deep and meaningful bonds among students and with the Academy. Athletics serve as a critical touch point for prospective students and alumni alike. Additionally, athletics provides a number of co-curricular learning opportunities, including lessons in time management, conflict resolution, and leadership and teamwork through its contributions to personal and professional development.   

Maine Maritime Athletics directly contributes to two of the Academy’s four strategic goals outlined in the current strategic plan.

  • Continuously demonstrate that overall student satisfaction is central to our management philosophy.
  • Elevate MMA’s profile and stature through thoughtful and effective outreach, brand, and communication strategies.

Those goals comprise the lens through which the institution measures success of its athletic programs, and it is the responsibility of the athletic department to remain mindful of those goals as it undertakes any endeavor.

Mission of Mariners Athletics

Maine Maritime Athletics mission is to prepare our athletes for lifelong success through dedication to one’s team, individual growth, and a passion for sport, education, and profession. We will value integrity above all else as the driving value toward leadership, citizenship, and sportsmanship.  

Guiding Principles and Desired Outcomes

  • Integrity breeds success. Integrity is the parent of respect and trust. Success without integrity is failure in disguise. Our students shall learn to live lives of integrity.
  • Our students will all be professionals in something other than their sport. Their academic pursuits shall take first priority.
  • Academic success and athletic success are not mutually exclusive concepts. They shall compete for grades and championships with appropriate purpose and intensity.
  • Our students will have many demands on their time for the remainder of their lives. They shall learn to prioritize their demands by planning effectively, resolving conflicts actively, and attending to their commitments honorably.
  • Our students will graduate into a world in need of transformational leadership. They shall learn to lead through our programming with a keen sense of self-awareness, intellectual and emotional intelligence, and with the variety of tools we provide.
  • Our students will graduate into global industries encompassing diverse array of cultures. They shall avail themselves of the cultural and educational opportunities provided as their athletic teams travel throughout the region and beyond.
  • Our students are ambassadors of the Academy from the moment they enroll.They are Mariners forever. They shall live exemplary lives.
  • Our students who wear Maine Maritime on their uniforms have committed to represent the Academy. Their commitment shall be honored by the Academy through equal opportunity to access:
  1. Excellent coaching and mentorship;
  2. Proper safety equipment and uniforms;
  3. Safe, high-quality facilities, including playing and practice venues; training, medical and equipment facilities; locker rooms; and social, study and meeting spaces.

The Academy’s Responsibilities to its Mariners

  • All members of the athletic department will model the integrity expected of its students.
  • The athletic department will foster a positive culture by adhering to our shared values.
  • The athletic department’s coaching staffs will recruit students with congruent values. They will provide the Academy’s classrooms with dedicated scholars and its campus with exemplary leaders.
  • The athletic department’s administration, coaching and professional staffs will provide students with opportunities to grow as individuals and to seize upon teachable moments whenever they arise.
  • All members of the athletic department will remain mindful of the unique demands placed on all of the Academy’s students.
  • All members of the athletic department will provide excellent service in all aspects of operations including, but not limited to sports medicine, athletic communications, equipment services, academic support, and strength and conditioning.
  • All members of the athletic department will assist every student in realizing their leadership potential.
  • The Academy will provide the resources necessary in order to position its students to be competitive at the conference level, and to achieve individual and team scholar-athlete status at the national level.
  • The athletic department will ensure that its needs are communicated through proper channels and that resources are deployed efficiently and effectively.
  • The athletic department’s coaching staffs will pursue schedules that provide opposition with similar institutional values; the schedules will place emphasis on fellow maritime institutions and service academies.
  • Our students will be mindful of integrity in every aspect of their lives. Integrity will be the cornerstone of their personal brand. They will both demonstrate and earn respect, and foster trusting relationships built upon integrity and respect.
  • Our students will understand and demonstrate the concepts of teamwork, commitment, and selflessness.
  • Our students will respect their sport and the Academy by demonstrating respect for all coaches, teammates, opponents, officials and fans. As ambassadors of the Academy, our students will remain mindful of all that they represent during competitions and all travel associated with competition. They will demonstrate their commitment to this principle when attending contests involving other teams, and demand the same commitment of their friends and family attending their own contests.
  • Our students will be active contributors to the establishment of a healthy and vibrant campus culture and shall assume active roles in the Regiment of Midshipmen, Student Government, Residence Life, and other clubs and organizations.
  • Our students will provide service to the campus community, the Castine community, and the world beyond.
  • Our students will seek mentors experienced in their endeavors. Our students will provide leadership in their profession beyond Maine Maritime, and mentorship to the future students of Maine Maritime.
  • Our students will develop deep and enduring bonds with their teammates, coaches, and the Academy. They will contribute some combination of time, talent and treasure to their program after their four years. 

The Student-Athlete’s Responsibility

  • Our students will be mindful of integrity in every aspect of their lives. Integrity will be the cornerstone of their personal brand. They will both demonstrate and earn respect, and foster trusting relationships built upon integrity and respect.
  • Our students will understand and demonstrate the concepts of teamwork, commitment, and selflessness.
  • Our students will respect their sport and the Academy by demonstrating respect for all coaches, teammates, opponents, officials and fans. As ambassadors of the Academy, our students will remain mindful of all that they represent during competitions and all travel associated with competition. They will demonstrate their commitment to this principle when attending contests involving other teams, and demand the same commitment of their friends and family attending their own contests.
  • Our students will be active contributors to the establishment of a healthy and vibrant campus culture and shall assume active roles in the Regiment of Midshipmen, Student Government, Residence Life, and other clubs and organizations.
  • Our students will provide service to the campus community, the Castine community, and the world beyond.
  • Our students will seek mentors experienced in their endeavors. Our students will provide leadership in their profession beyond Maine Maritime, and mentorship to the future students of Maine Maritime.
  • Our students will develop deep and enduring bonds with their teammates, coaches, and the Academy. They will contribute some combination of time, talent and treasure to their program after their four years. 

About NCAA Division III

Colleges and universities in Division III place highest priority on the overall quality of the educational experience and on the successful completion of all students' academic programs. They seek to establish and maintain an environment in which a student-athlete's athletics activities are conducted as an integral part of the student-athlete's educational experience. They also seek to establish and maintain an environment that values cultural diversity and gender equity among their student-athletes and athletics staff.

What does Division III have to offer?

Division III athletics offers student-athletes the opportunity to become well-rounded individuals who successfully integrate athletics and academics. Student-athletes are integrated into the student body, and they experience the full range of college life.

Division III athletics departments place special importance on the impact of athletics on the participants rather than on the spectators. The student-athlete's experience is of paramount concern.

Division III athletics feature athletes who receive no financial aid related to their athletic skills and athletic departments that are staffed and funded like any other department in the university.

Division III athletics encourages the development of sportsmanship and positive social attitudes. Coaches and players treat each other with respect, and administrators work to foster a positive competitive environment.

Division III athletics is committed to providing equitable athletics opportunities for both genders and gives equal emphasis to men's and women's sports.

Division III athletics encourages participation by maximizing the number and variety of athletics opportunities available to student-athletes, placing primary emphasis on regional in-season and conference competition.