Thunder Athletics

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is excited to continue intercollegiate athletic programs as part of the student activities and student life program on campus. During the 2022-2023 academic year, FDLTCC will field teams in Women’s Volleyball, Men’s Basketball, and Women’s Basketball. For more information on the available intercollegiate athletics programs, please contact Athletic Director Laura Sylvester at 218-879-0822 or lsylvester*AT*

On campus housing is available for a limited number of students, including student athletes. If you are interested in on campus housing, please reach out to the Director of Housing, Jesse Stirewalt at 218-590-3345 or jstirewalt*AT*

The tradition of Thunder Athletics at the college began during 2007. Thunder athletics at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College have been an exciting opportunity for student athletes. Teams work hard to establish a winning tradition and a reputation for excellence in the classroom, on the playing fields, and in the community.

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College fields teams in these sports, click on the sport you are interested in to learn more about the teams:

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees granted approval during the Board’s January 2007 meeting for the college to begin offering intercollegiate athletic programs.



Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College competes at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III level and strongly adheres to the philosophy of the NJCAA Division III mission to create and provide opportunities for student participation in athletic activities. Athletic scholarships are not awarded at the NJCAA Division III level.

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is a member of the Minnesota Community College Conference that currently includes 19 two-year institutions throughout Minnesota, two in North Dakota, and one in Wisconsin. Member colleges include:

  • Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (Cloquet)
  • Anoka Ramsey Community College (Cambridge-Coon Rapids)
  • Central Lakes College (Brainerd-Staples)
  • Northland Community and Technical College (Thief River Falls-East Grand Forks)
  • Rochester Technical and Community College (Rochester)
  • Vermilion Community College (Ely)
  • Rainy River Community College (International Falls)
  • Lake Superior College (Duluth)
  • Minnesota West Community and Technical College (Worthington-Pipestone-Canby-Jackson)
  • Mesabi Range Community and Technical College (Virginia-Eveleth)
  • Itasca Community College (Grand Rapids)
  • Hibbing Community College (Hibbing)
  • Minnesota State Community and Technical College (Fergus Falls-Detroit Lakes)
  • Ridgewater College (Willmar-Hutchinson)
  • St. Cloud Technical College (St. Cloud)
  • Western Wisconsin Technical College (Rice Lake, WI)
  • Dakota College at Bottineau (Bottineau, ND)
  • North Dakota State College of Science (Wahpeton, ND)



Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College plays its home games in the Lester Jack Briggs Cultural Center that includes gymnasium space, locker rooms, a weight room and fitness center, classrooms and offices. The cultural center was completed in 2008.



The positive aspects of participating in intercollegiate athletics are outstanding. College sports teams are a natural step in the evolution of the college and will help the institution continue to grow. In some cases, college athletics may encourage student athletes to attend college who may not have seriously thought college was possible. Student-athlete experiences provide treasured lifetime memories, and many student athletes will make lifetime friends. Student athletes will be able to continue to participate beyond high school in the sports they love, working hard to stay physically fit and mentally sharp. Providing college sports in a smaller community with nearby towns such as Cloquet and Carlton County brings additional community spirit and pride to the college and communities. Many small college towns rally around their athletic teams, and college officials believe that is happening at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.


For further information

If you are a student athlete considering attending Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and would like to receive information regarding student-athlete participation and admission to the college, please contact the head coach of the respective team or the athletic director.



Women’s Volleyball: Laura Sylvester, 218-879-0822 or lsylvester*AT*

Women’s Basketball: Robert Smith, 218-879-0866 or robert.smith*AT*

Men’s Basketball: Robert Smith, 218-879-0866 or robert.smith*AT*


Mailing Address

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

2101 14th Street

Cloquet, MN 55720



MN Relay 1-800-627-3529



Thunder Athletics
Admission and Enrollment

Individuals are eligible for admission to Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College if they have graduated from high school or have passed the General Education Development Test. Application for admission is open for the fall and spring semesters, and summer session. The process is similar for both new college students and students transferring from another college. Early application and registration is recommended. Applications and related information are available through the Admissions Office at 218–879–0808 or admissions*AT*



Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College concentrates on recruiting local student athletes from its primary service region within Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. Out-of-state students are also encouraged to apply to the college and enroll in classes. Approximately 30% of current students are from ethnically diverse backgrounds, and approximately 30% of the faculty and staff are from ethnically diverse backgrounds.


Financial Aid

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference and adheres to National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) eligibility rules and guidelines. NJCAA Division III schools cannot give athletic scholarships. Student athletes are encouraged to apply for financial aid and follow the established process used by all students. Approximately 90% of the current student population receives some form of financial aid. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College has one of the lowest tuition rates in Minnesota.



Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College values both academic and co-curricular educational experiences and supports its students in and out of the classroom. As a member institution of the National Junior College Athletic Association, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is allowed to set stricter eligibility rules and grade point average requirements than those of the NJCAA. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College has set the minimum grade point average requirement for our student athletes at 2.0.

To be eligible and maintain participation in athletics at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, all current student athletes must have an overall cumulative grade point average of 2.0. Transfer student athletes with one or more college transcripts must have a cumulative minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all coursework taken.

To maintain athletic eligibility at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, student athletes must enroll in and maintain 12 or more credits of college work during each term of athletic participation and meet additional eligibility guidelines as established by the NJCAA Eligibility Rules. For NJCAA eligibility rules, please see the Head Coach or Athletic Coordinator of the respective team. The current Eligibility Rules of the NJCAA can be found at


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Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act Report

The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act Report is an annual report that colleges must file with the Department of Education concerning intercollegiate athletic participation, staffing, revenues and expenses by men’s and women’s teams. The Department of Education uses the data to report to Congress on gender equity in intercollegiate athletics. Each coeducational institution of higher education that participates in a Student Financial Aid Program and has an intercollegiate athletic program must prepare an Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act report by October 15 each year.

The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act is designed to make prospective students aware of the school commitment to providing equitable athletic opportunities for its men and women students. The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act requires schools to make the report available upon request to students, potential students, and the public.

To request a copy of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College’s Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act report, please contact Laura Sylvester, Director of Athletics, at (218) 879–0822.



The student housing complex on campus consists of one building with two wings, providing accommodations for approximately 100 residents. The units come completely furnished with furniture in the bedroom, living room and dining areas. Each unit has a kitchen with a full-size refrigerator and stove, sink, and food storage areas. All units contain at least one bathroom with shower. Each resident is provided a bed with mattress, study area with desk and chair, chest of drawers, and wardrobe closet in their unit.

Common areas include student lounge and laundry facilities. Ample parking is available near the building. The entire housing facility is a non-smoking area and alcohol-free. No smoking or alcohol is allowed anywhere in the building, including individual student’s rooms, and regardless of the age of any resident or guest. A separate application to live in the residence hall is required, please contact the Housing Director at 218-590-3345 for more information.


Student Services

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College offers tutoring, mentoring, and counseling to all students. Student athletes are encouraged to use the excellent student services provided by the college. All students will have an advisor to help in making good decisions. A variety of student clubs and organizations are available.

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is committed to making student athletics successful academically, culturally, and socially. The college has an existing academic alert process to identity students who may be falling behind in a course. A well-defined academic progress policy is in place and school officials will not deviate from it. If a student athlete is not making satisfactory academic progress, they will not play. Student athletes will be well informed regarding the academic expectations and policies. Academics take first priority, athletics are second.


Degrees and Programs

The college awards two-year Associate of Arts, Associate of Fine Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science degrees. Occupational programs and certificate options are available in a wide range of career fields. Popular programs include Law Enforcement, Business, Computer Science, Liberal Arts, Human Services, American Indian Studies, Environmental Science, and Nursing. Students interested in almost any collegiate field of study may begin their education at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.


It is awesome here at the FDLTCC Education Program because it is like a family here, if you need help or are struggling with anything, you have quite a few people who will help you out.

I chose FDLTCC for a fresh start in life. It had been two years since I graduated High School and I wanted more than just working a 9-5. I was living in Florida at the time, and I had an opportunity to travel the world doing what I love playing the game of basketball.

I chose FDLTCC because of its size and the curriculum. When I first came here in 2019, I was just looking for what I needed to volunteer, perhaps in a crisis shelter. I met with Don Jarvinen, and the rest is history.