Although Moraine Valley Community College was founded in 1967, intercollegiate athletics didn't officially begin until 1976.


Moraine Valley's original gymnasium (in Building G) was the first structure built on campus, opening in 1971 when hockey, gymnastics and tennis debuted.


Doug Gehrke was employed at the college in 1972 as an economics instructor. He became the first men's basketball coach and subsequently the first athletic director (AD) in 1976 when the college started an intercollegiate program. Kay Schneegas, also an instructor at Moraine Valley, became the Women's Athletic Coordinator, monitoring the women's sports (and coaching) while Gehrke handled men's teams. Men's basketball was the first sport to officially compete that fall.


In 1982, a contest was held to name the sports teams, and Marauders was chosen. Bill Finn was named the second AD in 1983. Later that year, the first stadium field was built on the southwest side of campus. Its original purpose was for the football team, which started as a club sport before it became intercollegiate in 1990. The program was dropped in 1993. Eventually both soccer teams used the field. In 1996 in the college's first full year as a member of the Skyway Athletic Conference (now the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference), softball, men's soccer and men's basketball won conference championships.


Cyclones replaced Marauders as Moraine Valley's nickname and mascot in 1998 after a naming contest campuswide in 1997. Cyclones was suggested by Patrick Hannigan, a Moraine Valley student-athlete who played soccer for the college during the 1995 and 1996 seasons.


The Athletics Department moved to the newly constructed Health, Fitness & Recreation Center in 2014.


Cyclone Athletics has 12 sports: men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's tennis, men's golf, women's volleyball, softball, and baseball.