Former Everett CC & Oregon State standout to coach EvCC baseball

Former MP and Oregon State standout to coach EvCC baseball

Kyle Nobach, who won a national title with the Beavers in June, will be the Trojans’ associate head coach.

EVERETT — Former Everett Community College and Oregon State baseball player Kyle Nobach has accepted a postion as the associate head coach of the EvCC baseball team, the team announced through Twitter on Tuesday.

Nobach, who graduated from Marysville Pilchuck High School in 2013, is coming off a senior season in which he won a national championship with the Beavers at the College Wolrd Series in Omaha, Nebraska.

As a senior Nobach slashed .299/.413/.538 with 10 doubles, six home runs, 31 RBI in 46 games after missing the 2017 season with a knee injury. He hit .280 with seven doubles, two home runs and 24 RBI as a junior and recieved an All-Pac-12 honorable mention as sophomore in 2015, hitting .317 with 15 doubles, two home runs and 27 RBI.

In three seasons with the Beavers, Nobach totaled 32 doubles, 10 home runs, 82 RBI and 10 stolen bases while slashing .299/.388/.449.

Nobach hit .321 with six doubles, three triples, a home run and 13 RBI as a freshman with the Trojans in 2014 before transferring to Oregon State.

Nobach was a first-team All-Wesco 3A selection his junior and senior seasons at Marysville Pilchuck.

Job announcement: Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach – Shoreline Community College

Application Period: Open until filled

The Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach reports to the Head Women’s Basketball Coach.  The Assistant Coach will assist in the supervision of the basketball program carried out under the auspices of the Students, Equity & Success division.  The basketball season begins September 1 and ends mid-March. Team recruitment continues throughout the year.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • As directed by Head Coach, assist in teaching basketball skills to student-athletes
  • Assist Head Coach with developing and enforcing training rules
  • Recruit, as required by Head Coach, within the rules and regulations of the conference
  • Transport teams to various locations as required
  • Assist with schedule development
  • Assist with basketball equipment management
  • Prepare and process all related paperwork as requested by Head Coach
  • Promote an environment supportive of the College’s vision, mission, and values
  • Perform other duties assigned of a similar nature or level

This is a part?time, temporary administrative/exempt seasonally contracted position with a set funding amount of $3,731 in
place from start date through 6/30/19. Hiring of this position is contingent upon available funding as determined by the College President.

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Job announcement: Head Women’s Basketball Coach – Shoreline Community College

Application Period: Open until filled

The women’s varsity basketball coach reports to the Athletic Director.  The coach supervises the basketball program carried out under the auspices of the Students, Equity & Success division.  The basketball season begins mid-October and ends mid-March. Team recruitment continues throughout the year.

This is a part-time, temporary administrative/exempt seasonally contracted position with a set funding amount of $7,225 in place from start date through 6/30/19. Hiring of this position is contingent upon available funding as determined by the College President.

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Scholwinski Tabbed as Next Softball Coach at Community Colleges of Spokane

file photo of Scholwinski pitching in a Spokane uniform

Lindsie Scholwinski has been chosen to be the next softball coach at Community Colleges of Spokane. Scholwinski is taking over for Paco Crandall who served as the head coach for the past two seasons. Lindsie is a graduate of Coeur d’ Alene High school and was their head softball coach this past season.

Scholwinski was a pitcher at Community Colleges of Spokane from 2013-2015. In 2015 she was named NWAC Baden player of the year, leading Spokane to the NWAC Championship. In that championship season, she posted a record of 29-0 with a 0.81 ERA. She also set the school record for single season strikeouts with 278.

Upon leaving Spokane, she attended Southeastern University. At Southeastern she set the single season strikeout record with 304 and helped lead them to a 3rd place finish at the 2016 NAIA World Series.

Scholwinski is excited on returning to coach the Sasquatch, “I am beyond words for this opportunity and to return to my old stomping grounds. I am very excited and honored to coach this team and grow with them on and off the field every day. I am really looking forward to the things I am going to learn and the knowledge I get to share with the team also on and off the field. This is going to be an amazing year and I am excited to be a Squatch again and be a part of this program."

Spokane Athletic Director Ken Burrus said,
“Lindsie will make a great addition to the Sasquatch team.  She is a driven competitor and a fine professional.  We are excited about having her teach and coach for the Community Colleges of Spokane.”

Shoreline freshman infielder Kacey Hvitved to join Ole Miss University Softball in 2019

Dylan Pearce pitching during Beavers game

SHORELINE, WA- Shoreline Community College Athletics has become a breeding ground for student- athlete development. Student-athletes are being awarded a tremendous opportunity to jump start their academic career in the city of Shoreline. Shoreline Community College is in a close knit community with a positive academic environment that’s adjacent to a thriving metropolis. Shoreline is a place of great resources where student-athletes are discovering their potential and the chance to get a quality education, also while accomplishing their athletic goals. Kacey Hvitved is a softball student- athlete that exemplifies that notion.

Kacey just completed her freshman year at Shoreline Community College with a GPA of 3.08 as a member of the softball program. Hvitved, a native of Monroe, WA was a talented high school softball player looking for the right fit to start her collegiate career. Hvitved is a “confident player,” Head Coach Ben Reindel says.

“Kacey needed an opportunity to prove to four year programs just how talented of a student- athlete she was,” Reindel explained.

In her solo season at Shoreline Community College, Hvitved was a Third Baseman, Co-Captain and led the Dolphin softball program in many categories. Kacey finished the season with a .414 batting average, 9 home runs. 18 doubles, 31 RBI’s, 13 stolen bases, an OPS (combined slugging and on base percentage) of 1.294 and was voted second team All NWAC North. When asked a secret to success Kacey talked about time management as a helpful tool. “With working a job, commuting to campus back and forth you have to use your time wisely,” she says.

Time management is an important tool for all SCC students to learn but even more vital in the world of community college athletics. Homework, class, part time jobs, 20+ hours of practice and training per week, and a two hour long commute was something she learned to succeed through. Kacey chose Shoreline because it was the utmost belief SCC would help her accomplish her goals, making the commute a lesser deal.

“No matter how hard things were, it was all motivation to get past the adversity. You can find lessons in things that aren’t easy,” Hvitved said.

In sports, failure is the best teacher because it teaches you that is okay to fail, often times its how you learn and do better. On the field something Kacey took from Shoreline Softball was to, “Stay within yourself.”

Kacey said she learned, “Don’t always try to be the flashy player, trust your skill and let your talent come out.”

Kacey will take all that talent and all that she’s learned to Oxford, Mississippi. Kacey has agreed to attend Ole Miss University to play softball. Kacey was diligent in finding the right school for her and has been relentless in her journey to make it to Division I. Ole Miss is a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) arguably the best softball and overall athletic conference in the country. Ole Miss most recently in 2017 reached the Super Regionals before losing to UCLA.

We can’t wait to watch you make us proud. Phins Up!

NWAC Spotlight: Alumni, Dylan Pearce

By Emily Masseth, NWAC intern

Dylan Pearce pitching during Beavers game
About Dylan Pearce
Dylan Pearce played baseball at Southwestern Oregon Community College (SWOCC) starting in 2015. Pearce originally chose SWOCC because he loved the atmosphere and felt like it was the right place to be. He believes playing at this level with the NWAC, “gets you the experience you need to move on to the higher levels of sports.” And that is just what he did. Pearce went on to play at the next level at Oregon State University (OSU). “The move from NWAC to NCAA is very different. The atmosphere is different, how we play, go about things, school, etc. I adjusted very well and was happy that I made it to the school I dedicated my life to playing for,” says Pearce.

OSU goes to the World Series
Pearce comments, “playing in the College World Series (CWS) was an unbelievably and unforgettable opportunity that was so special to me. It is a collegiate players dream to make it there and we were fortunate enough to not only make it there but to win the whole thing. I’m honored that I was one of the several guys that got to pitch in the CWS and it will be something I’ll never forget.”

Who is your greatest influence?
“My dad is my greatest influence because he introduced me to the sport and taught me everything I know. He always believed in me and never lost doubt and knew that I could do anything if I worked hard enough for it.” 

What advice do you have for incoming student-athletes?
“Don’t let ANYONE ever tell you, you can’t do something.”

What is one challenge or obstacle that you have had to overcome in order to get where you are today?
“My size, I’ve always had people doubt me due to it and have a lack of belief or trust in me so I’ve always had to battle to prove people wrong.”

What is something you enjoy doing outside of your athletic pursuits?
Pearce enjoys fishing and doing MMA. He says, “I got into fishing from my grandpa and MMA from my dad. I’ve always been an outdoorsman and loved to fish and eventually was able to get into bass fishing tournaments in my area. I got into MMA at a young age, it was actually going to be a fallback plan to join an MMA gym after high school if baseball didn’t work out.”

What are your plans after you graduate?
“My #1 goal is to get drafted and play professional baseball after college, if that doesn’t work then I will have my bachelor’s degree in Sociology and will find a job I want.”

Dylan Pearce holfing up a large bass he caught
Name one fun fact about yourself:

Pearce has completed over 1,000 hours of volunteer community service with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and Oregon’s Stewardship Program. Pearce says, “I started volunteering at ODFW and Oregon Stewardship when I was in 6th grade and got connected to a man named Jim Hutchins who is one of my closest friends and he is the founder of the Oregon Stewardship program. He helped me get into volunteering because I loved to be outside and work on trails and be in the woods.”

Additional Info:
Keep up with Dylan Pearce’s journey at OSU at

Pat Casey Named National Head Coach of the Year
OSU Head Coach, Pat Casey, just completed his 24th season with the Beavers. He was named the National Head Coach of the Year by the Collegiate Baseball and American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) after leading the Beaver’s baseball program to their third national championship in the College World Series. Pat Casey was recognized for this at Mariners pre-game on August 4th.

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Community Colleges of Spokane Names John Spatz head Track and Field Coach

image of John SpatzCommunity Colleges of Spokane has named John Spatz as their next head coach of Track and field.

Coach Spatz comes to Spokane after spending the past 16 years at Northwest Nazarene University where he served as head coach of men and women’s track and field.

Spatz began his coaching career at Community Colleges of Spokane serving as an assistant coach from 1985-88. Also from 1986-88 Coach Spatz served as an assistant coach under Joe Kostecka at University High School here in Spokane.

After leaving Spokane Coach Spatz went on to Eastern Oregon University where he coached from 1988-2002, including 12 years as head track and field coach from men and women.

“Just the thought of coaching in the same program as many of my coaching heroes is hard to believe," said Spatz. "There are some big shoes to fill, and I look forward to working hard to stay on top. I am so grateful to the committee, the academic faculty, Ken Burrus and the administration for this chance to come home and contribute to a school that has always meant so much to me over the years.”

Joining Spatz will be Lindsey Kunkel. She comes to Spokane after severing as a grad assistant last year at Western Oregon University, a Division 2 school in Monmouth, Oregon. Kunkel will facilitate the sprints, jumps, and hurdles.

Spatz is excited on Kunkel joining the staff, "Lindsey is an awesome hire. Her graduate work and coaching experience at NCAA  division 2 Western Oregon University leaves her highly prepared to help take our program to the next level. She has a wide range of experience from meet administration to working with student athletes from sprints, hurdles, jumps, and middle distance. Great to see her start her coaching career with us."

Linn-Benton Names Mark Majeski as Athletic Director

photo of Mark Majeski

Mark Majeski has been named athletic director of the Linn-Benton Community College Athletic department. 

Majeski is replacing Randy Falk, who retired June 30 after serving 26 years as the men’s basketball coach and athletic director. 

Majeski begins his duties July 16.

Majeski brings 20 years of experience working in collegiate athletics, with 16 years as athletic director, serving at Willamette University from 2000 to 2011, and at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

He also served as head women’s basketball coach at while at UC Santa Cruz, and was head softball coach for Menlo College.

Majeski is founder of Majeski Athletic Consulting, which helps colleges and universities leverage athletics to support institutional missions and goals.

He is an active member in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and serves on the Advisory Board for University of Washington Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership master’s degree program.

Majeski was chair of the Division III Membership Committee for the National Collegiate Athletic Association, chaired the Division III West Region Men’s Tennis Committee, and was a member of the Division III Working Group on Membership Issues.

Majeski has a master’s degree in higher education administration from San Jose State University, and a bachelor’s degree in communication from Menlo College.

Linn-Benton Volleyball earns AVCA Team Academic Excellence Award

Team Academic Excellence Graphic

The Linn-Benton Roadrunners are one of 26 Two-Year Colleges across the nation to be named to the 2017-18 AVCA Academic Excellence Team. The Roadrunners were also noted to have met or exceeded their Dig Pink goal.


You can find the 2017-18 Team Academic recipients by clicking here.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 16, 2018) – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced today that 973 teams have earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for the 2017-2018 season. This number breaks the previous year’s total of 835 to set an all-time high.

The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.

The AVCA Team Academic Award is the single largest award offered by quantity of schools, players and coaches honored. Since the 2000-2001 season, the number of recipients has increased every single year but two, while amassing a 619-team increase over the span of the last decade. Since the awards inception in 1993, the amount of award winners has increased from 62 to its current number of 973.

Girls high school led the way with 358 recipients, an increase of 81 over last year. Once again, NCAA Division III had the second-most honorees this year with a total of 173 schools, a 23-school increase over last year’s record number. NCAA Division I honored jumped from 145 programs to 164, while NCAA Division II notched 128 honorees. High school boys and collegiate men’s programs accrued 52 institutions with collegiate beach notching 22.

Prior to 2017-2018, only 34 teams had attained the pinnacle of volleyball success in both earning the AVCA Team Academic Award and winning their respective collegiate national championship in the same academic year. This year, the AVCA is proud to recognize three programs that excelled in the classroom and on the court: University of Nebraska (NCAA Division I), Concordia University, St. Paul (NCAA Division II), and Lindsey Wilson College (NAIA).

This also marks the second year honoring schools that have a minimum Team Academic Award streak of 15 years, and also for schools that scored the highest GPAs in their respective divisions. In order for a school to be awarded as an honor roll recipient, their division had to reach a minimum number of nominations. For NCAA Division I, II, III, and girls high school, their nomination number allows for a top-25 honor roll. For NAIA women, a top-10, with two-year college, collegiate men, collegiate beach, and high school boys garnering a top-5.

Additionally, schools that reached their Dig Pink® fundraising goals through the Side-Out Foundation will continue to be honored. Dig Pink® is a nationwide movement to provide meaningful and impactful experiences for athletes while inspiring and empowering them to come together in support of the stage IV breast cancer community. Each year, hundreds of teams across the country (and some overseas) participate in the Dig Pink® Rally.

Over 1,000 different schools have earned the award in the program’s 25-year history, with exactly 8,461 awards been given out in total.


NCAA Division I: Women 164
NCAA Division II: Women 128
NCAA Division III: Women 173
NAIA Women: 49
Two-Year College: 26
Collegiate Men: 24
High School Girls: 358 (4 sand)
High School Boys: 28
College Beach: 22

You can find 2017-18’s list of recipients by clicking here.

You can find the Team Academic All-Time Record Book by clicking here.


2017-2018: 973
2016-2017: 835

2015-2016: 764
2014-2015: 757
2013-2014: 687
2012-2013: 623
2011-12: 536
2010-11: 481
2009-10: 450
2008-09: 401
2007-08: 354
2006-07: 306
2005-06: 287
2004-05: 276
2003-04: 305
2002-03: 208
2001-02: 180
2000-01: 132
1999-00: 141
1998-99: 150
1997-98: 133
1996-97: 136
1995-96: 117
1994-95: 83
1993-94: 97
1992-93: 62

Job announcement: Softball Head Coach & Academic Advisor – Walla Walla Community College

Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) is accepting applications to fill a Head Softball Coach/Academic Advisor position. The successful candidate will oversee and manage all aspects of the Walla Walla Community College Softball program and fulfill the role of Academic Advisor.

General Responsibilities:
The Head Softball Coach oversees and manages all aspects of the Walla Walla Community College Women’s Softball Program.  These aspects include but are not limited to recruitment and retention of student-athletes, budget development and management, fundraising components for the program, scheduling and management of contests, facility management for practices and contests,  and all other aspects necessary for the operation of a first-class Softball program.  The Softball coach will report directly to the Director of Athletics of Walla Walla Community College.

The Academic Advisor assists in the delivery of services to enhance the retention and completion results of students at WWCC. These services may include career exploration, education planning, funding triage, general systems navigation and intrusive academic advising. The Academic Advisor also provides drop-in services for the Advising and Counseling Center including providing information on programs of study, information about the application and enrollment process, as well as assistance with finding appropriate financial resources to support their educational plan. 

This position will remain open until filled. For priority consideration, applications should be received by August 1, 2018.

Salaray: $50,000-$53,000

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