Grove named North Idaho’s head golf coach

The North Idaho College Athletics Department announced Thursday that Coeur d’Alene native Russell Grove is the new head coach of the men’s and women’s golf teams. Grove replaces former head coach Derrick Thompson, who assumed the same position at Iowa Western College after leading both NIC teams to the National Junior College Athletic Association national golf tournament.

Grove attended Coeur d’Alene High School, where he was the valedictorian and helped the Vikings win the 5A State Golf Championship in 2004. He received a golf scholarship to the University of Idaho where he served as the team captain and led the Vandals to their best finish in the history of the Western Athletic Conference. Grove was a three-time recipient of the WAC Scholar Athlete Award, and three-time selection on the WAC Academic All-Conference team. At the University of Idaho, Gross set the 36-hole and 54-hole record with scores of 131 and 203 respectively. In addition, he set the UI course record with a score of 62, and currently holds the second lowest career scoring average in school history at 74.2.

“Russell is an exceptional golf talent, and is highly respected as a professional golfer and instructor” said Al Williams, NIC athletic director. “Russell has tremendous connections in the PGA and with NCAA Division I golf coaches, so he can assist in moving our student-athletes to the next level, on and off the course. We have a talented group of returners and recruits, so the foundation appears to be set for Russell to lead our programs to continued success.”

Grove is currently the assistant golf professional at Avondale Golf Club in Hayden. Avondale will remain the home course for the NIC program. Grove was also a teaching instructor at Bunker Indoor Golf and Training in Goodyear, Ariz. Grove will retain assistant coaches Dan Porter — the Avondale Golf professional — and Taylor Porter, on his staff. Both the men and women golf teams will compete in the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) beginning this fall. Grove will assume coaching responsibilities immediately and will initiate tryouts for the golf team as soon as possible.

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Job Announcement: Assistant Coach Men’s Soccer – Edmonds CC

Edmonds Community College, a member of the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) is seeking a coach to assist with the men’s soccer program.

Performs responsible program building including, planning, coaching, and recruiting. Will assist in managing and directing the soccer program. Work is performed under general supervision and performance evaluation is based upon completion of assignments and results obtained.

Reports to: Director, Intercollegiate Athletics and Head Soccer Coach

PRIMARY DUTIES – May include, but not limited to the following:

  • Assists the head coach in managing and directing the soccer program.
  • Assists the head soccer coach with all aspects of the team including training, competing and scheduling.
  • Organizes and maintains accurate inventory of soccer equipment and uniforms.
  • Assists with coordinating travel arrangements.
  • Assists with the organization and completion all required paperwork.
  • Driving a 12 passenger-van to away contests.
  • Academic and study table monitoring
  • Managing student-athletes during fundraising and community service events
  • Assists with recruiting including calling prospective student-athletes, evaluating prospective athletes, and maintaining accurate records
  • Works cooperatively with personnel in the athletics department, attends department meetings and activities, and always represents the College positively when interacting with the community, alumni, high school and club coaches, media and general public
  • Commits to and is responsible for adhering to all rules and regulations set forth for the team, the College and the NWAC with the utmost integrity.
  • Completes other assigned administrative duties.

View complete job description and application process here.

Erica Jensen hired as Lane Community College women’s soccer coach

Ercia JensenEUGENE, Ore.— Lane Community College Athletic Director Greg Sheley has announced the hiring of Ercia Jensen as the Lane’s new head Women’s Soccer coach. Jensen takes over for Dave Ellis, who recently resigned to spend more time with his family.

“We are excited to have Erica be a part of Lane Athletics,” said Sheley. “She brings knowledge and experience to our Women’s Soccer program. We are confident Erica will do an outstanding job for us.”

Jensen has previously coached at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Washington University in St. Louis as well as at the Club and Olympic Development Program levels in Nevada.

As a player, Jensen started her career at California State University, Fullerton, then transferred to UNLV for the remainder of her National Collegiate Athletic Association career. At UNLV, Erica was a two-year captain and helped the Rebels to three consecutive Mountain West Conference championships and three NCAA tournament appearances.

Erica currently coaches with the Eugene Timbers at the U-10, U-14, U-15 and U-16 levels and also serves as the director for the “Little Timbers” youth program.

Erica has a master’s degree in sports education leadership.

Former Lower Columbia women’s basketball coach Jason Hoseney takes vice president position at Grays Habor

Grays Harbor College’s  Choker Athletic Dept. extends a sincere welcome to our new Vice President for Student Services Jason Hoseney, joining us most recently from Inver Hills Community College in Minnesota.

Before his career took him to Missouri and then Minnesota, Jason was head women’s basketball coach at Lower Columbia College from 2000 to 2007, where his teams placed 5th   (2005), 8th   (2006) and 4th (2007) in the NWAACC tournament. They posted five consecutive 20+ season wins from 2002 to 2007, and won Western Division Championships in 2004 and 2005. Jason received Western Division co-Coach of the Year honors in 2004.

He played basketball for the Clark College Penguins from 1991-1993.

In addition to coaching, he was director of TRiO Student Support Services and an academic advisor at LCC, as well as Vice President for Student Success at Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff MO. Prior coaching duties include men’s basketball assistant coach positions at Clark College and Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina.

Hoseney comments, "As a former NWAC player and coach, I am passionate about the role community college athletics plays in teaching student-athletes values such as integrity, commitment and hard work, while developing life-long skills in leadership, sportsmanship, and the pursuit of excellence. "


Edmonds hires Gilmore as new softball skipper

LYNNWOOD (July 23) — Edmonds Community College hired Sheryl Gilmore as its new softball head coach on Wednesday. Gilmore, a former EdCC player, takes over an EdCC fastpitch team that came within a game of qualifying for the postseason in 2014.

“I am very excited and honored to accept the position as the new head coach,” said Gilmore. “I would like to thank (athletic director) Jorge de la Torre and (assistant athletic director) Spencer Stark for providing me with this opportunity and believing in the softball program here at Edmonds. I am looking forward to continuing the vision that former head coach, Shawna Juarez, had for this ball club and I am thrilled to have assistant coach, Adrian Manuel, on board. They have both done an amazing job turning the Triton softball program around, recruiting a group of very talented athletes, whom I cannot wait to work with.”

Gilmore has extensive experience playing and coaching softball in the Snohomish County area. She had a stellar four-year career at Edmonds-Woodway HS, where she received first-team all Wesco and first-team all-league honors as a shortstop, as well as MVP and most inspirational player during her senior season.

After high school, Gilmore continued her softball career at Edmonds CC where she was a member of the last Triton team that reached the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) championships. “My goal is to take this team back to NWACs,” said Gilmore. “My time at Edmonds CC playing for Janessa Riley (Karstens) made me realize that I wanted to be a coach. I fell in love with the knowledge, passion, and enthusiasm that she brought to the game. Her coaching style is one that I strive to emulate.”

Sheryl later transferred to Western Washington University and went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, with a minor in sports psychology, and Master’s degree in Human Movement and Performance. Gilmore was awarded Magna Cum Laude honors as a master’s candidate and will soon be published for her softball related thesis research.

Gilmore taught upper division kinesiology classes and worked as a strength and conditioning coach at WWU before moving back to Snohomish County where she co-founded the Washington Warriors Fastpitch Club, an 18U select travel team that participates at the 18A and 18 Gold levels.

“We have known about Sheryl for some time though her club team,” said de la Torre. “She was at the top of our list to take over the program, so we couldn’t have been happier when she agreed to take the job. Sheryl will be a great fit on what I think is the best coaching staff in the NWAC.”

Everett baseball standout Nobach to play baseball at Oregon State

Former M-P standout Nobach to play baseball at Oregon State

By David Krueger, Herald Writer

The Oregon State University baseball team’s success has led to an opportunity for a local athlete to join the Beavers.

Kyle Nobach, a two-sport star at Marysville Pilchuck High School before graduating in 2013, has verbally committed to play for Oregon State after one season at Everett Community College.

The Beavers, who were ranked in the top 10 in the nation for much of the 2014 season, had eight players selected in last month’s major-league draft, including outfielder Mike Conforto, who signed with the New York Mets. In addition, six position players in the Beavers’ incoming recruiting class were drafted and three turned pro.

All of which created an opening for Nobach.

“It’s definitely a dream come true,” said the 5-foot-9, 160-pound outfielder. “You work for something your whole life and when it comes true, it feels good because all the hard work pays off. They lost some outfielders to the draft and they needed some guys to come in and fill spots. They came after me.”

He said he plans to sign an NCAA letter of intent the weekend of July 26-27.

Nobach participated in the all-state baseball and football games in 2013. He was named the Offensive MVP of the baseball game after scoring two runs and driving in another.

This past season at EvCC, he batted .321, with 20 runs scored, 13 RBI and 10 stolen bases despite missing the first six games of the season with a wrist injury. He then joined Chaffey Baseball, an elite summer traveling team based in the Seattle area. There, he caught the eye of Oregon State coaches who had roster spots to fill.

“He’s had (recruiting) interest,” Everett Community College head coach Levi Lacey said. “Everyone knows Kyle was here. We just weren’t pressing that hard because Kyle could come back (to Everett) one more year.”

However, when the opportunity presented itself, Nobach was ready to accept a partial scholarship from OSU.

“He could have done one more year of (junior college) at-bats to be the guy and have someone come get him next year,” Lacey said. “But (Oregon State) didn’t need a guy for 2016. They need a guy for 2015.”

Nobach joins an Oregon State team that finished the year with a 45-14 record and won the Pac-12 Conference title for the second consecutive year. The Beavers hosted a regional round of the NCAA tournament after advancing to the postseason for a school-record sixth straight season.

“It’s crazy. When I was a kid I watched them win back-to-back national championships (in 2006 and 2007),” Nobach said. “Now I’m going to play for them. They’re really family oriented. They are blue-collar people who are all about hard work. That’s how I was raised. I just felt right at home. That’s why I wanted to go there.”

At Oregon State, Nobach will be a teammate of former Archbishop Murphy High School standout Trever Morrison, who was the Beavers’ starting shortstop as a freshman this past spring.

Lacey, who praised Nobach’s speed and arm strength in particular, doesn’t expect it to take long before Nobach is a key contributor for Oregon State.

“He’s a hard kid to keep out of the lineup,” Lacey said. “Not only is he a good offensive player — and that will continue to get better — he’s the fastest player that I’ve ever coached. … He’s got tools. And he brings so much energy. There’s a point in the game where that helps you win.”

Edmonds softball skipper Shawna Juarez takes job at Walla Walla

LYNNWOOD (July 15) — Shawna Juarez stepped down as softball head coach at Edmonds Community College on Tuesday to take the positions of head coach and academic adviser at Walla Walla CC.

“This was a difficult decision for me to make,” said Juarez, who is from Wenatchee Valley. “But I get the chance to work full-time and to be closer to my family and loved ones.”

Juarez led EdCC to a 9-17 overall mark in 2014, and the team was just one win away from qualifying for the NWAACC tournament. In addition, four Edmonds CC players earned NWAACC North All-Star honors: Arista Honey (1st team), Madisyn Napier (1st team), Mallori Cossell (2nd team) and Alex Deaver (2nd team).

“I will always carry a part of EdCC with me, as it taught me wonderful lessons, I met amazing young kiddos, and was affiliated with some of the best administrators and coaches in the NWAC,” stated Juarez. “I firmly know the direction of the program is headed in the right direction and will continue to blossom and grow.”

“Shawna did a great job of getting us some wins this year and setting softball on the right path,” said EdCC athletic director Jorge de la Torre. “We appreciate what she did for the program and wish her the best. Our loss is Walla Walla’s gain.”

Edmonds CC softball competes in the North Division of the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC – formerly the NWAACC). The Tritons have won six division titles and appeared in 10 NWAACC championship tournaments, winning the crown in 1980.

“Combining our terrific on-campus facility and the positive steps we have taken in the last couple of years, it’s obvious that the softball program is on the rise,” said de la Torre. “The expectations are that EdCC softball will be competing for NWAC North titles in the very near future. The search for the next softball head coach will start immediately."

If interested in the position of EdCC softball head coach, contact Jorge de la Torre at, (425) 640-1233

Lane’s Dave Ellis steps down as skipper of Titan Women’s Soccer

Lane Community College has announced the resignation of Head Women’s Soccer Coach, Dave Ellis.  He has been at Lane Community College since 2009. 

Coach Ellis has a young family and commutes from Corvallis to coach the Titans and expressed a desire to spend more time with his children. 

“We want to thank Dave for the time and energy he put into the Lane Women’s Soccer program and wish him luck in his future endevors,” said Lane Athletic Director Greg Sheley.

Lane Community College will start the search to immediately fill the vacated position.  All intersted parties should apply on line at

All Four Community Colleges of Spokane Men’s Golf Sophomores Moving on to Play Golf; Three NCAA Division I

The Community Colleges of Spokane Men’s Golf Team won 8 tournament titles in 2013-14, including the regular season and NWAACC Championship and the sophomore class won 19 team titles in 2 seasons.

This was due in large part to the individual leadership and success of 3 outgoing sophomores who are signed up to play NCAA Division I golf the next two years and Washington State University, the University of Idaho and Utah State University.

Evan Omelia signed to play at WSU during the early National Letter of Intent signing period in November of 2013.  In 2013-14 Omelia won 4 individual titles and 7 during his 2 seasons with Spokane.  He is a 2-time first-team All-NWAACC performer and was the 2014 Baden NWAACC Player of the Year.  Evan finished the season with a 70.3 scoring average.

Cole Lorenzo committed to play golf at Utah State University where he will join Sasquatch alum, Grahm Schmaltz.  Cole is 2-time first-team All-NWAACC selection and earned to medalist honors and multiple top-5 finishes in his 2 years with Spokane.  Cole finished this past season with a 72.3 scoring average.

Cooper Wright committed to play golf at the University of Idaho starting in the fall of 2014.  Cooper was a 2012-13 first-team All-NWAACC performer and medalist at the Suncadia Invitational.  Cooper has multiple top-10 finishes and was voted team captain in 2013-14.

Tof Chapin committed to play golf at Texas Lutheran University where he will finish his final 2 years of eligibility.  Tof was a strong contributor in 2013-14, helping Spokane to win some team titles.  He was awarded the most improved player and the Sheldon Maul Teammate Award in 2013-14.

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