NWAC announces Garet Studer as new Director of Operations

Garet Studer photoThe Northwest Athletic Conference office announced today that Garet Studer will join the conference office (August 3, 2015) to further its efforts to enhance the operations and services of the NWAC.

Studer comes with a high amount of energy and experience in academia and athletics at the two-year and four-year levels.   Mr. Studer’s experience at Washington State University and Clark College includes being an Adjunct Faculty member, Intramural Director, Academic Advisor, Events/Facilities Operations and coaching at the high school and community college level. 

Studer joins the NWAC as Director of Operations to continue the NWAC’s successful efforts in developing and providing excellent opportunities for its student-athletes, coaches, partners, and athletic administrators. 

Garet comments “I am honored to join the NWAC team, where I can feed my relentless passion for intercollegiate athletics.  As a former NWAC student-athlete I am eager to help provide the same high quality athletic experience that jump started my professional career.”  

According to Marco Azurdia, NWAC Executive Director, “Garet’s eclectic experience, energy, attention to detail and strong character will make him a key addition to the NWAC Conference.  Our desire to provide more than what is expected in our service to students and our athletic departments led us to someone like Garet who can help our office continue our goal to provide excellence.”   

West Coast League All-Star event features several NWAC baseball standouts

West Coast League All-Star logo

Several NWAC baseball players will populate the
West Coast League
All-Star games
scheduled for Monday, July 20 at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham, Washington.

The North roster boosts outfielder Sheldon Liikala of Community Colleges of Spokane and pitcher Darrion Simons of Yakima Valley CC.

Suiting up for the South are Lower Columbia College first baseman Louis Archibald and Mt. Hood CC’s Louis Wolf (catcher) and Joe Balfour (pitcher).

Festivities on Monday, July 20th will kick off with a Home Run Derby starting at 5:30 p.m.  First pitch for the All-Star Game will take place at 7:05 p.m.

More information on the event is available at the West Coast League website.

Job announcement: Assistant Softball Coach – Blue Mountain CC

Women’s Assistant Softball Coach – Pendleton, OR

Blue Mountain Community College seeks a dynamic, enthusiastic, and outgoing person serve as our assist softball coach.  The assistant coach will participate in recruiting and coaching our women’s softball team under the direction of the head coach. 

The assistant coach will behave and conduct work processes in a manner consistent with the College’s guiding principles. Performs all functions and activities within the guidelines and philosophy set forth in the BMCC Mission, Vision and Strategic Plan. 

This is a 10 month, non-benefited position

Salary:  $4,814.00 per year plus softball conditioning class

Position closes:  Thursday, August 13, 2015– 5:00 p.m.

For more detailed information about the position and how to apply visit our website at www.bluecc.edu.

Steve Richards takes the reins of Blue Mountain Softball

PENDLETON, Ore. – Blue Mountain Community College has hired Steve Richards as the Lady Timberwolves’ new head softball coach. Richards is a former BMCC student, and will start his duties immediately in preparation for the season.

Richards has 16 years of coaching experience, including as head coach at Newberg High School. He was honored as the 2013-2014 Pacific Conference Coach of the Year, and has also coordinated a youth softball program in Newberg for children ages 6-18.

“I’m extremely excited to get the opportunity to coach at BMCC,” Richards said. “I have high expectations that the softball program can be as successful as the other women’s programs on campus.”

Richards earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Eastern Oregon University following a year as a student at BMCC. He is a retired fireman with more than 30 years of service. Richards and his wife met in Pendleton and are excited to be returning to eastern Oregon.

Job announcement: Women’s Soccer Assistant Coach – Portland CC

Portland Community College is seeking an Assistant Coach for the Women’s Soccer Program, based out of the beautiful Rock Creek Campus.  This part-time position reports to the Director of Athletics and works with campus departments, and athletic commissioners to ensure compliance with all NWAC rules. The program is seeking a coach with a history of winning records, and producing academically successful student athletes. The part-time position reports to the Director of Athletics. This position closes on Monday August 10, 2015. 


  1. Recruit eligible players and assure that they are aware of the eligibility requirements and expenses of attending the college.
  2. Maintain up-to-date knowledge of eligibility rules, and assure that the athletic office has all the information needed for completion of eligibility forms and records.
  3. Assure that players complete all requirements to play and practice (e.g., completion of financial aid applications, enrollment in required courses, meeting with academic advisors, and other items in the Players Agreement).
  4. Work with the assigned academic advisor and athletic staff to track players’ academic progress.
  5. Transport teams to events and provide supervision before and after games; meet all scheduled obligations; work with athletic staff to manage travel money, insure safety, and promote safety and ethical behavior.
  6. Assure that game scores are reported to the NWAC office and local media, and that statistics, receipts, and other required paperwork is submitted in a timely manner. 
  7. Insure that athletes have completed physical exams and are trained and conditioned.
  8. Understand and comply with all soccer policies, procedures, rules and regulations, including NWAC rules related to eligibility, playing season dates, pre-game activities, travel squad size, protests, home team responsibilities, scrimmage rules and conference tournament schedule, etc.
  9. Teach soccer fundamentals and coach students to achieve their potential.
  10. Attend NWAC and Southern Region coaches meetings, including preseason and postseason Southern Region meetings.
  11. Promote the soccer program to student body, faculty, and community and assist the athletic department in fundraising efforts.
  12. Carry out other responsibilities as assigned.


Requirements: soccer coaching experience, High School or higher; bachelor’s degree; current First Aid/CPR Certification (or ability to obtain upon hiring); valid unrestricted Oregon Driver’s License; a copy of transcript from highest degree; experience teaching advanced soccer classes.

Please submit letter of application, resume, and references by Monday August 10, 2015 at 5pm to:

Maura Stine
Assistant Athletic Director
Portland Community College
PO Box 19000
Portland, OR 97280

PCC actively encourages minorities, veterans, women, and people with disabilities to apply. 

Affirmative Action / Equal Employment Opportunity Institution

Tom Sutera returns as athletic director at Grays Harbor College

Tom SuteraTom Sutera recently became the interim Athletic Director at Grays Harbor College, replacing Tyler Gaston who served as AD for the past 6 years.

Sutera previously served in a similar capacity from 2008 to 2010, handling day-to-day responsibilities along with former Athletic Director Wes Peterson. Sutera earned his Associate in Arts degree from GHC and then went on to Evergreen State College, where he earned his Bachelors of Arts degree with a concentration in Athletic Administration.

While serving as interim Athletic Director, Sutera will also continue as head coach for the Chokers’ softball team, a job he has held for the past 14 years. Under Sutera, the Chokers have qualified for the NWAC Championship Tournament the past four years straight,  five times in total. He has also served as a member of the NWAC Softball Committee for the past three years. During his time at GHC, Sutera has been named the Western Division Coach of the Year twice. 

“I am excited to be able to serve in this capacity,” Sutera comments. “My vision for the department is to be able to create a ‘New Generation’ of Choker Athletics, striving to support the College’s mission by providing our student-athletes with an outstanding collegiate experience that will enable them to pursue excellence as both students and athletes.”

Sutera adds, “This means competing at the highest level and teaching our student-athletes to win in everything they do. I expect each of our teams be competitive and achieve post-season play, while also leading the NWAC in academic leadership awards.”

NWAC Hall of Famer Dr. Stephen Kridelbaugh Passes

Stephen KridelbaughDr. Kridelbaugh passed away on July 7th in a tragic automobile accident. Dr. Kridelbaugh served as the SWOCC President for 15 years starting in 1990.

When he began as president there were only 4 athletic teams and by the time he retired there were 15. He was instrumental in the addition of baseball, softball, men’s and women’s soccer, wrestling, men’s and women’s golf and men’s and women’s cross country.

While serving as president he also served on the NWAC Executive Board as the presidential representative for Oregon. He was inducted into the NWAC Hall of Fame in 2005 and never stopped supporting the college and athletic department.

Dr. Kridelbaugh’s impact on the athletic department will never be forgotten by the coaching staff and will always be present in the lives of the student-athletes who will be attending SWOCC from all over the world for years to come.

A celebration of life gathering will be held for Dr. Kridelbaugh on Friday July 17th from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Oregon Coach Culinary Institute on the Southwestern Oregon CC campus. Contributions may be made to the Stephen J. Kridelbaugh Endowment, Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation, 1988 Newmark, Coos Bay, OR 97420.

Obituary link: http://theworldlink.com/news/local/obituaries/stephen-kridelbaugh/article_1a6b9133-5c20-509d-b967-86938428b4de.html


NWAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament moves to Everett Community College

Everett CC Gymnasium

The Northwest Athletic Association (NWAC) is pleased to announce that the NWAC Men’s and Women’s Championship Basketball Tournaments will be held at Everett Community College in 2016, 2017, and 2018. 

The NWAC Executive Board reviewed a variety of proposals this past spring and voted unanimously on the Everett proposal.  “The Snohomish County Sports Commission is excited to be partnering with Everett Community College and NWAC to host the NWAC Men and Women Basketball Championships for the next three years.  We look forward to welcoming the basketball teams to the City of Everett and Snohomish County” states Tammy Dunn, Sports Development Manager.

2016 will mark a change in the tournament format and location as for the past 14 years the tournament has been a 16 team modified double elimination and held in Kennewick, Washington.  

Saturday, March 5, begins round 1 of the 2016 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament will be hosted by the number 1 and 2 seeds from their respective regions against the 3 and 4 seeds from other regions. Winners of round 1 advance to the Elite Eight which will be held at Everett Community College, March 10-13, 2016.  The format of the Elite Eight will be modified double elimination.

An additional change will be the inclusion of the men’s and women’s all-star games to the championship tournament.  The all-star games will be played the evening of March 10 and there will be one sophomore all-star game for both men and women.  Participants in the all-star games will be voted on by coaches within the conference and will be from teams that are not playing in the Elite Eight. 

The conference continues to look at the all-star format and this one-year trial may grow into a more comprehensive sophomore showcase, which is currently done in NWAC baseball and softball.

According to NWAC Executive Director, Marco Azurdia, “as the NWAC continues to evolve, the change in format, all-star games, and venue, should help make our championships a better experience for our student-athletes.”

Lower Columbia’s Eddie Smith named ABCA Pacific Division Baseball Coach of the Year

photo of Eddie Smith 

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The 2015 ABCA/Diamond National Coaches of the Year have been announced in all college and high school divisions. The 11 honorees will be presented during the ABCA/Diamond Hall of Fame/Coach of the Year Banquet at the 72nd ABCA Convention on Jan. 8, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Lower Columbia head coach Eddie Smith joins one of his mentors on the list. Coach Smith was on the staff of the Virginia Cavaliers under Brian O’Connor when the Cavs went to the College World Series in 2009 and 2011.

NCAA Div. I: Brian O’Connor, Virginia

NCAA Div. II: Joe Urso, Tampa

NCAA Div. III: Joe Brown, SUNY Cortland

NAIA: Jeremiah Robbins, Lewis-Clark State (ID)

NJCAA Div. I: Doug Martin, Northwest Florida State

NJCAA Div. II: Jeff Willis, LSU Eunice (LA)

NJCAA Div. III: Doug Wren, Tyler JC (TX)

Pacific Association Division: Eddie Smith, Lower Columbia (WA)

High School Div. I: Clyde Metcalf, Sarasota High (FL)

High School Div. II: Brian Chapman, Millburn High (NJ)

High School Div. III: Bob Karn, St. Cloud Cathedral (MN)

Website Release (includes ABCA/Diamond Regional Coaches of the Year):


The ABCA, founded in 1945, is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level. Its over 6,600 members represent all 50 states and 23 countries. Since its initial meeting of 27 college baseball coaches in June 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, Junior College (NJCAA and Pacific Association Division), High School and Youth.

The 2016 ABCA Convention will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Job announcement: Women’s Goalkeeper Coach – Edmonds CC

NATYCAA  LogoThe National Alliance of Two Year Colleges Athletic Association has just released the final standings of the state associations (California Community Colleges Athletic Association and the Northwest Athletic Conference) athletic competition. Points are awarded based on team placing at their respective championships.

In only its second year in the competition, the NWAC is proud to announce that the Community Colleges of Spokane finished second. Congratulations to CCS and their teams for their outstanding sports season. The second place trophy will be awarded at the NATYCAA luncheon, on Monday, June 15, in Orlando, Florida.

Congratulations are also in store for the following NWAC schools on their placing in the top 15.

Treasure Valley Community College   5th place
Bellevue College 9th place
Everett Community College 11th place
Southwestern Oregon Community College   15th place

"Great job in representing your institution and the NWAC," said NWAC executive director Marco Azurdia. "In only two years the NWAC has shown itself to be on par with our peers."

Points are awarded based on teams placing at their respective championships. 
Following are the 2014-2015 top ten NWAC teams:

1. Community Colleges of Spokane         175 pts.
2. Treasure Valley  Community College    158 pts.
3. Bellevue College                      137 pts.
4. Everett Community  College            128 pts.
5. Lane Community  College               126 pts.
6. Olympic College                       123 pts.
7. Clark College                         121 pts.
7t.Southwestern Oregon Community College 121 pts
9. Clackamas Community  College          118 pts.
10. Mt. Hood Community  College          110 pts.

The top seven NWAC schools also placed in the Learfield Cup National Top 30.

View full standings

The 2014 NATYCAA Cup Spokane won for it’s third place finish in the 2013-14 Standings


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