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Job Announcement: Assistant Director of Athletic Facilities – Head Baseball Coach – Umpqua Community College

Opening Date/Time:   Mon. 02/12/18 12:00 AM Pacific Time
Closing Date/Time:   Sat. 02/24/18 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary: Depends on Qualifications
Job Type: Full Time
Location: UCC Campus, Roseburg, Oregon
Department: Athletics

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: To coordinate, assist and complete all maintenance, up-keep and repair of all athletic and HHP equipment, playing fields and facilities, both indoor and outdoor, as well as coaching competitive intercollegiate baseball.

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Bellevue Baseball Hall of Fame to Induct Terry Agnew and Ray Washburn

photos of Terry Agnew and Ray Washburn Terry Agnew (left) and Ray Washburn will be inducted into the Bellevue College Baseball Hall of Fame.

Bellevue College baseball will honor the past and present by inducting Ray Washburn and Terry Agnew into the Bellevue College Baseball Hall of Fame. They will join former Bulldog and Major Leaguer Jason Ellison who was inducted in 2013.  Following the presentation and words from both inductees, the evening will also serve as a pre-season dinner for the current 2018 club. Introductions of each member of this year’s club and an pre-season talk by the coaching staff will be featured at the event.

Washburn, the former longtime Coach and then Athletic Director at Bellevue, has been an iconic baseball figure both on the local scene with his NWAC Champion 1979 club that he coached, but also on the national scene as a holder of two MLB World Series rings as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. Agnew, the NWAC batting champion in 1972, led his Bellevue squad to the NWAC title in that same year before a long and successful career as the Coach and Athletic Director at Woodinville HS.  The ’72 and ’79 titles were the lone baseball championships captured by Bellevue before the 28 year drought was ended in 2007.

This year’s club looks to follow that legacy with six returning starters in the field for a team that is ranked #3 in the NWAC pre-season poll.  All former alumni, friends and acquaintances of Washburn and Agnew, former players (of Washburn at Bellevue, of Agnew at Woodinville HS) are encouraged to attend to honor these two deserving individuals. Here are the event specifics:

Date: Saturday February 10
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Site: Rainier Golf and Country Club (weblink here for address)
Cost: $45 for general public
Food and Beverage: buffet dinner with dessert. A no-host bar will be available
Attire: Business Casual. men: no jeans, collared shirt required, tie recommended. women: skirt, dress, pants, open collar shirt, knit shirt, or sweater)

Reservations: mark.yoshino@bellevuecollege.edu  
425-564-2356. RSVP by Tuesday January 31.

NWAC Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2018




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The Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) is pleased to announce the NWAC HOF Class of 2018.  

Individual inductees are:  Rick Baumann NWAC Outstanding Service Award (Baseball Coach & Athletic Director, Treasure Valley Community College); Larry Beatty (Head Coach Men’s & Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field Coach, Community Colleges of Spokane); Kelly Graves, (Head Coach Women’s Basketball, Big Bend Community College); Vince Hawkins (Football Player, Community Colleges of Spokane); Cheryl Holden (Head Coach Women’s Basketball, Columbia Basin College); Jon Lane (Wrestler, Big Bend Community College). 

Team inductees are:  1999 Community Colleges of Spokane, Men’s Track & Field team, 2004-2005 Columbia Basin College Women’s Basketball Team, and the 2005 Wenatchee Valley College Men’s Soccer Team.   These individuals and teams represent a stellar class of personal, professional, athletic, and team success.  

The 2018 NWAC Hall of Banquet Ceremonies will be held May 31, 2018 at the Red Lion Hotel in Pasco, Washington.

image of Rick BaumannRick Baumann (Baseball Coach & Athletic Director, Treasure Valley Community College)

Rick spent 30 years leading student-athletes as the Head Baseball Coach and Athletic Director.  His service to student-athletes, TVCC and the NWAC is quite impressive. 

As a coach, won over 600 games, won multiple region titles, and was instrumental in leading the transition from the NJCAA to the NWAC. 

Within 3 years of joining the NWAC, Rick led TVCC’s expansion of athletic programs from four to fifteen.  He started the Chukar Booster Association that annually raises over $50,000 a year as well as spearheaded major renovation to the baseball complex and new seating in the gymnasium.

image of Larry BeattyLarry Beatty (Head Coach Men’s & Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field Coach, Community Colleges of Spokane);

After winning two Track & Field championships at Clark College, Larry was hired to be head coach for both the men’s and women’s Cross Country and Track Field programs at CCS. 

He quickly built the most powerful XC/TF programs in the history of the NWAC. 

At the end of his coaching career, Beatty’s Cross Country teams won 10 championships and his Track & Field teams won 25 championships.  Coach Beatty won Coach of the Year 29 times and overall his teams won 35 championships.

image of Kelly GravesKelly Graves (Head Coach Women’s Basketball, Big Bend Community College)

In 1990 Kelly Graves took over a dismal BBCC women’s basketball team and in his first year led the Lady Vikings to their first winning season in school history. 

In year two, BBCC Lady Vikings won 23 games (first time in BBCC history that the women’s basketball team won 20 games in a season), and they finished 4th at the NWAC championship tournament. 

Kelly then went on to the Division 1 level as an assistant coach at the University of Portland, then as head coach at St. Mary’s College – both teams made the NCAA tournament. 

Hired in 2000 at Gonzaga University, Kelly led the Zags to 10 straight WCC titles and multiple NCAA tournament appearances.  Coach Graves then moved to the University of Oregon where he coached the Ducks to their most successful season in history and to an Elite 8 appearance in 2016-1017.

image of Vince Hawkins in actionVince Hawkins (Football Player, Community Colleges of Spokane)

Hawkins came to the Community Colleges of Spokane from St. Augustine High School in New Orleans, LA. 

Vince had a remarkable two-year football career for the Sasquatch.  He was an All-NWAACC running back in 1988 & 1989, and led the NWAACC in scoring both years with 12 touchdowns and 13 touchdowns respectively. 

Vince was named as the team Co-MVP and the NWAACC Offensive Player of the Year in 1988. 

He was recruited and signed with the University of Nebraska and was the starting slot back as they won the Big 8 title and played in the Orange Bowl both years. 

He served as a high school teacher/coach, and has been an ordained minister for the past 20 years.

image of Cheryl Holden holding NWAC champiosnship cup over her headCheryl Holden (Head Coach Women’s Basketball, Columbia Basin College)

As the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at CBC for 13 years, Cheryl holds a 70% winning percentage in overall play and a 69% winning percentage in the East Region. 

Under her guidance, the Hawks would run off nine NWAC appearances in a 10-year span. 

The owner of five East Region titles, Holden retired as one of two coaches to win four NWAC Championships in a career.  Her teams won at least 20 games six times and in five seasons, her teams lost five or less games in a season.

The combined record of her four championship teams is 110-14 (.887).  She has been named East Region Coach of the Year five times and NWAC Coach of the Year four times.

image of Jon LaneJon Lane (Wrestler, Big Bend Community College) 

Jon Lane was an outstanding wrestler for the Big Bend Community College Vikings from 1965-1967. 

While at BBCC, Lane was a two-time WAACC wrestling champion.  In 1966-1967, Jon was the National Junior College Wrestling Champion at 152 pounds.. 

Additionally as student-athlete and winning multiple wrestling championships, Lane served as the Associated Student Body President.

After his wrestling career, Jon has been awarded a multitude of honors for his service.  Such honors include Carnegie Hero Award, Paul Harris Fellowship. National Wrestling Coaches Lifetime Service Award, National Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame, AACC 2017 Outstanding Alumni, and has served the Moses Lake community as a city council member of 12 years and as the Mayor. 

image of 1999 Spokane Track & Field Team

1999 Community Colleges of Spokane, Men’s Track & Field team

Led by eight athletes that went on to Division I programs, the CCS 1999 Men’s Track & Field team won the NWAC Championship shattering a conference record with 204 team points. 

This is one of the largest margins of victory in NWAACC history with Mt. Hood finishing a distant second with 98 points.  This powerhouse team included 24 All-Americans and were 25-0 in scoring meets. 

There were 14 individual champions with 11 student-athletes transferring on to continue their careers and eight transferring to the Division 1 level.  According to Coach Beatty of his 13 teams, he ranks this as the best he has coached at CCS.

image of 2005 Columbia basin women's basketball team
2004-2005 Columbia Basin College Women’s Basketball Team

The CBC 2004-2005 Women’s Basketball team claimed the program’s first East Region title in nearly a decade. 

With an overall record of 22-5, 11-3 in region play, the fifth-ranked Hawks marched through the NWAC Championship Tournament beating three South Region teams ranked #4, #2, and #1. 

Kaci Bersen was named tournament MVP and teammates Sara Dalgliesh and Jessica Miller were named to the All-Tournament Team.

This team marked the turning point in the program’s recent history as the CBC women have claimed five East Region Championships, Four NWAC Championships and qualified for the post season in 11 of 12 years since.

image of Wenatchee Valley 2005 Men's Soccer team after being honored at the Wenatchee Rotary Club Hall of Fame last year.

2005 Wenatchee Valley College Men’s Soccer Team.

Bouncing back from a devastating season a year earlier, the 2005 WVC Men’s Soccer Team dominated the season from day one to win the 2005 NWAACC Men’s Soccer Championship. 

Led by All-NWAACC players, Ceveriano “Junior” Garcia and Juan Viveros, the Knights finished the season by defeating defending champion Highline College in a torrential down pour 2-1 in a shootout.

The Knights then defeated Walla Walla Community College Warriors 2-0 in the championship game. 

Garcia, who was the leading scoring for the NWAC with 30 goals, scored both goals in the championship game.  Viveros who won the East Region MVP as a defenseman led a defense that only allowed 21 goals in 23 matches. 

LCC Baseball: Championship coach leaves for Tulane University


Oct 12, 2017 Longview Daily News

It was an opportunity Eddie Smith couldn’t pass up.

Smith, the baseball coach at defending NWAC champion Lower Columbia College, has accepted a position as lead assistant baseball coach and head recruiter at Tulane University in New Orleans.

“Tulane is one of the top programs in college baseball for the last 20 years, and when you get a chance like this, it’s something you get excited about,” LCC coach Eddie Smith said. “It all came to pass late last night (Wednesday).”

Like his LCC predecessor, Donegal Fergus, Smith will be an assistant coach at the Division I level. Fergus is currently on staff at the University of Washington. Smith’s successor as Red Devils’ leader is former LCC player and current Associate Head Coach Eric Lane.

“Eddie’s a rising star, and this is a great opportunity for him,” LCC Athletic Director Kirc Roland said. “He did a great job for us here, and we will be moving forward.”

Smith joins a Tulane program led by ex-LCC standout Travis Jewett. Another assistant coach, Billy Jones, is an LCC alum, and assistant Tighe Dickinson is a Montesano native who coached at Montesano and Edmonds College.

“I’ve known these coaches for a long time, and these types of hires are people you know and trust,” the 33-year-old Smith said. “The whole process went quickly with a mutual understanding. I’ll fly out Sunday, and be ready to go on Monday.”

This is not Smith’s first foray into Division I baseball. After earning a spot as a walk-on infielder at Notre Dame in 2005, he later served as director of baseball operations and later as an assistant coach at the University of Virginia. He also served as an assistant at Santa Clara University and Notre Dame before coming to LCC.

During his four seasons at LCC, Smith was 146-49 overall, and 83-19 in the West Region. He won NWAC Championships during the 2015 and ‘17 campaigns. In 2015, Smith was named the American Baseball Coaches Association/Diamond National Coach of the Year for the Pacific Association Division. He was also named the ABCA/Diamond Pacific Association Division Regional Coach of the Year, and was a three-time NWAC West Region Coach of the Year.

“Eddie is a bright young coach who is a great recruiter,” Roland said. “He’s also very detail-oriented, and it was all we were looking for when we hired him.”

Lane is excited about the opportunity, but he will miss Smith.

“It’s a little surprising for me, but it’s not surprising that Eddie was able to get a job like that,” Lane said. “It’s a great opportunity for him to move on and do that in his career.”

This is Lane’s first head coaching opportunity, and he’ll retain LCC’s other assistant coaches, Ian Sanderson and Kurt Lupinski.

“Eddie is a tough act to follow, but I’m happy for Eric who is a great Red Devil,” Roland said. “Eric will put his stamp on the program, and he’s been a large part of our success both as a player and as a coach.”

Some of Smith’s and Lane’s assignments with the team will be parsed out to the other assistants. Sanderson will take over mentoring pitchers, and Lupinski will tackle a larger role in recruiting.

“Coach Sanderson has pitching background and will help our pitchers,” Lane said. “Coach Lupinski has done a lot of our recruiting and see a lot of players during the summer. We’re excited to get out and continue to see future Red Devils.”

Smith said the toughest part about taking the new job was notifying the current group of Red Devils. He met with players at 7:15 Thursday morning.

“It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done,” Smith said. “It was hard for me because we had recruits come here because I told them I wanted them. Six or seven players visited me in the office, and many others sent texts after the meeting.”

Lane noted it will be business as usual for the next two weeks of fall ball, culminating with the annual 100-inning fundraiser on Oct. 26.

“We have a good group of sophomores and our system is in place,” he said. “The sophomores are our leaders and it will be a challenge for them, but I think they’re up to it.

“We don’t want to change a lot since we already have a good product.”

Everett’s Levi Lacey hired as Scout for Texas Rangers




Photo of Levi Lacey

Levi Lacey. Photo courtesy of William Frankhouser

EVERETT, Wash. – For the first time since 2002, the Everett Trojans baseball team will deliver the first pitch of the 2018 season without Levi Lacey as their Skipper. 

Earlier last week, Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers announced Lacey as their Four Corners Area Scout, based in Arizona and began official team business on October 9th.  The Rangers finished the 2017 season tied with the Seattle Mariners in the American League West standings and 7 games back from the final wild card playoff spot.

Coach Lacey resurrected a program that had been cut from EvCC Athletics after the 1982 season, first bringing the program to club status in 2001 and finishing 3rd in the North Region in their first season back to NWAC competition.   Just one year later, the Trojans made their first trip back to post season play in 37 years.

“Building a program from scratch was one of the most rewarding things I have ever done,” said Lacey. “It was a challenge to break through a tough North Region back in 2002 with so many teams that had a history of success, but I’m so proud that the Trojans are a part of that list today.”

Levi Lacey would go on to amass 474 wins, 4 North Region Titles, and capped off his tenure with an NWAC Championship in 2013.

photo of player hugging Levi Lacey during playoff game.

Photo courtesy of 9 Inning Know It All

Beyond the team’s performance on the field, Levi’s teams have also done well in the classroom. Over 80% of the sophomores graduated or transferred to four year schools and had GPA’s of 2.5 or higher. 

Everett Director of Athletics, Garet Studer, had this to say about Lacey’s parting.  “A coach like Levi, is not replaceable.  His dedication, and passion to the game and our student athletes is evident in everything he does on a daily basis.  The Trojan Nation is saddened by his departure, but excited and happy for Levi and his family.  This is an incredible opportunity, and certainly well deserved.”  

Photo of JoJo Howie

JoJo Howie

While the Trojan baseball program will certainly miss their leader of the past 17 years, a familiar face will be taking the reins.  Former Trojan and current assistant coach, JoJo Howie has been named Interim-Head Coach for the 2018 season.     

As a member of the Everett coaching staff, Howie has spent the last two seasons under, Lacey’s guidance. In those two seasons, the Trojans totaled 76 wins, with back to back appearances in the NWAC championship game, finishing runners-up both seasons.

“I feel great about JoJo taking over the program, and he reminds me a lot of myself when I was his age,” said Lacey.  “He demands respect, knows how to win, and cares about his players, all of which are attributes that I feel are necessary to be a great head coach.” 

Howie played two seasons for the Trojans and was a key starting pitcher on the 2013 NWAC Championship team with a 2.41 ERA and 43 strikeouts.  He went on to play Division I baseball at Virginia Commonwealth University where in 2014 he started in 15 games, pitched a team best 100 innings, had a 7-3 record with a 3.15 ERA.

“There are certain times when it is appropriate to hire from within,” Studer said. “This is certainly one of those times.  Coach Howie has shown incredible dedication and commitment to the program, both as a player here and as a part of the coaching staff.  We are confident that the Trojan Baseball program will continue its longstanding tradition of success under his leadership.” 

Another great turn out at Baseball Showcase 2017

Showcase bannerTerrific talent combined with perfect weather made for an outstanding 2017 NWAC Baseball Showcase on Saturday September 23rd at Lower Columbia College in Longview.

94 of the top players from across the NWAC were on hand at David Story Field to show their stuff in front 50 scouts from MLB and four year colleges and universities.

The Showcase featured two scripted games were each pitcher faced four batters and the position players received multiple at-bats.

In the first game, the East beat the South 3-2, although the format certainly did not mirror a regular college baseball game.  The big hit for the East was a two-run double by Zach Inskeep from Yakima Valley. Nathan Harrell of YVC and Kealen Martin of Walla Walla also had doubles.  Thomas Rudinsky of Lane hit a home run for the South. Damon Peters of Linn Benton had two singles and Jackson Soto of Lane hit a double.

The West edged the North 2-1 in the second scrimmage.  Ricky Muzzy of Lower Columbia provided an RBI single in the first inning. Collin Wolf of Tacoma had two singles and Taylor Mondina of Centralia had a double for the West. Jeffrey Cochran of Olympic drove in the South run with an RBI single.  Grant DeLappe of Bellevue had two singles while Daniel Head of Everett hit a double.

NWAC Baseball Showcase Rosters – September 23, 2017




2017 NWAC Baseball Showcase Graphic

The NWAC Baseball Showcase will be held on September 23, 2017 at beautiful David Story Field on the campus of Lower Columbia College in Longview, WA [map].

Unlike previous years, the showcase will not only feature sophomores, but also highly touted incoming freshman prospects.

Every season the event is well attended by pro scouts and four-year college coaches and this year they will get to see the very best the conference has to offer! Come on out and check out the only collegiate league in the entire nation that uses wood bats.

VIEW TEAM ROSTERS (Updated Sept 22 – 2:15pm)

Schedule of Events

8:45 am: South/East Player Check In

9:00 am: South Batting Practice

9:30 am: East Batting Practice

10:10 am: 60 yard dash

10:30 am: South Defense Workout

10:50 am: East Defense Workout

11:30 am: South (Home) versus East (Visitor) Showcase Scrimmage

1:00 pm: North/West Player Check In

2:20 pm: North Batting Practice

2:40 pm: West Batting Practice

3:00 pm: 60 yard dash

3:20 pm: North Defense Workout

3:40 pm: West Defense Workout

4:00 pm: North (Home) versus West (Visitor) Scrimmage

Mt. Hood alum Taylor Williams makes MLB debut with Milwaukee Brewers

Photo of Taylor Williams in Milwaukee Brewers uniform

Taylor Williams can now call himself a major leaguer.

The 26-year-old graduate of Camas High School made his debut for the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday. The right-handed pitcher retired both batters he faced in the eighth inning of a 7-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.

“It would have been nice to be involved in a win, especially how close the race is now,” Williams told Brewers.com. “But it was good to get out there, get my feet wet and really be in control of my nerves.”

It has been a long road to the majors for Williams. He was a top-15 prospect in the Brewers system upon being drafted from Kent State in 2013.

He also played the 2012 season at Mt. Hood Community College where he posted a 6-1 record with a team high 52 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.68. Williams, The Southern Region MVP, helped lead the Saints to the Region title and an appearance in the NWAACC Championship game. He was an All-NWAACC selection as a utility player and earned ABCA Pacific Divison third team honors as a pitcer.

He missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery. This season, he appeared in 22 games for the Double-A Biloxi Shuckers, posting a 3.09 ERA and striking out 57 in 46.2 innings.

Collegiate Sports Management Group Partners with the Northwest Athletic Conference

NWAC & Collegiate Sports Management Group (CSMG) Logos

New York, NYCollegiate Sports Management Group (CSMG) has entered into a multi-year marketing partnership agreement with the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC). This partnership gives CSMG external exclusivity for managing and packaging the marketing, media and sponsorship rights and assets of the NWAC. The goals are to monetize all asset categories and generate incremental revenue for the conference, as well as enhance exposure for the athletic programs in the NWAC.

Marco Azurdia, Executive Director of the conference, announced, “We are thrilled to enter into this partnership with CSMG as we seek to increase recognition for the community colleges in our conference both regionally and nationally. This new agreement will allow us to further support our student-athletes on the field, in the classroom, and to help them compete at the highest level in the conference for years to come. This partnership is unique to community colleges and we are excited to be the first to enter into such a groundbreaking agreement.”

“We are pleased to be associated with the Northwest Athletic Conference and continue our coast-to-coast reach in the Pacific Northwest,” said Michael Schreck, CEO of Collegiate Sports Management Group. “The NWAC offers our sponsors and partners a broad range of rich assets, and we look forward to helping them build a revenue base regionally, as well as a national profile for their academics and athletics programs.”

About Northwest Athletic Conference
The Northwest Athletic Conference is the athletic governing body for thirty-six (36) community college located in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia competing in 10 men’s and women’s sports for 15 championships during the Fall, Winter, and Spring of the academic school calendar. The NWAC promotes the three ideals of Character, Competition, and Community.

About Collegiate Sports Management Group
CSMG is a “College Properties Group” that drives the business performance of collegiate athletic conferences and schools, providing them with a successful growth strategy, and generating revenue to support their athletic departments and initiatives. CSMG specializes in Marketing Rights/Revenue Generation, Content Creation and Distribution, Media Rights Strategy and Negotiation, and Sponsorship Sales.

Bryan Winston takes the helm of Spokane Baseball

The Community Colleges of Spokane Athletics Department is pleased to announce that Bryan Winston has accepted the position of Head Baseball Coach.  Winston has had a distinguished career in playing and coaching baseball throughout the Inland Northwest.  He is also no stranger to Bigfoot Athletics.

Winston graduated from Richland High School in 2003 where he was a three-year varsity letter winner.  He continued his playing career at the Community Colleges of Spokane in the spring of 2004 and 2005.  In 2004, Winston was named to the Second Team East Region All-Star team as an infielder.  In 2005, he earned both First Team East Region All-Star and First Team All-NWAC selections.  Winston transferred to Gonzaga University after CCS finishing his playing career with the Bulldogs and earning a degree in history in 2008.  In 2010, Winston finished a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education through Gonzaga University.

Winston has a great deal of coaching experience having coached with the Spokane Riverhawks (2009), the Kennewick Bandits (2010-12), and the Spokane Expos 19U team (2013-17).  Since 2009 he has been an assistant coach at the Community Colleges of Spokane working primarily with infielders and hitters.  He also teaches many classes for the college each quarter including Diversity in Sport and Stress Management.  

“This is a great opportunity for Bryan,” said Athletic Director Ken Burrus.  “He is an outstanding coach and teacher who will serve our students well.”
   
Winston replaces Bobby Lee who coached the Sasquatch for the past nine seasons.  Additional administrative duties as the Assistant Athletic Director/ Dean will keep Lee busy as he continues his work with CCS Athletics and the Community Colleges of Spokane.

“I’m excited and grateful for the opportunity to be the next Head Baseball Coach at the Community Colleges of Spokane,” said Winston.  “I appreciate everything that Bobby Lee has done for this program and for me.  I look to build upon the tradition of Spokane Baseball that so many players and coaches have developed.”