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Ht. Hood hires Brittany Hendrickson to lead Saints Softball

image of Brittany HendricksonGresham, Ore. – Last month, Mt. Hood Community College’s long-time head softball coach Meadow McWhorter announced she was taking the top position at Portland State University. This month, MHCC found a new head coach who also has deep PSU roots: former top collegiate player Brittany Hendrickson has been named as the new head coach for the Saints.

Hendrickson, who played for the PSU Vikings from 2011-2015, racked up numerous Big Sky and collegiate awards during her playing career, including:

Two-Time First-team All Big Sky (2013, 2015)

Second team All Big Sky (2014)

Five time Big Sky Player of The Week Honoree

Team Offensive MVP (2013, 2014, 2015)

In her senior year, in 2015, she was an offensive force to be reckoned with. Playing in all 51 games of the season, Hendrickson led the team in batting average (.393), hits (59), doubles (11), home runs (8), RBI (45), walks (36) and slugging percentage (.627). She was also an outstanding scholar athlete, having been named to the All Big Sky Academic Teams from 2011-2015.

Upon graduation, Hendrickson joined the Concordia University softball program as an assistant coach. During her time with the Irvine, Calif.- based program, her responsibilities included assisting with operations, recruitment, scouting, fiscal planning, monitoring academic success and fundraising, as well as conducting a strength, speed, agility and conditioning program for the players.

Hendrickson is also in the process of completing her Master’s degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia, to go along with her Bachelor’s in Health Studies from PSU.

“We were very impressed with Coach Hendrickson and her commitment to excellence,” said MHCC’s Athletic Director Kim Hyatt. “She is a hard working individual who is extremely competitive.”

Hendrickson has large cleats to fill: she inherits a program just coming off its eighth Southern Region crown and fifth NWAC title.

“Brittany recognizes the outstanding program that we have at MHCC,” said Hyatt. “She is committed to leading this program with many of the same principles that have been so important to our success; character development, competitiveness, community and academic success.”

Job announcement: Fitness Center Coordinator – Yakima Valley College

$39,278.25 /Year
09/15/16 05:00 PM

Reporting to the Director – Athletics, the Coordinator – Fitness Center assists and implements the educational plan of the instructor-of-record for Physical Education courses offered by YVC. The position requires creativity and innovation to facilitate fitness-wellness center programs and opportunities that are responsive to the needs of a diverse student population, including individuals with disabilities, and programs that are campus-wide and community served.

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NWAC Fall Baseball Showcase to be held at Bellevue College September 24

view of Bellevue baseball field at dusk

Bellevue College baseball will host the NWAC Showcase on Saturday September 24. The one-day event will begin at approximately 9:30 AM at Courter Field. In case of rain, Sunday September 25 is being held as a make up date. 

Each region’s top 16 position players and 12 pitchers will come together in the all-day event. Due to constant revisions in roster formation, rosters will not be available until the week of the event.

For recruiters traveling to the Seattle area, a string of recruiting events conveniently located within close proximity of each other has been put together leading up to the NWAC showcase. Below is a comprehensive schedule of events that week:

Thursday, September 22
Tacoma CC Scout Day at Tacoma CC 3:00 PM
Bellevue Scout Day at Bellevue College  8:00 PM (under lights). (food provided for all pro scouts and four-year coaches)

Friday, September 23
Bellevue at Edmonds scrimmage. 5:15 PM (no batting practice beforehand)

Saturday, September 24
NWAC Showcase at Bellevue College. Approx. 9:30 AM

Any inquiries can be directed to Mark Yoshino, Bellevue College baseball coach at

Clackamas softball alums Kylie Gonzales and Emily Marchbanks move on to play at next level

Newberry College – NCAA Div III
Emily Marchbanks | P | R/R | Sweet Home, OR

image of Emily MarchbanksPitcher Emily Marchbanks is a junior college transfer from Clackamas Community College.

The Sweet Home, Ore. native was named to the NWAC all-tournament team and the South Region first team after posting a 21-5 overall record and a 2.85 ERA. In 2015, she was a region all-star and second team pitcher.

Marchbanks has been inducted into the Sweet Home HS Hall of Fame.


University of Great Falls – NAIA
Kylie Gonzales | 3B | R/R | Hubbard, Ore.

image of Kylie GonzalesThe Hubbard, Ore. native was a South Region All-Star for the CCC Cougars during their run to a third place finish in the NWAC Championship Tournament in 2015. Gonzales batted .379 as a freshman, and finished with a team leading eight homeruns and 24 RBIs.

Before attending Clackamas, Gonzales was a four-time 1st All-League infielder in the Tri-Valley Conference at North Marion High School. She was also named Tri-Valley Player of the Year as a sophomore and was named 1st Team All-State in the Oregon as a sophomore, junior, and senior.

Gonzales will also be part of the Egan’s plan to rebuild the UGF infield while also adding a power hitting element to the lineup after UGF graduated its 2016 homerun leader, Alex Lowry

Job announcement: Assistant Baseball Coach – Dakota State University

Dakota State University is seeking candidates for an Assistant Men’s Baseball Coach. This is a ten-month, benefit eligible position. The purpose of this position is to support and enhance the Men’s Baseball program.

Duties as the Assistant Men’s Baseball Coach will include but are not limited to recruiting, fund-raising, pre-season conditioning and weight training, practice and game coaching and monitoring the academic progress of the team and individual student-athletes. Additional administrative and compliance duties include maintenance of the Baseball website and working as a liaison with the Admissions Office to coordinate student visits on campus.  

The incumbent for this position must have the ability, technical skills, and proven knowledge to work with elite collegiate athletes. Good organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills (both oral and written) are necessary. Previous coaching and recruiting experience in a relevant sport is a plus as well as knowledge of NAIA rules. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Dakota State University competes in the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) of the NAIA. DSU currently offers 10 sports; 5 for men and 5 for women. DSU is located in Madison, South Dakota, in the southern lakes region of the state. The Madison area offers a healthy community, excellent schools and abundant recreational activities. Information regarding Dakota State University and its programs may be found at

DSU only accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit . The employment site allows the attachment of a cover letter, resume and supporting references to include address and telephone numbers of at least three references. For questions concerning the position, contact Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Dakota State University is committed to recruitment, hiring and retention of minorities. We urge individuals from underrepresented groups and recent graduates to apply. Applicants with disabilities are invited to identify any necessary accommodations required in the application process. EOE.

Job announcement: Assistant Athletic Director – Clark College

Clark College is currently accepting applications for a full-time, exempt Assistant Athletic Director. Under the supervision of the Athletic Director, this full position will oversee aspects of compliance and eligibility within the athletic department and with the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) policies and regulations, as well as game-day operations and website management.

Clark College is an equal opportunity employer. Protected group members are strongly encouraged to apply.  Clark College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, creed, disabled veteran status, marital status or Vietnam-era veteran status in its programs and activities. The college considers equal opportunity, affirmative action, and non-discrimination to be fundamental to the mission, goals, and objectives of the college. All faculty and staff hired at Clark College are encouraged to embrace, continually support and enhance diversity and equity on our campus and in our community. Questions regarding the College’s Affirmative Action Policy may be directed to the Director of Human Resources, (360) 992-2105.

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Job announcement: Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach – Clark College

Clark College, a 2-year community college located in Vancouver, WA, is currently accepting applications for the position of Assistant Coach, Women’s Basketball to begin September 19th. Under the supervision of the head coach, this part-time position will assist in all aspects of the women’s basketball program within the athletic department and with the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) policy and regulations, and under the direction of the head coach.

Clark College seeks a dynamic, enthusiastic, and outgoing person to serve as our assistant coach for women’s basketball.  The applicant should have a vision of excellence in coaching and a commitment to lead students to successful academic, vocational and athletic achievement.  Clark seeks those who have the ability to work effectively with students, colleagues, staff and others in a campus climate that promotes cultural diversity and multicultural understanding.

Salary:  $3500 per year (8-month position)

Start Date:  September 19, 2016

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to:
Eric Harper
Head Coach

NWAC supports Wounded Warrior Project

Wounded Warrior Prject logo

For the past five years the Northwest Athletic Conference has made a a community service project for their student-athletes an integral part of NWAC Championship Events.  These efforts support the conference’s endeavor to educate student-athletes on the importance of giving rather than receiving, to give more than what is expected, and helping others helps all. 

Over the years NWAC student-athletes have provided clothes, shoes, hygiene products, backpacks, fleece blankets, canned foods, and so much more.  By partnering with non-profit organizations in the cities that host NWAC championship events, NWAC student-athletes have provided some relief to those in need.

As the Northwest Athletic Conference continues in its service to use athletics as a way to support others, the NWAC is proud and honored to announce that at each 2016-2017 championship event, along with donating items to the community, NWAC will support Wounded Warrior Project and honor a veteran and his/her family. 

The honored veteran will take part in championship ceremonies and will serve as a guest at the championship events.  NWAC Executive Director, Marco Azurdia states, “Working with Wounded Warrior Project allows our student-athletes the chance to honor a veteran for his/her service which is a great lessoned to be learned and provides the veteran an opportunity to enjoy our student-athletes.”

NWAC and eTeamSponsor announce partnership

eTeamSponsor logo

Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) office is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with eTeamSponsor (ETS) that makes ETS the Official Fundraising Partner of the NWAC for the next three years. eTeamSponsor has a successful history working with athletic organizations, sport teams, and businesses raising money to support athletics.  To date, ETS has raised over $22,000,000 for their partners. 

According to Marco Azurdia, NWAC Executive Director, “The NWAC is excited about this partnership with ETS and it has been something we have been working toward for the past 14 months.  The skill, efficiency, and effectiveness that ETS provides can only benefit our institutions athletic programs, and ease the burden of fundraising for athletic directors and coaches.  They have been great to work with during this process.” 

“We are honored and proud to be chosen as the official fundraising partner of the NWAC,” says CEO Sean Connors.  “Having been administrators and coaches we understand the importance of successful fundraising and the challenges community colleges are facing. We take great pride in having raised over $3,500,000 for community college athletic programs and are committed to delivering best-in-class technology & campaign execution processes to NWAC member institutions for years to come.”

Since 2010 eTeamSponsor (eTS) has partnered with institutions to provide an automated crowdfunding solution that’s raised millions of dollars nationwide. They’ve been hailed as the missing piece for successful fundraising and complete transparency, connecting athletic department fundraising with advancement personnel.  Having pioneered automated crowdfunding for athletic programs at 2-year colleges, eTS aims to provide the most efficient and effective platform to meet the transparent needs of fundraising decision makers before, during and after their fundraising process.  Ultimately eliminating the inefficiencies, personal liability and financial risk of fundraising for good. eTS is committed to staying at the forefront of innovative technology and unparalleled client service to insure institutions reach their fundraising goals.

Craig Jackson named UCC Athletic Director

Craig Jackson takes charge at Umpqua CC

photo of Craig Jackson

Umpqua Community College has hired Craig Jackson as its athletic director.

Jackson, 47, replaces Cheryl Yoder, who is retiring Aug. 31 after 30 years at the college. Yoder has been the athletic director for the past 12 years.

UCC did not make an announcement of the hiring, though Jackson began work on Monday. He accepted the job July 21.

He will be the director of athletics and faculty department chair for health and human development on the Winchester campus.

“I’ll teach some classes and be the department chair as well,” he said. “College athletics has changed in the last 10 years significantly and everyone is fighting to survive. You have to justify your position as athletic programs and be more self-supporting and show how you generate revenue as well.”

Jackson arrives as UCC begins a new era under first-year president Debra Thatcher, who was named to the position in April.

Jackson comes to Umpqua after two years as the athletic director and women’s basketball coach at Kishwaukee College in Malta, Ill., but has strong ties to Oregon.

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