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Job announcement: Head Coach Women’s Soccer – Edmonds CC

POSITION DESCRIPTION:   The head coach will be member of the Athletic Department at Edmonds Community College.  Responsibilities will include:  recruiting academically and athletically eligible athletes; assisting in the development of schedules, travel arrangements, and necessary arrangements for home contests; assisting with preparation of the ASEdCC budget request; operating program within budget limits; inventory and maintenance of all sports equipment and uniforms; field maintenance as needed; following proper purchasing procedures as required by the State of Washington and described by the college business office; driving college vans to games; organizing camps and clinics; fundraising for program; running team study hall; initializing grade checks and ensuring academic progress for student-athletes.  Questions regarding the position can be directed to Jorge de la Torre, Athletic Director, (425) 640-1233.

 REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

·         High school, college, or related coaching experience.

·         Knowledge of the sport.

PHYSICAL WORK ENVIRONMENT:   Work is typically performed on the playing field/indoor facility.  Duties require standing/walking for long periods of time, the ability to demonstrate techniques associated with the sport, and lifting materials in excess of 25 pounds.  The ability to communicate clearly is essential.  Personal transportation is needed to travel to meetings and for scouting talent.  This position also requires driving a college van to games.

 COMPENSATION:   Yearly coaching stipend of $5,500-$6,500.

 APPLICATION PROCEDURES:   Applicants should submit a letter of application speaking directly to the required qualifications, a college application form, and a resume which also lists two current references to the Athletic Director, Jorge de la Torre. jorge.delatorre@email.edcc.edu   

Spokane sophomore Jessica Mildes breaks the JC National 10 K Record

Jessica MildesJessica Mildes, a sophomore XC and track distance runner added to her
school and NWAACC record breaking resume by setting a new JC national record with a time 34:29.36 at the Mt Sac Relays. The previous record was 34:34.10 held by Rose Tanui (Central Arizona CC/Texas Tech University).

Mildes other accomplishments include: 2 time NWAACC XC champ, 2 time Baden
XC Athelete of the Year and current NWAACC Championship Event 5k record older (17:06) as well as NWAACC record holder in the 5k (16:47) and now the National record holder in the
10k.

Mildles also excells in the classroom holding a perfect 4.0 GPA.

This is a remarkable accomplishment to break a national record!

Results Mt. Sac Relays: http://www.mtsacrelays.com/results14.html

Former Bellevue head coach Cheryl Sorenson replaces Sollars at University of Portland

Cheryl Sorenson–Release courtesy of the University of Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. — Cheryl Sorenson, a Portland native who has spent the past three years on The Bluff as an assistant coach, has been named head coach of the University of Portland women’s basketball program. Sorenson replaces long-time head coach Jim Sollars, who retired after 28 years at the helm of the Pilots. She is the fifth head coach in the program’s 34-year history.

“We’re very excited to have Cheryl become the next head women’s basketball coach at the University of Portland,” Athletic Director Scott Leykam said. “She was among our short list of candidates from the very start of this process. Cheryl has received other coaching offers during her time at UP, and we’ve been fortunate to keep her on the staff through those searches. We knew she would be a Division I head coach soon and are happy that it is going to happen right here on The Bluff.”

Sorenson, who attended Clackamas High School and played collegiately at the University of Washington, has assisted in every aspect of the Portland program the past three years, including managing Portland’s defense, directing the development of the post players and assisting with recruiting.

“I would like to thank Athletic Director Scott Leykam, University President Fr. Bill Beauchamp, President-elect Fr. Mark Poorman, and the search committee for this great opportunity,” Sorenson said. “I am honored to be the next head coach at the University of Portland. UP offers a product that is invaluable as far as quality of education, growth and leadership possibilities, and opportunities to compete for championships. We want to be locally active in both recruiting and community involvement and develop lasting relationships. I think fans will be excited about the product we put on the court. We will be easy to root for and fun to watch.”

Sorenson replaces coach Sollars (a former Wenatchee Valley College head coach), who compiled nearly 400 wins with the Pilots and won 565 games overall as a collegiate head coach. Sollars was a five-time WCC Coach of the Year and he led the Pilots to four consecutive NCAA Tournaments during the mid-1990’s.

“Coach Sollars built a tradition of pride and excellence during his 28 years at the helm and I am excited to be in position to continue that growth,” added Sorenson. “Portland has been my home for the majority of my life so I am thrilled to be starting the next chapter of my life here.”

"Today starts a new era for University of Portland women’s basketball, but we’re forever thankful for what Jim Sollars did in his 28 years as head coach at UP,” said Leykam. “His impact on the women’s basketball program, Athletic Department and University will be felt for years to come."

The future is bright for the UP program as the Pilots return most of their roster from the 2013-14 season, including leading scorers Cassandra Brown (14.1 ppg), Jasmine Wooton (13.1 ppg) and Kari Luttinen (12.9 ppg). Both Brown and Wooton garnered All-WCC recognition this season.

“We have a strong group of returning players that have us positioned us to be successful right away,” Sorenson noted. “The veterans have had some success, but I think they were disappointed with how last year ended and I know that they’re hungry and eager to win more than ever. I think we have the players here that can build the culture and provide the leadership to make us consistent winners. I want my personality to show in how we play:  tough, gritty and hard-working. We will practice hard and be aggressive on the court.”

“I think the whole team is very excited to have coach Cheryl as our new head coach,” said Luttinen. “She has a lot of experience coaching and she knows our team very well. I think that she will be able to bring a lot of future success to our program.”

Sorenson was hired as an assistant coach at Portland during the summer of 2011 after spending the previous four years as an assistant coach at Eastern Washington University. Sorenson was EWU’s recruiting coordinator and she helped lead the Eagles to the 2010 Big Sky regular season title. Under her tutelage, Eastern Washington forward Julie Piper became the first player in school history to be named the Big Sky Most Valuable Player, while guard Brianne Ryan landed on the all-conference first team.

Prior to landing with the Eagles, Sorenson served as the head coach of the women’s team at Bellevue Community College (Wash.) for three seasons (2005-07). After winning just four games her first year, Sorenson led the Bulldogs to 22 wins the next season and to an impressive 26-5 record in 2007. Sorenson was named the NWAACC North Division’s Coach of the Year after the remarkable turnaround.

Before BCC, Sorenson served as the head coach of the girls’ team at Eastside Catholic High School, also located in Bellevue.

Sorenson graduated from Washington in 2003 with degrees in both communications and psychology. She was a wing for the Huskies and she was a team captain during her junior and senior campaigns. Sorenson helped lead UW to two NCAA Tournaments, including the 2001 Regional Final, and a pair of WNIT berths. She garnered Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention accolades during her final season at the school.

Sorenson earned multiple All-America honors at Clackamas High School, while landing on the all-state first team and all-state tournament team two years in a row. Sorenson finished her prep career with 1,968 career points and she led the state of Oregon (24.8 ppg) in scoring during her junior campaign.

Sorenson becomes the third new head coach added to the West Coast Conference this off-season.

“The addition of Cheryl here at the University of Portland, combined with the recent hires at Gonzaga and Santa Clara, shows that the WCC is becoming a great conference for developing women’s basketball coaches,” said Leykam. “Cheryl brings a strong reputation from both her playing career at Washington and her ability to excel as a recruiter and motivator in her past experiences as both a Division I assistant coach and junior college head coach.”

“The WCC is deeper and more talented than ever,” Sorenson said about the league, which sent five teams to the postseason last year. “I am excited to be able to grow with a lot of other young coaches in this conference, while competing against some savvy veteran staffs that have had great success. You can’t take days off in this conference and our goal is to be a postseason team. I think reaching the postseason should be an expectation for our program.”

Edmonds alum Shaquielle McKissic granted an additional year of eligibility at Arizona State University

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(Photo: Scotty Bara/WCSN)

Shaquielle McKissic will be a Sun Devil for one more season.

Team officials have confirmed that the tweet is true.

Sendek explained to the media Wednesday morning that Arizona State had submitted a waiver to the NCAA requesting another year of eligibility for McKissic. Each player in the NCAA has five years to play four and because of various personal issues McKissic has faced during his collegiate career he is being granted that sixth year of eligibility.

McKissic’s return is something to be celebrated with the recent mass exodus of players from Tempe because of graduation, draft declaration, and transfers.

If McKissic had not been granted another year the Sun Devils would be missing 74 percent of the team’s played minutes and 79 percent of its points from last season.

With McKissic back those numbers drop to a loss of just 60 percent of the minutes and 67 percent of the team’s points.

Although those numbers are still high, McKissic’s importance goes beyond the box score.

The shooting guard provides the team with an athletic player that will have another year to grow in an offense that Sendek said he wants to make even faster.

McKissic’s ability to get tough buckets when he drives into the lane as well as hit the corner and wing three partially answer the question of where this team is going to get its offense from next season.

Jahii Carson may be entering the draft. However, so are Aaron Gordon, Nick Johnson and Kyle Anderson.

Today, McKissic returns and that is the only news the Sun Devils will dwell on going forward.

You can reach this reporter via email @caneely@asu.edu or on Twitter @CammeronNeely

Clark’s Collin Spickerman and North Idaho’s Braxton Tucker sign with Portland State University

Big man Collin Spickerman will join the Vikings in 2014-15.

By Mike Lund – Source Article

Portland State basketball coach Tyler Geving has announced the signing of two student-athletes to national letters of intent for the 2014-15 season. The Vikings have added a pair of forwards in Collin Spickerman of Clark College and Braxton Tucker from North Idaho College.

Spickerman, a native of Portland who prepped at Jesuit High School, was the NWAACC West Region Most Valuable Player in 2013-14. The 6-8 forward was also named to the league’s All-Defensive team while leading Clark to a 27-2 overall record. 

Spickerman averaged 17.9 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.9 blocked shots per game for the Penguins. He shot .542 from the field and .722 at the free throw line. Spickerman spent his freshman season at Alaska Anchorage in 2012-13.

"With the loss of Kyle Richardson we needed to find someone who could replace him inside and Collin is that man," said Geving. "He brings something we are trying to add to our team, which is rebounding and defending the glass. We think Collin can step right in as a rebounder and be an offensive threat for us. His best attribute is his ability to block shots. He has great timing for a 6-foot-8 guy, he moves his feet well and can protect the rim for us. 

"The other good thing is he comes from a great high school program in Jesuit. He was well-coached there, is a local kid and I am really impressed with his understanding of the game."

Braxton Tucker played his freshman season at North Idaho where he earned second team All-Region 18 honors for a 21-10 team. The 6-6, 220-pound Tucker averaged 14.8 points and 6.2 rebounds this past season. He shot .530 from the field and .638 at the line.

Originally from Tacoma’s Spanaway Lake High School, Tucker will be a sophomore when he joins the Vikings in the fall.

"One thing we like about Braxton is that we are getting a junior college guy that we can have for three years here at PSU. When you have someone for that long it makes a difference in his development and contributions to the program. 

"Braxton is another guy that is a great athlete. The biggest thing he adds for us is his ability to rebound and defend bigger guys inside. He fills a need of adding more size and depth to our front line."

Spickerman and Tucker join a Viking squad that went 17-15 in this past season. The Vikings reached the Big Sky Conference semifinals and were selected to participate in the CollegeInsider.com Post-season Tournament. 

The Vikings have nine returning letterwinners, three returning starters and also have three redshirts returning in 2014-15. Geving expects to sign two more student-athletes this spring.

NATIONAL LETTER OF INTENT SIGNEES – April 16, 2014
Collin Spickerman, JR, F, 6-8, 210, Portland, OR (Jesuit HS/Clark College)
Braxton Tucker, SO, F, 6-6, 220, Tacoma, WA (Spanaway Lake/North Idaho JC)

NWAACC coaching alum Jim Sollars retires from University of Portland Women’s Basketball

Jim Sollars previously coached at Wenatchee Valley College (1976-83) and Portland State University (1983-86). His Wenatchee program won six Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) regional championships, the first three NWAACC women’s titles and compiled a 154-25 record (.860). Besides building a basketball dynasty, Sollars was also the dean of WVC’s social sciences department for two years and its athletics director for one year. At Centralia College, Sollars was a letterwinner in basketball and baseball.

Portland coach Jim Sollars waves to a crowd of 6,000 at Gonzaga while sitting in a rocking chair presented to him by Bulldogs coach Kelly Graves prior to a Feb. 22 game in Spokane.Torrey Vail, Gonzaga athletics

For the final time of his 28-year women’s basketball coaching career at University of Portland, Jim Sollars will walk the sidelines Saturday afternoon at Chiles Center when the Pilots play Saint Mary’s.

Sollars, 71, isn’t certain if he’ll get emotional. What Sollars doesn’t want is his last home game to be about himself. As has been the case since the 1986-87 season, Sollars wants Saturday to be about the Pilots’ outgoing senior class.

This wouldn’t surprise anyone who knows Sollars. He’s never been above the game.

“What we do isn’t rocket science. Obviously, we affect the lives of people we coach, but Jim never took himself too seriously,” said Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves, who assisted Sollars from 1993-98. “Sometimes in this profession we all take ourselves way too seriously. We coach college basketball. I mean, really? He always had great perspective.”

Basketball enriched Sollars, and it gave him a competitive outlet, but the sport never defined him. At his core, Sollars is a teacher. He started his working life as a history professor at the University of Washington, and for 11 years, taught that subject at Portland.

Sollars and his wife, Pam, love to travel. He lives on a five-acre farm in Washougal where the couple raises market lambs. Sollars says he’ll continue to farm as long as he’s healthy and “my tractor still runs.”

Sollars coached more than 900 games at Portland, and at the apex of his Pilots’ tenure took four consecutive teams to the NCAA tournament from 1994-97. Sollars, a five-time West Coast Conference coach of the year, has a 38-year career collegiate record of 565-510, which includes stints at Portland State and Wenatchee Valley Community College.

“The thing I like to say about Jim, and it’s totally complimentary, is that they don’t quite make people like you any more. Jim is the consummate teacher … every student-athlete that competes for him now, or 10 to 20 years ago, has the utmost respect for him as a coach and an individual,” UP athletic director Scott Leykam said.

Sollars said he’s known the end was near for a while, and wanted to pick a year where he wasn’t leaving his successor with an empty cupboard. That’s the case with UP’s 2013-14 roster, as six juniors plan to return what is currently a 14-13 team.

“My wife told me to go out with a group of kids that you like. This is as good a group as I’ve had in 20 years,” Sollars said.

True to his nature as someone not caught up with success, Sollars says his favorite team wasn’t the 1996-97 squad that won a UP-record 27 games, or one of the NCAA tourney teams. Rather, it was the 2005-06 team, his worst from a record standpoint of 4-24.

“They never gave up. We lost 15 games on basically the last shot. We weren’t good enough to win, but it wasn’t for lack of heart or effort. It was a quality group of kids,” Sollars said.

Graves, who has led Gonzaga to 10 consecutive WCC titles and one of the most successful women’s basketball coaches in the West, says he’s indebted to Sollars. They talk often by phone during the season.

“I don’t think I would be where I’m at without him,” Graves said. “I was at Big Bend Community College, and he took a chance and gave me a Division I job.”

Graves made sure Sollars properly went out when the Pilots visited Gonzaga on Feb. 22. Prior to the game, Graves went to mid-court and presented Sollars with a rocking chair, as a crowd of 6,000 stood and cheered for the visiting coach.

“Hopefully it means something to him,” said Graves, “because he meant something to me.”

As for a successor, Sollars is pushing his long-time assistant Sean Kelly, but admits he probably won’t have much say in the eventual hire. Leykam says he’ll look at internal and external candidates, and hopes to hire a coach in April.

Sollars will step away from basketball, but isn’t the retiring type. Sollars says he’ll continue to farm, do some coaching at international basketball camps to help pay for travel. He’d like to learn Spanish, and eat a little better. In June, Sollars says he and Pam will put a trailer behind their car and travel to Omaha for the College World Series.

One thing Sollars says he won’t do is coach another team. Should Sollars change his mind, there’s already an offer.

“I told him if you ever get bored,” said Graves, “you’re welcome to sit on my bench.”

NWAACC Track & Field Athletes of the Week – April 17

Men’s Track – April 17

Sean McGetrick Sean McGetrick 
Lane, Sophomore

— Event: 110m Hurdles; Mark: 14.67, Event: 110m Hurdles; Mark: 14.62, Event: 400m Hurdles; Mark: 56.21 at Chico Twilight
Nominator Comments:

  • "Sean had a same day prelim and final in 110HH where he had lifetime bests in each consecutive race."


Men’s Field - April 17

Diego Gonzalez Diego Gonzalez 
Lane, Sophomore

— Event: Long Jump; Mark: 23’02" at Chico Twilight

Nominator Comments:

  • "New lifetime best and NWAACC leader! Diego also ran 49.7 relay leg."


Women’s Track – April 17

Tiffany Richeson Tiffany Richeson 
Clackamas, Freshman

— Event: 100m Hurdles; Mark: 14.86, Event: 4x100m Relay; Mark: 49.63, Event: Pole Vault; Mark: 12’3 1/4" at Pacific Northwest Relays

Nominator Comments:

  • "Tiffany broke the school record this meet. She has also overcome a labrum tear that occurred 9 months ago, so it has been a long road of waiting and rehab. Her vault mark was from a 5 step."


Women’s Field – April 17

Jordyn SearleJordyn Searle 
Clackamas, Freshman

— Event: Long Jump; Mark: 19’4" at Pacific Northwest Relays

Nominator Comments:

  • "Jordyn had a 6" lifetime best that broke a 35-year old school record. She ran a 58.6 split in the distance medley relay and also ran on the 4 x 100 relay and sprint medley."


Shoreline’s Nahshon George inks with University of Idaho Men’s Basketball

Nahshon George

Wednesday Shoreline’s power forward  Nahshon George signed with the University of Idaho. George was a member of the Dolphin Basketball team from 2011-2013. George has taken this past year off to focus on his education and basketball skills and will join the Vandal’s Men’s Basketball team next season.

"Congratulations to Nahshon. The entire athletic department wants to commend him on his hard work on and off of the floor. We wish him the very best at the next level," states Shoreline Acting Athletic Director, Steve Eskridge.

At 6’8", George was a dominating presence on the boards during his time at Shoreline, leading the NWAACC in rebounds in his sophomore season with 13.21 boards a game. He also was a potent scorer for the Dolphins with an average of 17.42 points.

In his freshman season George was a part of the fast paced and tenacious Dolphin team that gained national attention by scoring an average of 101.58 points per game. The team advanced to the conference championship and placed seventh in the NWAACC.

Nahshon came to Shoreline from Radford High School in his home town of Honolulu, HI.

Second class of the Pierce College Athletics Hall of Fame to be inducted April 26

Three athletes, two coaches, and two teams will be honored as members of the Class of 2014 of the Pierce College Athletics Hall of Fame at a special ceremony Saturday, April 26    , at the Health Education Center at Pierce Fort Steilacoom in Lakewood.

The 2014 Hall of Fame ceremony will mark the third class of inductees, recognizing over 45 years of outstanding athletic achievements by student athletes at Pierce College, formerly Fort Steilacoom Community College.  This year’s class will feature the 1989-90 West Division Champion Men’s Basketball and 1998 West Division Champion Women’s Volleyball teams. Individual athletes to be inducted include Anthony Adams (basketball), Yukari Kuranuki (softball), and Tim Wahl (baseball). Also to be inducted with this year’s class will be Darin Gearhart (men’s basketball coach) and Roberta Kalalau (volleyball coach).

A reception will begin at 6 p.m. Dinner will follow at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for children under 12. For tickets, call (253) 964-6613 or visit the event Web site at https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/athletics/halloffame/.

The Athletics Hall of Fame is made possible by the Pierce College Foundation and the Pierce College Athletics Department.

Everett CC alum Jon Mercer named Cascade Collegiate Conference Red Lion Baseball Player of the Week

Jon Mercer
Jon Mercer

Jon Mercer, thrust into a starting role because normal starting centerfielder Davis Alderman was ill, took advantage of his opportunity in a big way and as a result earned Cascade Collegiate Conference Red Lion Baseball Player of the Week recognition.

Mercer started all six of Corban’s games last week, two against non-conference foe Lewis & Clark and four in NAIA West action against British Columbia.

In those six games Mercer was 9-for-18, including three doubles, for a .500 batting average. In the process he raised his season bat average 120 points to .255. Mercer scored three runs, drove in three, stole two bases and was perfect in 12 fielding chances. Batting in the No. 9 spot in the lineup in the series-opener against UBC, Mercer was 4-for-4 with two runs scored and three runs batted in as the Warriors won, 8-3.

A junior transfer out of Everett Community College in Washington, Mercer becomes the second Corban position player to be honored by the conference this season. First baseman Daniel Orr (Everett CC alum) was picked on March 3, while pitchers Austin Guzzon (March 10) and Jacob Kopra (March 17) received pitcher of the week recognition.

Later this week, the Warriors take their 26-19 overall record on the road to Lewiston, Idaho, where they will play No. 2-ranked Lewis-Clark State in a four-game NAIA West series. The teams play a Friday doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. and a Saturday doubleheader beginning at noon. Lewis-Clark State, is 32-5 overall and leads the NAIA West with a 21-3 record. Corban currently occupies third place in the league with a 15-9 record.