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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 jorge.delatorre@email.edcc.edu, (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 https://jobs.lanecc.edu/postings/6653

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.

Job announcement: Head Coach Women’s Basketball – South Puget Sound CC

South Puget Sound Community College is recruiting for the position of Head Coach for Intercollegiate Women’s Basketball.  This position is reports to the Director of Athletics.  Applicants must submit a South Puget Sound Community College employment application, a letter of interest and resume detailing educational background and coaching experience, along with a list of at least three professional references with names and relevant contact information.

View complete job description and application process here.

S. Puget Sound’s Mychael Heuer resigns due to health concerns

South Puget Sound Community College women’s basketball coach Mychael Heuer announced his resignation, citing personal health issues.

“In light of recent medical reports from my medical team, I need to take time to focus on my health and address lifestyle changes to address complications caused by having diabetes,” Heuer said. “Therefore, I am unable to dedicate the time and effort needed to provide a successful program the student-athletes and the college deserve.”

Heuer, coach of the Clipper women’s team since the 2010-11 season, compiled a 15-83 record in four seasons at the helm, including his final season that saw the team improve from 2-22 to 7-19.

“I have enjoyed working with Mychael these past four years,” SPSCC Athletic Director Pam Charpentier said. “He truly cares about his players and has been a positive role model both on and off the court. I am sorry that he is leaving under these circumstances and I wish him the best as he takes the time needed to deal with his current health issues.”

Heuer will continue to serve as the Director of Career Services at SPSCC.

“I am blessed to have coached for 30 years. Allowing me to meet and work with some of the best people I have ever met,” Heuer said. “I thank former Dean of Student Life Dave Rector, former President Gerald Pumphrey, Vice President of Student Services Rhonda Coats and President Timothy Stokes for the opportunity to serve as head coach of the women’s basketball program over the past 4-years.I thank the student-athletes, my coaching staff and fellow colleagues for the memories and great times. I will miss you all dearly.”

Charpentier said the college will begin the search for its new coach as soon as possible.

Former Clipper Nathan Salveson returns to coach SPSCC men’s soccer squad

Nathan SalvesonFormer South Puget Sound Community College goalkeeper Nathan Salveson is returning to the pitch for the Clippers. Athletic Director Pam Charpentier announced that Salveson is the new coach of the men’s soccer program.

“We are excited to have Nate rejoin Clipper Athletics,” Charpentier said. “He brings skills, knowledge and experience that will help our men’s soccer program become more competitive in the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) Southern Region and becoming a championship caliber program.”

Salveson played for the Clippers in the 2004 and 2005 seasons, earning team Most Valuable Player honors both years, and helping SPSCC to its best finish in team history when the squad went 15-5-3 in 2004 and finished as the runners-up in the NWAACC championship tournament.

After graduating from SPSCC, Salveson continued his career at The Evergreen State College, and has played semi-professionally and professionally since, including a stint with Bremerton’s Kitsap Pumas of the Premier Arena Soccer League.

“My goal is to provide skills through the game that the players can use in all aspects of life, even after their playing days are over,” Salveson said. “Developing the mind and providing student-athletes with the tools to excel in any team environment, on the field, in the classroom, and in life, provides the foundation to build program success.”

Salveson takes over a program that finished 6-10-1 in the NWAC in 2013.

Peninsula men’s soccer head coach Andrew Chapman steps out for a year

PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College Director of Soccer and Head Men’s Soccer Coach Andrew Chapman is stepping out of coaching for a year.

On the heels of back-to-back Northwest Athletic Conference championships, the NWAC’s senior men’s soccer coach, who started his career at Peninsula in 2003, is taking a year off to pursue a professional development opportunity at Custom College Recruiting in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

Peninsula has named Kanyon Anderson to serve as head coach for both teams this fall, said Director of Athletics Rick Ross. Anderson started his career as an assistant men’s coach in 2005 and was named women’s head coach in 2010.

“Andrew has been such a big part of our soccer program’s success, I can’t imagine looking across the pitch and not seeing him,” said Ross. “This is a great opportunity for his professional development. We wish him well.”

Chapman amassed a record of 137 wins, 66 losses and 33 ties in his 11 years of coaching at Peninsula. He is 61-2-4 in his last three years. The soccer trophy case includes six West Division championships and three NWAC titles.

“He is an outstanding coach and an outstanding recruiter, so it makes perfect sense to me that a recruiting agency might be knocking on his door,” Ross said. “Thankfully, we’re blessed to have two outstanding head coaches, and some pretty outstanding assistants, so our players are in good hands.”

Anderson, a long-time friend of Chapman, joined the Pirates as a men’s assistant coach in 2005, which was the first year Peninsula made the playoffs, placing second in the West Division with an 11-8-4 record. The two Eastern Washington University grads quietly built a powerhouse program that led to an NWAC championship in 2010. Anderson, was then awarded the women’s head coaching position, but the two great soccer minds continued to collaborate, resulting in five NWAC titles in the last four years.

Tim Tucker joined the ranks as a men’s assistant in 2008 and also has contributed greatly to the team’s success. He was named as Regional Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 2013.

“I know our players are going to be disappointed that Andrew is stepping out for a year, but we are confident that they won’t miss a beat with Kanyon and Tim stepping up, as well as the possibility of Omar Anderson returning in a bigger role,” Ross said.

Anderson said he is looking forward to continuing the dynasty that is Pirate soccer.

“I will miss coaching with Andrew but mostly I am happy for him,” Anderson said. “He has done incredible things with the program and now he has a chance to try something new. It sounds like it will be good for him and his family.”

Anderson has been on the phone with Chapman’s incoming freshmen to roll out the plan for 2014.

“Andrew has a wonderful group of returners and incoming recruits,” Anderson said. “Both teams have set high goals for next year. There is no reason we shouldn’t be able to continue to move the program in the right direction.”

While Anderson will be guiding the men’s team, he won’t be diverting attention away from the women’s program, Ross said.

“The recruiting is done and it’s now just a matter of managing a coaching staff, practice sessions and games,” Ross said. “We’re very confident we’ve put Kanyon in a position to be successful with both programs.”

Anderson agreed to help with the men’s program with the understanding that he wouldn’t take any time away from his women’s team, which is rewriting record books with playoff appearances in every year since the program started in 2010 and back-to-back NWAC championships.

“The college has been very flexible with my teaching schedule, so that I will have time to give both the women’s and men’s programs the attention they deserve,” Anderson said.

And at the Anderson household, coaching is a family affair. Amanda Anderson, who played Division I soccer, brings expertise and outstanding coaching ability to the program as a volunteer assistant. It’s also common to find the Anderson children on the pitch.

Chapman begins his new job in August. He sent a message to his players late last week.

“Even though I will not physically be here I will be watching and helping as always,” Chapman said. “Peninsula College has asked Kanyon Anderson, our women’s coach and longtime assistant men’s coach, to fill the role as head men’s coach. For those of you who have had the chance to interact with Coach Anderson, you know he is a standup guy who works hard and will help you any way he can.  He is a great coach who will push you and continue the success we have created here at PC.”

The Pirate men and women open their 2014 season at the NWAC Friendlies at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila Aug. 26-27.

NWAACC becomes NWAC

NWAACC: “Moving On and Upward”

Dear Commissioners:

Over the past three years as the NWAACC has continued to evolve and elevate as a conference, there have been some foundational principles that have guided the decisions of the conference.  Those principles are:

  • “Give more than what is expected”
  • “Give student-athletes the experience they deserve”
  • “Our service and support must be rooted in excellence”
  • “Our focus is on character, competition and community”
  • “Cultivate and develop the NWAACC brand”  

 

Today the NWAACC office is pleased to announce that the conference has a new logo(s) and has shorten the acronym NWAACC (Northwest Athletic Association of Community College) to NWAC (Northwest Athletic Conference).

Research has shown us that our logo was large and extremely difficult to transpose onto a variety of materials.  The new logo(s) should be easier to work with and simpler to transpose onto surfaces and materials.  Reducing the acronym from NWAACC to NWAC allows us to reduce the size, yet still allows the same verbalization that has been used for years.  The four stars represent the four regions that make up the NWAC.

We have a secondary logo that can be used as well on uniforms, caps and other items and second logo is attached for your use.  Following is the URL link to NWAC logos usage:  http://www.nwaacc.org/marketing/NWAACC-LOGO-GUIDELINES.pdf

Due to these changes, we have made a change to the link of the NWAC home page.  The new address is www.nwacsports.com.

Today we begin to make the transition to a new logo(s) and a new acronym in our efforts to develop our conference brand.  The transition will take time as there are many items to work through.  Though the logo(s) and acronym may be new, we can still say “NWAC” and we will continue our commitment to elevate the conference by providing more than what is expected and give student-athletes the experience they deserve.

Marco Azurdia
Executive Director