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NWAC Fall Academic Leadership award winners announced

The NWAC is please to announce the 2014 Fall Academic Leadership award winners.

To qualify an athlete must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a second year athletic participant at an NWAC member
  • Earned 40 + credits (Fall Sports) and 60 + credits (Winter and Spring sports)
  • Hold a 3.50+ cumulative GPA
  • Be involved in campus or community activities

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NAME GPA COLLEGE SPORT
Haley Baird 3.54 Columbia Basin Women’s Soccer
Grace Bills 3.69 Whatcom Volleyball
Shannon Budworth 3.76 Spokane Women’s Soccer
Shelby Clark 3.54 Columbia Basin Volleyball
Kaylee Cornelison 3.63 Treasure Valley Volleyball
Corey Dallas 3.50 Pierce Men’s Soccer
Kelly Egge 3.75 Everett Women’s Cross Country
Jack Espinoza 3.78 Everett Men’s Cross Country
Jessica Geibel 3.54 Spokane Women’s Soccer
Kortney Grattic 3.68 Whatcom Volleyball
Kelsey Hafen 3.50 Treasure Valley Volleyball
Callie Hanson 3.50 Columbia Basin Volleyball
Tammy Hilgendorf 3.54 Clark Women’s Soccer
Katelynn Horn 3.81 Everett Women’s Cross Country
Jubilie Jefferson 3.98 Lower Columbia Women’s Soccer
Katie Jo Johnson 3.86 Treasure Valley Women’s Cross Country
Zebulon Klemke 3.86 Spokane Men’s Cross Country
Trapper Lee 3.70 Spokane Men’s Soccer
Sierra Linke 3.62 Blue Mountain Volleyball
Sierra Martinez 3.65 Treasure Valley Women’s Soccer
Sarah Martinez 3.91 Treasure Valley Volleyball
Megan Minke 3.55 Clackamas Volleyball
Savannah Moore 3.55 Treasure Valley Volleyball
Megan Parks 3.76 Wenatchee Valley Women’s Soccer
Monica Postor 3.58 Shoreline Volleyball
Sidronio Rangel 3.52 Treasure Valley Women’s Soccer
M’Kailah Redden 3.51 Shoreline Volleyball
Jade Reid 3.59 Lower Columbia Women’s Soccer
Leah Rife-Dupuy 3.71 Spokane Women’s Cross Country
Averi Rogers 3.98 Clark Women’s Soccer
Emily Russell 3.57 Spokane Volleyball
Amanda Schwegler 3.73 Lower Columbia Volleyball
Jared Seckel 3.79 Spokane Men’s Cross Country
Casandra Slaughter-Jordao 3.55 Pierce Women’s Soccer
Alyssa Sprague 3.68 Southwestern Oregon Volleyball
Rocio Torres 3.62 Treasure Valley Volleyball
Emily Trosino 4.00 Mt. Hood Women’s Cross Country
Sarah Tysdal 3.68 Whatcom Volleyball
Denae Weigelt 3.81 Everett Women’s Soccer
Dakota Wickard 3.50 Columbia Basin Women’s Soccer
Stephanie Wilson 3.71 Columbia Basin Women’s Soccer
Ricky Young 3.59 Pierce Men’s Soccer

End of an era: Clackamas volleyball head coach Kathie Woods announces retirement

January 27, 2015

Kathie Woods
Kathie Woods

Oregon City — Longtime Clackamas Community College Volleyball Coach Kathie Woods has announced her retirement from coaching, effective after this current school year.

Woods, a native of Dallas, Oregon, has been the head coach at Clackamas since the 1983-84 season.

Prior to arriving at CCC, Woods also coached for 2 years at Linn-Benton community College in Albany.

“Coaching volleyball at Clackamas has been the most fun and rewarding profession in the world to me,“ expressed Woods. “It has truly been an honor and I have loved every minute. I am excited to see what the next chapter in my life holds.  Honestly, when people ask me what I’m going to do, I hesitate in answering because I have been coaching all of my adult life and I don’t really know what I’m going to do” she laughs. “I am looking forward to having summers, nights, weekends and fall seasons to explore.  This was a good time to take the next step. It just felt right. This current team was the team I chose to go out on.  They are incredible.  God never fails to bless me.”

Woods finished the 2014-15 season with a 10-0 region record, her 7th Southern Region Championship, a 37-13 overall finish and a 4th place in the NWAC conference.

During her career she amassed a 836-522 record for a 61.6% winning percentage.  This year she surpassed the 800 victory mark. Her 836 wins is the most by an NWAC volleyball coach and a mark only surpassed by 5 other 2-year volleyball coaches in the history of Junior College athletics.

Other notable accolades Woods achieved in her tenure included 2 NWAC Championships, NWAC Coach of the Year (3x), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Coach of the Year and Southern Region Coach of the Year on multiple occasions, including this past season.

Her 1996 team that went 12-0 in region and 50-9 overall including CCC’s first NWAC volleyball championship was inducted into the NWAC Hall of Fame in 2008.

Woods was an avid proponent of her students doing well in the classroom. Her teams have been recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) 8 out of the last 10 years for the AVCA Team Academic Award (a minimum 3.3 team GPA).

Woods also coached 7 AVCA All-Americans since the award’s inception in 1996.

“I am so thankful to all my Cougar student/athletes, my coaches and the administrations I’ve worked with at Clackamas.  No words can express my gratitude.  They have been truly incredible and Clackamas is the best place in the world to work and play!  They have helped make my dream of coaching a reality and I am truly blessed.” Said Woods.

Coach Woods will continue her coaching duties until July 1st, when incoming coach Sarah Hoeke, a Cougar Alumni who played for Woods, will officially take over.

“I am so thrilled that Sarah will be taking over the helm.  She has the same philosophy as what we have now and I just know she will do (and is already doing in transition) a fantastic job.  I am excited to see her and the program grow into even higher heights.  Once a Cougar, Always a Cougar“ expressed Woods.

Job announcement: Head Coach Men’s Soccer – Edmonds Community College

Edmonds Community College (EdCC), a member of the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC), is seeking a head coach to lead the college’s intercollegiate men’s soccer program. 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, ensuring academic progress for student-athletes and more.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • High school, college, or related coaching experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of soccer strategy and coaching procedures.
  • Coaching Licenses from certified organizations (USSF, NSCAA, etc.)
  • Understanding of Northwest Athletic Association (NWAC) codes and policies.

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 Jorge de la Torre, at jorge.delatorre@email.edcc.edu. Return application materials by mail or in person to the Human Resources Office.  Mailing address:  Human Resources, Edmonds Community College, 20000 68th Avenue West, Lynnwood, WA  98036.  Office location:  North Campus Complex, Clearview Hall, 7030 196th Street SW, Lynnwood.  For TDD access, dial (425) 640-1210.

 CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • You must document your citizenship or employment authorization within three days of hire.
  • You must possess a current Washington State driver’s license and show proof of insurance.
  • Able to pass a background check

 EEO/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION STATEMENT:   Edmonds Community College is located in Lynnwood, Washington. The college is an equal opportunity employer and operates under an affirmative action plan.  Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the recruitment process may call (425) 640-1400 and accommodations will be made to the extent reasonably possible.  The Human Resources Office is accessible to persons with disabilities.

 Questions regarding the position can be directed to Jorge de la Torre, Athletic Director, (425) 640-1233.

Grays Harbor College unveils new Charlie Choker logo

Who is this brawny, tough man of great strength, walking from the woods with a massive log on his shoulder? He is the updated Charlie Choker of 2015, mascot of Grays Harbor College.

While the traditional, chubby-cheeked Charlie, crew-cut and bare-chested, will forever be near and dear to the hearts of GHC alums, it was time to give him an updated look. Current students needed to understand what a choker-setter in the woods really does, how courageous a job that has always been.

Working with graphic designer Amy Ostwald, a clearer story of Charlie Choker took shape. He now wears a hard hat for safety, along with the work shirt and heavy gloves of today’s logger. The tall trees in the background indicate his workspace. His connection to the College remains steadfast, with the Chokers and Grays Harbor College logos below him. 

So welcome Charlie Choker ’15. Watch for him on the fields and courts, supporting our athletic teams. We have not forgotten or cast aside traditional Charlie, just giving him a well-deserved retirement while the younger generation takes over.

Alaska Airlines Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll – January 22

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Alaska Airlines Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll
January 22, 2015
Rank
Team
Record (Region, Overall)
Pts
Prev
1. Bellevue 4-0, 17-2 80 (8) 1
2. Wenatchee Valley 3-0, 14-4 56 4
3. Edmonds 3-1, 15-4 42 2
4. Chemeketa 4-0, 13-6 37 8
5. Clark 5-1, 12-5 33 6
6. Highline 5-1, 13-5 30 5
7. Big Bend 3-1, 15-5 25 3
8. Spokane 2-2, 12-7 3 7
Also receiving votes: Skagit Valley 2, Clackamas 1, Columbia Basin 1, Lower Columbia 1, Walla Walla 1
Next Poll: February 5, 2015

Alaska Airlines Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll – January 22

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Alaska Airlines Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll
January 22, 2015
Rank
Team
Record (Region, Overall)
Pts
Prev
1. Centralia 6-0, 17-2 74 (5) 2
2. Umpqua 4-0, 17-2 70 (3) 1
3. Walla Walla 4-0, 13-3 45 7
4. Lane 2-1, 15-4 35 5
5. Columbia Basin 4-0, 12-6 33 NR
6. Peninsula 4-0, 10-4 17 NR
7. Lower Columbia 6-0, 13-7 13 NR
8. Bellevue 4-0, 10-4 11 NR
Also receiving votes: Clackamas 6, Wenatchee Valley 6, Blue Mountain 1, Treasure Valley 1
Next Poll: February 5, 2015

Former Bellevue College Cross Country Coach Stella Orechia Inducted into Hall of Fame

Stella Orechia
Stella Orechia

Stella Orechia, a former cross country coach and women’s athletic commissioner at Bellevue College, is among 17 individuals who will be inducted into the College of San Mateo Hall of Fame on Friday January 23, 2015.

Stella (formerly known as Edwinson) still holds the records for the 100 meter hurdles and 400 meter hurdles at San Mateo. She was a California state champion in the hurdles and was an All-American in indoor track in the 400 meter hurdles at Brigham Young University.  

Stella would then go on to qualify for the 1984 Olympic Trials. 

The impressive list of inductees that will share the honors with Orechia includes two current major league baseball players, two former major league players, a former NFL and NBA player, and two coaches in the NFL.

Joward NWAC Basketball Power Rankings – January 9

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Joward NWAC Women’s Power Rankings

Centralia women finally ascend to top spot

With the Holiday Tournaments behind us — and a host of fascinating results with them — we can begin to take a look at the upcoming region schedules. The South looks like it’ll be a grudge match between Umpqua, Clackamas and Lane once again. Centralia looks awesome through their first 14 games of the year, and has a good chance of blowing through the Western Region, while Spokane, Wenatchee Valley, Treasure Valley and Walla Walla each have a shot in the East. 

We’ll get to each of these match ups as the rankings roll on, but a few highlights from the last week: former No. 1 Umpqua got rolled by 39 points by Snow College, current No. 1 Centralia beat Snow College by two and Clackamas is having another one of those preseason runs with five in a row.

There are a few questions which stand out as we enter the next section of the year. Spokane looks like a leader in the East, but how will they stand up to decidedly tougher competition once they’ve had to run through the brutal Eastern Region schedule? Umpqua has lead us on several times over the past few years with great preseason play, only to fade as the season continues. Will they hold up their end of the bargain?

And lastly, we rolled out a new efficiency rating system last week with fairly positive results. This edition adds a few things, including a free-throws per game stat which helps to show exactly why certain teams can accomplish their high points-per-possession numbers.

Pace is determined by taking a team’s total points and dividing it by their average points-per-possession to get the number of possessions they’ve played. Total possessions divided by games is what the "pace" number is.

Offensive efficiency is what a team would score if they played at the average pace of the top-16 teams, which is 67 possessions per game. Current average points are in parenthesis next to each ranked team’s efficiency numbers.

From this point on, expect the rankings to be published about every two weeks on Sunday or Monday until the NWAC tournament arrives in early March. Updated coaches rankings, released Jan. 8, have been posted under each team’s rating.

Women’s Top Four
1. Centralia
2. Clackamas
3. Spokane
4. Umpqua

View complete rankings and team by team analysis


Joward NWAC Men’s Power Rankings

Bellevue men lead rankings into region play

Last year we always assumed the Southern Region would shake itself out and, being stubborn, it never did. The South has always gotten flack for as long as these rankings have been a thing, and yet they’ve managed to capture two of the last four NWAC titles. Once again, it looks like the South is being its good ol’ self, but the Western Region has joined in the fray. Neither region has a standout as of yet, with four teams legitimately in the mix at the start of region play.

The Northern and Eastern regions, however, are entirely different. Bellevue and Edmonds have emerged as frontrunners with entirely differing offensive styles in the Northern Region, while Big Bend, Wenatchee Valley and Spokane are clearly ahead of the remaining teams in the Eastern Region with Columbia Basin making a solid run at relevancy. 

In the last set, we used a beta system to rank a team’s pace by adding and dividing and multiplying some numbers together and calling it good. The league has stepped forward and offered the actual possession stats, and we rolled out a new efficiency rating system last week with the women to fairly positive results. This edition [Get the top-16 teams] adds a few things, including a free-throws per game stat which helps to show exactly why certain teams can accomplish their high points-per-possession numbers.

Pace is determined by taking a team’s total points and dividing it by their average points-per-possession to get the number of possessions they’ve played. Total possessions divided by games is what the "pace" number is.

Offensive efficiency is what a team would score if they played at the average pace of the top-16 teams, which is 67 possessions per game. Current average points are in parenthesis next to each ranked team’s efficiency numbers.

From this point on, expect the rankings to be published about every two weeks on Sunday or Monday until the NWAC tournament arrives in early March. Coaches rankings, which were released on Jan. 8, can be found beneath each team’s rating.

1. Bellevue
2. Edmonds
3. Big Bend
4. Wentachee Valley

View complete rankings and team by team analysis

Alaska Airlines Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll – January 8

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Alaska Airlines Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll
January 8, 2015
Rank
Team
Record (Region, Overall)
Pts
Prev
1. Bellevue 0-0, 13-2 80(8) 2
2. Edmonds 0-0, 12-3 51 NR
3. Big Bend 0-0, 12-4 45 NR
4. Wenatchee Valley 0-0, 11-4 42 6
5. Highline 2-0, 10-4 38 4
6. Clark 1-0, 8-4 24 3
7. Spokane 0-0, 10-5 13 1
8. Chemeketa 0-0, 9-6 10 7t.
Also receiving votes: Skagit Valley 7, Green River 2
Next Poll: January 22, 2015

Alaska Airlines Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll – January 8

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Alaska Airlines Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll
January 8, 2015
Rank
Team
Record (Region, Overall)
Pts
Prev
1. Umpqua 0-0, 13-2 74(5) 1
2. Centralia 2-0, 13-2 70(3) 4
3 Clackamas 0-0, 11-3 45 3
4. Wentachee Valley 0-0, 9-4 29 NR
5. Lane 0-0, 13-3 27 2
6. Treasure Valley 0-0, 8-6 19 NR
7. Walla Walla 0-0, 9-3 17 NR
8. Spokane 0-0, 11-5 15 NR
Also receiving votes: Columbia Basin 5, Peninsula 4, Bellevue 3, Blue Mountain 1, Lower Columbia 1, Skagit Valley 1
Next Poll: January 22, 2015