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Former Treasure Valley baseball head coach Aaron Sutton now at Montana State Billings

After five successful seasons in charge of the Treasure Valley Community College (Ore.) baseball team, Aaron Sutton has been selected as the next head baseball coach at Montana State University Billings.

The hire was announced by the MSUB athletic department on Monday.

Sutton, a three-time Northwest Athletic Conference East Region Coach of the Year, piloted the Chukars to conference titles in 2013 through 2015, and posted an overall record of 139-61 dating back to his first year in 2012.

“We are thrilled to introduce Aaron Sutton as the next head baseball coach at MSUB, and are excited for the program’s positive momentum to continue under his leadership,” said Yellowjacket director of athletics Krista Montague. “Aaron has displayed a track record of success, and is a proven coach who will carry on the high level of achievement our baseball program has shown on the field and academically.”

A native of Fruitland, Idaho, Sutton will assume his new duties beginning Sept. 12.

Sutton takes over for six-year MSUB coach Rob Bishop, who accepted the head baseball coaching position at NCAA Division I South Dakota State on Aug. 1. Under Bishop’s guidance, MSUB won back-to-back GNAC regular-season championships in 2015 and 2016, and posted the first two winning seasons since the program was reinstated in 2006 with a combined mark of 57-43 the last two seasons. The team was also a three-time GNAC academic champion in baseball, holding a collective grade point average north of 3.0 since 2014.

“My family and I are very excited to be joining the Yellowjacket family,” Sutton said. “From day one we could really feel the support and direction of the athletic department from Krista and her team. This is a tremendous opportunity for us to make the jump to the next level, and to work on continuing the success that coach Bishop started here.”

Under Sutton’s leadership at TVCC, 90 percent of his sophomore student-athletes earned their associate’s degree and 50 total students continued on to four-year universities. Prior to his tenure as head coach, Sutton was the assistant coach at TVCC from 2008-2012, where he was in charge of recruiting and fundraising, and held other responsibilities within the team.

A former baseball player in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, Sutton earned his bachelor’s degree from Western Oregon University in 2008 after first attending TVCC as a student. Sutton was a two-year starting infielder and first-team all-GNAC selection at WOU, helping the Wolves to back-to-back conference titles in 2006-07. He went on to obtain a master’s degree in physical education and administration from Idaho State University in 2012.

Sutton coached former Yellowjacket catcher Trevor Nix for two seasons at TVCC, before Nix went on to earn first-team all-GNAC honors as a member of MSUB’s first conference title team in 2015. Nix is one of many TVCC players who have gone on to attain success in the GNAC after beginning their college careers in Sutton’s program.

“I’d like to extend a thank you to the search committee, which worked together to find the best fit for our program from an extremely deep and talented pool of applicants,” Montague said. “We are confident that with Aaron’s expertise recruiting in the Pacific Northwest, his knowledge of the GNAC, and ability to develop student-athletes into high-caliber players and young men of character, he will hit the ground running as he joins the Yellowjacket family.”

Under Armour Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week – Week 3

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MICHAEL MARTIN

Lane – Freshman

Event: 8 Kilometer Cross Country; Mark: 25:26 at Bill Dellinger Invitational

Nominator Comments:

  • "Michael was the top non-D1 competitor at a competitive Bill Dellinger Invitational with a great time on the 8,000m course of 25:26."

    "Michael placed an impressive 15th overall in a high caliber field that included four D1 schools, including highly ranked UO and University of Portland. He was the top non-D1 finisher and it was his first-ever 8K."

Treasure Valley appoints Dave Nakama to skipper baseball program

New head coach for the Chukars Baseball team is Dave Nakama. Coach Nakama comes to TVCC with over 30 years of collegiate coaching.

Coach Naks, received his bachelors from Willamette University in Salem, and later moved on to University of Northern Colorado to finish his Masters in PE Teaching. Coach Naks started his collegiate coaching as an assistant at Yavapai College in Prescott, AZ. He later became the head coach at Mission College in Santa Clara, CA.

In 1996, coach Naks became an assistant coach at Stanford, and after two years, took the head coaching job at San Francisco State University. After three years at SFSU, coach Naks went back to Stanford, as an assistant for another 8 years.

In 2009, Nakama moved on to the University of Washington as an assistant coach, and in 2012, coach Naks took the head coaching job at San Jose State Univ in the Mountain West Conference.

“Coach Naks will be a great fit for our baseball program, which is rich in tradition and success, on and off the field,” commented Director of Athletics, Ed Aronson. “Coach Nakama’s coaching philosophy is a great fit for the community college lever, striving to mentor, teach, and prepare young student athletes for the transition to four-year institutions and for “life after baseball,” added Aronson.

Coach Nakama has three children and now resides in Ontario.

Where are they now – Megan Minke

Megan Minke

Megan Minke

Clackamas Volleyball, 2013-2014
Senior at Keiser University (FL) – NAIA, The Sun Conference

NWAC Accomplishments
Helped Clackamas to the 2014 South Region Title with a perfect 10-0 league record and a 4th place finish at the Northwest Athletic Conference Championship tournament.  On the season Megan tallied 133 kills and her .342 hitting percentage was the best on the team and 4th in the NWAC.

Keiser University
In her junior year, was selected to the AVCA All-Region squad…named Sun Conference Newcomer of the Year and First Team All-Conference…Lead the conference in hitting percentage at .357 and service aces with 58…Season total of 267 was 2nd on the team…

As a senior this season has started all 12 matches thus far with 62 total kills, 10 service aces, and leads the team with 11 total solo blocks.  Minke’s KU Seahawks are currently 10-2 on the season which in includes two undefeated runs through non-conference tournaments.

Follow Megan’s senior season:
WSU Athletics Website
Twitter: @KUSeahawks

Under Armour Volleyball Player of the Week & NWAC Players of the Week – Week 4

JAZMAYNE WILLIAMS Under Armour Player of the WeekClick to enlarge image

JAZMAYNE WILLIAMS

Mt. Hood – Sophomore – Outside Hitter

In 27 sets, Jazmayne Williams had 75 kills on a 40% kill efficiency, 16 blocks, 6 service aces, 68 digs and a 2.38 serve-receive on 47 attempts.

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NWAC Players of the Week – Week 4
Offensive:  Jazmayne Williams, Mt. Hood
Setter: Kendie Valade-Nunez/Marriah McEachern, Bellevue
Defensive: Devyn Sigurdson, Olympic

Regional Players of the Week – Week 4
North

Offensive:  Audrey Saelens, Bellevue
Setter: Kendie Valade-Nunez/Marriah McEachern, Bellevue
Defensive: Devyn Sigurdson, Olympic

East
Offensive: Kyrsten Whitmore, Columbia Basin
Setter: Brittany Gay, North Idaho
Defensive: Tori Wegdahl, Walla Walla

West
Offensive: Kallie Schmit, Lower Columbia
Setter:  Haylee Savage, Lower Columbia
Defensive: Sierra Cummings, Grays Harbor

South
Offensive: Jazmayne Williams, Mt. Hood
Setter: Erin Perry, Mt. Hood
Defensive: Lauren Tennyson, Clackamas

Under Armour Women’s Soccer Player of the Week – Week 4

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Anna Gentile
Tacoma, Sophomore, Midfielder

Anna Gentile, Olympic High School/Port Orchard, WA, recorded a goal and an assist in each of Tacoma’s wins this week. She scored the game tying goal and the go ahead assist in a 3-1 win over Bellevue and tallied the game winning goal in the 85th minute in a 2-1 win over Lower Columbia.

Gentile is now tied for 7th in total points with 15 on five goals and five assists.

NWAC Cross Country Athletes of the Week – Week 2

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Men’s Cross Country

Teagan Osborne 
Spokane, Sophomore

— Event: 6 Kilometer Cross Country; Mark: 19:58 at Carroll College Early Bird Open

Nominator Comments: "A great race from Teagan to start the season. This was a 50 second PR from the same course last year!"

Salvador Salinas 
Rogue, Sophomore

— Event: 8 Kilometer Cross Country; Mark: 25:47 at Humboldt Invite

Nominator Comments: "A great opener for Salvador at the Humboldt Invite."

Women’s Cross Country

Indya Price 
Treasure Valley, Freshman

— Event: 5 Kilometer Cross Country; Mark: 19:55 at Chukar Classic

Nominator Comments: "Very good time on a tough XC course, soggy grass, hills, and turns."

NWAC Softball Showcase and All-Star Games – September 24

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NWAC softball teams will converge at Delta Park in Portland, Oregon Saturday, September 24th for the Sophomore Showcase and Fall Classic. Most of the league’s 26 teams will be represented and participate in five rounds of scrimmages starting at 8:00 a.m.

The Sophomore All-Star teams will take the field at 1:00pm. The North will face the East while the South takes on the West.

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