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NWAACC announces partnership with Washington National Guard

Washington National Guard logoVANCOUVER, WA – The Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges today announced the creation of a sponsorship with the Washington National Guard. 

The partnership will provide the Washington National Guard exposure to two-year college athletes including signage at NWAACC events, opportunities to speak with college athletic directors, and college leaders, media marketing, and opportunities to build relationships throughout college communities in Washington and Oregon.

Washington National Guard logoThe NWAACC endeavors to create meaningful partnerships that provide support to the NWAACC while also providing additional resources and opportunities to its student-athletes. The Washington National Guard creates avenues for student-athletes to pursue career, and four-year degree options at free or reduced costs to its student population.

The sponsorship makes the Washington National Guard one of the ‘big four’ sponsors of the NWAACC Conference along with current NWAACC sponsors Alaska Airlines, Baden Balls, and Red Lion Hotels.

The Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges is the governing body of 34 two-year colleges in Washington, and Oregon, with one member institution in Canada. The NWAACC has over 3,000 student-athletes, with a collective student population well over 500,000.

To learn more about how to create a sponsorship/partnership with the NWAACC or one of its tournaments, please contact Scott Archer at 360-992-2777, or at

Job Announcement: Head Coach Volleyball – Big Bend CC

The Head Coach is responsible for all aspects of maintaining a collegiate sport program.  He/she is responsible for working with the Director of Athletics, recruiting athletes, teaching skills and sports fundamentals, and preparing the team for collegiate competition.  This is a part-time position. Big Bend CC is located in Moses Lake, WA.

See full employment description and application process.

Shoreline volleyball alum Teresa Causin lands job at ESPN

Teresa Causin was a volleyball player at Shoreline CC during the 2001-02 seasons. She helped lead Shoreline to an appearance at the 2002 NWAACC Championship match. Causin was a two time North Region Defensive Player of Week selection, then continued her academic career at the University of Washington.

Sports Fan Lands Dream Job at ESPN

"It is 24/7 sports here, so it’s important to have an interest in, and passion about,
sports," says Teresa Causin, posing at ESPN’s SportsCenter desk.

Teresa Causin has always been an avid sports fan.  Her passion runs so deep that her husband’s wedding gift to her was Seahawks season tickets.  So it’s only fitting that she now works at one of the world’s most successful sports networks, ESPN.

Causin (BA, Communication, 2006), a program manager for, spends her days overseeing web development projects, working with editors, designers, developers, and product managers to keep projects on track. Her work has an enormous reach: for the last 12 months, averaged more than 10 million unique visitors a day, spiking to more than 14 million on NFL Sundays and during the NCAA Tournament. 

As a UW undergraduate, Causin could not have imagined such a job. She had planned to major in business, but changed her tune after taking a few communication classes and finding them compelling. Settling on a career path after graduation proved more difficult.

“To be honest, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do,” says Causin, who opted for a job as enrollment processor at the Art Institute of Seattle, with the idea that she would take classes in graphic design and pursue a career in web design. Before that came to pass, she was offered a contract position managing virtual events—online meetings with attendees from around the globe—for Microsoft. Next came a position as resource manager with Identity Mine, a small software company in Tacoma, where her focus was the efficient use of resources across multiple projects.

Causin discovered that she had already honed many of the skills needed for that position. Her Microsoft experience had made her more tech savvy, and her volunteer work as a youth volleyball coach had trained her to effectively identify and tap individuals’ strengths. “I had experience managing people coming on and off the bench, as one might say,” says Causin.


Walla Walla announces new volleyball and softball coaches

Warriors name new volleyball, interim softball coaches

By Alex Field

Chelsie Speer
Former Mt. Hood Volleyball head coach Chelsie Speer will head up the Walla Walla Warriors charges for the 2014 season.

WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College named two new coaches today.

The Warriors named Chelsie Speer as the new volleyball coach and Mark Michaud as the interim softball coach.

Former volleyball coach Tim Toon resigned in early December after 20 years as head coach of the Warriors.

Speer, who spent five years as the head coach at Mount Hood Community College, boasts a 175-43 record during her tenure with the Saints.

“She’s just going to be an outstanding fit for our school,” WWCC athletic director Jeff Reinland said. “She has coaching experience at the NWAACC level and highly successful coaching experience.”

Speer also won an NWAACC Championship in 2011 when she led her team past the Warriors. She is a three-time Southern Region Coach of the Year and led the Saints to a 37-8 record last year, including a perfect 10-0 in Southern Region play.

Speer, who hails from Pendleton, will likely teach physical education at WWCC, Reinland said.

“We’re also really excited about the type of person she is,” Reinland said. “She’s going to fit in really well with the college community and the community of Walla Walla as well. We’re just really excited to bring her into the coaching family.”

Mark Michaud
Mark Michaud takes over as interim softball head coach in place of Mike Staudenmaier who resigned earlier this month.

Michaud was named the interim coach of the Warrior softball program after former coach Michael Staudenmaier stepped down for personal reasons last week. Michaud brings a wealth of local experience, Reinland said, as he has served as WWCC’s assistant baseball coach, Whitman College’s assistant baseball coach and pitching coach of the Walla Walla Sweets.

With the season just over two weeks away, Reinland was left in a bind after Staudenmaier resigned.

“When (Staudenmaier) stepped down, we were kind of in a pinch here,” Reinland said. “It’s kind of hard to hire a coach two weeks before the season. We were really lucky to have (Michaud) here and step into the role. It just worked out perfectly.”

Reinland also said the Warriors will re-evaluate their options after the season, but Michaud will likely be a full-time candidate.

“He’s pretty excited about this opportunity,” Reinland said. “Certainly he would be a candidate for the position. It’s just too close to the season to open the job up. Practice starts here in a couple weeks, so we didn’t feel the candidate pool we would get would be deserving of the program.”

The Warriors are also in the process of hiring a new soccer coach. Reinland said the job announcement will be out early next week and WWCC is planning to move forward as soon as possible.

Job Announcement: Head Coach Volleyball – Mt. Hood CC

Mt. Hood Community College is accepting applications to fulfill the role of Volleyball Head Coach.

Coordinate athletic programs so that the direction and purpose agree with the overall philosophy of Mt. Hood Community College.  Coordinate and be responsible to the Athletic Director for implementation of all team activities.

Instructor of Record for volleyball conditioning class(es)and advanced volleyball class(es).  A coach/instructor shall be responsible for providing the kinds of instruction to students enrolled in classes that will provide the learning experiences necessary for each student to meet the objectives of the course. A coach/instructor will also be responsible for assisting the dean/athletic director in improving learning experiences for students.  Coach/instructor may be assigned other responsibilities as determined by the dean/athletic director.

See full employment description and application process.

Grays Harbor’s Heather Dublanko pursues more than volleyball and academics

Heather Dublanko
Grays Harbor freshman Heather Dublanko’s talents extend beyond the court.

Once she steps off the court at Grays Harbor College, freshman middle blocker Heather Dublanko enjoys hunting and fishing in addition to her passion toward volleyball, but that’s not all she has up her sleeve.

Dublanko’s secret life is modeling.

“I don’t think anyone would assume I have a secret life of modeling,” she said. “Of course my team and coaches know, but it’s not something I go around telling people unless it is necessary.”

“I probably wouldn’t come across as a person passionate about fashion,” said Dublanko.

The two separate passions don’t always line up however, and Dublanko has been forced to choose between competing in a match, or leaving the team for the runway.

In the last year alone, she’s modeled on the runway for Nordstrom in Seattle, for Neiman Marcus in Bellevue, and for Nike in Portland and Las Vegas.

“At first I was surprised to hear that Heather would have to miss a couple matches because she had modeling trips” said Tyler Gaston, Athletics Director at GHC. “I had no idea she was involved in that industry because you never hear her talking about it. She is a modest young lady and keeps her modeling relatively quiet.”

While he didn’t expect to lose Dublanko to the runway now and then, Gaston says it’s a common thing for athletes to balance their athletic dreams with their many other interests.

“Many people have hidden talents and passions. Athletes are people, and sometimes their interests are surprisingly varied,” he said. “We have a baseball player in the choir who sings the National Anthem at events. These are just a couple examples that come to mind from this year’s athletes. In the past we have had tremendous artists, welders, carpentry students, and writers.”

With the support of the athletic department, Dublanko will continue to pursue opportunities in the fashion world. She’ll be taking her education online, and will do her best to further her modeling career without missing out on academic success. 

Heather Dublanko

2013 Fall Coaches of the Year

Matt Koenigs
Matt Koenigs

Men’s Cross Country 

Matt Koenigs, Everett
Everett Community College Matt Koenigs has been named the 2013 NWAACC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year.  Under Coach Koenigs leadership the Everett Men’s Cross Country teams have won eight consecutive Northern Region Men’s Cross Country Championships. 

This year represents the second NWAACC Men’s Title in Cross Country Championships in the last three years for Everett Community College.

Sean McLachlan
Sean McLachlan

Women’s Cross Country 

Sean McLachlan, Spokane
Community Colleges of Spokane’s Sean McLachlan has been named the 2013 NWAACC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year for leading the CCS Cross Country Women to the NWAACC title. 

As the coach at the Community Colleges of Spokane, Coach McLachlan has coached 35 Cross Country All-Americans and has won two NWAACC Women’s Cross Country conference titles. 

Biniam Afenegus
Biniam Afenegus

Men’s Soccer 

Biniam Afenegus, Clark
Clark College Men’s Soccer Coach Biniam Afenegus has been named the 2013 NWAACC Men’s Soccer Coach of the Year.  Coach Afenegus led Clark College to a runner-up finish at this year’s championship tournament. 

Under Coach Afenegus, the Clark College Penguins have been a power in men’s soccer and he led them to a title in 2007 and multiple playoff appearances.

Jeanette Delaney
Jeanette Delaney

Women’s Soccer 

Jeanette Delaney, Edmonds
Edmonds Community College Head Women’s Soccer Coach Jeanette Delaney has been named the 2013 NWAACC Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year. 

Coach Delaney led the Tritons to a North Region Championship and were runners up at this year’s NWAACC Championship Tournament.

Beth Donnelly
Beth Donnelly


Beth Donnelly, Olympic
Olympic College Head Volleyball Coach Beth Donnelly has been named the NWAACC Volleyball Coach of the year for 2013. 

In her fourth year, Donnelly led Olympic College to a Co-North Region Championship, the first in the program’s 35 year history, and to a runner up finish at the NWAACC Volleyball Championship Tournament. 

2013 Fall Sports Baden Athletes of the Year

Baden LogoVANCOUVER, WA – The NWAACC is please to announce the 2013 Fall Sports Baden Athletes of the Year.

Women’s Cross Country

Jessica Mildes
Jessica Mildes
Photo: Tracy Swisher

Sophomore, Spokane
Mildes (Riverside H.S., Chattaroy, WA) was never challenged at the 2013 cross country championships as she cruised to her second consecutive individual NWAACC title. 

She was also the 2012 women’s NWAACC-Baden XC Athlete of the Year and is only the third women to win back to back titles since the sport’s introduction for women by the NWAACC in 1978.

With several offers to consider, Mildes plans to run for a 4-yr program in 2014 but is currently not committed on her next step.

CCS head coach Sean McLachlan had much to say about Mildes, "Jessica’s sophomore season concluded with her breaking the old 5k school record of 17:49 not once, but twice; the first at Willamette when she ran 17:35 to place second in the race then two weeks later running 17:06 at the Inland Empire classic and placing 3rd behind a national champion and one the PAC 12′s top athletes.  This was Jessica’s 4th All-American award with her sophomore track season to go.  More important than her fast times, Jessica is a 4.0 student and the ultimate teammate who is extremely coachable, dedicated, focused and a joy to coach."

Men’s Cross Country

Daniel Schofield
Daniel Schofield
Photo:Tracy Swisher

Freshman, Spokane

Schofield (Mead H.S., Mead, WA.) sparked the Sasquatch harriers throughout the season and entered the 2013 championship as the team’s top runner. He edged a very challenging field of runners that saw the top three placers finishing within three second of each other including his dramatic win by less the a tenth of a second over the runner-up.

Schofield will return to Spokane where he will look to lead his team again in 2014.

"Coming into the championship race we thought Daniel had a shot at the title along with at least five other quality athletes," said CCS head coach Sean McLachlan. "The plan was to go out in the front pack and be patient and cover all the moves then take the lead when he felt the time was right.  Apparently Daniel thought the "right time" was the last few strides as he just barely out-kicked Jorge Gil-Juarez of Clackamas in one of the more memorable finishes in the last decade.  Daniel had a great season for a self-proclaimed 800 runner who was just doing cross country to get into shape for track.  Schofield is an eager learner and will only continue to get better.  His time of 24:46 put him at #6 on the all-time list at CCS.  Just a freshman, this is sure to be the first of many All-American awards for Daniel."

Women’s Soccer

Tasha Luu
Tasha Luu
Photo: Rick Harrison

Forward, Spokane

Luu, a 5’5" sophomore striker from Colville H.S. in Colville, WA, was a dominating presence in the Sasquatch front line. She scorched opponent defenses for a league high 23 goals and added 7 assists leading the Sasquatch to a 15-2-4 record. In her two year run at CCS, Luu tallied 43 goals and 17 assists. Her 43 goals is the second best combined total in the program’s history in and her 23 goals this season is tied for most in single season.

Luu has several 4-yr programs knocking on her door and is considering her options.

"Tasha has been one of the schools most prolific goal scorers in our programs history, said CCS head coach Jim Martinson. "She is one of the most competitive kids I have ever coached and has a drive to do better on a daily basis.  Tasha raises the level of her teammates training with her daily work rate and is driven by success.  She was a player we could look to for goal production when needed and then could switch gears and close a match for us defensively…. A true program kid that we will miss tremendously."

Men’s Soccer

Alex Martinez
Alex Martinez
Photo: Jeff Halstead

Forward, Peninsula

Alex Martinez, from North Valleys H.S. in Reno, Nevada, made a habit of lighting up scoreboards around the Northwest over his two seasons at Peninsula. The a 6′ 2" striker tallied a league high 66 points on 28 goals and ten assists in 2013 topping his 2012 performance of 21 goals and 13 assists. 

Martinez also led his Pirates to back-to-back league championships scoring the only goals in both 1-0 final minutes thrillers over Walla Walla in 2012 and Clark this season. His two year goal total of 49 set a new program record for Peninsula.

The Pirate sophomore is currently being courted by a number of colleges and universities across the nation and is expected to make his decision on where he will play his final two years in the coming months.

"To have a consistent goal scorer like Alex is huge," exclaimed PC head coach Andrew Chapman. "Alex is a competitor that wants to win, which was evident in the championship game this year and last year with him scoring the game winning goal with three minutes left in both games. Alex doesn’t stop working all game long."


Crystal Schmidt
Crystal Schmidt

Sophomore, MB, Blue Mountain

Schmidt (Hermiston H.S., Hermiston, OR) had a dominating two year tenure with the Timberwolves leading her team to back-to-back NWAACC titles.

She was third in the NWAACC in hitting percentage with a .379 hitting percentage and racked up 367 kills in 57 sets. Schmidt led BMCC’s high powered offense with 3.25 kills per set and was second in blocks with 48.

Schmidt will be moving on to play volleyball for the Carroll College Fighting Saints in 2014.

"As competitive a volleyball player as we have ever had here," commented BMCC head coach Dave Baty on Schmidt. "Crystal led a sophomore class that was undefeated in both the east region and the NWAACC tournament for two consecutive years. She is a joy to coach and to simply be in the company of. Crystal is one of the most caring people you will meet and  has represented Blue Mountain with the highest standards of academic and athletic  performance.  We will enjoy watching her career continue to rise at Carroll college."

AVCA Announces Two Year College All-America Teams and Player of the Year


AVCA Announces Two Year College All-America Teams and Player of the Year

LEXINGTON, Ky. (December 9, 2013)  – The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) is pleased to announce its Two Year Colleges Women’s Volleyball All-America Teams as well as Irvine Valley College middle blocker Annie Mitchem as the TYC AVCA National Player of the Year.

2013 AVCA Two Year Colleges First-Team All-America
Name School Year Pos. Division
KC Fossum Olympic So. MB NWAACC
Crystal Schmidt Blue Mountain So. MB NWAACC
Piper Cantrell Blue Mountain So. L NWAACC
Annie Mitchem Irvine Valley College Fr. MB CCCAA
Simone Henderson Grossmont College So. MB CCCAA
Tori Carroll  Foothill College  So. OH CCCAA
Burna Evangelista  Blinn College So. MB NJCAA Div I
Morgan Lewis Tyler Junior College Fr. MB NJCAA Div I
Aly Dawson Iowa Western CC Fr. OH NJCAA Div I
Carol Grasso Salt Lake CC Fr. OH NJCAA Div I
Wendy Romero # Miami Dade College So. OH NJCAA Div I
Andrea Tauai Hillsborough CC So. OH NJCAA Div I
Ana Jakovljevic # Northwest College So. OH NJCAA Div I
Ana Helena Ribeiro San Jacinto College Fr. MB NJCAA Div I
Kathia Sanchez Iowa Western CC Fr. S NJCAA Div I
BJ Specht Cowley College So. OH NJCAA Div II
Kaprice Seever Johnson So. MB NJCAA Div II
Lindsay Monson Central Lakes College-Brainerd So. MB NJCAA Div III

# named 2012 AVCA Two-Year Colleges Second Team All-America

2013  AVCA Two Year Colleges Second-Team All-America
Name School Year Pos. Division
Sam Odren Blue Mountain Fr. S NWAACC
Lihau Perreira Mt. Hood So. OH NWAACC
Abby Hardie Linn-Benton So. MB NWAACC
Sue Kalena El Camino So. S CCCAA
Nina Holmes  Feather River College  Fr.   CCCAA
Bria Morgan Cabrillo College So. OH CCCAA
Crystal Young Blinn College So. S NJCAA Div I
Maria del mar Guzman Franco Arizona Western College Fr. MB NJCAA Div I
Madi Packard Snow College So.  OH NJCAA Div I
Caroline Siqueria Northeastern JC So.  OH NJCAA Div I
Veronika Bazic New Mexico Military Inst. So.  OH NJCAA Div I
Luiza Martins* Western Nebraska CC So.  S NJCAA Div I
Brittany Brown College of Cent. Florida So.  MB NJCAA Div I
Evelina Abdurakhmonova Western Wyoming  So.  RS/S NJCAA Div I
Mercedes Vaughn College of Southern Idaho So.  MB NJCAA Div I
Megan Cassagrande Parkland College So.  MB NJCAA Div II
Kara Kentner Moraine Valley So. S/RS NJCAA Div II
Taylor Aakre Rochester Communication and Technichal College So.  MB NJCAA Div III

* named 2012 AVCA Two-Year Colleges First-Team All-America

Mitchem helped lead the Lasers to a 24-2 overall record and their first State Championships since 2009 when they defeated Santa Barbara City.  In that match, the Texas native smashed a team-high 20 kills, had eight blocks and recorded a .444 hitting percentage.  Ranked second in the state in the last regular season poll, Irvine Valley was one of two schools from Southern California to compete in the CCCAA Championship.

The Orange East Conference Player of the Year dominated the net in her first year.  She ended the season ranked first in hitting percentage (.436) and blocks per set (1.61) while placing second in kills (309) and third in kills per set (3.64) as Irvine Valley went a perfect 14-0 in conference play.  It was because of her play in the middle the Lasers held their conference opponents to just a .190 hitting percentage, while IVC hit a robust .292.

Mitchem becomes the first player from the CCCAA to win AVCA Two Year College Player of the Year since 2003, when Nevena Siljegovic from Moorpark College took home the honor.

The formal presentation of the AVCA Two Year College National Player of the Year will be made Dec. 20th in Seattle, Washington at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet held in conjunction with the 2013 AVCA Annual Convention and NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball National Championships.


About AVCA
The AVCA, with its headquarters in Lexington, Ky., is managed by Associations International. The mission of the AVCA is to develop the sport of volleyball and its coaches. With a membership of over 6,000 and counting, the AVCA provides a professional network for those individuals and companies dedicated to enhancing and promoting the sport. Members include collegiate, high school, club, youth and Olympic coaches, as well as volleyball club directors. The AVCA provides education to volleyball coaches, recognition of elite players and coaches, promotion of volleyball competitions throughout the world, and networking opportunities for volleyball products and services providers. Further information is available at

Blue Mountain claims third volleyball title in four years

Blue Mountain Poses for Championship photo
The Timberwolves hold up two fingers representing back-to-back titles

Blue Mountain 3, Olympic 1 Stats
Bracket | Tournament Stats

BMCC setter Samantha Odren was named the tournament MVP

Gresham, OR — Top-ranked Blue Mountain drew first blood with a 25-22 opening set win over second-ranked Olympic before the Rangers retaliated to draw even with a 25-21 win of their own.

Kind of like what happened in the regular season where the two power houses split a four match series with two wins each.

Olympic (46-6) had only lost 26 sets to their 129 set wins while Blue Mountain (42-5) entered the title match winning 119 sets to only 30 set losses.

Both teams battled back and forth to extra set points in the third with the Timberwolves coming out on top 27-25.

BMCC then put on the finishing touches with a 25-21 fourth set victory and a championship celebration.

Tournament MVP setter Samantha Odren set up 48 kills with Kendra DeHoog, Kensey Mix and Sierra Linke registering 14 kills, 12 kills and 11 kills respectively. Piper Cantrell led the defense with 25 digs with Linke (17) and Odren (14) adding another 31. Crystal Schmidt (5), Mix (5) and Courtney Klein (4) combined on 14 of Blue Mountain’s 20 blocks.

Beth Donnelly named COY
OC head coach Beth Donnelly was named NWAACC Coach of the Year

For Olympic, KC Fossum and Taylor Burnett tallied 15 kills apiece with Nicole Diehl adding 11 more. Danielle Chu also picked up 10 on her match best 50% kill efficiency. Setter Ashlee Trane had a match high 50 assists. Defensively, Burnett turned in a team high 16 digs with Jordyn Nickolson, Fossum and Alexia Elliott-Free also finishing with double-digit dig figures. Fossum also chipped in 5 blocks.

The title represents Blue Mountain’s third volleyball championship and their third in the last four years under fifth year head coach Dave Baty.

The runner up finish is Olympic’s first ever placing at the championship tournament. For her accomplishments in turning around the fledgling program, fourth year head coach Beth Donnelly was named NWAACC Coach of the Year by the league.

Photos: All-Star team photos and championship post match photos will be available for free download at Select the photo you desire and click the ‘download image’ button above the image.

All-Tournament Team
MVP – Samantha Odren, FR, Blue Mountain

Tournament Bracket - Click to view
Click to view bracket

First Team
KC Fossum, SO, Olympic
Shawna Smith, SO, Mt. Hood
Ashlee Trane, FR, Olympic
Taylor Burnett, SO, Olympic
Crystal Schmidt, SO, Blue Mountain
Piper Cantrell, SO, Blue Mountain

Second Team
Abby Hardie, SO, Linn-Benton
Samantha Kelsey, FR, Linn-Benton
Dana Norris, FR, Spokane
Mikaela Ballou, SO, Highline
Lihau Perreira, SO, Mt Hood
Kendra De Hoog, SO, Blue Mountain

NWAACC Volleyball Coach of the Year: Beth Donnelly, Olympic

Olympic with their second place trophy
Olympic has their most successful season in the program’s 35 year history