Category Archives: volleyball

Clackamas Volleyball sends eight on to 4-yr universities

Cougs transfer 8 of the 2014 team to continue their education and play volleyball at the next level

photo of Coach Woods and her transferring sophomores in the CCC gym
Coach Woods with her transferring sophomores – pictured from left to right: Celena Maxwell, Sierra VeraCruz, Bre Gibbons, Coach Woods, Megan Minke, Hannah Olson & Taylor Balkan.

Clackamas Head Coach Kathie Woods announced that several Cougars are going on to 4-yr universities next season, "I am so very proud of my Cougars as they have worked hard to prepare themselves for the next level, both academically and in volleyball.  All 6 of the sophomores that played this year have earned scholarships to play at the next level. 

Setter and team captain Taylor Balkan was first to sign at Valley City State University in North Dakota; outside hitter Celena Maxwell signed with Northwest Christian in Eugene, OR.   Libero and team captain Sierra VeraCruz signed with Oklahoma Baptist University. Middle blocker Hannah Olson inked with Corban University in Salem, OR.

And just this week Southern Region MVP and outside hitter Bre Gibbons and middle blocker Megan Minke each signed a letter of intent with Keiser University in West Palm Beach, Florida."

"These girls received scholarships and I just couldn’t be happier and more proud of them. I am so glad I will be retiring as I will need the time to try and see as much volleyball as I can from them!" Expressed a retiring & proud Woods, who skippered CCC squads the past 32 years.

Additionally, two freshmen, who had planned on transferring only for educational purposes, have changed their minds about playing next year. Setter Natalie James will walk on at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR and right side hitter Cassidy Scott will play at George Fox University in Newberg, OR. 

Added Woods, "I can’t wait to juggle my schedule around and see if I can catch everyone in action, not to mention watch next year’s Cougar team play!".

Job announcement: Head Volleyball Coach – Wenatchee Valley College

Posted: May 19, 2015
Closes: open until filled

This is a part-time position that works with the athletic director, NWAC athletic commissioners and campus departments to ensure compliance with all NWAC rules and regulations in areas including but not limited to: fundraising, recruiting, eligibility, schedules, travel, and preparing student athletes for competition.

Part-time, non-benefit-eligible position with an annual coaching stipend of $5,700.

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Pierce announces Shawnna Shula as new head volleyball coach

photo of Shawnna ShulaPierce College is pleased to announce the selection of Shawnna Shula as the new head coach for the Raider Volleyball program.

Shula has deep roots in the local volleyball community, playing her high school ball at Fife High School for her aunt, hall of fame coach Jan Kirk.

Shula helped lead the Trojans to the 1995 3A State Championship, was selected to the 1995 All State Team, and was named SPSL 3A league MVP in 1994 and 1995. 

She went on to play at St. Martin’s University for four years, where she earned All NAIA First Team honors in 1999 and 2000.  She was a 3-year team captain for the Saints and set the career record for assists.

Shula has been coaching at the club level for much of the past 14 years.  She was the varsity head coach at Bethel High School in 2013, and returned to her alma mater as the head coach at Fife High School from 2010-1012, leading the Trojans to the league title in 2010, and a berth in the State tournament.

“I am honored and humbled to be the next head coach of the Raider Volleyball program.  I am very passionate about volleyball and I am excited to start the next chapter of this great program.  I believe that with hard work, dedication, and passion, the Raider Volleyball program will grow to be a successful and dominant program in the NWAC.”

Joining Shula on the Raiders sideline will be long time coaching associate Greg Finel.

Coach Shula currently works as an Educational Assistant with the Fife School District. She graduated from St. Martin’s University with degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology.

“We are very excited to have Shawnna join our staff, and look forward to great things from the Raider Volleyball program in the season ahead,” said Pierce athletic director Duncan Stevenson.

Olympic College appoints Jaymie Cox to lead Ranger Volleyball into 2015 season

Jaymie CoxOlympic College is pleased to announce the hiring of Jaymie Cox as the new Volleyball Coach/Recreation and Athletic Specialist.

“Jaymie will be a positive addition to our athletic and recreation departments,” says Olympic Athletic Director Barry Janusch says, “This is her first college head coaching position and we know she will work hard to keep OC at the high level we have achieved these past few years.  She has a great knowledge of the game and demonstrates the passion and work ethic it takes to be successful.  Her vast sports information background will help both Athletics and Recreation with all aspects of social media and event promotions.”

“Jaymie will be an immediate asset for the Rangers of Olympic College,” says former OC Volleyball Coach Beth Donnelly, “Her experience and involvement in the NWAC makes her a great fit for the position.  I feel that the program will be in the most capable hands.  I wish her and OC all the luck in the upcoming seasons.”

Jaymie graduated from Lewis & Clark College with her Bachelors in Communication and will graduate this fall from a dual degree program at the United States Sports Academy with a Masters of Sport Science in both Sport Coaching and Sport Management.   

She has most recently worked at Shoreline Community College where she was the Facilities, Equipment, and Event Coordinator.  She also works for the NWAC office as the Sports Information Assistant.  

NWAC announces Hall of Fame Class of 2015

NWAC Hall of Fame Banner

The NWAC Executive Board has announced the 2015 Hall of Fame inductions. 
The following teams & individuals have been approved to be inducted into the NWAC Hall of Fame on June 4, 2015:

1983 Wenatchee Valley Football Team
1986 Walla Walla Football Team

Sam Brasch, Spokane
Anthony Davis, Spokane
Curt Didier, Columbia Basin
Mike Fitzpatrick, Columbia Basin
Mike Rice, Spokane
Vic Wallace, Spokane

Hall of Fame inductions are selected on a regional rotation. This year’s Hall of Fame will take place at the Red Lion Hotel in Pacso, Washington.

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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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
David Guerrero 3.50 Chemeketa Men’s Soccer
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 Men’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.

Blue Mountain’s Linke named Baden 2014 Volleyball Athlete of the Year

Sierra Linke

Today the Northwest Athletic Conference office is pleased to announce that Sierra Linke, sophomore from Blue Mountain Community College is the Baden Athlete of the Year for NWAC Volleyball. 

Linke had an outstanding season and career culminating in two consecutive Eastern Region league titles, two consecutive NWAC Volleyball championships, and was named the MVP of the Eastern Region and the 2014 NWAC Volleyball Championship Tournament

Linke, an outside hitter for the Timberwolves led BMCC in kills per set at 3.46 and recorded the most kills in the conference with 273.

Carlson steps down as Raider Volleyball coach

022210_carlson[1]Raider Head Volleyball Coach, Doug Carlson, has announced his decision to step down as the Head Coach of the Raider Volleyball program, effective immediately. 

Carlson, who  just completed his fifth season with the Raiders, cited his desire to spend more time with his wife and three teen-aged sons, for his decision to leave the program.

Under Carlson, the Raiders compiled an overall record of 80 wins and 100 losses.  His 2012 squad qualified for the NWAACC Volleyball Championship Tournament in 2012, when the Raiders finished the regular season with and 8-4 record (21-17 overall), good for Third Place in the West.  

Carlson’s .444 winning percentage makes him the third most successful coach in program history.  In his five seasons, he coached six West Region All-Stars, with six of his players earning All-Academic recognition for their performance in the classroom.

“It’s been a great five-year run, and I’ve enjoyed my time working with the young women in our program,” Carlson said.  “I’ll miss the daily practices, and the process of building the team each season.  Coaching at this level is a special privilege, and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity.”

Head Coach Doug Carlson making adjustments during a timeout.
Head Coach Doug Carlson making adjustments during a timeout.

Carlson will continue in his position as the Facility Operations Manager for the Health Education Center at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom.