Category Archives: volleyball

Job announcement: Assistant Athletic Director – Clark College

Clark College is currently accepting applications for a full-time, exempt Assistant Athletic Director. Under the supervision of the Athletic Director, this full position will oversee aspects of compliance and eligibility within the athletic department and with the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) policies and regulations, as well as game-day operations and website management.

Clark College is an equal opportunity employer. Protected group members are strongly encouraged to apply.  Clark College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, creed, disabled veteran status, marital status or Vietnam-era veteran status in its programs and activities. The college considers equal opportunity, affirmative action, and non-discrimination to be fundamental to the mission, goals, and objectives of the college. All faculty and staff hired at Clark College are encouraged to embrace, continually support and enhance diversity and equity on our campus and in our community. Questions regarding the College’s Affirmative Action Policy may be directed to the Director of Human Resources, (360) 992-2105.

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NWAC supports Wounded Warrior Project

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For the past five years the Northwest Athletic Conference has made a a community service project for their student-athletes an integral part of NWAC Championship Events.  These efforts support the conference’s endeavor to educate student-athletes on the importance of giving rather than receiving, to give more than what is expected, and helping others helps all. 

Over the years NWAC student-athletes have provided clothes, shoes, hygiene products, backpacks, fleece blankets, canned foods, and so much more.  By partnering with non-profit organizations in the cities that host NWAC championship events, NWAC student-athletes have provided some relief to those in need.

As the Northwest Athletic Conference continues in its service to use athletics as a way to support others, the NWAC is proud and honored to announce that at each 2016-2017 championship event, along with donating items to the community, NWAC will support Wounded Warrior Project and honor a veteran and his/her family. 

The honored veteran will take part in championship ceremonies and will serve as a guest at the championship events.  NWAC Executive Director, Marco Azurdia states, “Working with Wounded Warrior Project allows our student-athletes the chance to honor a veteran for his/her service which is a great lessoned to be learned and provides the veteran an opportunity to enjoy our student-athletes.”

NWAC and eTeamSponsor announce partnership

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Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) office is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with eTeamSponsor (ETS) that makes ETS the Official Fundraising Partner of the NWAC for the next three years. eTeamSponsor has a successful history working with athletic organizations, sport teams, and businesses raising money to support athletics.  To date, ETS has raised over $22,000,000 for their partners. 

According to Marco Azurdia, NWAC Executive Director, “The NWAC is excited about this partnership with ETS and it has been something we have been working toward for the past 14 months.  The skill, efficiency, and effectiveness that ETS provides can only benefit our institutions athletic programs, and ease the burden of fundraising for athletic directors and coaches.  They have been great to work with during this process.” 

“We are honored and proud to be chosen as the official fundraising partner of the NWAC,” says CEO Sean Connors.  “Having been administrators and coaches we understand the importance of successful fundraising and the challenges community colleges are facing. We take great pride in having raised over $3,500,000 for community college athletic programs and are committed to delivering best-in-class technology & campaign execution processes to NWAC member institutions for years to come.”

Since 2010 eTeamSponsor (eTS) has partnered with institutions to provide an automated crowdfunding solution that’s raised millions of dollars nationwide. They’ve been hailed as the missing piece for successful fundraising and complete transparency, connecting athletic department fundraising with advancement personnel.  Having pioneered automated crowdfunding for athletic programs at 2-year colleges, eTS aims to provide the most efficient and effective platform to meet the transparent needs of fundraising decision makers before, during and after their fundraising process.  Ultimately eliminating the inefficiencies, personal liability and financial risk of fundraising for good. eTS is committed to staying at the forefront of innovative technology and unparalleled client service to insure institutions reach their fundraising goals.

Longtime Yakima Valley Coach Al Rogers Passes

Al Rogers pictured with longtime friend and fellow coach Kathie Woods in April at the Clackamas CC Alumni Tournament.

From YVCC President Linda Kaminski:

"It is with a saddened heart that I share the news that we lost our friend, colleague, and longtime Head Volleyball Coach Al Rogers. Al passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday evening while visiting his family in Texas.

Al started coaching at YVC in 1978 and took over as head coach for women’s volleyball in 1988. He has received many awards and has had tremendous accomplishments in his years here at the college including NWAC East Region Coach of the Year in 1995, 2010, and 2013.

His team won NWAC East Region titles in the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons and he led the Yaks to 15 NWAC Championship Tournament appearances during his tenure.

Al was the 2001 recipient of the Wilber H Peck Referee Emeritus Award from USA Volleyball and the 1988 recipient of the Glen G Davis Award by USVBA for referee service to the game of volleyball.

Al participated in the 1984 Olympics as a line judge and served as the head official of the 1983 US Olympic Festival.

Al was an outstanding member of the YVC community and mentored countless students both on the court and in support of pursuing their educational goals.

His family is requesting privacy at this time. When more details are available we will share them with the college community.

Our thoughts are with his family."

NWAC Volleyball and Soccer Fall Sports Festival 2016

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VANCOUVER, WA – The Northwest Athletic Association (NWAC) is pleased to announce the NWAC Men’s and Women’s Soccer Friendlies has grown into a Fall Festival with the addition of NWAC Volleyball. 

The Soccer and Volleyball matches will be held at the Willamalane Center for Sports and Recreation located in Springfield, Oregon, August 27-28, 2016.

The NWAC is excited to be continuing its partnership with Willamalane Park and Recreation District, Eugene Cascades Coast Sports Commission, Lane Community College, and the City of Springfield in this one of a kind of event.    

Approximately 49 men’s and women’s soccer teams and 32 volleyball teams will kick off their season at Willamalane Sports and Recreation Center and at Lane Community College.

According to NWAC Executive Director, Marco Azurdia, "the Willamalane Recreation Center and the Eugene Cascades Coast Sports Commission were incredible hosts last year and we have always talked about growing this event and now with the inclusion of NWAC volleyball it is happening!"

Approximately over 1800 soccer and volleyball student-athletes and coaches will be competing in what is the opening event for their respective sports.  This is definitely the biggest athletic sporting event ever done by the NWAC. 

Azurdia added, "The NWAC is thrilled to provide this unique opportunity for our student-athletes and for the communities of Springfield and Eugene, Oregon.  At many of our major events, student-athletes from NWAC are involved in a community service project.  This year at the NWAC Fall Festival, member schools will be providing school supplies for the Brattain House to pass along to students in the Springfield area."

Joey Jewell, Eugene Cascades Coast Sports Commission Director of Sports Sales & Development commented, "This is a tremendous opportunity for all of Lane County and we are all extremely excited to be hosting this unique event.  For the first time ever, Volleyball has been added to increase the experience and overall feel for the 2016 NWAC Fall Festival.  It is important to the local community, student-athletes and their coaches that we put together a first class event with an exceedingly high experience.  Through the combined efforts of the NWAC, Lane Community College Athletic Department, Willamalane, the Brattain House, city of Springfield and the Eugene Cascades Coast Sports Commission we feel that goal has been accomplished."  

The estimated economic impact of the NWAC Fall Festival could be close to $598,000.

Another partner in this event is Hole in the Wall Catering.  According to Gary Rodgers, General Manager, "Hole in the Wall Catering is proud to be a sponsor of the NWAC Fall Festival again this year!  Events like this are great for our community and speaks to the good job that Eugene Cascades Coast Sports are doing for Lane County."

* Soccer matches will be played at Willamalane Sports and Recreation Center and Lane Community College and all volleyball matches will be at Willamalane

Mt. Hood Volleyball promotes Lissinna to head coach

photo of Kim LissinnaGresham, Ore. — Mt. Hood Community College has announced the hiring of Kimberly Lissinna as the new head coach of the MHCC Women’s volleyball program.

Lissinna served as the assistant coach the past two years for MHCC under head coach Andrew Clifton, who resigned from the program in March to become the head coach at the Oregon Institute of Technology.

Lissinna has already built an impressive resume of both coaching and playing. She was a four-year starter at Division I Weber State University from 2007-2010, and was captain of the team her senior year.

Following her graduation, she moved directly into coaching, taking an assistant position at Minot State University, and then moving to Charleston Southern University, where she served as Interim Head Coach from 2012-13.

She joined MHCC’s program in 2014 as an assistant coach where her responsibilities included evaluating and recruiting talent at the high school level. She also served as head coach for club volleyball programs, including the Athena Under 14 and Xtreme Under 16 club teams.

"Community colleges provide a unique opportunity to immediately impact players both on and off the court," said Lissinna.

The MHCC volleyball program has been one of the most respected and successful programs in the state, including eight first-place finishes in the last 11 years. But the program is coming off of back-to-back losing seasons.

In 2014-15, the program went a combined 24-51, following five straight southern region championships. In its 50 year history the MHCC volleyball program has had 44 winning seasons, going a combined 1349-482 (.736).

"I respect the tradition that Mt. Hood athletic department has prided itself on and would love to be a part of reinstalling this honor to the volleyball program," said Lissinna. "I am looking forward to working with the administration and student-athletes to create a positive change in my players’ lives."

Bellevue Volleyball duo of Jennings & Zubrod ink with 4-year universities

Bellevue College Volleyball has announced that Alana Jennings and Isabella Zubrod are moving on to four year universities to continue their athletic and academic careers. Both athletes helped lead the Bulldogs to a seventh place finish at the 2015 NWAC Volleyball Championship Tournament.

Alana Jennings
photo of Alana JenningsSophomore libero Alana Jennings has committed to NAIA Warner Pacific College.

Jennings lead the Bulldogs defensively with 8.67 digs per match and serve receive of 2.02.

During the season Jennings earned All-Tournament team at the Clackamas Crossover despite an injury during the last match of the tournament. Jennings also selected for the NWAC Volleyball Sophomore All-Stars North Region team.

"These last two years have been so much fun and I am really thankful because I have grown so much as a person and as a player," said Jennings.  "I am so happy to be able to continue my college career at Warner Pacific and continue doing what I love. I just thank my teammates and coaches for pushing me these last two years because without them I wouldn’t be where I am today,"

Jennings will finish her Associates degree at Bellevue College this spring and will enroll at Warner Pacific College this coming fall.

Isabella Zubrod
photo of Isabella ZubrodFreshman setter Isabella Zubrod has decided to continue her career at NCAA Div III Pacific Lutheran University.

Zubrod collected several awards in her one year at Bellevue including First team Northern Region, three Northern Region Player of the Weeks and All NWAC Setter of the Week for week four.

She was second in the conference in assists with 32.52 assists per match and a total of 943 assists on the season. Defensively Zubrod collected 35 blocks on the season and averaged 6.21 digs per match.

"The girls and coaching staff have been amazing here at Bellevue!," exclaimed Jennings. "It is sad that I am leaving, I have made a lot of memories here but I am looking forward to continuing my career at PLU."

Zubrod will finish the spring quarter at Bellevue and transfer to PLU for the fall.

Shoreline’s M’Kailah Redden Commits to Warner Pacific Volleyball

M'Kailah Redden in actionFormer Shoreline CC Volleyball stand out M’Kailah Redden has committed to Warner Pacific College in Oregon to continue her education and Volleyball career.

Redden played for the Dolphins during the 2013 and 2014 seasons and spent this past year completing her Associates degree from Shoreline.

As a player for the Phins Redden was named to the 2014 All-North Region 2nd team in her Sophomore season.

Shoreline’s Anya Golubitskikh commits to EWU

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Fresh off a dominating Sophomore season Dolphins’ Volleyball star Anya Golubitskikh has committed to continue her career at NCAA Divsion 1 Eastern Washington University.

Golubitskikh led the Phins with 3.15 Kills per game and an attack percentage of .311. Defensively she led the team with just under 1 block per game and 38 total blocks on the year.

Golubitskikh earned a number of honors in her sophomore season as she led the Phins to their first North Region title since 2011. She was named to the NWAC Championships All-Tournament team and the NWAC Volleyball All-Stars North Region First Team.

Golubitskikh will enroll at Eastern Washington this Spring to get a head start on preparation for next Fall. Congrats Anya!

Greg Finel takes the reins of Pierce Volleyball

Pierce College has announced the selection of Greg Finel as the new head coach for the Raider Volleyball program. Finel served as an assistant coach with the Raiders this past season, helping lead the team to their first appearance at the NWAC Championships since 2012.

Finel has coached club ball the past six years. He has been with the Lake Tapps Volleyball Club the past four years, and was with Above the Net for two years before joining LTVC.  His club teams have won two bids to participate at Nationals, and many of his players have earned college scholarships.  Finel is also an accomplished player and coach in beach volleyball.

"We are extremely fortunate to have Coach Finel take over the reins of the program," said Pierce Athletic Director Duncan Stevenson. "He provided a great deal of leadership this past season, in his role as assistant coach, and we see nothing but great things for the program in the year ahead.  His passion for the sport of volleyball, and his approach to developing the skills and abilities of young women in a positive team environment, are a formula for success for Raider Volleyball."

"I am truly excited about the opportunity to be named as the head coach of the Pierce College Volleyball program," said Finel.  "I look forward to developing the program, continuing our success from 2015, and growing our Raider Volleyball Family."

A native of Washougal, Washington, Finel attended at Clark College and Eastern Washington University.  He currently works as a branch manager for Randstad Staffing, and lives in Puyallup with his wife and their two sons.