Category Archives: volleyball


NWAACC: “Moving On and Upward”

Dear Commissioners:

Over the past three years as the NWAACC has continued to evolve and elevate as a conference, there have been some foundational principles that have guided the decisions of the conference.  Those principles are:

  • “Give more than what is expected”
  • “Give student-athletes the experience they deserve”
  • “Our service and support must be rooted in excellence”
  • “Our focus is on character, competition and community”
  • “Cultivate and develop the NWAACC brand”  


Today the NWAACC office is pleased to announce that the conference has a new logo(s) and has shorten the acronym NWAACC (Northwest Athletic Association of Community College) to NWAC (Northwest Athletic Conference).

Research has shown us that our logo was large and extremely difficult to transpose onto a variety of materials.  The new logo(s) should be easier to work with and simpler to transpose onto surfaces and materials.  Reducing the acronym from NWAACC to NWAC allows us to reduce the size, yet still allows the same verbalization that has been used for years.  The four stars represent the four regions that make up the NWAC.

We have a secondary logo that can be used as well on uniforms, caps and other items and second logo is attached for your use.  Following is the URL link to NWAC logos usage:

Due to these changes, we have made a change to the link of the NWAC home page.  The new address is

Today we begin to make the transition to a new logo(s) and a new acronym in our efforts to develop our conference brand.  The transition will take time as there are many items to work through.  Though the logo(s) and acronym may be new, we can still say “NWAC” and we will continue our commitment to elevate the conference by providing more than what is expected and give student-athletes the experience they deserve.

Marco Azurdia
Executive Director

Job announcement: Athletic Trainer – Walla Walla CC

Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) is accepting applications to fulfill the 10-month (academic year) role of Athletic Trainer. This position reports directly to the Athletic Director and is responsible to perform athletic training oriented tasks for all sports teams at Walla Walla Community College. The Athletic Trainer will also teach some athletic training related courses.

View complete job posting.

Volleyball Championship moves to Tacoma for next three years

May 20, 2014

VANCOUVER, WA–The Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges is pleased to announce that the 2014 NWAACC Volleyball Championships will be hosted by Pierce College and the Western Region in conjunction with the Tacoma South Sound Commission at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center in Tacoma, Washington.

The Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center is the second largest meeting location in the Pacific Northwest allowing the NWAACC to continue to offer tournament games on two courts simultaneously while showcasing high-level competition in one of the largest markets on the west coast. Pierce College and the Tacoma Convention Center were instrumental in coming together to offer a world-class experience to participating volleyball teams and colleges.

“The GTCTC offers more than 119,000 square feet of flexible event space for meetings, conferences, tradeshows and celebrations. Conveniently located just south of Seattle, 20 miles south of SeaTac Airport, close to I-5, within walking distance of two premium hotels and more options close by. (The GTCTC) is dedicated to protecting the environment through implementation of sustainability practices and green initiatives,” (

NWAACC Executive Director Marco Azurdia said, “The NWAACC is excited about this partnership as we continue in our endeavors to provide our student-athletes a first class championship experience. Pierce College, the NWAACC West Region, the GTCTC, and the Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission partnering together allows this to happen. It now about getting to work to run a first class event.”

The agreement between the NWAACC and the Tacoma South Sound Sports Commission calls for the tournament to run through the 2016 Volleyball season. Previously, Mt. Hood Community College served as host to the annual NWAACC Volleyball Championship. The NWAACC Volleyball Championship is a 16-team, double-elimination tournament held annually over four days in late November.

Big Bend hires Steve Duncan to coach Viking Volleyball

Steve DuncanBig  Bend  Community  College  has  hired  Steve  Duncan  as  head  volleyball 
coach,  according  to  Athletic  Director  Preston  Wilks.

Duncan has  moved  to  the  area  and  is  already  recruiting  for  the  Vikings.  He 
has  seven  players  returning  from  last  year’s  team  and  good  players  coming  to 
campus  for  visits.

“It  is  my  dream  job,  to  take  the  reins  of  my  own  team,”  said  Duncan,  who 
has  been  the  assistant  coach  for  several  successful  volleyball  programs.

Duncan  has  10  years  of  coaching  experience,  including  at  Eisenhower  and 
West  Valley  high  schools,  and  Yakima  Community  College.  The  teams  he  helped  coach  at  West  Valley  and  Eisenhower  had  five  state  berths  and  one  state 

He  was  an  assistant  coach  at  Central  Washington  University  when  the 
Wildcats  had  their  first  NCAA  tournament  berth  in  six  years

Duncan  received  awards  for  leadership  and  academic  excellence  while 
attending  CWU.  He  graduated  in 2012  with  a  Bachelor’s  Degree  in  Physical 
Education  and  School  Health

His hobbies  including  golf and  mountain  biking.  He  most  recently  worked 
for  the  Community  Services Department  of  the  City  of  Temecula  in  California.
He  is the founder  of  the Holwegner  Classic  Volleyball  Tournament,  an  outdoor 
doubles  tournament  that  raises  money  for  young  children  suffering  from  life 
threatening  ailments.

Duncan  replaces  Allison  Baker,  who  coached  Vikings  volleyball last year.

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

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