Former LCC head coach Donegal Fergus named UC Santa Barbara Baseball Associate Head Coach

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Former University of Washington assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Donegal Fergus has agreed to terms to become the associate head coach at UC Santa Barbara, head coach Andrew Checketts announced on Monday afternoon.

Fergus, a former assistant at Seattle University and head coach at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Wash., joins the UCSB staff after spending the past five seasons at the University of Washington.

“I am excited that Donegal and his family will be joining us,” Checketts said. “Donegal has a reputation as a relationship builder and is a proven winner with a pedigree of success. He will bring energy and experience with him and I look forward to working together to get the Gauchos back to the postseason and beyond”. 

Upon Fergus’ arrival to Washington following the 2013 season, the Huskies enjoyed one of their most successful stretches in program history. In 2014, Fergus’ first season as hitting coach, Washington snapped a 10-year postseason drought after going 41-17 and advancing to the NCAA Regionals. The Huskies also achieved their highest ranking in team history, reaching the No. 5 spot in the Baseball America, Perfect Game and Collegiate Baseball Poll.

Washington proceeded to advance to three NCAA tournaments in five seasons with Fergus on staff, including an appearance in the College World Series in 2018 after the Huskies won their first ever Super Regional.

“My family and I could not be more excited to join the Gaucho family,” Fergus said. “Coach Checketts and his family could not be more welcoming to my clan. I’m fired up by the opportunity to be at a place that combines incredible educational opportunities with progressive player development. Coach Checketts has shown that he can recruit and grow players as well as anyone in the country and I am honored to be a part of that and I can’t wait to get started!”

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Job announcement: Assistant Volleyball Coach – Edmonds Community College

Please Direct Inquires to:

Name: Tony Miranda, Head Volleyball Coach
Phone: 206.550.6671

Open until filled. Start date: July 31, 2018


The position will report to Tony Miranda, volleyball head coach. The assistant coach will be involved with all aspects of the Edmonds CC volleyball program.

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities will include, but not be limited to:

  • Assist in identifying and recruiting academically and athletically talented student-athletes for the program;
  • Playing experience and/or ability to teach the sport;
  • Assist in identifying and recruiting academically and athletically talented student-athletes for the program;
  • Strong organizational, management and communication skills with attention to detail;
  • Assist in practice planning and implementation;
  • Coach/teach athletes and assist with day-to-day activities;
  • Help maintain a competitive and successful program;
  • Comply with NWAC/ NCAA rules and regulations and support the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) and Edmonds CC Philosophy and Mission;
  • Promote program on campus and in the community (player volunteer work, camps, etc.);
  • Represent the College on and off the court in a positive fashion;
  • Drive a state vehicle (12 and 7 passenger van) to and from away contests;
  • Assist in fundraising efforts;
  • Organize and run team study halls;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications, Knowledge Needed

  • Playing experience and/or ability to teach the sport;
  • Strong organizational, management and communication skills with attention to detail;
  • Knowledge of the NWAC;
  • Able to attend practice/ training sessions at anytime of day on the campus of Edmonds Community College, and use personal transportation to travel to meetings and for scouting student-athletes;
  • Ability to demonstrate key technical competencies;
  • Coaching licenses from qualified association, and plan to obtain higher licenses;
  • Work is very physical;
  • Associate’s Degree minimum;


The assistant coaching stipend is $2,100 with the opportunity to earn more money by helping to organize and run camps, and with other job duties after hired.

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Spokane and Lower Columbia win 2018 Athletic Directors Cup

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The NWAC awards its Athletic Director’s Cup (Dr. Maury Ray Cup) to the school that performs the best in each of the conference’s 15 men’s and women’s regular seasons and championships.  Points are awarded in order of finish, equal to the number of teams that participate in each sport (i.e. 28 teams the scale would start at 28) and are averaged between a team’s regular season finish and its NWAC championship finish.  Teams that do not qualify for a postseason tournament, receive postseason points equal to their regular season finish.  Ties are not broken but instead are averaged between the tied teams.  Cups will be awarded to winners of two divisions (Large schools: 8-15 sports offered, Small schools: 1-7 sports offered).

At the conclusion of the sports year, the following are the season ending leaders:

Large School Division Points
1. Community Colleges of Spokane 156
2. Walla Walla Community College  112.5
3. Bellevue College     108.5
4. North Idaho College   107
5. Everett Community College 99
Small School Division Points
1. Lower Columbia College   102.5
2. Edmonds Community College 68.5
3. Centralia Community College 68
4. Peninsula College 67
5. Tacoma Community College  61.5

Portland standout KJ Bosco inks with Western Washington Men’s Basketball

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"KJ Bosco, a 6’7" Forward from Portland Community College has been offered a scholarship to continue his basketball career at Western Washington University, where he will be joined by fellow PCC teammate; Cameron Retherford. 

Over the course of his PCC tenure, KJ appeared in 60 games, averaging 13.4 points and 7 rebounds. His versatility allowed him to hit three-or-more 3-pointers in 9 games and shot 42% beyond the arc. 

PCC finished their season 26-6 and advanced the Final Four. Head Coach for the WWU Vikings stated; "We are thrilled about KJ and what he brings to this team. He is a very versatile player and has the ability to stretch the floor." 

Coach Rollman takes over Peninsula men’s basketball helm

PORT ANGELES – Peninsula College head men’s basketball coach Mitch Freeman announced today that he will continue his collegiate coaching career at Corban University, a private NAIA Division II Christian college of about 1,200 students in Salem, Oregon. Assistant coach Donald Rollman accepted the position as interim head coach for the Pirates for the 2018-19 season.

   Freeman completed his fifth year at Peninsula with a runner-up finish at the 2018 Northwest Athletic Conference Championship Tournament in March. He posted 88 wins against 55 losses in five years, reaching the playoffs four straight years and winning the North Region title in 2015-16.

   “We’re sad to see Mitch go. He’s been a model head coach,” said Rick Ross, Associate Dean for Athletics and Student Life, “but we also support our coaches with their careers and I know he’ll be successful as a head coach at the four-year level. Corban is a great fit for Mitch and his family. The Warriors will definitely benefit from all he brings to the table.”

   In the meantime, Peninsula’s assistant coach Donald Rollman has been preparing for this opportunity for six years.

   “Our normal process is to conduct an immediate national search for a new head coach and Athletic Development Coordinator, but we felt it was in the best interest of our players, our recruits, and the program to give Donald an opportunity,” Ross said. The former Bremerton High School three-sport athlete will serve both the coaching and fund-raising roles as an interim.

   Rollman was on the coaching staff at Olympic College in Bremerton from 2013 to 2016. He joined Coach Freeman’s staff in the fall of 2016 where he’s had a very positive impact on the program, working alongside Port Angeles native Brian Shirley, Peninsula’s other assistant. The Pirates had two straight runner-up finishes in the North Region and this year, the third best finish in Pirate basketball history, a second-place showing at the NWAC Tournament. Rollman has a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Central Washington University and a Master’s Degree in Athletic Administration and Coaching from Concordia University. In addition to coaching, he will serve as Athletic Development Coordinator, overseeing athletic scholarship fund raising efforts.

   “I am very excited to have the chance to lead this program,” Rollman said. “The opportunity to lead, coach, and help these young men succeed is one that I am very grateful for and to be able to do it at a place like Peninsula College and Port Angeles is special. My two years as an assistant here with Coach Freeman have been an unbelievable time of learning and growing that I will always keep with me and for that I am thankful. I can’t wait to get start this new adventure as head coach at Peninsula College. Go Pirates!”

   Meanwhile, Coach Freeman is excited about his new opportunity.

   “I want to thank Dr. Robins, Vice President Jack Huls, Athletic Director Rick Ross, and the entire Peninsula College community for supporting my family and I over the past five years,” Freeman said. “To all the players who have put on a PC Jersey, thank you for making Peninsula College a high caliber program that has competed at the top of the conference year in and year out. Lastly, to all the community businesses and families who helped me create additional resources for our student athletes, you are amazing.”

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Southern Region Announces Sportsmanship Team Award 2017-18

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NWAC Southern Region Sportsmanship Team Award 2017-18

The Southern Region Student-Athlete Sportsmanship Awards recognize student-athletes who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior.

Male – Kwan Carter –  Men’s Track and Field
Female – Sierra Lowe –  Volleyball

Male- Morgan Dugi – Baseball
Female – Mariah Hollenback –  Women’s Basketball, & Softball

Male – Isaiah sovereign –  Men’s Basketball
Female – Lulu Meksheneva –  Women’s XC & Track 

Male- Jimmy McDonald- Baseball
Female- Amber Lease- Women’s Basketball

Male-  Richard Mascarenas – Baseball
Female-  Sara Fanger – Volleyball 

Mt. Hood
Male – Conor Geiger – Men’s Basketball
Female – Erica Veltkamp – Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field

Men –  Juan Inzunza   – Men’s Soccer     
Female – Emily Turpin  – Women Basketball   

Male – Norberto Estrada – Men’s Soccer
Female – Ashley Fontanelli – Women’s Soccer

Southwestern Oregon
Male- James Walljasper-Men’s Basketball
Female- Anna Petras-Softball

Male – Connor Shaw  –  Men’s Basketball
Female – Taylor Stricklin  – Women’s Basketball

Job announcement: Head Softball Coach & Retention Specialist – Columbia Basin College

Columbia Basin College (“CBC” or the “College”) seeks a Retention Specialist/Head Women’s Softball Coach to provide educational planning and assistance to CBC students.  This position will provide a full range of academic advice and guidance in individual and group sessions, assist students experiencing academic difficulties and refer students to counseling professionals as appropriate.  In addition to Retention Specialist duties, this position is also responsible for the development and maintenance of a competitive women’s softball program within the guidelines of the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) and the College.  This position reports to the Associate Dean for Student Retention and Completion as well as the Director of Athletics for coaching responsibilities.

Closing Date: Open Until Filled (First consideration closes July 15, 2018 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time)

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Job Announcement: Athletic Department Intern – Everett Community College

The Athletic Department Internship is an 11-month, three phase program that offers a variety of learning outcomes. Our program provides a unique opportunity to learn and gain experience in multiple areas of a collegiate athletic department including but not limited to marketing, community partnerships, compliance, event management, fan experience, communications, and overall improvement of the student athlete experience.

Fall Phase (Late July – November) Preparation for academic year, Student Athlete Orientation Breakfast, fall sports of men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball.
Winter Phase (November – March) Winter sports of men’s and women’s basketball, NWAC Championship Basketball Tournament hosted by EvCC, preparation for spring sports.
Spring Phase (March – June) Spring sports of Baseball, Softball, and Track and Field

• Plan and coordinate EvCC game day operations and provide supervisory assistance with student workers
• Assist with game day set up of soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, and baseball games including scoretable, pressbox, tickets, concessions, and merchandise.
• Provide day to day office assistance in the areas of sports information, compliance, and travel.
• Assist in equipment purchasing and inventory
• Develop marketing strategies for athletic events to the EvCC campus & community through social media and other outlets
• Research and Update alumni database records
• Provide assistance in the planning and coordination of athletic events such as the fall student athlete orientation breakfast, NWAC Basketball Tournament, and Hall of Fame/Awards Banquet
• Work closely with coaches and athletic department staff to enhance the student athlete experience
• Plan and coordinate select intramural activities on campus
• Other duties as assigned

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Job Announcement: Head Women’s Basketball Coach – Whatcom Community College

The Head Coach for Women’s Basketball position provides leadership and direction for the Orca Women’s Basketball team. Reporting to the Associate Director for Athletics, the successful candidate will teach basketball skills at the collegiate level, hire qualified coaches to assist in the development of student athletes, develop, manage, and assess budgets and equipment adhering to Whatcom Community College athletic policies, and ensure academic and athletic eligibility of all Women’s Basketball student athletes. In collaboration with the Athletics Department and student athletes, the head coach is also responsible for fundraising for their program.

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NCAA Division I College World Series Begins Saturday With Strong NWAC Representation

College World Series Logo

The NCAA College World Series begins this week in Omaha, NE, and the NWAC has a record four players who will be on active rosters there.

Of the four, three are starters for their teams. Oregon State, the number three national seed, has two former NWAC players on their roster. Kyle Nobach, who began his career at Everett CC, is the Beavers’ designated hitter while  pitcher Dylan Pearce, from SW Oregon, has been a mainstay out of Oregon State’s bullpen with a 2-0 record and 3.62 ERA.

Making their first appearance ever in the College World Series, Washington features a duo from Bellevue College in hitters Joe Wainhouse and Mason Cerrillo.

Cerrillo led the Huskies this year in batting average was a second-team All-NWAC outfielder for the Bulldogs last year. Wainhouse, who hit 11 home runs earning first-team All-NWAC designated hitter honors at Bellevue, has already eclipsed that number by ripping 19 home runs batting cleanup for the Huskies this spring. 

The action begins this Saturday June 16 and can be followed here
and on ESPN.

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