TVCC men’s basketball head coach Ryan Zimmerman steps down

After six seasons as the head coach for Treasure Valley men’s basketball, head coach Ryan Zimmerman is stepping down, effective October 1, 2018.

“I appreciate the opportunity that I have been given to coach at the collegiate level. I will forever cherish the relationships that were cultivated over the past 6 ½ years with my players and fellow coaches. My time on the court working alongside them will be missed,” commented Ryan Zimmerman.

“I am excited about, and looking forward, to my future endeavors, helping support my family and spending more time with my family,” added Zimmerman.

Coach Ryan Zimmerman’s accomplishments

  • 86-80 overall record
  • NWAC East Region champions 2013-2014 season
  • NWAC East Region coach of the year honor
  • 2 NWAC Championship tournament appearances – both Consolation champions.

“I would like to thank coach Zimmerman for his hard work on and off the court at TVCC,” commented Director of Athletics, Ed Aronson.
“Not only did coach Zimmerman work hard on the floor, and was the only basketball coach to win a conference championship, but coach Zim took a lot of pride and hard work making sure his student athletes gave it their best in the class room,” added Aronson.

“Ryan was a very good recruiter and was extremely dedicated to Treasure Valley, and I would like to thank coach Zimmerman for his efforts and hard work,” said Aronson. “Ryan was a pleasure to work with, and I wish Ryan and his wife Patsy and young son, Walter, all the best.”

Joe Stegner, assistant coach with Zimmerman for the past four years, will take over as Interim Head Coach for the 18-19 season.

Under Armour Women’s Soccer Athlete of the Week – Week 6

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Samantha Oliveira, Harmony Magnet Academy / Porterville, CA., led Peninsula in scoring on the week with 4 goals in 2 shutout wins over Shoreline and Everett. The Pirates have rebounded to 8-2-1 and a #2 ranking after starting 0-2 on the season thanks in part to Oliveira’s play.

"Sam has been a great teammate all season," said Pirate head coach Kanyon Anderson. "She is always looking to help others out.  She is a fantastic soccer player and an even better person.  We feel very fortunate to have Sam playing for us at PC."


Under Armour Volleyball Athlete of the Week & NWAC Volleyball Athletes of the Week – Week 6

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Sandpoint High School Sandpoint, ID

In 10 sets last week, Neumann helped North Idaho to three wins in four days (3-0 over Big Bend, 3-0 over Columbia Basin, and 3-1 over Treasure Valley) in East Region play. Kayla totaled 50 kills on the week (14, 12, 24) with a 46% kill efficiency and ended with 33 digs (8, 13, 12) and a 98% serve efficiency. The Cardinals move to 5-1 in conference play and 17-7 overall.

“Kayla had an outstanding week for us,” said Cardinals head coach Kelsey Stanley. “She’s been fun to watch lately as she is getting better and better each week. The one thing about Kayla that is so special is that she has so much talent and still has so much more room to grow. Kayla is one of a kind in the NWAC and never scared of a challenge.“

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Regional Players of the Week – Week 6

Offensive: Carlee Rowell, Bellevue
Setter:  Haylee Hooper, Edmonds
Defensive: Mikkele Gallier, Olympic

Offensive: Kayla Neumann, North Idaho
Setter: Haylee Templeton, North Idaho
Defensive: Kacey Halbert, Walla Walla

Offensive:  Jocelyn Hillyer, Pierce
Setter: Hattey Smith, Pierce
Defensive: Mahie Kaawa, Highline

Offensive: Ally Tow, Linn Benton
Setter: Kailee Sorenson, Chemeketa
Defensive: McKenna Wilson, Umpqua

Under Armour Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week – October 4

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Sunset High School Springfield, OR

Event: 8k run; Mark: 25:14.7 at 44th Charles Bowles Willamette Invitational

"Andy Muha has resumed where he left off last season as the 2017 NWAC XC Champion with a very solid third place performance and PR at the Charles Bowles Invitational in Salem last weekend,” said Lane head coach Bill Steyer. “Andy’s strength and talents as a distance runner helped his team earn first place honors over a total of 19 teams in the race/event.
Andy’s drive and motivation and friendly demeanor are the characteristics we proudly associate with Titan successes.”

Portland Men’s Basketball suffers tragic loss

image of  Aaron Bell coaching from the bench

Portland Community College Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach Aaron Bell passed away Oct. 2, 2018, due to complications resulting from a heart attack.

Aaron was a member of the PCC coaching staff that led an incredible turnaround of the men’s program. Prior to being hired, PCC had a 1-49 win-loss record in the two previous seasons.

Bell’s hard work, leadership and infectious personality helped get the Panthers into contention immediately. The Panthers finished in 3rd place in the Southern Region his first year. The next year Bell helped guide the Panthers to a first place region finish and the 2013-14 NWAC Championship. Both achievements were the first in school history.

Bell graduated from Benson High School in 1986 then played two years of basketball at Grays Harbor Community College. From there he accepted a Division 1 scholarship to Weber State University.

Coach Bell will be missed by all.  

Lower Columbia alum Bud Black leads the Rockies to MLB Playoffs

Bud Black played two years of baseball at LCC before embarking on a career in college and major league baseball as a pitcher, coach and manager. 

Black still holds records at LCC as a left handed pitcher and his talent took him to San Diego State. 

Black pitched 15 years in the Major Leagues, including a world championship with the 1985 Kansas City Royals. Black then won a championship as pitching coach with the Los Angeles Angels.

Black was the manager of the San Diego Padres where he won NL Manager of the Year in 2011. He is currently the Manger of the Colorado Rockies. This is the second consecutive year the Rockies have made the playoffs.

Job announcement: Head Coach Women’s Golf – Grays Harbor

Grays Harbor College is accepting applications for Head Women’s Golf Coach. This position works with the Director of Athletics, NWAC athletic commissioners and campus departments to ensure compliance with all NWAC rules and regulations in areas including but not limited to: recruiting, eligibility, schedules, travel and preparing athletes for competition. 

View full job description and application information.

NWAC Spotlight: Yitagesu Dowty, South Puget Sound Community College Men’s Soccer Player

By Emily Masseth, NWAC intern

Yitagesu playing soccer for South Puget Sound CC
About Yitagesu
I started playing soccer at a very young age in Ethiopia – this is all we did all day long. We used to make our own soccer balls and we played street soccer with friends until night time. The first time I came to America I was 11 years old. When I was a sophomore in high school I was drawing in one of my classes and one of the ladies asked to see my art. She was very impressed with what I had been creating so she told me to keep it up and that gave me the motivation to do more. Art is my home it helps me express myself, calms me down, it shows who I am and my story.

Who is your greatest influence?
My family and friends.

What advice do you have for incoming student-athletes?
Be yourself because all you need is in you.

What is one challenge or obstacle that you have had to overcome in order to get where you are today?
Losing my parents at a young age.

What is something you enjoy doing outside of your athletic pursuits?
Listening to music and making art pictures. I also enjoy reading the Bible. Listening to T.D. Jakes.

What are your plans after you graduate?
To become a professional artist and build an art school for kids. Also to make a cartoon movie of my life using my art.

Name one fun fact about yourself:
I am from Ethiopia.

The Olympian article where Yitagesu showed his art at the Fall Arts Walk:

Yitagesu’s artwork is hosted in Orca Books, the largest independent bookstore in Olympia:

Follow Yitagesu’s journey with SPSCC Men’s Soccer:

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