Men’s Basketball RPI Rankings – January 13

Men’s RPI will be updated each week. Only games vs. NWAC opponents are included in the rankings.

2018-2019 NWAC Men’s Basketball RPI Rankings
as of Sunday, January 13
1 Edmonds 14 0.590
2 Everett 15 0.581
3 North Idaho 6 0.579
4 Clackamas 12 0.565
5 South Puget Sound 15 0.561
6 Spokane 15 0.558
7 Green River 14 0.548
8 Big Bend 11 0.546
9 Lane 9 0.544
10 Centralia 17 0.543
11 Highline 16 0.538
12 Umpqua 10 0.537
13 Whatcom 13 0.529
14 Clark 10 0.524
15 Bellevue 14 0.517
16 Lower Columbia 14 0.496
17 Linn-Benton 13 0.496
18 Walla Walla 15 0.496
19 Skagit Valley 14 0.494
20 Peninsula 16 0.487
21 Pierce 16 0.483
22 Yakima Valley 15 0.482
23 Portland 11 0.478
24 Treasure Valley 8 0.470
25 Chemeketa 9 0.468
26 Shoreline 13 0.451
27 Olympic 15 0.446
28 Tacoma 17 0.436
29 Grays Harbor 10 0.434
30 Columbia Basin 13 0.427
31 Wenatchee Valley 8 0.423
32 SW Oregon 12 0.411
33 Mt. Hood 14 0.404
34 Blue Mountain 11 0.403

Blue Moutain’s Humphreys Steps Down From Coaching

Timberwolf Volleyball Head Coach Jessica Humphreys has resigned from her coaching position in order to have more time with her family. Jessica will continue to be a faculty member in BMCC’s nursing program.

Jessica said she is “very grateful for the opportunity to have coached BMCC volleyball and helped this program grow to become a thriving, championship (5) program, setting NWAC records and putting our volleyball program on the map.”

Jessica said she will “miss the opportunity to be a mentor for the student-athletes navigating the challenges of leaving home, and promoting academic, mental and spiritual growth.”

Thank you to Jessica for her many years of dedication to BMCC volleyball! BMCC plans to post the position next week to hire a replacement.

Jon announcement: Head Volleyball Coach – Blue Mountain Community College

Job Description:

The Head Coach is responsible for coaching and recruiting students for assigned athletic event.  Behaves and conducts work processes in a manner consistent with the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) coaching standards and the College’s guiding principles. Performs all functions and activities within the guidelines and philosophy set forth in the BMCC Mission, Vision and Strategic Plan.

Essential Functions:

Provides quality coaching and instruction to students participating in women’s Volleyball program; develops, implements, and teaches related training session and techniques.

Recruit student athletes in accordance with NWAC athletic regulations, conference and college values, and commitment to student success.

Recruit and maintain full roster sizes in accordance with BMCC athletic department goals.

Supervise student athletes on trips and onsite during all program related practices, games, and functions.

Creates, maintains and retains records on students, including, but not limited to, athletic eligibility, budgets, transportation.

Work cooperatively with the Assistant Athletic Director and Athletic Success Coach to monitor grades, retention rates, eligibility and required study hall hours.

Work cooperatively with the Director of Athletics, Outreach and Student Life to develop sports schedules; budgets; transportation, housing and meal arrangements; fundraising activities and related tasks.

In collaboration with the Director of Athletics, Outreach and Student Life, select qualified assistant coaches and/or volunteers.

Serve as role model to assist the team members in developing and displaying appropriate attitudes, sportsmanship and behavior expected of athletic teams and individuals representing BMCC.

Provide post-season evaluation of all players.

Establish a 12-month calendar of training, scrimmages and, schedules (on and off season) in coordination with the Director of Athletics, Outreach and Student Life, with the goal to maximize student athlete potential.

Participate in Athletic department meetings as scheduled by the Director of Athletics, Outreach and Student Life.

Facilitate team-sponsored fund-raising throughout the year as approved by the Director of Athletics, Outreach and Student Life.

Behaves in a manner that is consistent with the NWAC codebook, including but not limited to: NWAC coach’s code of conduct, coaches standards and procedures, job responsibilities, and Concussion Management.  

Follow all BMCC guidelines, administrative procedures, and policies surrounding athletics and specific to BMCC Athletic Trainer.

Promote BMCC athletic programs in our community college district.

Perform other duties as assigned.

View full job description and application information.

Centralia College names Clarence Gundersen as new soccer coach

image of Clarence Winter

Centralia College has selected Clarence Gundersen to be the new head coach of the Trailblazers women’s soccer team for the 2019 season. Gundersen replaces Horst Malunat, who resigned at the end of the 2018 season after three seasons of dedicated service.

Gundersen has coaching experience at the high school and semi-pro levels and athletic training experience at the collegiate level. He has coached the boys’ soccer team at Centralia High School for the last four years and, in 2017-18, he coached the Twin City Union’s women’s semi-pro team.

In addition to his work on the field, Gundersen works full-time in the TRIO program at Centralia College. TRIO is a federally-funded program that helps middle and high school students pursue higher education. He’s been with that program for four years.

Gundersen said his goals are to create a respectful, positive and healthy learning environment for his players, improve technical skills, and conditioning, and foster positive mental attitudes and good sportsmanship.

“My coaching staff and I are committed to helping players become the best they can be, both on and off the field,” he said. “It is our goal to fuel our players’ passions for a lifetime, and we are committed to service and all the work it will take to make it happen…In addition, I promote a positive environment that supports academic success and assists student-athletes with achieving their academic goals. I am a firm believer that education is investment in oneself. I believe it is important to develop well-rounded students because athletic success cannot be achieved without academic success.”

Gundersen believes Centralia College is positioned to become a premiere destination for athletes across the region.

The women’s soccer team will begin training this spring. Games start in August.

Job announcement: Head Women’s Basketball Coach – Portland Community College

Portland Community College is seeking a Head Coach for the Women’s Basketball Program, based out of our Cascade Campus.  This part-time position reports to the Director of Athletics and works with campus departments, and athletic commissioners to ensure compliance with all NWAC rules. The program is seeking a coach with a history of winning records, and producing academically successful student athletes. The part-time position reports to the Director of Athletics and receives a stipend of ($6,000). 

This position closes on Friday, February 8, 2019 

View full job description and application information.

Under Armour Men’s Basketball Athlete of the Week – Week 6

Kai Warren Under Armour photo Click to enlarge image


Marqus Gilson, Westlake HS / Salt Lake City, UT., averaged 19.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per games to go with 3 assists and 4 blocks in wins over Whatcom and Everett.

"Marqus Gilson has been our team leader all year long. said Trailblazer head coach Jason Moir. "He is absolutely one of the best young men I have coached. On the court, he averages 20 point and 9 rebounds per game, but it is leadership off the court that deserves recognition. Marqus maintains a very good GPA in the academically demanding Associate of Science – Pre-Pharmacy program. This achievement inspires his teammates to also excel in the classroom. In addition to his challenging athletic and class schedules, Marqus works 15 hours each week, splitting his time between working with incarcerated students and underrepresented high school students. Marqus is a humble young man with high character and a strong moral compass; he is a natural, all-around leader."

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

Jessica Cheney Under Armour photo

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Jessica Cheney, White Swan HS / White Swan, WA., averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds per game to go with her 5 assists and 3 steals in wins over Spokane and Yakima Valley.

“What makes Jessica’s stats stand out is that she got them against two very good Eastern Region defensive teams, said warrior head coach Bobbi Hazeltine. "Jessica is a very good shooter, but she also gets her points in other ways, which makes her an all-around solid offensive player. The biggest surprise contribution we are getting from Jess is her rebounding.  She is putting up big rebounding numbers for being 5’7, and she showed that this week in two tough games."


NWAC – Under Armour Women’s Basketball Coaches Poll – January 9

NWAC - Under Armour Coaches Poll

JANUARY 9, 2019
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Lane 2-0, 14-1 78 (7) 1
2. Big Bend 2-0, 13-2 63 (1) NR
3. Wenatchee Valley 1-0, 12-2 42 7
4. Walla Walla 2-0, 12-3 37 NR
5. Mt. Hood 2-0, 11-4 32 8
6. North Idaho 1-1, 10-4 21 6
7. Umpqua 0-1, 11-3 15 2
8. Whatcom 0-0, 8-4 11 NR
Also receiving votes: Clackamas 3, Columbia Basin 3, Spokane 3, Grays Harbor 2, Lower Columbia 2

NWAC – Under Armour Men’s Basketball Coaches Poll – January 9

NWAC - Under Armour Coaches Poll

JANUARY 9, 2019
Record (Region, Overall)
1. North Idaho 2-0, 13-2 80 (8) 1
2. S. Puget Sound 0-0, 13-2 49 2
3. Clackamas 2-0, 12-2 45 NR
4. Spokane 2-0, 11-4 39 6
5. Lane 1-1, 12-2 37 3
6. Highline 0-0, 13-2 17 NR
7. Bellevue 0-0, 9-4 15 7
8. Lower Columbia 0-0 10-4 11 5
Also receiving votes: Big Bend 8, Green River 4,
Centralia 3,
Edmonds 3, Umpqua 1


A Bellevue Softball tradition: Giving back to the community!

The Bellevue Softball Team took time out of their busy fall schedules and the hectic holiday season to help in the local community!

On Sunday, November 18, the Bulldogs assisted with the annual Yulefest Celebration in Ballard, WA.  The Yulefest is an event celebrating the traditions of the Scandinavian community of Ballard.  The team helped sell tickets, serve food, buss tables and assist with the fundraising efforts off the Nordic Heritage Museum.

The Bulldogs continued to help promote the spirit of the holiday’s by hanging Christmas lights for seniors in Maple Valley (see photo attached) and Greenwood on December 2nd and December 7th.  The efforts brought light, festiveness and smiles to the faces of the community!

Said Bellevue head coach Leah Francis, "Service to our community continues to be an extremely important part of our program and has an impact way beyond the softball field; is important year-round, but especially during the holiday season, when our efforts can help bring a bit of hope and happiness to those around us!" 

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