NWAC – Under Armour Women’s Soccer Coaches Poll – October 20

NWAC - Under Armour Coaches Poll


OCTOBER 20, 2017
Record (Region, Overall)
1. Peninsula 12-0-0, 15-0-0 76(6) 1
2. Walla Walla 12-0-0, 16-0-1 60(1) 3
3. Highline 10-0-1, 13-0-1 56(1) 2
4. Clark 9-0-1, 10-2-1 37 4
5. Spokane 9-2-1, 11-4-1 29 5
6. Tacoma 8-1-2, 11-4-2 24 6
7. North Idaho 10-2-0, 12-4-0 19 8
8. Lane 7-3-0, 8-5-2 10 NR
Also receiving votes: Bellevue 1

Next Poll: NOVEMBER 3

NWAC – Under Armour Volleyball Coaches Poll – October 20

NWAC - Under Armour Coaches Poll


OCTOBER 20, 2017
Record (Region, Overall)
1. North Idaho 11-0, 21-5 74(5) 2
2. Chemeketa 8-1, 14-4 54(2) 5
3. Linn-Benton 8-1, 23-5 48(1) 1
4. Clark 7-2, 22-4 35 4
5. Columbia Basin 11-1, 19-5 33 3
6. Bellevue 7-1, 24-11 27 7
7. Pierce 8-1, 25-8 20 8
8. Walla Walla 7-4, 22-14 12 NR
Also receiving votes:  Spokane 4, Edmonds 3, Lower Columbia 2


Under Armour Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week – Week 5

Andy Muha Under Armour imageCLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE

Sunset HS • Beaverton, OR

Event: 8 Kilometer Cross Country; Mark: 25:20.1 at Wes Cook George Fox XC Classic

"Andy set a new PR of 25:20 last Saturday at the Wes Cook Invite (George Fox) and finished in 6th place overall, said Lane head coach Bill Steyer. "Andy, along with help from Michael Martin (1st Place) and Moises Martinez (7th Place), helped his team to a second place finish. Andy’s successes have been the result of much dedication and daily hard work."

Under Armour Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week – Week 5


Battle Ground HS • Battle Ground, WA

Event: 5 Kilometer Cross Country; Mark: 19:40.8 at Wes Cook George Fox XC Classic

"Lizzye ran a lifetime PR," said Clark head coach Bob Williams. "She ran a very smart race and finished strong. She still has a lot of potential for growth and I look forward to seeing her development."

Under Armour Men’s Soccer Player of the Week – Week 8

Aaron Byrne Armour Player of the Week graphic Click to enlarge image


Aaron Byrne, Everett HS/Everett, WA, has been a force in the front line for the Trojans. On the week, Byrne scored three goals and an assist to keep the Everett playoff hopes alive. He is is the league’s top scoring threat with 16 goals on the season and has amassed 35 points.

"Aaron is a very Dynamic player he is strong fast and a threat in front of goal." said EVCC head coach Erik Cruz. "His hard work in and out of practice have shown on the field by scoring in almost every game that he has played in."

Under Armour Women’s Soccer Player of the Week – Week 8

Sarah Under Armour Player of the Week graphic Click to enlarge image


Sarah Reiber, Davis HS/Yakima, WA, has been a key factor on defense for the undefeated Pirates (11-0-0, 15-0-0). Peninsula has only surrendered 6 goals on the season which is the second best defensive team performance on the season. Reiber has also contributed to the potent offense with 5 assists on the year.

"Sarah is a strong, dedicated defensive mid who wins the ball back and covers for teammates well," said PC head coach Kanyon Anderson. "She does the important things that often go unnoticed and she does them really well."

Under Armour Volleyball Player of the Week & NWAC Volleyball Players of the Week – Week 8

Kyrsten Whitmore Under Armour Player of the WeekClick to enlarge image


Kiona-Benton High School Benton City, WA

In 11 sets last week, Whitmore had 30 Kills on a 41% kill efficiency, 13 blocks and 2 aces.

"Kyrsten hit the ball successfully across the entire net," said CBC head coach Tim Davison. "She worked extremely hard from pin to pin on her blocking assignments. Her zero tempo attacks in the middle were seldom touched."

NWAC Players of the Week photo collageClick to enlarge image

NWAC Players of the Week – Week 8
Offensive: Kyrsten Whitmore, Columbia Basin
Setter: Peyton Timmons, Centralia
Defensive: Nicolle Duryea, Centralia

Regional Players of the Week – Week 8

Offensive: Averi Dyer, Bellevue
Setter: Megan Rogers/Railey Holst, Bellevue
Defensive: Julia Clark, Shoreline

Offensive: Kyrsten Whitmore, Columbia Basin
Setter: Brooke Swanson, Columbia Basin
Defensive: Rachel Leshikar, North Idaho

Offensive: Ryleigh Burdick, Pierce
Setter: Peyton Timmons, Centralia
Defensive: Nicolle Duryea, Centralia

Offensive: Ashlyn Huntington, Mt.Hood
Setter: Jane Cale, Chemeketa
Defensive: Kyrie Keffer, Umpqua

Big Bend and Walla Walla win 2016-2017 Presidents Cup for Academic Excellence

Presidents Cup Graphic Students in Uniforms and Grad Caps

The NWAC office is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 NWAC Presidents Cup winners:  Walla Walla Community College Warriors (Frank Bosone Division) and Big Bend Community College Vikings (Dick McClain Division).

This is the second time WWCC has won the President’s Cup in the last five years and BBCC is a three-time winner winning in 12-13, 15-16, and 16-17. 

The Presidents Cups are awarded to institutions based on the academic performance of their athletic teams.  Points are awarded for student-athletes who complete 36 credits, 72 credits, complete a certificate, and or degree completion.  Student-athletes GPA determine amount of points awarded.  

The conference awards one cup to institutions who offer eight or more sports and one cup awarded to institutions who offer seven or fewer sports.   

Congratulations to the student-athletes, coaches, administrators, faculty and support staff at Walla Walla Community College and Big Bend Community Colleges on their academic accomplishments!

Former Clark AD Charles Guthrie named AD at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

UW-Green Bay Names Charles Guthrie Ninth Athletics Director in Program History

10/17/2017 2:00:00 PM UW-Green Bay

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Charles Guthrie has been named the ninth Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Chancellor Gary L. Miller announced on Tuesday. Guthrie, an athletics administrator with over 15 years in collegiate athletics, has spent the last three years as the Director of Athletics at San Francisco State and will begin the new role on November 6. A press conference to introduce Guthrie to the Green Bay community will be held on Thursday, November 2 at 4 p.m. in the Special Events Room at the Kress Events Center. 

6940As Green Bay’s Director of Athletics, Guthrie will oversee a department offering 16 intercollegiate sports, serving 250 student-athletes and having reached tremendous heights in recent years. He will report directly to Chancellor Miller and serve on his senior leadership team.

“We are delighted to welcome Charles Guthrie to the UW-Green Bay community as Athletic Director,” said Miller. “Charles brings exactly the right expertise in NCAA athletics to move an already fantastic program to even higher levels. We were especially impressed with his strong community spirit, ability to work with coaches and staff, understanding of today’s complex NCAA environment, track record with compliance and his overall love of higher education, sports and student athletes.”

Since joining San Francisco State, an NCAA Division II institution sponsoring 12 athletic programs, Guthrie has been responsible for strategic planning, implementing, coordinating and assessing core components of external relations, internal operations and compliance with a primary focus on the student-athlete experience, staff and coach development, and fundraising.

During Guthrie’s tenure, the Gator’s program has transformed into one of the premier programs in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), overseeing substantial increases in sponsorship, ticket sales, and fundraising revenue. Annual giving doubled during his tenure and Guthrie was also successful in securing a $2 million gift, the largest one-time individual gift to San Francisco State athletics.  

Under Guthrie’s leadership, a five-year strategic business plan focused on Title IX compliance, scholarship enhancement and facilities improvement was created. Facility improvements since his arrival have included a $2 million gymnasium renovation featuring new bleachers, team rooms, and an expanded athletics training room.

Guthrie has demonstrated his commitment to student-athletes, helping the Gator’s 270 student-athletes excel in the classroom and prepare for life after graduation. Since arriving at San Francisco State, more than 200 student-athletes have achieved CCAA all-academic honors and SF State has maintained a 70% graduation rate. Additionally, the 2016-17 Gators had a record-breaking year in the classroom – 72 student athletes were named to the CCAA All-Academic team and generated a department-wide GPA above 3.2.

The Gators continued to build on its competitive success during the 2016-17 season, highlighted by an NCAA National Championship in the outdoor 4x400m and 11 All-American honors for the women’s track and field team. Additionally, men’s basketball made their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1993-94 and men’s soccer finished with their best league record since joining the CCAA in 1998. Women’s soccer posted back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since the 2001-02 campaign.  During the 2015-16 season, the Gators did not have a single team finish in last place in their respective conference standings, in doing so, San Francisco State finished tied for seventh in the Robert J. Hiegert Commissioner’s Cup Standings, their highest finish ever in the CCAA.

“I’m humbled and honored to assume the responsibility of leading Green Bay athletics into a new era,” said Guthrie. “I am grateful to Chancellor Miller and the members of the search committee for their confidence in me to lead Phoenix Athletics to new heights. This is a tremendous opportunity to advance athletics excellence at UWGB commensurate with a tireless commitment to all aspects of the educational experience – all with a ‘Student First’ approach. I look forward to working with the coaches, faculty, staff and Green Bay community in advancing the Phoenix program.”

Prior to arriving at San Francisco State, Guthrie spent three years as the Director of Athletics at Clark College (Vancouver, WA). At Clark College, Guthrie implemented annual and major gift fundraising campaigns, created and executed a three-year strategic plan, and secured funding to support gymnasium renovations, new scoreboards in all athletics facilities and a new on-campus softball field.

Over the course of nearly two decades, Guthrie has also spent time in athletic and advancement roles at Cal State LA, California State – San Marcos, UC San Diego, Columbia University, Colgate University, and Eastern College Athletic Conference.
Guthrie attended the prestigious Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University earning his bachelor’s degree in political science and his master’s in education administration and policy studies from the University at Albany. He also participated in the NCAA Fellows Leadership Development Program class of 2003-04.

About the Green Bay Phoenix
The Green Bay Phoenix sponsor 16 intercollegiate sport programs and 250 student-athletes. The Phoenix has made NCAA tournament appearances in men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s tennis, men’s soccer, volleyball and softball in recent years. In the classroom, Phoenix student athletes annually rank among the Horizon League’s best, highlighted by 35-straight semesters of a department wide 3.0 GPA or better and a recent No. 1-in-the-nation GPA ranking for women’s basketball and women’s cross country.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to 7,158 students. The University transforms lives and communities through exceptional and award-winning teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities and a problem-solving approach to education. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.


Mark Murphy, President and CEO, Green Bay Packers: “I’m really excited for Charles. He and I worked together at Colgate over twenty years ago and I have followed his career closely since then. What he has accomplished during his career is truly remarkable. UWGB is getting an extremely talented, experienced athletic director who will have an immediate positive impact on the University. The future of UWGB’s athletics program will be very bright under his leadership.”

Les Wong, President, San Francisco State: “Charles is a passionate and talented athletic director. He has helped lay the foundation for the Division II program at San Francisco State University to be successful far into the future. During his tenure, both our men’s basketball and women’s track and field teams had their best seasons in decades. Charles is most proud of the academic success of our student athletes, who graduate on time with team GPAs 3.0 and above. I am confident in Charles’ abilities, and I know he is ready to lead the Division I athletics program at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.”

Sean T. Frazier, Director of Athletics, Northern Illinois: “Congratulations to UW-Green Bay on a fantastic hire in Charles Guthrie as their new AD! I have known Charles for many years and have watched his successful progression in our profession, I have also spent a number of years in the great state of Wisconsin and can confidently say that Charles has the determination, professional demeanor, track record of success and overall experience to be extremely effective at UW-Green Bay! I’m excited for Charles and his family & look forward to welcoming him to the Midwest!”

Vicky Chun, Vice President & Director of Athletics, Colgate University: “I have known Charles for well over 15 years. During that span of time his passion, enthusiasm, work ethic and commitment to his coaches and student-athletes has never wavered. He will do great things for the Phoenix athletic department! Congratulations Charles.”

Robert Knight, President, Clark College: “Congratulations to UW-Green Bay and the Green Bay community for hiring Charles Guthrie as your Athletic Director. I am confident he will take your athletics program to the next level as he did at Clark College. You are getting much more than an Athletic Director because Charles will be an engaged and enthusiastic leader throughout the university and the community. He will build a team around him that understands the importance of a well-rounded student-athlete with strong values who works well within a team environment.”

Earl Edwards, Director of Athletics, UC San Diego: “I’ve known Charles for over 20 years and I’ve been intimately involved in his professional development. Over that time, Charles has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills, strong interpersonal skills and a great ability to raise funds for his programs. I know Charles will do a great job as the Athletic Director at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay as he has done at previous positions.”

LCC Baseball: Championship coach leaves for Tulane University

Oct 12, 2017 Longview Daily News

It was an opportunity Eddie Smith couldn’t pass up.

Smith, the baseball coach at defending NWAC champion Lower Columbia College, has accepted a position as lead assistant baseball coach and head recruiter at Tulane University in New Orleans.

“Tulane is one of the top programs in college baseball for the last 20 years, and when you get a chance like this, it’s something you get excited about,” LCC coach Eddie Smith said. “It all came to pass late last night (Wednesday).”

Like his LCC predecessor, Donegal Fergus, Smith will be an assistant coach at the Division I level. Fergus is currently on staff at the University of Washington. Smith’s successor as Red Devils’ leader is former LCC player and current Associate Head Coach Eric Lane.

“Eddie’s a rising star, and this is a great opportunity for him,” LCC Athletic Director Kirc Roland said. “He did a great job for us here, and we will be moving forward.”

Smith joins a Tulane program led by ex-LCC standout Travis Jewett. Another assistant coach, Billy Jones, is an LCC alum, and assistant Tighe Dickinson is a Montesano native who coached at Montesano and Edmonds College.

“I’ve known these coaches for a long time, and these types of hires are people you know and trust,” the 33-year-old Smith said. “The whole process went quickly with a mutual understanding. I’ll fly out Sunday, and be ready to go on Monday.”

This is not Smith’s first foray into Division I baseball. After earning a spot as a walk-on infielder at Notre Dame in 2005, he later served as director of baseball operations and later as an assistant coach at the University of Virginia. He also served as an assistant at Santa Clara University and Notre Dame before coming to LCC.

During his four seasons at LCC, Smith was 146-49 overall, and 83-19 in the West Region. He won NWAC Championships during the 2015 and ‘17 campaigns. In 2015, Smith was named the American Baseball Coaches Association/Diamond National Coach of the Year for the Pacific Association Division. He was also named the ABCA/Diamond Pacific Association Division Regional Coach of the Year, and was a three-time NWAC West Region Coach of the Year.

“Eddie is a bright young coach who is a great recruiter,” Roland said. “He’s also very detail-oriented, and it was all we were looking for when we hired him.”

Lane is excited about the opportunity, but he will miss Smith.

“It’s a little surprising for me, but it’s not surprising that Eddie was able to get a job like that,” Lane said. “It’s a great opportunity for him to move on and do that in his career.”

This is Lane’s first head coaching opportunity, and he’ll retain LCC’s other assistant coaches, Ian Sanderson and Kurt Lupinski.

“Eddie is a tough act to follow, but I’m happy for Eric who is a great Red Devil,” Roland said. “Eric will put his stamp on the program, and he’s been a large part of our success both as a player and as a coach.”

Some of Smith’s and Lane’s assignments with the team will be parsed out to the other assistants. Sanderson will take over mentoring pitchers, and Lupinski will tackle a larger role in recruiting.

“Coach Sanderson has pitching background and will help our pitchers,” Lane said. “Coach Lupinski has done a lot of our recruiting and see a lot of players during the summer. We’re excited to get out and continue to see future Red Devils.”

Smith said the toughest part about taking the new job was notifying the current group of Red Devils. He met with players at 7:15 Thursday morning.

“It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done,” Smith said. “It was hard for me because we had recruits come here because I told them I wanted them. Six or seven players visited me in the office, and many others sent texts after the meeting.”

Lane noted it will be business as usual for the next two weeks of fall ball, culminating with the annual 100-inning fundraiser on Oct. 26.

“We have a good group of sophomores and our system is in place,” he said. “The sophomores are our leaders and it will be a challenge for them, but I think they’re up to it.

“We don’t want to change a lot since we already have a good product.”

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