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Marco Azurdia named NWAACC Executive Director
An award-winning coach and leader, Marco Azurdia has been named Executive Director of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC)
VANCOUVER, Wash. – Marco Azurdia has been named Executive Director of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC), effective August 1. Azurdia, who currently serves as vice president of student development at Wenatchee Valley College (WVC), succeeds Dick McClain, who is retiring after 19 years as NWAACC executive director.
Azurdia has served at Wenatchee Valley College for 20 years. As head coach for the Lady Knights basketball team, he amassed 220 wins, competing nine times in the NWAACC playoffs, making seven NWAACC championship tournament appearances, and winning multiple league titles.
Jim Martineau, athletic director at Clackamas Community College, is the new chair of the NWAACC executive board. Martineau said, “Marco is the perfect fit for the NWAAACC as we move forward. He brings many years of successful experience in both coaching and administration and has great knowledge of what we do well and where we may need to improve. Most importantly, he is concerned and extremely passionate about student athletes and their experiences at our member institutions.”
From 1994-1996, while serving as head coach for the Lady Knights, Azurdia served as assistant coach on the men’s basketball team, which won the 1996 NWAACC championship.
Azurdia has also served in a variety of administrative roles at WVC including fitness center coordinator, instructor, multicultural affairs coordinator, director of enrollment, director of athletics, dean, and vice president of student development. In addition to serving as an athletic commissioner, Azurdia has served multiple terms as chairman of the NWAACC executive board. He has also been a representative to the Washington State Student Services Commission.
Azurdia has been honored as NWAACC Co-Coach of the Year, North Central Washington (NCW) Female Team Coach of the Year, and NCW Female Team Coach of the Decade. He has twice been named NWAACC Eastern Region Coach of Year.
His honors also include the state of Washington’s Board of Trustees Outstanding Advocate for Equity Award and the 2006 NWAACC Dutch Triebwasser award, recognizing the conference's outstanding athletic administrator. For promoting diversity and leadership in his community, Azurdia received the international World Harmony Torch-Bearer gold medallion.