Monday, November 27, 2017

Beitel-Davidson Steps Down from Women's Soccer Post

LYNNWOOD -- Brittney Beitel-Davidson has stepped down as women's soccer coach after four years as the head coach. Edmonds went 17-39-6 in the North under Beitel-Davidson, and was 21-42-8 overall. In 2014, the Tritons qualified for the playoffs in her first year, and were defeated in the quarterfinals at Treasure Valley -- that match was decided by penalty kicks.

Brittney Beitel-Davidson
Beitel-Davidson, who also served as the college's athletic women's commissioner, made the decision to move on and pursue other interests. "I am thankful to Brittney for her dedication and commitment to the women's soccer program, and for serving as our women's commissioner. Her players have done a great job in the classroom and are positive representatives of our athletic program -- that is a direct reflection of her," said athletic director Spencer Stark.

Edmonds Community College women's soccer reached the NWAC championship game in 2013, after a steady improvement under former head coach Jeanette Delaney, who served a nine-year stint at the helm. The program has four North Region titles, and two NWAC Championships, in 2000 and 2002. The Tritons play their home games at Triton Field, on a soccer pitch that is one of the largest in Snohomish County at nearly 40,000 square feet. The multi-sport complex is lighted, all-turf, and is home to Triton softball, baseball, and men's soccer, in addition to women's soccer. It is located in the middle of campus, and is one of the top soccer facilities in all of NWAC soccer. Edmonds CC is known for their professional game-day soccer atmosphere.

The search for a new head coach will begin immediately. If interested in the position, please contact athletic director Spencer Stark at spencer.stark@email.edcc.edu or 425-640-1046. The position is open until filled.

Information on the Coaching Opening

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Volleyball Back at NWAC Championships in Tacoma

TACOMA -- The Edmonds Community College volleyball team opens the 2017 NWAC Volleyball Championships bright and early Thursday morning on the fifth floor of the Tacoma Convention Center. The Tritons are pitted against the Walla Walla Community College Warriors at 9 a.m. in their opening round game. The Warriors (32-15) finished in third place from the East Region, and ended the season ranked No. 6 in the final NWAC Coaches Poll of the year. The two teams met once earlier this year at the Edmonds-hosted NWAC Crossover on October 21. Walla Walla took that three-set match, two games to one. Edmonds earned second place from the North with a 26-15 record, matching their win total from last year.

The NWAC tournament is nothing new for Tritons' coach Tony Miranda. Before his current stint as head coach at Edmonds, Miranda led the Bellevue College program to the playoffs in all four seasons he served as head coach (2001-2004). In 2002, Bellevue placed 3rd. He later joined the Tritons staff as an assistant, helping the team back to the tourney in 2006. In 2007 and 2008, as head coach -- the last time Edmonds qualified in back-to-back years -- Miranda guided his teams to NWACs, which included another 3rd place showing in 2008. This season marks the second straight year Edmonds will compete in the double elimination tournament.

(L-R): Lawrence, Magri, Dmitruk
In comparing this year's squad with last year's, Miranda believes team chemistry is much improved. "This is a team that plays for each other. They get along. They have gelled," he said. In September, Triton volleyball took a 10-day trip to Arizona and Nevada, competing against top NJCAA schools in two tournaments, which allowed the team to spend time together and bond. Miranda shared, "This team is both recruiting classes coming together. We are more athletic than last year and have better leadership."

The result and length of the Tritons' run in Tacoma will still come down to the basics. "For us to be successful we will need to defend, transition, serve, and pass well. We have to play complete volleyball," Miranda said. "We've had a good last week and a half of practice. This sport is emotional. When we are connected emotionally and they're ready, I feel confident about our chances of finishing in the top four."

NWAC All-Stars and the All-Academic team were announced at the banquet Wednesday night. Sophomores Sydney Lawrence (Pullman, Wash., MB), and Macy Magri (Fresno, Calif., S) both received 2nd-Team recognition. Freshman Michelle Dmitruk (Everett, Wash., OH) was awarded 1st-Team distinction. Lawrence and Magri also garnered All-Academic team honors, as well as fellow sophomore Chenoa Faletoi (Pago Pago, American Somoa).

The winner of Thursday morning's match will advance in the winner's bracket to face the winner of Pierce and Mt. Hood on Friday at 10 a.m. The loser will play again Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. against the Pierce-Mt. Hood loser. All tournament matches will be live streamed on the NWAC website.

Link to Live Stream | Link to Live Stats | EdCC Tritons Twitter | Championship Website | Bracket

Triton Tidbits
Michelle Dmitruk was honored for the second week in a row when she was named the NWAC Offensive Player of the Week... Dmitruk has been the North Region Offensive Player of the Week the last two weeks... she also leads the team in kills (273) and aces (40)... Macy Magri is tied for fourth overall in the NWAC for assists per set (7.89)... freshman Sam Fast (Oregon City, Ore.) leads the team in digs (204)... Sydney Lawrence leads the team in blocks (41)... other categories the team ranks in the top 10 of the NWAC are: sets played (4th), kills (9th), and hitting percentage (9th).

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Kelly Selected as Assistant Athletic Director

Lynnwood, Wash. -- Scott Kelly was hired as Edmonds Community College Assistant Athletic Director on August 10, 2017. In addition to supporting the seven athletic programs, Kelly will be responsible for all home game management, upkeep of and management of all athletic facilities, facility rentals, hiring and training student and part-time hourly employees, scheduling, and will serve as the Seaview Gym emergency preparedness building coordinator among other duties.

“I would like to thank Christina Castorena for this great opportunity, and I look forward to working with all of our
Assistant Athletic Director, Scott Kelly
coaches and athletic programs. I’m very excited to start the next chapter of my professional career as the Assistant Athletic Director at Edmonds Community College. Go Tritons!” said Kelly.

Kelly brings 14 years of coaching experience from all levels (high school, NWAC, NAIA, NCAA, summer collegiate leagues), including 7 years in the NWAC both as an assistant and head baseball coach, to the position, which started in 1996 when he was a student-athlete at Green River CC. He later played at Missouri Valley College and was a NAIA All-American pitcher there before being taken by the San Diego Padres in the 25th round of the 2001 MLB Draft. He began his coaching career at the ripe age of 25, and after assisting the Missouri Valley program for one season, took over the reins as head coach in 2005. Kelly later had stops at Green River CC, Saint Martin’s University, and Kentlake High School before he landed the Edmonds CC head baseball coaching position in December of 2012.

Kelly has a proven track record of moving players on to four-year schools and the professional ranks from a structured program where student success is at the core. He is deeply committed to Triton Athletics and the college’s mission, core themes, vision, and values. “I want to help all students succeed that come through our doors at EdCC,” Kelly said.

“Scott is a great choice for this position because of his problem solving skills, his experience and depth of knowledge in two-year athletics, and his leadership abilities. He will strengthen our community here at Edmonds CC and also in the greater South Snohomish County area. He’ll play a large role in helping us create the best student-athlete experience in the NWAC, and we will lean on his fundraising background to enhance Triton Athletics. His facility management, game management, and facility rental experience should suit him well in supporting our department into the future,” said Edmonds CC Athletic Director Spencer Stark.

The 2018 baseball season will mark his 6th year as head baseball coach at the college. Kelly has guided the Tritons to two North Region championships, five straight playoff appearances, a 3rd place finish in 2015, and a NWAC Championship in 2014. Kelly received his Bachelor’s degree from Missouri Valley College in Recreation Administration. His office is located in Seaview Gym 102C.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Needham selected by Mariners in 2017 MLB Draft

Edmonds Community College infielder Zach Needham was selected in the 2017 Major League Baseball first-year player draft on Wednesday, June 14. The sophomore was taken in the 40th round and becomes the 70th Triton baseball player drafted from the college. The Puyallup High School product had a huge year for Edmonds CC after recovering from injuries in his freshman campaign, and this past fall. Needham led the NWAC regular season in home runs (10) and RBI (55), and was fifth in batting average (.373). He has received a number of awards recognizing his performance on the field this year: Triton Baseball MVP, Triton Athletics Male Athlete of the Year, ABCA Pacific Association All-NWAC 1st-team infielder, and the Baden Sports NWAC Player of the Year.

Zach Needham was drafted by the Seattle Mariners on June 14
Needham has already signed a scholarship to the University of Houston, a NCAA D-I school that competes in the American Athletic Conference. The Cougars, who tallied 42 wins this spring and took the regular season and conference tournament title, hosted an NCAA Regional for the second time in three years this spring and were one run short of heading to the Super Regional round. Right-handed pitcher Alec Kisena was the last Triton to be taken in the draft when he was picked by the Detriot Tigers in 2015 (16th round).

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Triton Athletics holds annual awards ceremony

EdCC President, Dr. Jean Hernandez
The Edmonds Community College Athletics department held their fifth annual end of the year banquet and awards ceremony on Tuesday, June 6. This year's format was changed to include a guest speaker, and the location was moved to Woodway Hall on campus to accommodate the catered meal provided by the college's culinary arts department. Special guests were recognized, which included former athletic director/vice president of student services and NWAC Hall of Famer George Smith, and outgoing Edmonds CC president Dr. Jean Hernandez. Hernandez, who has been a loyal supporter of athletics, has announced her retirement effective December 31, 2017.

Season Recap
Four Triton teams qualified for the postseason in 2016-17. Volleyball clinched their first playoff berth since 2008 after defeating Olympic College in a tie-breaker game at home. The Tritons saw a 22-win improvement from last season, and were victorious against Pierce at the championships before losing a three-set thriller to Umpqua CC. Men's soccer kept their playoff streak intact, earning their department-leading 11th consecutive postseason appearance. In their opener, they rode sophomore Mohamed Elmoghrbi's two goals to upset Clark College 2-1 in overtime. They bowed out against CC of Spokane in the quarterfinals; Spokane later fell in the NWAC championship game to Tacoma 2-1. Softball was back at the NWAC championships for the second straight year after a 10-year drought, and won a game at the tournament for the second year in a row before losing to Bellevue College. The Tritons finished second in the North Region and tied a school record with 35 wins. The program also had two players honored as National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Americans for the first time in school history -- Seli Aholelei (pitcher), and Kamryn Kanae (outfielder). Baseball was a playoff qualifier for the fifth consecutive year, but was unable to advance past the Super Regionals. Two players, outfielder Guthrie Morrison and infielder Zach Needham, were honored with All-NWAC recognition. Morrison captured an All-NWAC Gold Glove, and Needham was named to the ABCA/Rawlings Pacific Association All-Region team.

Seven Tritons earned accolades from the NWAC throughout the year with Player of the Week honors: 
  • Courtney Anthony - NWAC Volleyball Player of the Week (September 14)
  • Mohamed Elmoghrbi - NWAC Soccer Player of the Week (September 14)
  • Natasha Valentine - NWAC North Defensive Player of the Week 
  • Sydney Lawrence - NWAC North Offensive Player of the Week
  • Pepe Hernandez - NWAC Men's Basketball Player of the Week (January 23)
  • Seli Aholelei - NWAC Softball Player of the Week (March 27)
  • Nathaniel Sagdahl - NWAC Baseball Player of the Week (April 10)
  • Seli Aholelei - NWAC Softball Pitcher of the Week (May 3)
For a full list of all the Edmonds CC student-athletes that were Tritons of the Week, go here.

NWAC Executive Director, Marco Azurdia
NWAC Executive Director Marco Azurdia was the guest speaker and gave a speech about how what you talk about can lead to success. He suggested that the words "but" and "try" should not be in an athlete's vocabulary. His message was summed up at the conclusion of his speech when he said, "Do what needs to be done. Do it when it needs to be done, and do it as well as it can be done." Azurdia, the former basketball coach, athletic director, dean, and vice president of student services at Wenatchee Valley College, was given the Triton Athletics Exemplary Leadership Award for his efforts in taking the conference to another level since his arrival at the NWAC office in 2011.  

The NWAC recognizes sophomores with Academic Excellence Awards for those earning at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA with a minimum of 36 credits earned. Tritons who received Academic Excellence awards:
  • Chiagozie Ezeokeke - Men's Basketball (3.3)
  • Ali Carney - Volleyball (3.3)
  • Lalia Gonzalez - Volleyball (3.52)
  • Issac Ensz - Men's Soccer (3.56)
  • Michele Bodzewski - Women's Soccer (3.97)
  • Micah Chinen - Baseball (3.51)
  • Rob Lawler - Baseball (3.37)
  • Griffin Meyers - Baseball (3.54)
  • Christian Miller - Baseball (3.51)
  • Zach Needham - Baseball (3.27)
  • Emma Bollinger - Baseball (3.54)
  • Melissa Eik - Softball (3.25)
  • Reagan Ingersoll - Softball (3.41)
  • Kamryn Kanae - Softball (3.38)
Additionally, over fall and winter quarters, 32 Triton student-athletes earned at least a 3.5 GPA.

Below is a breakdown of each sport's all-region teams, and the men's and women's soccer all-stars.
Men's & Women's Soccer | Men's & Women's Soccer All-StarsVolleyball | Baseball | Softball

Two Tritons were also honored at the NWAC Banquet in Salem, Ore. on June 1. Women's soccer sophomore Michele Bodzewski was the recipient of the Red Lion Women's Scholarship Award, and baseball sophomore Zach Needham was selected as the Baden Sports NWAC Baseball Player of the Year. Bodzewski's award is the first ever for a Triton; the last baseball player to receive the NWAC Player of the Year was outfielder T.C. Florentine in 2014. He later moved on to finish a stellar career at Santa Clara University after Edmonds.
Zach Needham
Michele Bodzewski

Here's a list of the individual program awards and Athletes of the Year
Female Athlete of the Year
Kamryn Kanae (Softball)
Male Athlete of the Year
Zach Needham (Baseball)
Softball MVP
Paige Matsuki
Coach’s Award
Bailee Senner
Men’s Basketball MVP
Chiagozie Ezokeke
Coach’s Award
Sheldon Hutt
Women’s Soccer MVP
Michele Bodzewski
Coach’s Award
Kylie Morse
Men’s Soccer MVP
Mohamed Elmoghrbi
Coach’s Award
Issac Ensz
Volleyball MVP
Sydney Lawrence
Coach’s Award
Maci Magri
Women’s Basketball MVP
Katie Rodriguez
Coach’s Award
Sudana Moyong
Baseball MVP
Zach Needham
Coach’s Award
Taylor Poffenroth

Ron Newton
Three special recognition awards were also given out near the end of the evening. Coach Ron Newton received the Triton Athletics Special Appreciation Award for his service to the athletic department. Newton assisted the men's basketball program for three seasons before filling in to lead the women's basketball program as interim head coach. He was a key part of the men's program reaching the NWAC title game twice in three years. Newton later stayed on for two years as the head coach of the women's squad and helped stabilize the program while also mentoring new women's head coach Eric Ensign. Newton will resume assistant coaching duties with the men's basketball team next season.

Ron Omori
The inaugural Ron Omori Assistant Coach of the Year Award was bestowed upon longtime baseball assistant coach Ron Omori, who's time in the Triton dugout has spanned nearly 20 years. Omori has been a part of 5 NWAC championships at Edmonds and was the first individual inducted into the Triton Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014. He has never received a dime from the college and has embodied the type of commitment that is required to be a successful assistant coach at the two-year level. The assistant coach of the year award will be given out annually and now bears his name.

Jorge de la Torre
New Edmonds CC Dean for Student Success/Student Life and Development, and former athletic director Jorge de la Torre, was given the Servant Leadership Award for his contributions to Triton Athletics over the past 4 1/2 years. De la Torre led a major turnaround for the athletic programs after landing the athletic director job in the fall of 2012. He inherited only one program that was a playoff qualifier and in just two years helped the Edmonds CC to win the 2014-15 Maury Ray Athletic Director's Cup, which goes to the athletic department with the most on field success overall. Under De la Torre there was significant academic and facility improvements, and new level of professionalism. The Tritons are now recognized as having best of class game management and an outstanding game day experience for student-athletes in the NWAC.

All the pictures from the banquet are posted on the athletics Facebook page. The awards ceremony capped off another successful year for EdCC. Fall sports (volleyball, men's soccer, and women's soccer) begin official practice on August 1.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Baseball knocked out of East Super Regional

The Edmonds CC baseball team saw their season end earlier than expected with two straight losses in Yakima last weekend. The Tritons dropped their opener to Mt. Hood CC 7-2 on Friday, and lost a lead late to Yakima Valley, eventually falling 6-4 on Saturday. Against Mt. Hood, the Tritons trailed 3-0 and scored two runs in the 3rd frame, but the offense could only muster 3 hits against the Saints starter Connor Stevenson. Edmonds carried a 3-1 lead in Saturday’s loser-out contest against the host and defending NWAC-champion Yakima Valley, but the Yaks plated four runs in the 7th inning that would hold up. Sophomores Justin Polzin, Zach Needham, and Jake Malone each had multiple hits in a losing effort on Saturday. The trio ended up being the Tritons’ top three hitters based on batting average.

Mt. Hood ended up defeating Yakima Valley and will move on to the NWAC Championships from the East Super Regional. Everett CC will be the lone representative from the North region at the Championships – Bellevue and Skagit were also upended at their respective regionals. Edmonds CC baseball finished the 2017 campaign with an overall record of 29-15 and extended their postseason streak to five years.

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Triton Softball Ends Record Season

The Edmonds CC softball team started the NWAC Championships on a good note with an 11-2 victory over Chemeketa CC, but that would be the only taste of winning the Tritons would experience in Spokane this past weekend. Edmonds lost a back-and-forth contest to the 4-seed Clackamas CC in their second game Friday, and dropped a loser-out game to familiar foe Bellevue College on Saturday to end their season.
EdCC softball at the NWAC banquet

In their opener, the first two innings saw all batters retired in order on both sides. Edmonds then erupted for 7 runs in the bottom of the third to take control of the game. With one out Kamryn Kanae blooped one into left field scoring Chasity Stalcup from second base. The next batter, Paige Matsuki, then blasted a two-run homer to left-center and the rout was on. Matsuki added another home run in the 4th inning; Daria Kawaauhau also left the yard for EdCC. Seli Aholelei recorded 5 strikeouts in 5 innings of work to earn the win in the circle. The Tritons topped Chemeketa 11-2 in a run-rule fashion.

Friday’s second game against Clackamas started well, with the Tritons in front 3-0 after the first 3 innings. The Cougars responded with 5 runs in the bottom of the 4th to jump ahead 5-3, and the Tritons matched that with 4 runs of their own in the top of the 5th. Matsuki hit her 3rd round-tripper of the tournament to start the 5th, Reagan Ingersoll scored Aholelei from second with a RBI single to left field, and the Tritons added two more runs on a fielder’s choice and a 1st and 3rd stolen base. In the top of the 6th Edmonds tacked on two additional runs from a Clackamas throwing error. The 9-5 Triton lead quickly evaporated as Clackamas struck for 7 runs in the bottom of the 6th to win going away 12-9. Kamryn Kanae, Paige Matsuki, and Seli Aholelei each collected two hits in a losing effort.

On Sunday the Tritons came up short in trying to defeat North region foe Bellevue College for the 5th time in 2017. The Bulldogs, who had been winless against the Tritons in league play, were victorious in an 11-2 triumph that lasted only five innings. Edmonds led 1-0 after one inning, but the game was put in a rain delay for just over 3 hours because of field conditions. After play resumed the Bulldogs exploded for a 9-run 3rd inning, one that Edmonds could not fight back from. Kamryn Kanae had a 2-run bomb in the 3rd and finished 2-for-3 in the season finale. Bellevue went on to win two more games on Saturday and placed 4th overall at the Championships. Douglas College, also from the North region, is in the Championship game Monday and will need to win just one game to take the title. The Tritons had an impressive season, finishing in second place from the North region with an overall record of 35-10. The 35 victories tied a school record for wins in a season.