Women’s in Sports Night for Pierce Basketball – 2/10/16

1601-Women-in-Sports-Night-CWISPierce College Basketball is hosting “Women’s in Sports Night” on Wed., February 10, 2016. The goal is to bring national attention to the promise of girls and women in sports. National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) is celebrated nationwide in community-based events (normally on Feb. 3) to bring the accomplishment of female athletes, the positive influence of sports participation and the community struggle for equality in women in sports.

Pierce College works hard to support women student-athletes offering teams in Soccer, Basketball, Softball, and Cheer.

The game on Wed., February 10th is at the Ft. Steilacoom Campus in Lakewood at the Health Education Center. Games start at 6:00 (Women) and 8:00 (Men) vs. Centralia C.C..

Pierce Raider Basketball will host “Boy Scout and Girl Scout Night and International Night” – 1/27/16


Pierce Raiders host Highline Community College on Wed., Jan. 27th, 2016 for Women (6:00 p.m.) and Men (8:00 p.m.) basketball games. All Scouts in uniform are admitted for FREE. Students from Pierce (Including students from the International program) are admitted free with a student ID card. Games will be held at the Ft. Steilacoom Campus – Health Education Center in the gym.


Greg Finel to lead Raider Volleyball


Pierce College has announced the selection of Greg Finel as the new head coach for the Raider Volleyball program. Finel served as an assistant coach with the Raiders this past season, helping lead the team to their first appearance at the NWAC Championships since 2012.

Finel has coached club ball the past six years. He has been with the Lake Tapps Volleyball Club the past four years, and was with Above the Net for two years before joining LTVC.  His club teams have won two bids to participate at Nationals, and many of his players have earned college scholarships.  Finel is also an accomplished player and coach in beach volleyball.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Coach Finel take over the reins of the program,” said Pierce Athletic Director Duncan Stevenson. “He provided a great deal of leadership this past season, in his role as assistant coach, and we see nothing but great things for the program in the year ahead.  His passion for the sport of volleyball, and his approach to developing the skills and abilities of young women in a positive team environment, are a formula for success for Raider Volleyball.”

“I am truly excited about the opportunity to be named as the head coach of the Pierce College Volleyball program,” said Finel.  “I look forward to developing the program, continuing our success from 2015, and growing our Raider Volleyball Family.​”

A native of Washougal, Washington, Finel attended at Clark College and Eastern Washington University.  He currently works as a branch manager for Randstad Staffing, and lives in Puyallup with his wife and their two sons.


Pierce Raider Basketball will host “Salute To Armed Forces Night” – 1/23/2016


Raider Women (5 p.m.) and Men (7 p.m.) will host “Salute To Armed Forces Night” on Jan. 23 when Pierce Raiders play Tacoma Community College in an NWAC league game.  The game is held at the Health Education Center gym at the Fort Steilacoom Campus. All members of the military with an ID are FREE.   We are thankful for the freedom created by our armed forces and want to honor them. Picture booths with the Raider bird mascot and face paint are available for the younger fans!

Pierce Raider Basketball to host Medical Professionals Night – 1/9/2016

Pierce College basketball welcomes all those that work for medical professionals employers. On January 9, 2016, Men’s (7:00 p.m.) and Women’s (5:00 p.m.) games are free for those with ID from medical employers. Pierce welcomes all the physicians, nurses, dentists, therapists, technicians, and administrators that bring health to our community.

At halftime, we will introduce those students at Pierce that are hoping to work in the medical field (Dental Hygiene and Nursing programs).

*Pierce is having their first league game on Saturday, January 9th for both Men and Women vs. Lower Columbia. The game is at the Health Education Center at the Ft. Steilacoom campus.


Raiders earn Fall NWAC Academic Honors

Three members of the Raiders Fall sports programs have earned recognition by the Northwest Athletic Conference for their outstanding performance in the classroom.  Sophomores Samantha Claypool and Rosalie Salisbury (women’s soccer), and Marissa Morris (volleyball), have been named recipients of the NWAC’s Academic Excellence Award for Fall Quarter 2015.  The award recognizes those sophomore student-athletes who have maintained a grade point average of 3.25, or better, over their two years in school.  The honor is representative of the leadership that these young women demonstrate on the field and the court as well.  “Congratulations Ladies!”


Pierce College hosts annual Raider Cheer Camp

The Pierce College Raider Cheer Squad would like to invite YOU to participate in our Annual Raider Cheer Camp! You will participate in a 1-day camp AND perform in a Pierce College Raider Basketball halftime show!

When: January 16, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Women’s Basketball game starts at 5 p.m. and will end around 6:30 p.m.

Where: Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Health Education Center (upstairs)

Who: Kids ages 5-15 years old

Attire: Black pants or shorts, white top, and athletic shoes. Bows are optional. We will be handing out the campers tee’s before game time. Additional camp tee’s for the campers and their family members will be sold for $15.

*Registration fee is $35. After January 10th registration fee is $45. Ask about group discounts!

*Please make sure to make us aware of any allergies your child might have.

The campers will be performing a cheer during the first 1-minute timeout and perform a full cheer performance during the women’s game half time.

Registration/check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. and camp starting at 9:30 a.m. Our cheer camp is a closed camp. Parents please enjoy a Saturday morning/afternoon to yourself. We will be taking photos throughout the day and will post to our Facebook page for you all to see. We will NOT be providing a lunch, please pack your child a lunch with lots of water. There are water fountains available. We WILL provide an afternoon snack.

If you have any further questions please call Kay at 509-531-7726 or email Laina Sobczak at msobczak@pierce.ctc.edu

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Raider Volleyball recognizes Sophomores

Wednesday marked the final night of the 2015 NWAC Volleyball regular season, and the final home match for six very special Raider sophomores.  Joined by their families and close friends, the home town fans said “good-bye” and “thank you” to these six special ladies.  Taylor Buell, Lianna Guajardo, Breanna Horvill, and Marissa Morris, played their two year community college career wearing the Raider Maroon and Grey.  Sophomore transfers Sasha Mareko (Yakima Valley) and Melissa Pittelkau (Olympic), added their athletic talents to the 2015 squad.

SOPHS W FAMILIESThe Raiders closed out their West Division league schedule with a solid win against Centralia College, 3-1.  The win put the Raiders in a tie with Grays Harbor for 4th Place in the division standings, forcing a playoff match this Friday, November 13, for a trip to the NWAC Championship Tournament.  Grays Harbor will host the Raiders at Montesano High School at 7 p.m.  A win would mark just the second trip to the NWAC’s for the Raiders in the past six years.

Congratulations Ladies, and thank you for a GREAT SEASON!!!

Pierce College will host the 2015 NWAC Volleyball Tournament in Tacoma

The Pierce Raiders Athletics will be hosting the 2015 NWAC Volleyball Championship Tournament in Tacoma.

Sixteen teams from Washington and Oregon will be participating.

The tournament is being held at the Tacoma Regional Convention Center at 1500 Broadway in Tacoma.

The tournament runs from Thursday, November 19 to Sunday, November 22nd, 2015.

The 2015 brackets, team info, ticket costs, and parking are available at