Two great volleyball events this July! The Advanced Camp is being held from July 11-14th, 2016 at the Ft. Steilacoom HEC Gym each day from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. The Clinic is being held on July 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.. The camp and clinic will be coached by Greg Finel and his players. Student-athletes can sign up and get more information here: https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/athletics/camps
Photo for April 23rd Rivalry game: Student Night B-Ball Working with Student Life, Pierce Athletics has some great prizes available at the Saturday, April 23rd game vs. Tacoma C.C.. at 1:00 p.m.. This is a doubleheader. The game is at Mt. Tahoma H.S..
As of April 13th, Tacoma and Pierce are both 4-1 in league and both are hoping to be in the Western Division Championship hopes. The game on Sat.,April 23rd brings another great rivalry game for Raider baseball. The Tacoma Titans won the first game earlier this year, 9-7.
For students to attend, they will receive a Pierce Nike backpack, Raider sunglasses, Pierce t-shirt, and a coupon for the food truck at the game. Students can get transportation from the Ft. Steilacoom campus to Mt. Tahoma H.S.. Students should sign up at Ft. Steilacoom’s Student Life in Cascade (Rm. 418).
As Keenan Lum walked off the mound after striking out the side in the top of the first inning against the Chemeketa Storm on Sunday, he had no idea how well his day would go. The sophomore left-hander from Kamehameha, Hawaii, was on his way to tossing a complete game no-hitter for the Raiders. Lum – a sophomore transfer who played last year at Central Arizona College – is one of the key pieces in the Raiders’ starting rotation for the 2016 campaign. The 6’3″ lefty faced just 30 batters, allowing only 3 batters to reach base (2 walks and 1 fielding error), while throwing 120 pitches. Lum struck out 10 Storm batters along the way, in his dominating early season performance.
Lum leads the Raider pitching staff in innings pitched (31), strikeouts (26), and complete games (2 in 5 starts). He has a 2-1 record with a 2.03 ERA.
Pierce College’s Foundation hosted the 5th Annual Pierce Raiders Dinner and Auction on Saturday, January 30th, 2016. The dinner and auction was a great success and we would like to thank all the sponsors.
The money raised at the event will help support the team as they get ready to embark on the 2016 season. This includes providing scholarships, travel money, and uniforms for the players.
Baseball Auction Sponsors
Pierce College is currently accepting applications for the position of Head Coach for the Women’s Basketball program. This position works under the supervision of the Director of Athletics for the Pierce College District and will oversee all aspects of the women’s basketball program within the policies and regulations of Pierce College and the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC). The position is part-time, and the successful candidate will begin immediately upon selection. Pierce College welcomes applicants with a dynamic approach to coaching young women, with a vision for building a program foundation based on excellence in the classroom, on the court, and in the community.
Duties of the Head Coach will include, but not be limited to: recruitment of prospective student-athletes within the guidelines of the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC), teaching basketball skills and strategies, developing a sport-specific strength and conditioning program, enforcing department academic achievement standards, ensuring timely processing of compliance and eligibility documentation, assisting with development of a competitive contest schedule, assisting with team transportation, managing team equipment inventory, developing a comprehensive annual fundraising plan, and supporting all activities of the Athletic Department.
The basketball season begins in early September and ends in early March. Team recruitment and fundraising continues throughout the year.
To see the full job announcement and application process, go to; www.pierce.ctc.edu/dist/hr/ (Open Positions/Staff Opportunities)
Although the Pierce Women’s and Men’s teams missed the playoffs this season, two Raiders have been recognized for their contributions to their respective teams and their impact on the NWAC West Region.
Sophomore guard Quashaya Hammon was named to the West Region All-Defensive Team. Hammon, a tenacious defender during her two years at Pierce, was amongst the league leaders in steals both seasons, with 70 in ’15-’16 and 62 in ’14-’15. Running the point position for the Raiders, she also finished in the top 10 in the NWAC in assists both years, dishing out 100 this past season (3.85 per game) and 133 her freshman season (4.75 per game). Hammon was the Raider fourth leading scorer (10.3 ppg) and third leading rebounder (7.5 rpg) in ’15-’16.
On the men’s side, freshman point guard Makaleb McInnis has been selected as a West Region Second Team All-Star. The first year player out of Olympic High School (Bremerton, WA) finished in the top 10 in the NWAC in steals and assists; #5 in steals averaging 2.0 per game, and #9 in assists with 3.9 per game. McInnis led the all freshman Raider squad in scoring averaging 14.0 points per game, shooting 42% from the field and 79% from the line.
Congratulations to Quashaya and Makaleb on their outstanding seasons!!
Pierce 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 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.
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.
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!