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NWAC Recognizes Fall Sports Coaches of the Year

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Men's Cross Country: Grady O'Connor, Lane
O'Connor, having previously piloted the Titans to 4 consecutive 2nd place finishes, led the Titans to the 2016 Cross Country championship knocking off defending champions Spokane by three points. The title was Lane's second and first since 1985.

Women's Cross Country: Sean McLachlan, Spokane &
Matt Koenigs, Everett
McLachlan guided the Sasquatch women to their 4th consecutive championship and 15th in program history. The CCS lady harriers placed four runners in the top ten and easily cruised to the title with a 42 point victory. Koenigs, in his first year after returning to Everett, magically turned around a Trojan program that placed 2nd this season from last (11th) in 2015. Koenigs had previously won 3 titles as the Everett XC skipper.

Men's Soccer: Jason Gjertsen, Tacoma
Gjertsen, in his eighth season as the Titans' head coach guided TCC to its second NWAC Championship following a third place finish at the 2015 Final Four. Tacoma's last NWAC title was in 2000, a season that then sophomore Gjertsen was the Titan's Tournament MVP.

Women's Soccer: Kanyon Anderson, Peninsula
Anderson guided his nationally ranked team to its third NWAC title and fourth appearance in the championship match. Anderson has guided the Pirates since the program's inaugural season in 2010 and has complied a 123-18-13 record in 7 seasons, making the playoffs every year.

Volleyball: Jayme Frasier, Linn-Benton
Frazier, a fixture at LBCC since 2001, guided her charges to a perfect 39-0 regular season finish, including a 14-0 South Region championship. The Roadrunners went on to a 45-2 mark and a championship match appearance. Frazier was named American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) West Region Coach of the Year.

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