NWAC Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
The Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) is pleased to announce the NWAC HOF Class of 2019. Individual inductees: Tim Mackin, (Lower Columbia College Softball Coach), Kelly Smith (Lower Columbia College Baseball Coach); Jerry Sherk (Wrestling and Football Student-Athlete), Grays Harbor College); Cam Weaver (Skagit Valley College Men’s Soccer Student-Athlete). Team inductees: 1996 Tacoma Community College Women’s Soccer Team, 1988 Skagit Valley College Men’s Basketball Team; 1982 Highline College Women’s Basketball Team. These individuals and teams represent a stellar class of personal, professional, athletic, and team success. The 32nd Annual NWAC Hall of Banquet Ceremonies will be held May 30, 2019 at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia, Washington.
Tim Mackin (Head Coach Softball, Lower Columbia College), Tim Mackin is the winningest softball coach in NWAC history. Tim took the Red Devils to dominating heights between 1994 and 2008. Under Mackin, LCC won 10 NWAC Championships including six straight and nine out of ten. Mackin collected over 600 wins as the Red Devil Head Coach. A native of Vancouver, Mackin made a name for himself in the softball world as a top national player on several teams. He was selected by the legendary Eddie "King" Feigner to travel the world as part of the four-man King and His Court from 1983 to 1988.
Kelly Smith (Head Coach Baseball, Lower Columbia College); Kelly Smith coached the Red Devil baseball team for 18 seasons leading the team to five NWAC Championships and seven runner-up finishes. He etched himself on the short list of the most successful coaches in the history of the NWAC conference as Smith’s LCC teams played in the NWAC Championship game an incredible 12 times in his 18 seasons. He came on the scene at LCC in 1995 and made an immediate impact as his first three teams came away with a championship. Coach Smith also was the first head coach to implement a no-excuse study table program that has been part of the entire LCC athletic program ever since. Smith turned Story Field into a northwest baseball showcase field.
Jerry Sherk, (Wrestler, Football Player, Grays Harbor College) Jerry Sherk was a member of the GHC Wrestling and Football teams 1967-1968. He was the key to the GHC wrestling teams winning wrestling titles two years in a row. Individually, he also won back-to-back state titles and in 1968, he pinned every opponent he faced. After Grays Harbor College, he was a two-sport star at Oklahoma State University. He was an All-Big-8 selection on the gridiron as well as an All-American grappler in 1969. In 1970, he was a second round NFL draft pick (47th overall) by the Cleveland Browns. Jerry was a four-time Pro Bowl Selection and named MVP by the Browns three straight seasons 1974-1976. In 1976, he was named the NFL’s Most Valuable Defensive Player of the Year. After his career with the Browns, he was named as the Most Valuable Defensive Lineman in Cleveland Browns history and in 2000, he was inducted into the Oklahoma State University Hall of Honor. Jerry is the President and Founder of Mentor Management Systems of Encinitas California. Jerry and his employees provide technical assistance and training to both corporate and youth based mentoring programs.
Cam Weaver (Men’s Soccer Player, Skagit Valley College) Cam Weaver came to Skagit Valley College in 2002 from Kentwood High School. He attended Skagit, playing soccer for two years and was on the 2003 team that won the NWAC Championship. He was named MVP for the tournament and scored the winning goal in the championship game. After Cam’s two years at SVC, he earned a scholarship and transferred to Seattle University where he played forward for two years and was on the team that won the National Title. He finished his formal education by earning a BA degree in Business from Seattle University. After his college playing days, Cam played one year with the USL Seattle Sounders and was the leading scorer. He then left the US for Norway to play for the Haugesund team in the Norwegian Adeccoligaen Division before coming back to US to play for the MLS San Jose Earthquakes, Houston Dynamo, and finally with the Seattle Sounders. Cam had a very successful 6-year career in the MLS playing in over 100 games.
1996 Tacoma Community College Women’s Soccer Team; The 1996 TCC Women’s Soccer Team coached by Jerrod Fleury won the NWAACC Championship over Highline Community College (Now Highline College) 3-0. Their record during the regular season was 18 wins, 0 losses and 2 ties. They earned a first round bye, beating Edmonds 2-1 in the semifinals and Highline Community College (Highline College) 3-0 in the championship game. For the season, including playoffs, the scored 85 goals, allowed 10 and earned 14 shutouts. The 1996 Team would propel the TCC women’s soccer program to three straight NWAC Titles in 1996, 1997 and 1998.
1988 Skagit Valley College, Men’s Basketball Team; After failing to win the NWACC championship in 1987-88, the team and coaches were not willing to settle for second again. After dumping two of their first four games, the Cardinals pulled together to win fourteen of their last fifteen games. The Cardinals ran to another NWAACC Northern Region Co-Championship and then became NWAC Champions by defeating Columbia Basin 113 – 88. Honors and awards earned by the SVC players compiled a long list.
The team had a high-powered offense that produced an average of ninety-six points per game. The 1988 team were the Northern Region Co-Champs, NWAC Champions, and Dave Quall was selected NWACC Coach of the Year.
1982 Highline Community College Women’s Basketball Team; The 1982 team, coached by NWAC HOF Coach, Dale Bollinger won the 82 NWAC Championship in a resounding fashion. Dominating from the first game of the season, Highline finished 10-0 in league and 26-2 overall. Members of this team had a two-year record of 50-5 with a two-year region record of 20-0. Led by Kelly Lyons who still holds the all-time tournament assist record, the team averaged 80.5 points per game. The Thunderbirds had three First Team All-League players and three First Team All-Region players.