Intercollegiate Athletics at Pierce College provides opportunities for student athletes from the Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup colleges to participate in intercollegiate sports in the highly competitive Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges. The NWAC is comprised of 35 member colleges in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia, and is the largest independent 2-year intercollegiate athletic conference in the United States. Pierce College fields teams for women in basketball, softball, and volleyball, and for men in baseball, basketball, and soccer. Intercollegiate Athletics is enthusiastically supported and endorsed by the students, faculty, administration, and the Board of Trustees for the Pierce College District.
Raider Athletics has a rich tradition of success and accomplishment, dating back to the program's inaugural season in 1968-89, when the college first participated in men's basketball. Raiders teams have won conference championships in tennis ('75), softball ('82), and soccer ('92). Additionally, Raiders teams have earned numerous opportunities to compete in post-season playoffs. Recent successes on the field and on the court placed four Raiders teams in the playoffs in 2009-10. In addition, the softball team has won four consecutive division titles (2007-2010). The volleyball and soccer teams have both qualified for the playoffs in five of the last six years. The baseball team in 2008 earned its first post-season berth since 1982. The men's basketball team finished in second place at the 2011 and 2005 NWAC tournaments, and placed third at the 2007 tournament.
Individually, many Raider athletes have been recognized over the years for their contributions to team success, earning divisional all-star honors. Seven Raiders have been selected as the divisional Most Valuable Player in their respective sports over the past six years.
Success in the classroom is the cornerstone of the Raider Athletic experience. Academic retention and completion rates for student-athletes at Pierce College are among the highest in the NWAC. Pierce students receive outstanding instruction from a dedicated faculty, and have a broad array of academic support services available to assist with their performance in the classroom. A growing number of Raiders have combined their athletic and academic successes at Pierce College to move on to opportunities at four-year colleges and universities.
In November 2009, Pierce College honored the very best in the Raiders 40 year history, by inducting four students, four coaches, and two teams into the inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame class. In June 2010, two student-athletes and one team was inducted into the NWAC Hall of Fame - the first ever Pierce College athletes to be recognized. The excellence that these individuals achieved in athletic competition, academic performance, and professional and personal contributions in their years since leaving Pierce College are a direct reflection of the quality of their student-athlete experience.