Contact: (253) 964-6612 | email@example.com
Entering his 24th year as the director of athletics at Pierce College, Duncan Stevenson has helped build Raider Athletics into one of the most consistently successful programs in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC).
Since 2004, four of the program's six teams have qualified for the NWAACC playoffs each year. The men's basketball team had its most successful run ever, finishing in second place at the NWAACC championships in 2005 and 2011, and third in 2007. The softball team won five consecutive Western Division titles, and placed fifth at the NWAACC championships in 2011. The baseball team won its first ever Western Division title in 2011, and placed fifth at the NWAACC tournament. The volleyball team qualified for the NWAACC tournament five consecutive years (2005-2009) and the men's soccer team reached the playoffs in five of the past seven years. During this period, team successes have garnered individual recognition for many of the student-athletes. The program has earned an unprecedented eight division Most Valuable Player awards in the past six years, and Raider coaches have also been recognized for the accomplishments of their teams, earning division Coach of the Year honors seven times.
The success of Raider student-athletes in the classroom is at an all-time high. Retention rates for second year participants were in excess of 97 percent in 2010-2011, with credit completion rates and cumulative grade point averages significantly higher than that of the college's general student body. Improvements and innovations to the Raider Academic Success Program have incorporated valuable partnerships with faculty and instructional support programs, and have strengthened the overall perception of intercollegiate athletics across the Pierce College District.
Stevenson helped lead the planning for the development and construction of the Health Education Center at the Fort Steilacoom college. The HEC opened its doors in September 2007, and now serves as the home court to the Raiders volleyball and basketball teams. It is widely regarded as one of the premier college athletic facilities in the Pacific Northwest. Under his guidance, Pierce hosted the 2007 NWAACC Volleyball All-Star event, the 2009 and 2010 NWAACC Basketball All-Star events, the 2009 and 2011 Volleyball Crossover Tournaments, as well as the annual Raiders Men's and Women's Basketball Invitationals.
Stevenson served on the NWAACC Executive Board from 1989-1993, and was the chairman of the Soccer Sports Committee from 1992-1997. In 1990, Stevenson was selected as the first-ever recipient of the Dutch Triebwasser Award, recognizing the outstanding athletic administrator in the NWAACC. He has served on numerous NWAACC sports committees over the years, and has twice been part of a conference sub-committee charged with reviewing the NWAACC Codebook. He has twice been selected as a finalist for the Pierce College Extra Mile Award, and was awarded the college's Employee Excellence Award for spring quarter 2007.
Stevenson holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Western Washington University. He lives in Lakewood with his wife Sabrina, and their son Zachary.
Contact: (253) 964-6613 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel Kalac joined the Raider Athletic staff as the permanent full time assistant to the director in March 2010, following a brief stint as the interim assistant. Despite being somewhat new to the position, she is a familiar face to Raider Athletics. Rachel was a member of the 2005 and 2006 Raider softball squads, helping lead the team to the NWAACC tournament for the first time in 10 years. As a sophomore, she earned First Team Western Division All-Star honors at shortstop, and was the Raiders' team captain.
In her role as the assistant to the director, Rachel works very closely with the members of the coaching staff in coordinating team travel and equipment purchases. She assists student-athletes with their academic planning and helps to monitor their progress in the classroom. She also helps lead the promotions efforts of the program, serving as the "face" of Raider Athletics in the department's social networking efforts.
Rachel earned her associate degree from Pierce in 2006. She went on to earn a bachelor's degree in sport management from Washington State University in 2009, and performed an internship with Raider Athletics as part of her degree program in spring 2009.
Director of District Athletics
District Athletics Program Coordinator
Women's Athletic Commissioner
For regional community college sports scores, visit Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges.