Category Archives: Wildcat Sports

CWU Athletic Director Finalists Coming to Ellensburg | CWU Public Affairs

The finalists for the position of Central Washington University athletic director have been selected and will participate in Ellensburg community forums, which are open to the public, during the next three weeks. Each forum will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.  A complete resume for each candidate is available here.
Gail Farmer, search committee chair, said, “From a large and diverse pool of candidates, our search committee has selected an excellent set of finalists, all of whom have outstanding experience in intercollegiate athletics. We’re excited to bring these highly qualified candidates to campus.”
The five finalists are:
     • Dennis Francois, associate director of athletics for external affairs at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa since 2008. Between 2005 and 2008, he was the director of athletics and recreational sports at Southern Oregon University, in Ashland, and executive director of the university’s Raider Club. Francois’s community forum will be held Wednesday, April 3, in the Hal Holmes Center, Kittitas Room.
     • Gary Hyatt, associate athletic director for compliance and academics at CWU since 2009. He was Central’s assistant athletic director for compliance and academics from 2007 to 2009. Between 2000 and 2007, Hyatt was the director of football operations at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Hyatt’s community forum is scheduled for Monday, April 8, in the Hal Holmes Center, Teanaway Room.
     • Tracee Passeggi, associate athletic director and senior woman administrator at Cal Poly Pomona since 2008. Between 2005 and 2008, she held the same positions at San Francisco State University. Passeggi was also assistant athletic director compliance and varsity sports at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, from 2003 to 2005. Passeggi’s community forum will be held Wednesday, April 10, in the Hal Holmes Center, Kittitas Room.
     • Greg Waggoner, athletic director/director for development at Western State Colorado University, in Gunnison, Colorado since 2004. Waggoner has served as the university’s athletic director since 1994, and also was its head wrestling coach from 1985 to 1997. In addition, he is a professor of exercise and sport science. Waggoner’s community forum will be held Thursday, April 11, in the Hal Holmes Center, Ellensburg Room.
     • Barbara Dearing, associate athletic director for business and financial operations and senior woman administrator at Portland State University since 2008. Between 2004 and 2007, she held the same posts at Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia. She was also head softball coach and physical education instructor at Presbyterian College, Clinton, South Carolina. Dearing’s community forum is scheduled for Monday, April 15, in the City of Ellensburg, Chamber Room.
The person selected, who is expected to start on July 1, will follow Jack Bishop, who is retiring after serving as CWU’s athletic director since 2000.

D2 ADA Announces Kathleen Brasfield and Jack Bishop as 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

CLEVELAND – The Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA) has announced the recipients of the 2013 D2 ADA Lifetime Achievement Award – Kathleen Brasfield, former director of athletics at Angelo State University (ASU) and Jack Bishop, athletics director at Central Washington University (CWU).  The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to athletics directors who have exemplified superior achievement during their career at the Division II level.

Bishop has spent the last 13 years at the helm of CWU, completing the university’s transition from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to NCAA Division II. He previously spent time as athletics director at Southern Utah University (SUU) and assistant (for advancement) to the SUU President. (READ MORE…)

Central’s Sparling perseveres, hits 300-win mark | Yakima Herald Republic

Posted: Dec. 7, 2012

Central Washington coach Greg Sparling gives instruction to his team during a tournament game at the Great Western Shootout last December in Las Vegas. (Joe Whiteside/CWU Sports Information)

Every time Greg Sparling goes to work on the Central Washington University campus, he is reminded of the university’s remarkable basketball history.

“It’s right there in front of you,” Sparling says, referring to the entrance of Nicholson Pavilion’s basketball arena. “Up above the doors there’s a picture of Leo on the left, a picture of Dean on the right and the name Nicholson between them in big capital letters. It’s great.” (READ MORE…)

Four CWU football players on GNAC all-academic team – Daily Record: From The Sidelines Blog

PORTLAND — Four Central Washington University football players, including third-time honorees Ryan Robertson and Joey Tivnan, were named to t…

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CWU’s Coach Holtman talks about sportsmanship | The Daily Reflector

The Daily Reflector – Coach talks about sportsmanship.

Mallory Holtman, the NCAA Sportsmanship Award Winner, spoke at East Carolina University on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)

Being nice matters.

That was the message softball coach Mallory Holtman brought to East Carolina University on Tuesday evening.

Holtman, who coaches at Central Washington University, is best known for her display of sportsmanship during a softball game in 2008. She and fellow CWU Wildcat teammate Liz Wallace carried Western Oregon’s Sara Tucholsky around the bases after Tucholsky tore her ACL while rounding the bases after hitting a home run. (READ MORE…)

CWU Football Game versus Azusa Pacific Moved to Bothell | CWU Public Affairs

Poor air quality in the Kittitas Valley has prompted the Central Washington University athletic department to move its home football game against Azusa Pacific University this Saturday, September 22, from the CWU campus to Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell, Washington. Kickoff as also been moved up 30 minutes to 12:30 p.m.

“We’re excited about having our home opener this weekend. Unfortunately because of the air quality in the Kittitas Valley being and projected to be in the hazardous range we are challenged with finding an alternative site,” said Jack Bishop, CWU athletics director.   We can’t subject our players or fans to the poor air quality that’s expected. The Northshore School District has been very gracious to collaborate with us to use their beautiful stadium. We hope that our fans from not only the university and Ellensburg but the west side as well will come out to support us. This creates a great opportunity for alumni and friends of CWU in western Washington to see the Wildcats play. It will be kind of a mini ‘Battle in Seattle.’”

Pop Keeney Stadium (9809 Northeast 188th Street) in Bothell, a 4,500-seat stadium with artificial turf, is the home to the Bothell, Inglemoor, and Woodinville high school football teams. The stadium is located approximately 115 miles northwest of Ellensburg and 15 miles north of downtown Seattle.

Previously purchased tickets will be honored at the gate. Tickets will also be available at the stadium. For those not able to attend, an audio broadcast and live statistics will be available through the CWU Athletics web site at

CWU (2-1, 2-0 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) and APU (0-3, 0-2 GNAC) have played each other five times previously in football, with CWU winning four of those meetings. This week’s game will be the first meeting between the two schools as members of the GNAC, as Azusa Pacific is in its first season as an affiliate member of the conference for football.

Air quality concerns also prompted CWU to move its women’s soccer match tomorrow (Thursday, September 20) against Simon Fraser University to Burnaby, British Columbia. The Clan will now come to Ellensburg to play the Wildcats on Saturday, October 27.

Click here for directions to the stadium.

Changes boost excitement of Kitna Classic – Daily Record: Sports

CLE ELUM — The 10th annual Jon Kitna Wildcat Classic was the same as its predecessors in that it took place at Suncadia, it raised money for C…

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