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2013-14 West Coast Conference Annual Report

CONTENTS

S T U D E N T- AT H L E T E

EXPERIENCE Academics / Community Service / Sportsmanship / Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)

2013-14: A YEAR OF

COMPETITIVENESS Men’s Cross Country / Women’s Cross Country / Women’s Volleyball / Women’s Soccer / Men’s Soccer / Men’s Basketball / Women’s Basketball / Basketball Championships / Men’s Golf / Women’s Golf / Men’s Tennis / Women’s Tennis / Rowing / Softball / Baseball

EXPOSURE Television / TheW.tv / Social Media

LEADERSHIP NCAA Committee Service / National Awards

FROM THE

COMMISSIONER

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he results of the 2013-14 academic year have proven, once again, that the West Coast Conference (WCC) is in elite company within intercollegiate athletics. After welcoming University of the Pacific back into the Conference in July, a myriad of academic, competitive, and experiential accomplishments took place both on and off the fields of play that continue to position the WCC as one of the most successful conferences in the nation. Academically, the WCC saw 29 teams formally recognized for their outstanding Academic Performance Rate achievements, including 37 teams earning perfect 1000 marks. The WCC is also graduating student-athletes at a very high level, evidenced by our 88% NCAA Graduation Success Rate, compared to the 81% national average. The Conference again led the nation in men’s basketball Academic All-Americans, as three student-athletes were honored for the second consecutive year. Competitively, the Conference saw several deep runs into the postseason as four women’s teams reached the Sweet 16 in their respective NCAA Championships. Overall, 22 total teams received bids into NCAA Championship competition, including 7 NCAA championships with multiple WCC teams. We continued to perform well in the winter season, as a record 11 of 20 WCC men’s and women’s basketball teams participated in postseason play. We were particularly well represented in the men’s basketball NCAA and NIT Postseason Tournaments, as a record tying four men’s basketball teams participated. We also crowned a program with as a first time WCC champion, as the BYU Cougars took home the inaugural WCC softball regular season crown.

TThis year also spoke volumes to the quality of studentathletes who compete in the WCC. Not only were 16 student-athletes recognized as All-America honorees in their respective sports, but 12 student-athletes also received Academic All-America honors, thus far. In addition, our student-athletes continued to make an impact in their local communities, as evidenced by the 5,894 individuals that participated in 3,682 hours of service, and others who participated in community service events at WCC Championships. From an exposure standpoint, the WCC continues to expand the viewing opportunities available to its fans. The 2013-14 men’s basketball Conference season featured 86 of 90 games broadcast regionally, nationally, and/or internationally through a variety of network partners. The Conference also saw an expanded national/interna-

JAMIE ZANINOVICH tional presence as 17 games were televised on the ESPN family of networks. The fall of 2013 was a particularly exciting time for the WCC as TheW.tv, the Conference’s new digital platform, was unveiled. TheW.tv's first year featured over 100 live events, all available for free and on multiple platforms. Of the total events, TheW.tv saw 47 regular season contests and seven live postseason events produced, at tv quality, exclusively for TheW.tv. In addition, over 650 video-on-demand feature stories have reached audiences approaching 10 million viewers, thanks to digital syndication through YouTube, YahooSports, USA Today, and other platforms. We are proud that TheW.tv has become a powerful vehicle through which to share the phenomenal stories of our student-athletes, coaches, and institutions. We hope you enjoy several of the features that can be found throughout the remainder of this report. From a leadership standpoint, the WCC continues to participate fully and actively in the national conversation as 14 individuals served on NCAA Cabinets/Committees this past year, and five additional individuals are set to begin their service in the coming months. We were also thrilled to see three of our administrators recognized nationally for their outstanding work, as Shaney Fink (San Diego), Lynn Holzman (WCC), and Karen Peters (Portland) were honored as Administrators of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators. As the Conference embarks on a new Strategic Plan in the coming year, there will assuredly be new goals and priorities to focus upon, but before we look too far ahead, I hope you take time to relive and recognize an outstanding 2013-14. Lastly, as this is my last formal communication to the membership as Commissioner, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your leadership, energy and friendship over these last six years. It has been a humbling experience to serve this membership, its administrators and student-athletes, through a period of unprecedented growth for the Conference. I will miss your sincere dedication to the endearing values of the collegiate athletic experience.

With warmest regards,

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STUDENT-ATHLETE EXPERIENCE ACADEMICS WCC STUDENT-ATHLETES CONTINUED TO PERFORM WELL IN THE CLASSROOM THIS YEAR with impressive academic honors and NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and Academic Performance Rate (APR) increases across several sports.

APR: Measures the academic progress of student-athletes by account-

Honors: Pepperdine men’s basketball student-athlete Malte Kramer was named 2014 Valedictorian. Three men’s basketball student-athletes (Malte Kramer, Pepperdine; Thomas van der Mars, Portland; Beau Levesque, Saint Mary’s) earned Capital One Academic All-America status, which was the most of any conference.

GSR: Measures graduation rates at NCAA Division I institutions and includes transfer student-athletes. The data reflects a six year period from 2007-08 through 2012-13. Men’s basketball GSR improved from 83% to 88% compared to 70% nationally WCC student-athletes had an average GSR of 88% compared to 81% nationally 50 WCC teams (29 women’s and 21 men’s) had 100% GSR

10%

17% (18 teams) <80%

46% (50 teams) >100%

ALL SPORTS GSR

23% (25 teams) >80%

14% (15 teams) >90%

ing for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete, each term. The data reflects a four year average from 2009-10 through 2012-13. 12 sports saw an increase in APR 37 teams recorded a perfect 1000 APR 29 teams earned at least a 990 APR 10 WCC teams met or exceeded the NCAA APR average Men’s Basketball continues to outperform the NCAA APR average (957) with a score of 966

MEN’S BASKETBALL APR

985

975

965

968

(1 team) <80%

966 961 955

MEN’S BASKETBALL 30% GSR (3 teams) 50% >80% (5 teams) 100% 10% (1 team) >90%

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ACADEMICS (CONT.) 2013-14 APR PUBLIC RECOGNITION

Each year, the NCAA honors teams earning multiyear Academic Progress Rates in the top 10% of all squads in each sport. The WCC had 20 teams recognized: BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY Men’s Cross Country

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY Men’s Soccer

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY Men’s Cross Country Men’s Soccer Men’s Tennis Women’s Cross Country Women’s Golf Women’s Tennis Women’s Volleyball

PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY Women’s Cross Country Women’s Tennis Women’s Volleyball UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND Women’s Cross Country

SAINT MARY’S COLLEGE Women’s Cross Country Women’s Volleyball UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO Men’s Tennis Women’s Basketball SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY Women’s Golf Women’s Rowing Women’s Tennis

COMMUNITY SERVICE WCC STUDENT-ATHLETES CONTINUED TO BE CHAMPIONS AND LEADERS IN THEIR COMMUNITY. Overall, 5,894 student-athletes in the WCC contributed over 3,682 hours to community service activities throughout the year.

Championship Highlights Community service events were conducted at five WCC Championships The WCC Golf Men’s and Women’s Championships offered a skills clinic for local Boy Scouts to earn their golf sports pin

Pepperdine’s Grace Na during the 2014 WCC Golf Championships Kids Clinic

Campus Highlights All ten institutions gave back to the community through the donation of clothes, shoes, and food items Student-athletes at Portland shaved their heads to help raise over $8,000 for St. Baldrick’s, an organization that is committed to funding research to find cures for childhood cancers San Francisco partnered with a local school to provide tutoring for at risk youth Student-athletes donated almost 500 hours of Portland student-athletes their time throughout the year shaved their heads to raise

money for cancer research.

REPRESENT TEAM SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD WINNERS FALL Men’s Cross Country BYU Women’s Cross Country Pepperdine Men’s Socce San Diego Women’s Soccer Santa Clara Women’s Volleyball BYU

WINTER Men’s Basketball San Diego Women’s Basketball Saint Mary’s SPRING Baseball Santa Clara Softball Pacific Men’s Golf Gonzaga

Women’s Golf Gonzaga Men’s Tennis San Francisco Women’s Tennis San Francisco Rowing Portland

THE 2013-14 ACADEMIC YEAR WAS THE FIRST YEAR THE SAAC LED THE SPORTSMANSHIP REPRESENT EFFORT. Each institution, in collaboration with the Conference staff, continued to support sportsmanship priorities as noted in the Sportsmanship Task Force Legacy Plan. Voting and distributing Sportsmanship Awards Hosting campus REPRESENT events to educate student-fan groups about the REPRESENT campaign and wearing REPRESENT T-Shirts at those events Participating in community service projects on campus and at several WCC Championships

STUDENT-ATHLETE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SAAC) THE WCC SAAC PARTICIPATED IN THE CONFERENCE-WIDE STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS, which includes a commitment to enhance the “student-athlete experience.” The WCC SAAC recommended that the “student-athlete experience” goals include strategies for academic and career development and health and well-being (e.g. nutrition and mental health). The WCC SAAC also recognized the need to increase the student-athlete education and engagement in NCAA and Conference issues, given the anticipated student-athlete voice and vote in the new NCAA Division I governance structure.

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MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY The BYU MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY team captured its second WCC championship crown since 2011 on its way to leading an historic finish at the NCAA Championship. Joined by the Portland Pilots, the Cougars (4th) and Pilots (7th) combined to represent the best WCC 1-2 finish in WCC men’s cross country history. The 7th place by the Pilots also tied a program best.

Individual H I G H L I G H TS earned Student-Athletes earned USTFCCA 3 Student-Athletes All-America honors: 5 Academic All-America honors: SCOTT FAUBLE (Portland) TYLOR THATCHER (BYU) JARED WARD (BYU)

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NCAA TEAM PARTICIPANTS

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NCAA INDIVIDUAL PARTICIPANTS

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ALL-AMERICANS

ERIC CAUSEY (San Francisco) SCOTT FAUBLE (Portland) CHARLIE MCDONALD (Portland) TYLOR THATCHER (BYU) JARED WARD (BYU)

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS

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TOP-100 NCAA INDIVIDUAL FINISHES

WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY Individual H I G H L I G H TS earned 4 Student-Athletes USTFCCA Academic All-America honors:

earned 9 Student-Athletes USTFCCA Academic All-Region honors:

BRIDGET DAHLBERG

ELENA BURKARD (San Francisco) BRIDGET DAHLBERG (San Francisco) ANDREA HARRISON (BYU) KATE JAMBORETZ (San Francisco) TANSEY LYSTAD (Portland) LINDSEY NIELSON (BYU) SHEREE SHEA (Loyola Marymount) NATALIE SHIELDS (BYU) SARAH YINGLING (BYU)

(San Francisco) ANDREA HARRISON (BYU) KATE JAMBORETZ (San Francisco) SHEREE SHEA (Loyola Marymount) The San Francisco WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY team completed its “Drive for Five” in 2013 after earning its fifth-straight WCC Championship title. The BYU Cougars (28th) joined the Dons (18th) in the NCAA Championship in Terre Haute, Ind., by earning an at-large bid. It is the second time in three years that two WCC teams competed in the NCAA Championship.

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NCAA TEAM PARTICIPANTS

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ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL For the second straight year the WCC WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL championship title came down to the final match of the season, with San Diego again taking home the crown. The BYU Cougars earned an at-large bid, marking the third straight year the WCC has placed multiple teams in the NCAA Championship. Both San Diego (26-4) and BYU (24-7) won two matches to advance to the round of 16 with the Toreros finishing the season ranked No. 9 and the Cougars No. 13 in the final AVCA national poll.

Individual H I G H L I G H TS earned 2 Student-Athletes All-America honors: Second-Team honoree

will 3theStudent-Athletes represent the USA on Collegiate National

earned 5 Student-Athletes Honorable Mention All-America honors:

Team this summer:

ALAYSIA BROWN (San Diego) KRISTINA GRAVEN (Saint Mary’s) C’ERA OLIVEIRA (San Diego) JORDAN SHAW (Saint Mary’s) BECCA STREHLOW (Pepperdine)

CHLOE FERRARI

(San Diego) Third-Team honoree ALEXA GRAY (BYU)

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JIANNA BONOMI (San Diego) JENNIFER HAMSON (BYU) LITARA KEIL (Loyola Marymount)

NCAA PARTICIPANTS

2

SWEET 16 APPEARANCES

2

ALL-AMERICANS

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TOP-100 NCAA INDIVIDUAL FINISHES

WOMEN’S SOCCER The 2013 WCC WOMEN’S SOCCER season proved to be a historic one, as three teams, BYU, Portland and Santa Clara, all tied for the championship title. Each of those three teams finished 8-1-0 in Conference play, and advanced to the NCAA Championship. Santa Clara fared the best of the group and advanced to the round of 16 before falling in overtime. BYU and Portland each advanced to the second round of the championship.

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NCAA TEAM PARTICIPANTS

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SWEET 16 APPEARANCE

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Individual H I G H L I G H TS earned Student-Athletes were 4 Student-Athletes All-America honors: 6 selected in the 2014 First Team honorees NWSL Draft: AMANDA FRISBIE (Portland) AND JULIE JOHNSTON

(Santa Clara) Third-Team honorees CLOEE COLOHAN (BYU) AND SOFIA HUERTA (Santa Clara)

ALL-AMERICANS

MEN’S SOCCER

Individual H I G H L I G H TS

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NCAA TEAM PARTICIPANT

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LMU freshman ADRIEN PEREZ led the WCC in goals (8), assists (5) and points per game (1.75) during league matches.

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS

(Santa Clara) MORGAN MARLBOROUGH

(Santa Clara) MICHELLE PAO (Pepperdine) ELLEN PARKER (Portland)

For the first time in program history the Loyola Marymount Lions claimed an outright WCC MEN’S SOCCER title. The Lions finished Conference play with a 9-2-1 record to advance to the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2009. After a tightly contested match, the Lions fell in a shootout in the first round of the NCAA Championship. Early season highlights included San Diego posting a 1-0 road shutout at No. 1 ranked California.

Loyola Marymount’s JOHN MCFARLIN ranked third among NCAA Division I leaders in assists per game (0.61), while Portland’s EDDIE SANCHEZ rated sixth in goals per game (0.71) and 10th in points (1.59).

CLOEE COLOHAN (BYU) AMANDA FRISBIE (Portland) JULIE JOHNSTON

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MEN’S BASKETBALL For the 13th time in the last 14 years, the Gonzaga Bulldogs captured the WCC MEN’S BASKETBALL regular season title with a 15-3 Conference mark. The Bulldogs outlasted BYU in the WCC Championship title game, and both teams advanced to the NCAA Championship. The Zags advanced to the third round of the NCAA Championship, while the Cougars competed in the second round. With two teams advancing to the NIT Postseason Tournament, Saint Mary’s and San Francisco, the WCC tied a Conference record with four teams competing in the NCAA and NIT Postseason tournaments. Additionally, Pacific and San Diego competed in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT), marking the first time ever that six WCC teams competed in the postseason. The WCC rated 10th in conference RPI and produced an All-American – BYU’s Tyler Haws – for the 13th consecutive season. The WCC led the nation in most Capital One Academic All-Americans for the second straight season.

Individual H I G H L I G H TS ANTHONY IRELAND

(Loyola Marymount) completed his career ranked fourth in career WCC scoring (2,169) and ninth in assists (557).

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NCAA PARTICIPANTS

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NIT PARTICIPANTS

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CIT PARTICIPANTS (1 SEMIFINALIST )

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earned 3 Student-Athletes Third-Team Academic All-Americahonors: MALTE KRAMER (Pepperdine) BEAU LEVESQUE (Saint Mary’s) AND THOMAS VAN DER MARS (Portland).

ALL-AMERICAN

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL For the 10th straight year the Gonzaga Bulldogs captured the WCC regular season WOMEN’S BASKETBALL championship crown. The Zags earned the No. 1 Seed into the WCC Championship and met No. 2 BYU in the final. Both WCC Tournament Champion Gonzaga and BYU marched to the NCAA Championship and the Cougars matched the deepest run in program history by advancing to the Sweet 16. During the regular season four teams cracked national top-25 polls (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s and San Diego) and the Toreros opened the year with a programrecord 15 straight victories.

Individual H I G H L I G H TS earned Honorable 2 Student-Athletes Mention All-America honors: (BYU)

KIKI MOORE

(Pacific) surpassed 2,000 career points and JACKIE NARED (Saint Mary’s) and AMY KAME (San Diego) surpassed 1,500 career points.

JENNIFER HAMSON AND HAIDEN PALMER (Gonzaga).

Both Hamson and Palmer were selected in the 2014 WNBA Draft.

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NCAA TEAM PARTICIPANTS

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SWEET SIXTEEN APPEARANCE

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WNIT PARTICIPANTS

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ALL-AMERICANS

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NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK SELECTIONS

BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS FEATURING 20 TEAMS FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS HISTORY, the 2014 West Coast Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships once again brought a spirited crowd to the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The championships enjoyed unprecedented national exposure with five men’s tournament games appearing on ESPN or ESPN2, 12 games appearing on BYUtv, and the Women’s Championship game appearing on ESPNU. Total Revenue: $1.7 million Total attendance: Nearly 35,000 fans (9% attendance increase from the 2013 championships) Throughout the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship several EVENTS HAD A STRONG IMPACT on the local community: Wounded Warrior Recognition: The Wounded Warrior recognition later received national attention via the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Daily Review. Kids Day: Over 750 local youth attended the WCC Kids Day and received a backpack, t-shirt, game ticket, healthy lunch from Whole Foods, and a unique experience with over 100 members from the WCC, including student-athletes, coaches, cheerleaders and mascots. WCC Catholic Mass: $2,500 raised for Catholic Charities

$1.7

MILLION

in total revenue

6 Wounded Warriors recognized 34,229 total attendance 9% attendance increase from 2013

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SPRING

MEN’S GOLF Individual H I G H L I G H TS posted regular 5 Student-Athletes season tournament wins, led by 2014 WCC Player of the Year GRANT FORREST (San Diego) who captured three medalist honors as a junior. FORREST (32) AND BYU’s JOE PARKINSON (54) appear in the

current Golfstat individual rankings.

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Preseason favorite BYU marched to its first WCC MEN’S GOLF championship at the Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. The Cougars held on in a tightly packed tournament with just 10 strokes separating the top six teams. Pacific’s Byron Meth ran away with WCC medalist honors, finishing at 8-under (208), highlighted by a 6-under 66 in the opening round. During the 2013-14 regular season, WCC programs captured three tournament titles and seven individuals captured medalist honors.

NCAA REGIONAL INDIVIDUAL PARTICIPANTS

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INDIVIDUAL RANKED IN THE TOP-50 NATIONALLY

WOMEN’S GOLF Preseason favorite No. 15 Pepperdine rolled to its 13th consecutive WCC WOMEN’S GOLF championship with a 17-stroke victory at the Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. Gonzaga’s Alice Kim captured medalist honors at Even par (216). Both the Waves and the Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA Championship, marking the second straight season at least two programs have qualified for the postseason. During the 201314 regular season, four WCC programs captured nine tournament titles and student athletes recorded 10 medalist honors.

Individual H I G H L I G H TS Student-Athletes posted 10 regular season 6 tournament wins, led by 2014 WCC Freshman of the Year (Santa Clara) ANNIE FREMAN

who captured three medalist honors in her collegiate debut. All-American GRACE NA (Pepperdine) and ALICE KIM (Gonzaga) each collected two titles. Pepperdine All-Americans GRACE NA (10) AND MARISSA CHOW (29) appear in the current Golfstat individual rankings.

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NCAA REGIONAL INDIVIDUAL PARTICIPANT

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INDIVIDUALS RANKED IN THE TOP-50 NATIONALLY

ROWING For the fourth time in five years, the San Diego Toreros claimed the WCC ROWING Championship. The 2014 edition proved to be a dominant one, as the Toreros won all three championship races (I Four, II Eight, I Eight) to earn the maximum 42 points en route to the team crown. San Diego will now compete in its first-ever NCAA Rowing Championship.

Individual H I G H L I G H TS Both 2014 Champion San Diego and 2013 Champion Gonzaga cracked the top-20 during the course of the regular season. San Diego Varsity Four turned in a remarkable upset of No. 1 California at the Lake Natoma Invite.

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Saint Mary’s KATHERINE WAHL closed her career in Moraga with a 4.00 GPA in Accounting and made her second WCC All-Academic Team.

MEN’S TENNIS After splitting a pair of matches during the regular season, No. 1 San Diego defeated No. 2 Pepperdine to capture the 2014 WCC MEN’S TENNIS championship at the Barnes Tennis Center. The Toreros turned in a historic campaign, going 9-0 during league play en route to the program’s first regular season championship. The Toreros advanced to their fourth straight NCAA Championship and the Round of 32 after defeating Boise State in the opening match.

Individual H I G H L I G H TS 2014 WCC Player of the Year ALEX SARKISSIAN (Pepperdine) AND CLARKE SPINOSA (San Diego) competed in the NCAA Singles Championship, while Sarkissian and teammate FRANCIS ALCANTARA competed in the NCAA Doubles Championship. ALEX SARKISSIAN (Pepperdine) earned All-America honors in singles after advancing to the NCAA Singles Championship final. Sarkissian and teammate FRANCIS ALCANTARA also earned All-America honors in doubles.

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NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM PARTICIPANT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP SINGLES PARTICIPANTS NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLES PARTICIPANT

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SINGLES ALL-AMERICAN

DOUBLES ALL-AMERICAN PAIR

2013-14 West Coast Conference Annual Report WOMEN’S TENNIS After rolling to a program record 14 consecutive victories, including an unblemished 9-0 slate in league matches, No. 1 Pepperdine defeated No. 3 Saint Mary’s to capture the 2014 WCC WOMEN’S TENNIS championship at the Barnes Tennis Center. The No. 26 Waves posted an impressive 16-4 dual match slate during the regular season, while the No. 42 Gaels wrapped the season at 15-8. The Waves made their 27th consecutive NCAA Championship appearance (31st overall) and advanced to the Round of 32 after winning its program recordsetting 15th consecutive match, over LSU, in the opening round.

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Individual H I G H L I G H TS 2014 WCC Player of the Year JENNY JULLIEN (Saint Mary’s) AND LORRAINE GUILLERMO (Pepperdine) competed in the NCAA Singles Championship, while MICHAELA CAPANNOLO AND YUKI CHIANG (Pepperdine) competed in NCAA Doubles Championship. JENNY JULLIEN

(Saint Mary’s) earned AllAmerica honors in singles after advancing to the round of 16 at the NCAA Singles Championship. Jullien is the first ever All-American in Saint Mary’s women’s tennis history.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM PARTICIPANT

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NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP SINGLES PARTICIPANTS

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NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLES PARTICIPANT

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SINGLES ALL-AMERICAN

SOFTBALL Picked to win the inaugural WCC SOFTBALL crown, the BYU Cougars finished the Conference season with a 12-2 record to prove the preseason poll correct. The Cougars finished the regular season with 15 straight victories to qualify for their 10th consecutive NCAA Regional berth. During the course of the regular season, three programs (BYU, Loyola Marymount and San Diego) tossed no-hitters and two teams (BYU and Pacific) turned a triple play.

Individual H I G H L I G H TS The opening day of WCC softball was historic in more than one way, as San Diego senior CASSIDY COLEMAN threw a no-hitter against BYU. Coleman’s outing was the third no-hitter in Torero history.

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Santa Clara’s STEPHANIE FISHER became the first WCC student-athlete to hit for the cycle, accomplishing the feat against Cal.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP PARTICIPANT

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BYU’s COCO TAUALI’I became the first WCC player to hit a home run, accomplishing the feat in the opening weekend.

NO-HITTERS THROWN BY WCC STUDENT-ATHLETES

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BASEBALL Individual H I G H L I G H TS Conference student3 Westathletes,CoastPepperdine’s (WCC Pitcher of the AARON

BROWN

Year), San Diego’s CONNOR JOE (2014 WCC Player of the Year) and San Francisco’s BRADLEY ZIMMER, are in the final 30 for the Golden Spikes Award, presented to the top player in collegiate baseball. For the second time in three years, Pepperdine claimed the West Coast Conference regular season championship with a 18-9 slate (3916 overall), and thus claimed the No. 1 seed in the WCC Championship. In tightly-contested race, Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara joined the Waves in the four-team championship. Pepperdine went 3-0 in the tournament, highlighted by a 61 victory against Loyola Marymount in the championship game, to secure the Conference’s automatic NCAA Championship berth.

Pepperdine’s AARON BROWN is a finalist for the John Olerud Award, presented to the nation’s top two-way player. BYU’s KOLTON MAHONEY tossed a no-hitter in a 5-0 victory against Nicholls State. It was the seventh no-hitter in program history.

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GOLDEN SPIKES FINAL-30 FINALISTS

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JOHN OLERUD AWARD FINALIST

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BROOKS WALLACE AWARD FINALIST

EXPOSURE TELEVISION THE 2013-14 ACADEMIC YEAR SAW UNPRECEDENTED COVERAGE FOR THE WCC, highlighted by a record 96% of men’s basketball Conference games (86 of 90) broadcast regionally, nationally and/or internationally through partnerships with ESPN, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, ROOT Sports, BYUtv, or the Conference’s new digital platform, TheW.tv. The “WCC Game of Week” and “WCC This Week” pregame show also continued this season, with all 10 men’s basketball teams enjoying a spotlight feature.

ESPN profiles NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee Member and WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich.

MEN’S BASKETBALL EXPOSURE

17 Games televised on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU 6 games televised on BYUtv 43 Games televised on at least one regional sports network (TWC SportsNet, CSN Bay Area/California, ROOT Sport Rocky Mountain/Northwest, FOX Sports San Diego)

20 Regular season games produced at TV-quality in HD on TheW.tv, including 5 institutionally produced games

41 Games televised on more than one regional sports network

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T H E W. T V ON SEPTEMBER 18, 2013, THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE PROUDLY UNVEILED A DIGITAL PLATFORM, TheW.tv, in partnership with Silver Chalice/Campus Insiders. TheW.tv debuted with a robust schedule of live games and WCC championship events, while also featuring out of market regional telecasts, and additional on-demand features. Throughout the year, TheW.tv aired over 20 live games produced by WCC institutions, and served as a syndication platform, in addition to institutional primary distribution channels, for on-demand video content.

50 Men’s basketball TV broadcasts streamed out-of-market on TheW.tv

1,950,513 Video on demand plays (through May 26, 2014)

12 WCC basketball tournament games (8 women’s, 4 men’s) streamed on TheW.tv

92,078 Hours of video on demand content consumed (through May 26, 2014) 4,056 Average unique users per day (through May 26, 2014) SOCIAL MEDIA THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE CONTINUES TO PROMOTE ITS TEAMS, STUDENT-ATHLETES, AND COACHES THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS. With the launch of TheW.tv in the fall of 2013, the network established its own Twitter handle (@TheWtv) to promote live events and other video content, as well as a Vine account to give fans behind-the-scenes access at championships and other televised events. In total, the WCC is active on six social media platforms, including Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Twitter, and Vine.

@WCCSports

@WCChoops

5,862 Followers

2,335 Followers WCCsports

@TheWtv

3,729 Likes

870 Followers WCCSports

@WCCsports

753 Followers

312 Subscribers WCCsports

525,030 Followers WCC SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTORY All social media data as of May 26, 2014

LEADERSHIP NCAA COMMITTEE SERVICE THE WEST COAST CONFERENCE was represented on 14 NCAA Cabinets/Committees during the 2013-14 academic year, and 5 new representatives are set to join an NCAA committee for the 2014-15 academic year.

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NCAA Cabinets/Committees with WCC representation

5 New WCC representatives in 2014-15

COMMITTEE NAME

NAME

INSTITUTION

Division I Men’s Basketball Committee (Ends 6/1)

Jamie Zaninovich

West Coast Conference

Division I Men’s Basketball Committee (Begins 6/1)

Tom Holmoe

Brigham Young University

Honors Committee

E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C

University of Portland

Division I Recruiting and Athletics Personnel Issues Cabinet

Mitchell Malachowski

University of San Diego

Division I Amateurism Cabinet

Mark Orr

St. Mary’s College of California

Division I Academic Cabinet

Shannon Strahl

Gonzaga University

Division I Championships/Sports Management Cabinet

Scott Leykam

University of Portland

Division I Legislative Council

Shaney Fink

University of San Diego

Division I Leadership Council

Ky Snyder

University of San Diego

Division I Presidential Advisory Group

E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C

University of Portland

Division I Men’s and Women’s Tennis Committee (Ends 5/30)

D.J. Gurule

Gonzaga University

Division I Men’s and Women’s Tennis Committee (Begins 9/1)

Jamie Sanchez

Loyola Marymount University

Division I Women’s Volleyball Committee

Samantha Hartwell

University of San Francisco

Division I Baseball Committee (Begins 9/1)

Scott Sidwell

University of San Francisco

Men’s Water Polo Committee (Begins 9/1)

Mike Dalgety

University of the Pacific

Division I Rowing Committee (Begin 9/1)

Glen Putyrae

Gonzaga University

Olympic Sports Liaison Committee

Ky Snyder

University of San Diego

Division I Men’s Golf Committee

Bruce Brockbank

Brigham Young University

Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

Drew Hacker

Pepperdine University

NATIONAL AWARDS THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGIATE WOMEN’S ATHLETIC ADMINISTRATORS (NACWAA) recognized three West Coast Conference administrators as 2013 Administrators of the Year in San Diego’s Shaney Fink (Division I FCS Category), the WCC’s Lynn Holzman (Conference/Organization Category), and Portland’s Karen Peters (Division I Category). Fink, Holzman, and Peters were honored at the NACWAA National Convention on October 15 in San Diego, California.

3 NACWAA Administrator of the Year Honorees