New soccer coach at Evergreen State College a 1997 grad

The Evergreen State College filled a pair of coaching positions for fall sports, hiring Greg Spector as the women’s volleyball coach and removing the interim tag from women’s soccer coach Adam Fenster.

Fenster is a 1997 graduate of Evergreen and a four-year player for the Geoducks men. He was the interim women’s soccer coach in 2010. Prior to joining Evergreen, he was the men’s soccer coach at Bellevue Community College.

“I’m very excited about being head women’s soccer coach,” Fenster said. “It’s been a position I’ve wanted to hold since my graduation from Evergreen back in 1997.”

Spector replaces Mike Bryant, who served as head coach for the 2010 season. Spector recently served as the women’s volleyball coach at Bridgewater College, an NCAA Division III school in Bridgewater, Va. He is a graduate of San Diego State, where he played two years of men’s volleyball, and was a member of the U.S. men’s national team for the World Maccabi Games.

“I expect great things over time,” Spector said. “I’m really looking forward to the opportunity for everyone to come together and build upon.”

Zack earns GNAC award: Saint Martin’s women’s basketball player Dara Zack, who graduated from the university last month, earned the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s women’s scholar-athlete of the year award.

Zack, who earned a degree in English, compiled a 3.90 grade-point average. On the basketball court, she was the GNAC’s second-leading scorer, averaging 15.3 points per game. She also was eighth in the conference in rebounding (6.7 per game). She ended her Saints career as the school’s all-time leading scorer (1,503 points) and rebounder (831).

Zack is the second SMU women’s basketball player to win the award, which began in 2001-02. Martina Kartikova won it in 2004-05, after leading the Saints to a 22-7 record and their first NCAA postseason appearance.

“I have so much respect for how much she commits to every undertaking, be it athletics, academics or leadership,” Saints coach Tim Healy said of Zack. “Dara is truly a unique young woman and her accomplishments speak for themselves.”

Central Washington football player Adam Bighill, a Montesano High School graduate, won the GNAC’s men’s scholar-athlete of the year award.

Notes: Olivia Midles, a 2010 Capital graduate, was named newcomer of the year among all Eastern Washington University freshmen/newcomer student-athletes. She placed second in the women’s hammer throw (181 feet, 2 inches) at the Big Sky track and field championships and already is ranked No. 3 on EWU’s all-time best list. She qualified for the NCAA Division I West Regional. South Puget Sound Community College guard Will Sharp signed a letter of intent to play men’s basketball at Warner Pacific College in Portland. Sharp, a 2008 North Thurston High School graduate, played two seasons at SPSCC, averaging 14.4 points per game this past winter.

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