Two Snohomish County natives are receiving Western Washington University’s highest athletic honor.
Monroe High School graduate Ben Dragavon and Snohomish High School graduate Courtney Schneider are being inducted into the Vikings’ Hall of Fame as part of the school’s 2019 class.
Dragavon, who graduated from Monroe in 2002, was a star goalkeeper on the Western men’s soccer team from 2002-05.
He was a four-time Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-star, and when his Vikings career ended he departed the program as the all-time leader in shutouts with 18.
Dragavon went on to play professionally in MLS and the USL.
Schneider, who graduated from Snohomish in 2004, was a standout libero for Western’s volleyball team from 2004-07. She set the NCAA Division II national record by averaging 7.0 digs per game during her four-year career with the Vikings, and she finished with 2,695 career digs, which ranked third all-time in NCAA Division II. She was an all-GNAC selection all four years.
The Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place May 18 at Carver Gym on Western’s campus.
Howe hired as EdCC women’s soccer coach
Edmonds Community college has hired Aaron Howe as it’s next women’s soccer coach.
Howe has previous coaching experience in the Northwest Athletic Conference, guiding the Shoreline women’s team from 2011-14, as well as the Dolphins’ men’s team from 2013-14. The Shoreline women had winning seasons all four years, reaching the quarterfinals of the NWAC tournament in 2012 and 2014. Most recently he worked as head coach and director of high school programs with Kitsap Alliance F.C.
Howe takes over for Adam Fenster, who stepped down after one season. Fenster led the Tritons to a 9-7-2 record and berth in the NWAC tournament last fall.
Tritons seeking women’s basketball coach
Edmonds Community College is seeking a women’s basketball coach. Tritons coach Eric Ensign had to step down mid-season because of the difficulty of balancing coaching with being the athletic director at Ballard High School in Seattle, with Kristen Thompson taking over on an interim basis. Edmonds finished the season 10-12. For more information, contact Edmonds athletic director Spencer Stark.
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