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Yandall elevated to softball coach

The search for Pacific’s next softball coach ended just 10 feet from where it started, as assistant coach Liz Yandall has been named the fifth head coach of the program.

Yandall replaces Tim Hill, who retired this spring after 12 softball seasons at Pacific, 14 years as a college coach and more than four decades of coaching at all levels of the game.

“After 12 years investing in the Pacific softball program, it is very important to me that this program continues to move in a forward direction,” Hill said. “I’m absolutely convinced that Liz is the perfect choice to maintain and exceed the past achievements of this team. It is quite satisfying knowing that program is in very good hands.”

Said Yandall: “I am thrilled for this amazing opportunity. The future of our program is promising with so many dedicated returners and a great incoming class for next year. My goal is to continue the tradition of a great culture, hard work and holding ourselves to the highest competitive standard. My heart has always been on the softball field and I am grateful to continue on as a Boxer.”

Yandall becomes head coach after spending the last eight months as an assistant and recruiting coordinator under Hill. She joined the Pacific program last October with the charge of building the Boxers’ junior varsity softball program, which will take the field next spring.

Pacific baseball chooses Billings

Pacific went outside the program to find its next head baseball coach, but the Boxers didn’t stray beyond the Northwest Conference.

Brian Billings, the longtime head coach at the University of Puget Sound, has been hired to succeed Greg Bradley the head of the Pacific baseball program.

Billings arrives in Forest Grove after 12 seasons as the head coach of the rival Puget Sound program in Tacoma, Wash. Billings was selected after a national search that drew finalists from across the nation.

“I am pleased that Brian has accepted our offer to succeed Coach Bradley as baseball coach,” said Pacific Director of Athletics Ken Schumann. “I am confident that Brian’s knowledge of the conference and his track record at Puget Sound will set himself up for great success as a Boxer.”

Billings amassed 201 wins in his 12 seasons at Puget Sound, and he led the Loggers to a fourth-place NWC finish in 2014. During his tenure, Puget Sound finished in the top half of the NWC standings six times and amassed 15 or more wins 10 times.

“It’s an honor to be selected as the next head coach of the Boxers and to follow in the footsteps of Coach Bradley,” Billings said. “This is a terrific opportunity for my family and I can’t wait to get to work.”

Vikings will host basketball camp

The Forest Grove boys basketball program will be hosting a youth camp from June 17-20.

The Viking Hoop Camp will cost $60 and is open to players who will be in grades 2-10 next year. It will be held at Forest Grove High School each day and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The camp will be run by Forest Grove boys basketball coach Greg Evers with help from Banks head coach Pat Marlia and assistant Gabe Barber, as well as current Forest Grove and Banks varsity players. The camp is geared toward the instruction of fundamentals and bridging those skills into game situations.

For more information, contact Evers at 503-307-0404 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



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