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Yoshimura joins staff at pacific

After experiencing years of success coaching programs at the NCAA Division I and NAIA levels, Kip Yoshimura has been chosen as Pacific University's next volleyball coach.

Yoshimura arrived at Pacific on Monday and will begin workouts with current players as their non-traditional practice window opens this week. He arrives in Forest Grove after serving the last season as an assistant coach at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, Calif., and his resume includes tenures as the head coach at Division I Gonzaga and at NAIA power Lewis-Clark State, as well as experience coaching at the club level.

'We are pleased that Kip will be taking the reins of our volleyball program,' said Pacific Director of Athletics Ken Schumann. 'The combination of his experience at Division I and his experience at several small colleges give him a unique skill set that will make him successful at Pacific. I am confident that he can build our volleyball program into a consistent contender in the Northwest Conference.'

Yoshimura said he is excited for the chance to work at his first Division III school and the chance to work with student-athletes who are just as focused on academics as they are on volleyball.

'This is a great opportunity,' Yoshimura said. 'This is a great chance to work at the Division III level and find the right student-athlete that can benefit from athletics and that we can benefit from on the court. It will be a good challenge and a bit different of an experience than I am used to, but I am definitely up for it.'

Yoshimura experienced his best success in nine seasons leading the powerful Lewis-Clark State program in Lewiston, Idaho. From 1993 to 2001, Yoshimura led the Warriors to five NAIA National Tournament appearances, including a national semifinals appearance in 1999, as well as six conference or regional championships.

A six-time AVCA Pacific Northwest Region Coach of the Year and a six-time conference coach of the year, Yoshimura coached 16 NAIA All-Americans, 25 all-region performers, 40 all-conference selections and 13 NAIA All-America Scholar-Athletes.

Registration open for orrc race

Sign up now for the Hagg Lake Run, sponsored by the Oregon Road Runners Club, which will be held on May 5 at 9 a.m. Run a 10K or go once around the lake for 10.4 miles.

For more information, go to www.active.com, pick up a flyer at Frye's, or call Mark Barrett at 503-821-9577.

Viking challenge 5k run/walk

Register now for the Viking Challenge 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, May 19 at 9 a.m. at Forest Grove High School.

Pre-register by April 30 for $20. After April 30 registration is $25 per person. Registration fee includes a T-shirt. The event is sponsored by the Viking Booster Club and Forest Grove Police Department, with proceeds benefitting Special Olympics and FGHS Athletics.

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