Steve Eskridge named as SCC Athletic Director

Monday, June 23, 2014

Steve Eskridge
SCC Athletic Director
An old hand is the new face as Director of Athletics at Shoreline Community College.

Steve Eskridge has been named to lead the department he has been in charge of since November, 2013 when the previous AD, Doug Palmer, resigned. Eskridge has been in a variety of positions over the past 24 years at Shoreline, including head men’s basketball coach and manager of equipment and facilities.

Shoreline offers seven sports, including basketball, baseball and soccer for men and basketball, softball, soccer and volleyball for women.

“My goal is to support our student-athletes,” said Eskridge, who makes sure he uses both words together when referring to students who also participate in sports. “We need to support them as athletes and as students. You can’t forget the student part; that’s why they are here.”

To illustrate his commitment to serving the whole person, Eskridge points out that as part of the gymnasium remodeling that is occurring this summer, he will include a new athlete academic center in the building.

Second on Eskridge’s priority list is fundraising.

“When I was head men’s basketball coach, I think I may have been the biggest fund-raiser on campus,” Eskridge said. Most of the funding for athletics comes from student fees, with the allocation decided on each year by the student government representatives. However, Eskridge said it is important for coaches and student-athletes in the individual sports to also go out and raise funds to help meet expenses.

Asked for one word to describe his goals for the program, Eskridge said: “Excellence.”

“Excellence in everything we do,” he said. “Yes, winning is important, but at the end of the day, I want to ask, ‘Did we do everything in our power to develop the student-athlete? Is that student-athlete moving forward?”

Looking at the teams for next season, Eskridge is characteristically optimistic.

The men’s basketball team has a new coach in Donald Brady, who comes to Shoreline from Bellevue where he was an associate head coach for six years. Brady comes from a coaching family; his father has been head basketball coach at Palm Desert High School, Calif., for 23 years. “We’re looking forward to some good recruits,” Eskridge said.

Men’s baseball also has new coaches in Travis Fox and Dave Snell. Snell was a high-school star at Ingraham, drafted as a pitcher by the San Francisco Giants and played in the Seattle Mariners minor league system. His son, Blake, was drafted in 2011 by the Tampa Bay Rays. Fox is a product of Western Oregon University and played two seasons in Australia and has had several coaching positions in Seattle and Spokane. “We had very good talent this year, but were hit by injuries,” Eskridge said. “Many of those players are coming back.”

In soccer, Aaron Howe coaches both the men’s and women’s squads. “We have some new faces coming on and we’re very optimistic,” Eskridge said.

The women’s softball team also has a new coach in place, with Bryan Johnson taking over. Johnson has coached at Dakota Wesleyan University and Northern State University in South Dakota. He has also previously worked with the softball teams at Green River and South Puget Sound Community colleges.

Mark West and Raquel Chumpitaz-West return to lead the successful women’s volleyball program. “Mark and Raquel are great and they always have a strong team,” Eskridge said.

The women’s basketball team will be led by head coach Darnellia Russell. Russell coached at North Seattle Community College for three years. A guard during her career at Roosevelt High School in Seattle, Russell was All-King County three years in a row. She played at North Seattle Community College where she won NWAACC Most Valuable Player and attended the University of the Cumberland in Williamsburg, Kentucky. “Darnellia is a young coach and she’s going to be a very good coach,” Eskridge said.


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