On Friday, April 2, a small group of past and current student leaders met at the newly completed Health & Wellness Center to officially welcome Percy the Kraken to the Clipper family.
Percy (pronouns they / them / their) is more than a mascot. They’re a student-led project that spanned over four years from idea to completion. SPSCC student leaders devoted a year to allow time to research, talk over concepts, and look at sketches before selecting the kraken by vote. And it’s easy to see why the legendary deep sea creature won out.
SPSCC is proud to announce student-athlete Dakota Seddon as its nomination for the Washington State Association of College Trustees (ACT) Transforming Lives Awards. As an award recipient, Dakota received a financial award of $250 from the ACT.
Dakota came to SPSCC in the fall of 2019 after health issues made his dream of enlisting in the Air Force unlikely. He decided to reach out to coach and educational and career planner Juan P. Murillo about playing soccer at SPSCC and, shortly after enrolling, Dakota found a different dream.
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By Grant Clark
It’s been almost two years since the South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) volleyball and basketball teams have played a home game, but when they finally do take to the court, the Clippers’ home will be one of the best in the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC).
In his new position as head men’s basketball coach, Jonathan Willis brings a blend of coaching and student-athlete development experience to SPSCC. Willis has extensive coaching experience at the two- and four-year levels, and is excited to be in the new dual-role as head coach and educational & career planner.
In her new position as head women’s basketball coach, Darah Vining will bring a mix of coaching expertise and player development experience to SPSCC. The position is a dual role, with Vining also serving as the assistant athletic director, making her a valuable addition to The Clippers.
SPSCC and Clipper Athletics recently welcomed to its athletics staff Darah Vining, fulfilling the dual role assistant athletic director and head women’s basketball coach.
Prior to coming to SPSCC, Vining was the lead assistant coach at Northwest University and worked for the City of Mercer Island Parks and Recreation.
“She brings her expertise of coaching at a four-year level and understands the dedication and commitment it takes for student-athletes to be successful,” said SPSCC athletics director Vernell Willingham.
In 2017, SPSCC students voted to create a Health & Wellness Center at the college's Olympia Campus, funded by student fees. Construction is nearing completion and, despite a pause in construction this spring, is still expected to be complete in summer 2020. The new space gives the college an opportunity to expand intramural activities and club sports, and opens the possibilities for more kinds of for-credit PE classes.