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Ranger Roundup: Janusch honored by NWAACC

Barry Janusch, athletic director at Olympic College, doesn’t have a big head when it comes to the growing OC sports programs ... yet.

Janusch was honored this week with the Dutch Triebwasser award, which is given to the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges outstanding athletic administrator.

“It was kind of a shocker, but I’m very pleased,” Janusch said of the award. “I don’t think you ever anticipate winning something like that.”

The award originated in 1990 and this is the first time an OC administrator has won the award. But Janusch said the most meaningful thing about it was the fact that it is voted on by his peers in the NWAACC.

“It’s a very good feeling,” Janusch said. “There are a lot of athletic directors in the NWAACC that I still look up to. They are role models I guess.”

Janusch was honored for his accomplishments at OC this year, which included adding four new sports programs (men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s golf). Janusch is also a member of the NWAACC Executive Board.

He said he was most proud off adding the new programs.

“Especially in a time where most schools are dropping sports,” Janusch said. “I take a lot of pride in that. We got on the way up a very solid group of sports. I really like my coaching staff. Now we need to win some championships, get some NWAACC titles.”

In terms of the award, Janusch said it gives more validity to some of his earlier decisions.

“It does give some credibility to the decisions we’ve made on coaches,” he said. “What I predominately spend my time on is developing our coaches.”

In a press release, NWAACC Executive Director Dick McClain said Janusch was a “clear choice.”

“He epitomizes everything positive about the NWAACC and community college athletics and provides an excellent example for our other athletic directors, coaches and athletes,” McClain said in the release.

Baseball

Ranger freshman Matt Phillips, a 2004 graduate of Central Kitsap, was named to the NWAACC All-Conference Second Team at designated hitter.

Phillips, also a pitcher for OC, finished third in the NWAACC in batting average this season, swinging a .436 clip in 78 at-bats. He also drove in 18 RBI with a pair of home runs. On the mound, Phillips went 1-4 with a 4.50 ERA.

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