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What it’s like to be a Whatcom athlete in the time of COVID-19

Being a college athlete is hard as it is but being a student athlete in college might just be harder. During a regular season, the Whatcom volleyball team has a packed schedule, but who knew that during a worldwide pandemic, we are still working just as hard.

I’m a returning player for Whatcom’s volleyball team. I played last year as the starting Libero, which is a defensive specialist, for the team, where we placed first in the Northern Region of the Northwestern Athletic Conference and placed in the top eight at the NWAC Championship. We worked hard every day, sometimes practicing up to four hours a day. A lot of people have asked what we are doing to practice as a team while being safe and conscious of COVID-19 guidelines.

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Whatcom to introduce new Hall of Fame this fall

Whatcom has officially introduced a Hall of Fame to honor its former athletes, coaches and teams athletic and societal excellence.

The college has opened the door for nominations to be considered by their own selection committee. Danny Day, the current Athletic Director at WCC spoke about his inspiration to form the Hall of Fame.

“Just trying to find the best way we can honor all those alumni and past coaches or contributors through orca athletics.” Day said.

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Athletics through a pandemic

At Whatcom Community College, the athletic department is working hard through the pandemic to prepare for the upcoming sports season.  Players and coaches are working closely together to remain competitive in the Northwest Athletic Conference while also keeping player safety a top priority.  In an email to WCC Horizon, Head Women’s Soccer Coach Mary Schroeder described some of the issues of continuing to work through a global pandemic. 

Schroeder explained how her team was “excited about the opportunity to get some practices in this fall” and described the parameters in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which includes athletes being allowed to train in group of up to 6 players, wearing masks and staying socially distanced unless they are participating in strenuous activity. 

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Whatcom welcomes new cross country program and coach

The Whatcom Community College Athletics program will include a cross country team for the fall 2020 season, and will be coached by Jay Sloane.

Director for Athletics and Recreation at Whatcom, Danny Day, said the college was looking for new opportunities to provide to students, and cross country came up as a program that would benefit both the students and community.

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New Athletics Director settles in

Danny Day is looking forward to his first full season with the Orcas.

Danny Day, the recently hired Athletic and Recreations Director at Whatcom Community College, is in the process of adjusting to his new role and responsibilities.
“The Whatcom position was something that I felt really strongly about, said Day. “For me, it was an opportunity to move into more of a leadership role.”

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