LAKEWOOD, WASH. – Pierce College Director of Athletics Duncan Stevenson was recognized at the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) Hall of Fame Banquet last week for going the extra mile on behalf of the organization.
For the second time in his career, NWAACC presented him with the Dutch Triebwasser Award for outstanding service as an athletic director.
Stevenson was the first winner of the award when it was established in 1990. “I was extremely honored the first year I received the award,” he said. “At this point in my career, to be recognized for a second time is a very humbling experience.”
Throughout his 27 years as athletic director at Pierce College, Stevenson has been a consummate team player and advocate for student-athletes. Since 2004, four of the program’s six teams have qualified for the NWAACC playoffs each year. Overall team successes have also garnered individual recognition for many student-athletes and coaches alike.
He also played a significant role in planning and developing the construction of the Pierce College Fort Steilacoom Health Education Center. Today, the facility is home to the Raiders volleyball and basketball teams, and is widely recognized as one of the premiere college athletic facilities in the Pacific Northwest.
Under Stevenson’s guidance, the success rates of student athletes in the classroom are at an all-time high. Retention rates for second-year participants have been in excess of 97 percent, with cumulative grade point averages significantly higher than the general student body population.
“This award truly demonstrates Duncan’s ongoing commitment to academic and athletic excellence,” said Pierce College Chancellor Michele Johnson. “The program is truly focused on the student-athlete, and their performance on the field and in the classroom.”