WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College named two new coaches today.
The Warriors named Chelsie Speer as the new volleyball coach and Mark Michaud as the interim softball coach.
Former volleyball coach Tim Toon resigned in early December after 20 years as head coach of the Warriors.
Speer, who spent five years as the head coach at Mount Hood Community College, boasts a 175-43 record during her tenure with the Saints.
“She’s just going to be an outstanding fit for our school,” WWCC athletic director Jeff Reinland said. “She has coaching experience at the NWAACC level and highly successful coaching experience.”
Speer also won an NWAACC Championship in 2011 when she led her team past the Warriors. She is a three-time Southern Region Coach of the Year and led the Saints to a 37-8 record last year, including a perfect 10-0 in Southern Region play.
Speer, who hails from Pendleton, will likely teach physical education at WWCC, Reinland said.
“We’re also really excited about the type of person she is,” Reinland said. “She’s going to fit in really well with the college community and the community of Walla Walla as well. We’re just really excited to bring her into the coaching family.”
Michaud was named the interim coach of the Warrior softball program after former coach Michael Staudenmaier stepped down for personal reasons last week. Michaud brings a wealth of local experience, Reinland said, as he has served as WWCC’s assistant baseball coach, Whitman College’s assistant baseball coach and pitching coach of the Walla Walla Sweets.
With the season just over two weeks away, Reinland was left in a bind after Staudenmaier resigned.
“When (Staudenmaier) stepped down, we were kind of in a pinch here,” Reinland said. “It’s kind of hard to hire a coach two weeks before the season. We were really lucky to have (Michaud) here and step into the role. It just worked out perfectly.”
Reinland also said the Warriors will re-evaluate their options after the season, but Michaud will likely be a full-time candidate.
“He’s pretty excited about this opportunity,” Reinland said. “Certainly he would be a candidate for the position. It’s just too close to the season to open the job up. Practice starts here in a couple weeks, so we didn’t feel the candidate pool we would get would be deserving of the program.”
The Warriors are also in the process of hiring a new soccer coach. Reinland said the job announcement will be out early next week and WWCC is planning to move forward as soon as possible.