Seven Individuals Earn the NWC's Distinguished Service Award

Seven Individuals Earn the NWC's Distinguished Service Award


HILLSBORO, ORE. – Seven individuals with long-time associations with the Northwest Conference and its member schools who either moved on to other endeavors, recently retired, or announced their impending retirements have been named as recipients of the NWC’s Distinguished Service Award by the conference office.

The celebrated septet include long-time coaches Randy Hanson of the University of Puget Sound, Greg Bradley of Pacific University (Ore.), and Steve Dickerson of Pacific Lutheran University; coaches/administrators Warren Friedrichs of Whitworth University, Scott Carnahan of Linfield College, and Craig Taylor of George Fox University; and sports information director Blair Cash of George Fox and the Northwest Conference.

The Distinguished Service award honors coaches, FARs, ADs, and other administrators who have given outstanding service to the NWC.  Nominees for this award are approved by the NWC's Board of Athletics Administrators.


Here are our NWC Distinguished Service Award Recipients...

GREG BRADLEY, Pacific University (Ore.)
Baseball Coach / Facilities Manager - 1996-2017

Bradley has been involved with Pacific University Athletics since 1991 when he was hired as an assistant baseball coach for Boxers’ Hall of Fame coach Chuck Bafaro. He was elevated to the head coach position prior to the 1996 season and served in that position until 2014, recording 328 wins, which ranks second in Boxer baseball history and third all-time among all Boxer coaches. From 1993-96, he served as an assistant men’s basketball coach.  In 2010, Bradley also began to serve as the Boxers’ facilities director, and has been instrumental in the upkeep of some of the finest facilities in the NCAA Division III, including the Stoller Center, Hanson Stadium, Chuck Bafaro Stadium, Sherman/Larkins Stadium and the Holce Tennis Complex.




SCOTT CARNAHAN, Linfield College
Student-Athlete - 1971-73 / Coach - 1983-2017 / Athletic Director - 1996-2017 

Carnahan was the Wildcats’ head baseball coach for 26 years, leading Linfield to 12 NWC Championships, including five straight from 1992-96 and served as Athletic Director for the past 21 years.  Carnahan won 617 games and coached 1,026 games as the head coach.  He stepped into an assistant coaching role for eight years as a pitching coach under former player Scott Brosius and helped to guide the team to the 2013 NCAA Championship title.  He was part of 17 NWC titles over his entire coaching career.  As standout athlete in his own right, Carnahan was part of the 1973 Co-Champion team as a player.   He was named NWC Coach of the Year 12 times and NAIA District 2 Coach of the Year three times.    During Carnahan’s tenure as Athletic Director, Linfield was awarded the NWC’s McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports Trophy, honoring the top overall athletics program in the NWC, three times. Under his direction, Linfield’s teams won four team national titles, 13 individual national titles, made 54 NCAA playoff appearances, won 60 NWC Team championships and tallied 163 individuals championships. Carnahan also established Linfield’s Hall of Fame and oversaw major upgrades to the football/track, tennis, softball, baseball, and soccer venues.



BLAIR CASH, George Fox University / Northwest Conference
Sports Information Director - 1999-2017

Blair Cash, a two-time winner of the Jack Sareault Award as the Northwest Conference’s Sports Information Director of the Year while at George Fox University, took over as the assistant commissioner / sports information director for the NCAA Division III-affiliated conference in 2014-15.  His duties include producing the NWC’s regular press releases, coordinating voting for the Student-Athlete of the Week and All-Conference awards, assisting in maintenance of the NWC website and helping with NWC Championships.   Cash, a veteran of 28 previous years in the college sports publicity field, received the Sareault award in 2009 and 2014 during a 15-year stint (1999-2014) as George Fox University’s sports information director.   A veteran baseball official scorer, he has called games for the Jackson Mets / Generals, Birmingham Barons, Portland Rockies and Beavers, and now covers games for the Hillsboro Hops and Salem-Keizer Volcanoes.  He was part the statistics crew for the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers.



STEVE DICKERSON, Pacific Lutheran University
Men’s Basketball Coach - 2003-2017

Dickerson logged 14 years at Pacific Lutheran, including the last 11 as the head men's basketball coach.  A coach since 1970, he recorded 132 wins at PLU, including 116 as head coach. Highlighting his tenure with the Lutes was their run to the NWC Tournament Championship game during the 2015-2016 season.  His greatest impact has been off the court, mentoring young student-athletes with his "Real Life Wednesday" program while also being actively involved across campus and with Pierce County Recreation, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the American Cancer Society.  Dickerson has been honored with the PLU Distinguished Staff of the Year Award, the PLU Athletics Service Award, and the Rick Eastman Award for Excellence for Mentoring.




WARREN FRIEDRICHS, Whitworth University
Coach / Interim Athletic Director - 1988-2017

Friedrichs, a Whitworth Heritage Gallery Hall of Famer (Class of 2011), led the Pirates to seven NWC men’s golf championships in 14 years, including three straight from 2005-07.  Whitworth made seven appearances at the NCAA Division III Tournament, placing as high as 21st in 2013.  He also led the women’s program to an NWC co-championship in 2009-10 and the 2009 NCAA Tournament, where All-American Emily Guthrie drained a hole-in-one.  One of the most successful basketball coaches in school history, he won five NWC cage titles and made three national tournament appearances from 1986-2001, guiding Whitworth to a second-place finish in the NAIA in 1996.  A member of the Whitworth athletics department since the fall of 1985, he retires as a full faculty member and has served as the chair of Whitworth's kinesiology department and on many faculty committees.  He was the interim Director of Athletics for 18 months in 2010-11.



RANDY HANSON, University of Puget Sound
Women’s Soccer Coach - 1995-2016

Hanson announced his retirement following the 2015 season, in which the Loggers went undefeated and captured their 14th-consecutive Northwest Conference title.  In 20 seasons, he posted a 303-74-36 overall record for a .777 winning percentage at the helm of the Loggers.  His teams posted a 16-10-6 record in the NCAA Tournament, and Puget Sound advanced to the national championship game in 2004. A 12-time NWC Coach of the Year and three-time West Region Coach of the Year, Hanson guided 16 All-Americans, 73 All-Region selections, 72 All-NWC First Team honorees, and 17 NWC Players of the Year.





CRAIG TAYLOR, George Fox University
Athletic Director - 1995-2017

Taylor has been associated with George Fox for more than 45 years as a player, coach, administrator or professor. He served as the Director of Athletics since 1988 and oversaw the NWC’s transition from NAIA to NCAA membership in 1995.  Under his oversight, the Bruins won two NCAA national championships, added seven new sports, and built or improved such facilities as the Austin Sports Complex, Stoffer Family Stadium, Duke Athletic Center, and Morse Athletic Fields.  He was named the NAIA District II Administrator of the Year in 1992, and served as an assistant professor of health and human performance from 1978-89.  At various times, he coached the baseball, women’s basketball, and softball teams, and in 1985 was named NAIA District II Softball Coach of the Year. Taylor came to George Fox in 1971 as a student and helped the Bruins to their first-ever NAIA District II men’s basketball title and first national appearance in 1973.