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.
GREG BRADLEY, Pacific University (Ore.)
Baseball Coach / Facilities Manager - 1996-2017
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
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
RANDY HANSON, University of Puget Sound
Women’s Soccer Coach - 1995-2016
CRAIG TAYLOR, George Fox University
Athletic Director - 1995-2017