Copp Earns Regional Coaching Honors, Four Boxers Named All-Americans

Henry Tierney '26 At NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field ChampionshipsThe spring seasons may have ended in May but the postseason honors keep rolling in for several Boxers’ standouts.

A month after being named the Northwest Conference’s Women’s Rowing Coach of the Year, the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association named Pacific head coach Charlotte Copp as its Division III Pacific Region Co-Coach of the Year. The organization also recognized the Boxers as the Pacific Region Co-Coaching Staff of the Year. Copp and her staff led Pacific to a third-place finish at April’s NWC Championships, the best-ever finish in the 10-year history of the Boxers’ program.

Also adding to their trophy cases was Pacific’s women’s tennis sister act of Cassidy Binder ’25 and Sydnie Binder ’22, MFA ’24 as both players were named All-Americans by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Cassidy Binder, the NWC Women’s Tennis Player of the Year, was named an All-American in both singles and doubles while Sydnie Binder closed her career with an All-American trophy in doubles.

Cassidy Binder finished the season with a 12-2 record at No. 1 singles. The sisters combined to post an unblemished 15-0 record at No. 1 doubles and led Pacific to an appearance in the NWC Championships final. The two were the only NWC players recognized as All-Americans.

On the baseball diamond, CJ Colyer ’24 was named a Second Team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association and by The 2024 NWC Player of the Year, Colyer hit .357 for the Boxers this season with 23 home runs, 50 RBI, 20 stolen bases and 56 runs scored.

Henry Tierney ’26 earned Second Team All-America honors from the U.S. Track and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association after the sophomore placed 13th in the men’s 800 meters at May’s NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Tierney won both the 800 meters and 1,500 meters at April’s NWC Championships.

While Pacific’s spring sports are still enjoying their postseason honors, the Boxers’ fall programs are looking to the future. That includes Kellen McNamara ’16, who was recently named Pacific’s head women’s soccer coach. He takes the helm after serving the last seven seasons as an assistant coach for the men’s program. He also held coaching roles with the Oregon Premier FC and Willamette United programs. McNamara played for Pacific from 2012 to 2015.

McNamara joins Brittany Hartmann ’14 (women’s lacrosse), Brandon Porter ’09 (men’s soccer), Rayden Murata ’21 (men’s tennis) and Zach Binkerd ’16 (men’s and women’s wrestling) as alumni now serving as head coaches at their alma mater.

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Friday, June 14, 2024