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Arthur named Collegiate Coach of the Year by Salem Sports and Breakfast Club

Women's soccer Head Coach Hillary Arthur has been chosen as the 2011-12 Chuck Bowles Collegiate Coach of the Year by the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club. She received the award at the organization's annual awards breakfast on Friday, June 1 at the Cat Cavern on the Willamette campus.

The Charles Bowles Coach of the Year Award is presented annually to one high school coach and one collegiate coach in the Salem area. The award has been presented a total of 53 times since 1975.

Arthur led Willamette to an 11-8-1 overall record during the 2011 season last fall. The Bearcats were 10-5-1 (31 points) and finished third n the NWC. Willamette was picked to finish sixth in the NWC Preseason Poll. The Bearcats picked up a big win on Oct. 23 when Willamette defeated arch rival University of Puget Sound, 2-1, at Sparks Field in Salem.

Stephanie Skelly '12 of Willamette was named First Team All-NWC and was the NWC Offensive Player of the Year. She was chosen Second Team All-West Region.

Skelly scored both goals in Willamette's win over Puget Sound, including the winning goal with 21 seconds on the clock. She led the NWC with 16 goals and 5 assists for 37 points in 2011. She concluded her career with 35 goals and 7 assists for 77 points.

Arthur's players also have excelled in the classroom. Skelly earned First Team Capital One Academic All-District and First Team Capital One Academic All-America recognition this past season. In addition, the Bearcat women's soccer team received the Team Academic Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

While attending college, Arthur was a starter for four seasons at Humboldt State University. She was a three-year captain from 1997-99. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Exercise Science and Cardiac Rehabilitation/Kinesiology from Humboldt State in 2000. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Sports Psychology/Kinesiology from California State University-Chico in 2004.

Bearcat Football adds game versus Sewanee to 2012 schedule

The Willamette football team has added a game against Sewanee: University of the South to its 2012 schedule. Willamette and Sewanee will play each other on Saturday, Sept. 29 in Sewanee, Tennessee. Sewanee will complete the home-and-home series by playing at Willamette in 2013.

This year's game will be played on McGee Field at Harris Stadium. It is the oldest college football field in the South.

"I am thrilled about our new two-year scheduling relationship with Sewanee," Willamette Director of Athletics David Rigsby said. "Like Willamette, Sewanee is a leading national liberal arts college with a rich history of academic and athletic successes. It will be a great matchup for our team, and a unique experience for our student-athletes to explore the culture and history of the southern United States."

The game with Sewanee fills the void created in the schedule when Willamette and Menlo College (Calif.) canceled a game originally scheduled for the same date.

Willamette also announced that the home opener against East Texas Baptist University will be played on Friday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. (PDT), one day earlier than originally scheduled. It will be the first time the Bearcat football team has competed on a Friday in decades.

Full season schedule