Loggers briefs

Alumnus chosen to head UPS baseball program

By Robin Hamilton

Brian Billings ’00 has been selected head coach of the Logger baseball program. Billings began his duties with the Loggers on May 15th.

Billings served as head baseball coach at Pierce College in 2000 and 2001 and has worked with the Wilkinson Baseball Academy for the past two years. In addition, he has served as an assistant and head coach for the Tacoma Stags summer program and is the head coach of the Wilkinson Baseball Academy Cardinals. Billings graduated from Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma prior to attending Puget Sound, where he earned a bachelor of arts in physical education.

A three-year letterman for the Loggers at first base, Billings was a team captain in 1998 and 1999 and was the Northwest Conference RBI leader in 1998.

Billings takes over a Logger program that was 7-24 overall and 6-14 (9th) in Northwest Conference play in 2002. Puget Sound returns 16 players for the 2003 season, including the team’s top three hitters.

More awards for women’s track athletes

Two Puget Sound track athletes, Dana Boyle ’02 and Katie Heaton ’05, both already named NCAA Division III All-America performers, were selected to the United States Track Coaches Association All-Academic Team.

In addition, the Puget Sound women’s track and field team was chosen as an All-Academic Team.
Boyle, from Carbondale, Colorado, finished fourth at the NCAA III Outdoor Championship in the 5,000 meters, while Heaton, a freshman from Kirkland, Washington, was fourth in the pole vault.

The academic award is based on a minimum 3.25 grade point average and national event participation.

To receive the award as a team, the team must carry a 3.10 cumulative GPA for all athletes.