WVC fields to be named after retired athletic director Sandy Cooprider

Oct. 22, 2020

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The Wenatchee Valley College Board of Trustees announced the naming of the Cooprider Sport Fields Complex. The complex, named after long-time coach and athletic director Sandy Cooprider, includes the Paul Thomas Sr. Baseball Stadium, North Rotary Fastpitch Field, Mike Hollis Soccer Field and the multipurpose field.

Cooprider retired from WVC in 2015 after 44 years. He taught, coached and served as the athletic director. He is a member of the WVC Sports Hall of Fame and received a Distinguished Alumni Award. He led the WVC football team on to win the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges championship in 1983. He was a driving force in the development of the stadium and fields during his time at WVC.

“WVC changed my whole life from my time as a student to becoming an instructor, coach, intramural director and athletic director. I haven’t seen a community as supportive as Wenatchee,” Cooprider said at the October board meeting. “Hundreds of people contributed to the building of the fields and complex. I had a vision. If I had an opportunity, I knew I wanted to make the dream of having a high-quality complex come true, because when you build it, they will come.”

Steve Zimmerman, WVC Board of Trustees member, played baseball in Wenatchee growing up.

“I played youth baseball on the rudimentary fields,” he said. “It’s been a pleasure to watch it grow and change into a complex that WVC can be proud of.”

Cooprider originally came to WVC as a student after high school and played football. A first-generation college student, he went on to get his bachelor’s degree from Montana State University, and his master’s from Whitworth University.

There will be a naming ceremony when gatherings are safely allowed. The complex will feature a plaque honoring Cooprider and detailing his WVC legacy.


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