The Director's Message
Welcome to Gator Athletics. Since 1969, intercollegiate athletics has been a vital element to the campus culture of Green River Community College. The athletic department is committed to the overall vision and mission of the institution. The department strives to have each athlete reach their fullest potential in every area of the student-athletic experience. Student-athletes will develop academically, socially, mentally and through the physical realm of competition.
I am thrilled that you have decided to become part of the GRCC experience. The coaching staff and I are committed to your success as we work hard to promote the continued growth and well being of each student-athlete. We encourage our student athletes to integrate their athletic opportunity with their whole collegiate experience. This is done by stressing campus involvement, character development, sportsmanship, and servant leadership.
Green River Athletics is a proud member of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges which provides our student athletes opportunities for competition as well as post-season play. Our student body takes pride in our achievements and has continued to support athletes in volleyball, soccer, cross country, basketball, golf, track and field, baseball, softball and cheer.
I look forward to working with you. Let me know if there is anything I can do to assist you in achieving your goals during your time at Green River. Go GATORS!!
Director of Athletics
Entering his ninth year as the GRCC athletic director and 21st season in intercollegiate athletics, Bob Kickner moved to Washington state after spending five seasons as the Head Women's Basketball Coach and Assistant Athletic Director at the Univ. of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, KS.
Experienced in the NAIA, NCAA Division III, and NCAA Division II, Kickner has a solid understanding of what it takes to develop a successful program in scholarship and non-scholarship environments. In 1996-98 while pursuing his master's degree in heath and physical education, Kickner was an assistant coach at Emporia State University, Kansas under the guidance of NAIA Hall of Fame coach, Dr. Ron Slaymaker.
In 2009, Kickner was named the Seattle Times 1A Girls Basketball Coach of the Year after directing the Seattle Christian HS Warriors to the Washington State Championship title. A heart for youth sports and ministry, Bob has directed the Grace Basketball Camp at Grace Community Church and coaches youth soccer in Auburn. A devoted family man, Kickner resides in Auburn with his wife Jennifer, and their four children Megan, Emily, Dayna and Jared.