For two decades from 1910 to 1930, he was Mr. Coach in the Pacific
Northwest. He coached Everett High for 11 seasons winning a national
championship in 1921. He was University of Washington coach for nine
seasons with a 63-22-6 record and two Rose Bowl appearances.
An outstanding Texas collegiate football player and subsequently a
star with the Olympic Club in San Francisco, Buck assembled a
brilliant baseball coaching record over 34 seasons at Washington
State, winning 13 Pacific Coast Conference Northern Division
Fred "Doc" Bohler
Spent 42 years at Washington State University where he was the
school's first athletic director. He coached both Cougar basketball
and track teams, winning 226 basketball games. A dedicated
Vincent "Nig" Borleske
Football, Basketball, and
A standout football,
basketball, and baseball coach at Whitman College during more than
three decades of service, he was named to the NAIA Coaches Hall of
Fame thereafter. Considered one of the state's coaching legends.
Track & Field
Heralded as one
of the nation's top track and field coaches. During his 21
years as the Cougar's head coach, he guided WSU to five
straight undefeated dual meet seasons 1981-85. His 1977
indoor team won the NCAA title, the first and only official
NCAA title in the school's history. His Cougar teams won 202
of 217 dual meets, a near perfect winning percentage of
.931. Coached 73 All-America performers at WSU. Head Coach
of the U.S. Olympic team at the 2000 Olympiad.
One of the most respected sports figures in the State, he played
every backfield position for Jim Phelan's Huskies in the early
1930's. He coached high school football in Seattle for 13 years,
winning three State championships with Franklin and Queen Anne. He
was UW head coach for three seasons before entering politics where
he served 32 years as the State's Lt. Governor.
Born in Seattle on Oct. 17, 1924,
Don Coryell was a defensive back at the University of Washington from
1949-51 before turning to coaching. In 29 years, Coryell amassed a college
coaching record of 126-24-3 in 15 seasons from 1957-72 and was 114-89-1 in
14 NFL seasons. In fact, Don is the only coach to have more than 100 wins at
both the collegiate and professional levels and is a member of the College
Football Hall of Fame.
At San Diego State, Coryell had
three undefeated seasons with the Aztecs and changed his emphasis from the
running game to a passing game before moving on to coach the St. Louis
Cardinals and San Diego Chargers of the NFL. He was respected throughout
football as an innovator and the creator of the "vertical offense" that
During Don's nine seasons as head
coach of the Chargers, the team became known as "Air Coryell", and with his
innovative offensive attack, he became known for revolutionizing the passing
game in the National Football League. "Don is the father of the modern
passing game," said Joe Gibbs, who assisted Coryell before becoming a
Hall of Fame coach with the
Coryell won AFC Coach of Year
honors from the Professional Football Writers of America in 1979. He was
inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame in 1994.
Owner of an almost unbelievable success record as University of
Washington football coach, where his teams won 63 games without a
loss and just four ties in his nine seasons before moving on to
greener pastures. He was an automatic choice for the College
Football Hall of Fame.
Clarence "Hec" Edmundson
Basketball and Track
He was an "institution" at the University of Washington, where he
coached basketball for 26 years and track for 35. His teams won 475
games and his coaching career was further embellished by numerous
titles captured by his track and field performers.
Dean of all-time WSU coaches, he guided the Cougars to over 500 wins
in nearly 30 years of coaching. He won five Coast Conference
divisional titles and in 1941 competed for the NCAA championship.
Long active on the NCAA rules committee.
A 1945 South Kitsap grad who grew up
along the shores in Manchester, WA, Jud Heathcote
spent 14 years as head coach at West
Valley high before joining the staff at Washington State
University under Marv Harshman. After
seven years as a Cougars assistant, Heathcote began
his head coaching career at the
University of Montana in 1971, leading the Grizzlies to their first
Big Sky Conference championship.
He left after five seasons to take
over for the next 19 years at Michigan State, where he guided
MSU to three Big Ten titles, seven
20-win seasons and the NCAA championship in 1979.
proud to be involved with what's been called the greatest game in
history and pleased that
two of the prime players in that game
(Earvin "Magic" Johnson and Larry Bird) are here to be
inducted at the same time as I am,"
Heathcote said on the eve of his induction into the National
Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in
November of 2009.
During his tenure at MSU, the
Spartans compiled a record of 340-194 with nine NCAA tournament
berths. Noted for his excellent
defensive strategies as well as being one of the most entertaining
coaches ever in the game, Heathcote earned national coach of the
year honors in 1990. He has been a leader among college coaches,
serving as president of the National Association of
Basketball Coaches and has won
numerous national awards including the NIT Man of the Year
in 1995. He was also Big Ten Coach of
the Year in 1978, 1986, and 1990.
Football, Basketball, and
Never a physical giant as a player, he found his niche in coaching
football, basketball and baseball in high school and college ranks
and enjoyed a 51-year career as a coach and athletic director. As a
result, it came as no surprose when he was chosen to membership in
the Helms National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of
Many have tried but none have emulated his 17-year career as
Washington State football coach, servitude highlighted by a dozen
victories over the University of Washington. In addition to guiding
the Cougars to all sorts of victories he guided Mel Hein and Turk
Edwards to All-American rating.
One of the University of Washington's all-time great football
coaches, his teams won 151 games from 1975 to 1993. He took the
Huskies to seven New Year's day bowl games. A member of the National
Football College Hall of Fame, he was the nation's Coach of the Year
three times, in 1977, '84 and '91 when the Huskies won the national
title. Ended a 34-year major college coaching career in 1993.
Dean Nicholson enjoyed a stellar
high school and college coaching career and combined with his father, Leo,
to win 1,114 games at Central Washington University---the most ever by a
father-son combo in college basketball history.
Since he first stepped onto
campus as a student-athlete in 1946, Dean brought with him a winning spirit
and a sense of pride to Central Washington University. On April 11,
1987, a state of Washington Senate resolution was passed declaring the day
as "Coach Nicholson Day", recognizing Dean & Leo's accomplishments.
Dean Nicholson started his
illustrious coaching career at Puyallup High School, where he served from
1950-64. He led the Vikings to four league championships. After 14
years at the helm of the Vikings, Nicholson guided the Wildcats of Central
Washington to a 609-202 record in his 26 years which included 22 NAIA
District 1 titles, six NAIA Final Four appearances and a runner-up finish in
the 1970 national championship to Kentucky State.
Dean then spent one season with
the Yakima Sun Kings of the CBA before concluding his career with three
years at the helm of the Yakima Valley College basketball team where they
won two NWAACC Region 2 titles. In 1972 / 73, he was the NAIA representative
to the U.S. Olympic Basketball Committee and coached at the Olympic camp and
trials. He was elected to the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1986, joining his father
in that institution.
Dean always took a special
interest in the lives of his former players, with over 60 of them becoming
active in the profession of education & coaching at various levels. In
1983 he was recognized by Central Washington with the "Most Distinguished
Basketball, and Track
Outstanding high school coach with 28 seasons in football, 25 in
basketball, 13 in baseball and 17 in track for a total of 22
championships. He coached across the State in Seattle, Pasco and
Hoquiam. Considered a "Coach's Coach" by his peers.
One of the University of Washington's most popular football coaches.
His teams won 92 games during his 17 years as head coach. He is best
remembered for his Rose Bowl victories. Prior to his coaching career
he was an outstanding All-America player at Oklahoma. He also served
as UW athletic director.
He reigned supreme in the point of beating Southern California - a
virtually automatic conquest for the jovial Irishman. He was the
Husky grid coach for 12 seasons and didn't do too badly in his 28
seaons as mentor chalking up 136 victories and winning a berth in
the College Football Hall of Fame.
A member of the
College Football and NAIA Halls of Fame, Westering
compiled an incredible 305-96-7 overall
record in 40 seasons as a college coach. His 32-year career at
Pacific Lutheran University included three NAIA Division II titles
and the 1999 NCAA Division III championship, in addition to four
national runner-up finishes. Known for emphasizing the double-win
theme: victory on the scoreboard and the satisfaction of playing to
one's personal potential. Attaway Frosty!
Born October 28, 1937 in Brooklyn,
NY, Lenny Wilkens was an All-America for Providence as a senior in
1960 and earned MVP honors in both the NIT and the East-West College
All-Star Game before embarking on his NBA career. Playing in 1,077
regular season games during 15 seasons he averaged 16.5 points and
when he retired in 1975, Wilkens ranked second on the NBA all-time
assist list with 7,211 (6.7 apg). He was a member of the NBA
All-Star team in 1963-1970, 1971, and 1973 and was named MVP of the
1971 All-Star Game.
Wilkens had the uncanny ability
to serve as a player and coach simultaneously, logging three seasons
with Seattle and one with Portland before moving on to concentrate
solely on coaching. He utilized his knowledge and experience to
methodically establish himself as one of the NBA's premier coaches
and he holds the rare distinction of having coached all the teams
that he played for during his 15 seasons as an NBA player—the
Seattle Super Sonics, Portland Trailblazers, Cleveland Cavaliers,
and the Atlanta (St. Louis) Hawks.
He began his coaching career in
1969 with the Seattle Super Sonics as their player-coach through the
1971-72 season and coached the Sonics again from 1977-85. After
piloting Seattle to the Western Conference crown in 1978, he led his
1978-79 Supersonics to the NBA championship. During his 11 season as
the coach of the Sonics he amassed a 478-402 record. Wilkens also
served as General Manager of the team and his jersey No. 19 was
retired by Seattle in 1979.
Besides being named NBA Coach
of the Year in 1994, he earned a pair of Olympic gold medals as an
assistant coach with the original 1992 "Dream Team" in Barcelona and
as head coach of the American squad at the 1996 Games in Atlanta.
When the NBA celebrated its 50th anniversary season in 1996-97,
Wilkens was the only NBA member lauded for both his coaching and
playing talents - he was named as both one of the NBA's Top Ten
Coaches in league history as well as one the 50 Greatest Players in
NBA history. Wilkens was also president of the NBA Coaches
Association for 18 years.
Lenny received Honorary
Doctorate Degrees from Providence Collage, St. Francis Collage of
NY, Seattle University, and New York State University. He served in
the U.S. military from August 1961 through November 1962 as a 2nd
LT. in the Army Quartermaster Corp.
Noted for his calm, understated
approach to an often frantic game, Wilkens was elected to the
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 1989 and as
a coach in 1998, sharing that unique double honor with John Wooden
and Bill Sharman.