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Enoch Bagshaw


Inducted: 1983

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.

Buck Bailey


Inducted: 1966

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 championships.

Fred "Doc" Bohler

Basketball and Track

Inducted: 1986

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 administrator.

Vincent "Nig" Borleske

Football, Basketball, and Baseball

Inducted: 1960

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.

John Chaplin

Track & Field

Inducted: 2005

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.

John Cherberg


Inducted: 2006

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.

Don Coryell


Inducted: 2011

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 stretched defenses.


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 Washington Redskins.


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.

Gil Dobie


Inducted: 1961

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

Inducted: 1966

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.

Jack Friel


Inducted: 1978

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.



Jud Heathcote


Inducted: 2009

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.

"I'm 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.





John Heinrick

Football, Basketball, and Baseball

Inducted: 1969

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 Fame.

Babe Hollingbery


Inducted: 1962

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.

Don James


Inducted: 1998

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


Inducted: 2010

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 Teacher's" award.




Bill Nollan

Football, Baseball, Basketball, and Track

Inducted: 1978

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.

Jim Owens


Inducted: 1989

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.



Jimmy Phelan


Inducted: 1970

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.

Frosty Westering


Inducted: 2007

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!

Lenny Wilkens


Inducted: 2008

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.















































































































































































































































































































































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