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  • WIAA Announces 2011 Hall of Fame Inductees

    RENTON, Wash.The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association is proud to announce the 2011 Hall of Fame class, to be inducted, Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at the Spirit of Washington Events Center in Renton, Wash.

    This year’s class includes a former NBA draft pick, one the state’s premier track and field athletes, a collegiate quarterback and one of the best wrestlers in state history.  Alongside the four athletes, the WIAA will recognize four coaches who combined for 29 state titles, a top official, contributor and a nationally recognized jazz band director.

    The induction ceremony also includes the Gareth Giles Memorial Recognition Award, which will be presented to Randy Ryan for his service as a Representative Assembly member and as the District 8 Director.

    For more information on the 2011 WIAA Hall of Fame inductees and for tickets to the luncheon, contact Andy Barnes, WIAA Assistant Executive Director, at (425) 282-5237.

    2011 Inductees

    Doug Porter, Lakeside High School
    Drew Miller, Lakes High School
    Ron Cox, Coulee City High School
    Otto Olson, Everett High School

    Fine Arts
    Clarence Acox

    Gene Smith
    Dave Johnson
    Kim Cox
    Denny Humphrey 

    Virginia Hays 

    Scooter Chapman 

    Gareth Giles Memorial Recognition Award
    Randy Ryan

    Ron Cox
    Coulee City 1973

    Ron Cox was an exceptional football, baseball and basketball player at Coulee City High School, where he played from 1970-1973.  His most memorable moments came on the basketball floor where he led his teams to the state tournament all fours years.  In that span they finished second twice and fourth once.  In his senior season at Coulee City he averaged 25 points, 20 rebounds and shot 65 percent from the field.  During his junior year, Cox set a State B Tournament record with 67 rebounds in four games (16.7 per game).  His senior year, Cox went on to set another tournament record with shooting 73 percent from the field (46-63).  He finished his career as the all-time state B career record holder with 270 rebounds (18 per game), ninth all-time in  field goal percentage (51 percent) and 10th all-time in scoring (248 points).  He finished his high school career with 1,823 points, 33rd all-time in the state and was selected to the all-tournament team three times.

    After high school, Cox earned a full ride scholarship to Eastern Washington University; where he went on to set many more records.  Cox was the top scorer and rebounder all four years at EWU.  He is Eastern’s all-time career leader in scoring, rebounding, rebounding average, field goals made and field goal percentage.  His numbers at Eastern were astounding; 1,741 points with 1,273 rebounds (12 per game).  He made 729 field goals, while shooting 62.9 percent.  Cox is second in the Eastern record books for career field goals attempted and free throws made.  He was named an NAIA All-American twice.  He was inducted into the Eastern Washington University Hall of Fame in 1998.

    In 1977 Cox was drafted in the sixth round by the Cleveland Cavaliers.  When his time in the NBA came to an end, Cox became a successful high school basketball coach at Tekoa-Oakesdale and Lakeside High School.  He coached Tekoa-Oakesdale to the State B Championship in 1993.

    Drew Miller
    Lakes High School 1996

    Drew Miller displayed excellence in every way possible on and off the field.  Miller attended Lakes High School where he played football and baseball.  On the football field, he started three seasons at quarterback while also playing the role of kicker and punter.  As a senior, Miller threw for 3,366 yards with 42 touchdowns, while earning the Player of the Year award.  He ended his career with numerous school and state records including 9,003 career passing yards with 103 career touchdowns.  Miller also earned many titles including, first team all-state, first team all-conference three times and first team all-american during his senior year.  Miller also helped his baseball team end a 15-year playoff drought.

    His football talents continued on at Brigham Young University.  Miller became the first true freshman in history to start at quarterback at BYU.  But after two seasons, he transferred to the University of Montana, where he became the 1999 Big Sky Conference Newcomer of the Year.  He was named first Team All Big Sky as well as first Team All American in 1999 and 2000.  During these two years, Miller was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, which is awarded to the Most Outstanding Offensive player in Division I-Football Championship Subdivision.  Miller finished his career playing 22 games, completing 530 of his 812 passes (65 percent) with 7,211 yards and 52 touchdowns.  He has numerous school records included 327.8 passing yards per  game.

    After graduating from Montana, Miller had a short career in the Canadian Football League and Arena Football League.  Miller then got into coaching, where he spent a season as an assistant for the University of Montana.  Miller then became the quarterbacks coach at Lakes High School and Offensive Coordinator at Bellarmine Prep.  After coaching in the high school ranks, Miller went back to collegiate coaching when he took a position at Central Washington University as the wide receivers coach for three seasons.  After Central, Miller went on become the Wide Receivers and Kick Returners coach for Idaho State University.  In his coaching career, Miller has coached many all-conference and all-american players.

    Otto Olson
    Everett High School 1996

    Otto Olson is one of the best wrestlers in the state of Washington.  During his high school career, Otto became a four-time district and regional champion, as well as a three time-state champion in 1994, ’95 and ’96, defeating wresters above and below his weight class.  In 1995, Otto was named the Everett Herald’s Man of the Year and was recognized by multiple organizations and groups for his outstanding citizenship.  During his senior year of high school, he was featured on the cover of Wrestling USA, a national magazine.  Ed Bailey, Lake Stevens Athletic Director, remembers Olson being so dedicated to the sport stating, “I remember him as a senior not wanting a car like his classmates, because he felt it would make him soft if he was not running or biking all over town to keep in shape.”   In 1999 Olson was named to the Washington Wrestling Report All-Century Team and the Washington High School State Half Century Team in 2003.

    After high school Olson attended the University of Michigan on a full ride wrestling scholarship. During his time at Michigan, Olson won many awards including being named to the NCAA Division I First Team Academic All-American twice, and also a three time recipient of the NCAA Division I All-America Team.  He also became the Big Ten Conference Champion twice in 2001 and 2002.  Olson still has many records including the longest consecutive win streak in Michigan school history with 41 and has the second most wins with 174. 

    Olson is also known for his wrestling on the national stage. In 1997 he placed second at the Espior Nationals in Freestyle and Greco.  Then in 1999 he placed second at the university Nationals Freestyle.  In 2003 he went to the World Submission Wrestling Championships in Sao Paulo Brazil, where he placed second.

    After college Olson moved back to Washington where he accepted a teaching job at Explorer Middle School and became the head wrestling coach at Explorer and Mariner high school (2003-2008).  During his stint as a coach, Olson helped put the wrestling program back on the map.  Along with teaching, he also owns a DJ business, Otto-Matic Mobile Music, which has been in operation for over fifteen years.

    Doug Porter
    Lakeside High School 1980

    Doug Porter is a graduate from Lakeside High School in Seattle, where he participated in football, basketball and track and field, earning 12 varsity letters throughout his career.  His junior year of high school, he gained statewide recognition winning the pole vault competition at the 1979 state indoor and outdoor meets.  Porter established school and state records in the pole vault at 14’6” and finished fourth at state in the decathlon.  During Porter’s senior year, he became recognized in the state and nationally for his performances in football, basketball and track and field. 

    Porter lettered all four years in football, setting the school record in total passing yards, touchdowns and defensive interceptions.  He was selected to the Seattle Times’ All-Area Team as a quarterback and received All-American honors in the Scholastic Coach Magazine.  He set a school record with 11 interceptions in 1979.  In his basketball career at Lakeside, Porter lettered and led both Metro AA and AAA in scoring, setting a school record for most points scored in a game at 46.  He was selected to the Seattle P-I All-Area Team and received Lakeside’s Athletic Cup as perhaps the greatest athlete in Lakeside History.  Porter’s track and field career was astonishing.  During his sophomore year he set a school record in the pole vault and finished third at the Metro League Championships.  During his junior year, Porter won the state indoor and outdoor title in the pole vault establishing a state indoor record and Metro League record.  He finished fourth in the state decathlon, winning the regional Junior Olympics competition, finishing 10th in the nation in the pole vault.  He finished his career setting a state record in the pole vault at a height of 15’1”, earning all-american recognition in the pole vault from the national High School Athletic Coaches Association.

    After high school, Porter attended Occidental College where he set a record in the decathlon and became the second best pole vaulter in Occidental history.  He went on to win the Division III national meet title in 1982 competing in the decathlon and pole vault (setting a record at 16’6”). Porter made it back to nationals in 1984 where he finished first in the decathlon for the second time.  Porter was an eight-time all-american in track and field.  He also played quarterback and safety on the football team. He was inducted into the Occidental College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990 and the NCAA Division III Track & Field Hall of Fame in 2007.

    Today, Porter teaches and is the head track and field coach, assistant football coach and freshman basketball coach at his alma mater, Lakeside High School.  His girls track and fields teams have won three state titles, 19 state individual championships and hold four state records, two in pole vaulting.

    Clarence Acox Jr. 
    Fine Arts

    Clarence Acox Jr. has been the Director of Jazz Bands at Garfield High School since 1971.  He arrived in Seattle after teaching at Southern University in New Orleans.  Eight years after being hired on at Garfield to teach the marching band, Acox Jr. took over the Jazz Band.  Under his direction he has transformed the Jazz Band into one of the best in the country.  The Garfield Jazz Ensemble has attended nearly every major competition on the west coast and has been nationally recognized.  From 2000-2010, the ensemble took part in the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival, held in Lincoln Center in New York.  They took home first place four times, (2003, 2004, 2009 and 2010), more than any other high school in America.  They also finished second in 2002 and 2008 at the competition.  The jazz ensemble has had the opportunity to travel and perform all over the world, including Switzerland and the Netherlands.  They have performed with many musicians including Quincy Jones and Wynton Marsalis. 

    Acox Jr.’s accomplishments include being named the Musician of the Year in 1991 by the Earshot Jazz Society and being inducted in to the Earshot Jazz Society’s Hall of Fame in 1994.  He was named the Educator of the Year in 2001 by Downbeat Magazine and in 2008 Seattle Metropolitan magazine named him one of the 50 most influential musicians in the history of Seattle music.  He was also awarded Mayor’s Arts Award by Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels in 2007.

    Kim Cox

    Kim Cox is one of the most successful coaches in Washington.  “With his ability to command the respect of the young men, by making them better players and people, it’s no wonder why he is one of the most respected coaches,” says David Schmitz, President, Walla Walla Catholic Schools.

    He is the sixth coach in Washington state high school baseball history to register 500 career wins, which he achieved in his 25th season of coaching at DeSales High School in Walla Walla.  Cox has coached his baseball and football teams to 27 state championship games and has claimed 20 titles.  His baseball team has gone on to win seven consecutive state titles on two different occasions (1992-98 and 2000-06).  Cox’s teams have also achieved the title of league champions 23 times.  He finished his career with a record of 114-27 in 14 seasons and earned 16 state titles in 21 seasons. 

    Cox also has impressive football numbers.  From 1987-1992 his teams finished with a record of 45-13.  In 1995 he became a co-head coach with Pat Graham and in four years ended with a 50-10 record.  Three years later in 2002, Cox became a co-head coach again, this time with Mike Spiess, finishing with a 43-7 record.  In his football coaching career he ended with a 138-30 record with four state titles. 

    Cox currently is a volunteer coach at Pasco High School.  Former player of Cox, Matthew Fazzari states, “He will always have a place in my heart as someone I will always call ‘Coach’.”  Kim Cox is someone who has passion to make a difference in young people’s lives and continues to do that.

    Denny Humphrey

    Denny Humphrey is a 1958 graduate of Reardan High School, but also attended Valley High School for three years.  He played basketball, football and baseball all four years of high school.  Denny went on to attend Spokane Community College, playing basketball there for Coach Hank Coplen.  He graduated from Eastern Washington State College with an education degree in 1968.

    Humphrey started his coaching career at Lacrosse High School where he spent four years as head basketball coach and head track coach, as well as one year as an assistant football coach before becoming the head coach the next three years. Humphrey then moved on to Chewelah High School where he coached basketball for one year and assisted in football and track.  The next stop in his career was Ritzville High School where he was again the head basketball and track coach for seven years, assisting in football as well.  At Ritzville, he had the pleasure of coaching his oldest son, Jay.  Denny finished up his career with 22 years as head basketball coach at Cheney High School, again having the honor of coaching his son, Rhett.  Following his retirement, he joined the basketball coaching staff at Eastern Washington University, which he continued for the next four years, two of them during his son’s Rhett playing career for the Eagles.

    In basketball, Humphrey was Frontier Coach of the Year and Border League Coach of the Year numerous times, as well as being name the District seven Coach of the Year in 1986. He is the fourth winningest coach in Washington with 552 wins.  His teams allowed the fewest points in league play 21 of 34 seasons he coached. Humphrey served three years on the District seven Basketball Advisory Committee. He has received the Inland Empire Sports Broadcasters 25-year Service Award and is a member of the Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.

    Humphrey’s overall basketball record was 552-277. He was 26-23 in the state playoffs, and had 30 winning seasons, all of which his team finished in the top four of the league.  Twenty-four of his teams went to Districts and 16 to state. He won 13 league titles, eight district titles and finished second in state tournament on two occasions.

    Dave Johnson

    Dave Johnson was a graduate of Shadle Park High School before attending Whitworth College.  At Whitworth, he was a member of the Pirates baseball team, while earning his history and political science degree.  After college Dave took a teaching position at Ephrata High School where he taught history.  While teaching he head baseball coach and assistant basketball coach for 36 years.  He owned and operated T.B.I Baseball camps for 32 years with business partner Marty O’Brien.  The four week live-in camp was for kids ages 8-18.

    Johnson ended his career as the winningest baseball coach in the state of Washington with 687 victories, and second in state championships with eight. As a coach, he led the Ephrata Tigers to 28 appearances in the state tournament and outscored opponents 489-239.  In 36 years his teams won 25 league titles, 20 district titles, 16 regional titles, and placed at state 16 times. 

    Dave Johnson led by example through his work ethic, passion, and devotion to the community.  Michele Webb, Ephrata High School Athletic Director, said, “Coach Johnson has taught many student athletes what the words, dedication, hard work, respect, integrity and discipline mean.”  He was inducted to the Washington State Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988. For his efforts and dedication to the Ephrata Baseball program, he was honored by having the baseball stadium at Ephrata High School named after him and fellow coach Marty O’Brien.

    Gene Smith

    Gene Smith is an icon at Reardan High School, where he coached 66 seasons, taught biology, anatomy, field study and zoology and was the Athletic Director.  Before making his way to Reardan, Smith received his Master’s Degree from the University of Idaho and coached at Sandpoint Junior High School for three years. 

    In his 66 seasons of coaching at Reardan, Smith coached 24 seasons of football and basketball and 18 seasons as the head track coach.  On the football field, he coached his team to 11 Bi-County Championships and eight State B Championship Appearances.  Within those eight appearances, Smith’s team appeared in four semi-finals, two quarter-finals, one second place appearance as well as a state Championship win 1991.  He ended his football coaching career with a 137-77-3 record.

    There is no doubt that Smith was a great football coach, but his success was even greater on the basketball court.  In his 24 seasons of coaching basketball, Smith went 501-152 on his career, averaging 21 wins a season and winning 13 Bi-County Championships.  Under Coach Smith’s leadership, Reardan made it to the State B Championships 21 times, making it to the semi-finals or better 16 times and captured four State Championships.

    Smith also played the role of Athletic Director for 23 of his 24 years at Reardan.  He was a part of the WIAA Winter Sports Committee and several District seven committees.  Smith has received many awards and honors, including; 1975 Washington State “B” Coach of the Year, 1977 Community Service award, 1985 Bi-County Athletic Director of the Year, 1990 S.W.A.B.S. 25 year award and 1991 G.S.S.A. Coach of the Year and was selected to coach in the All-Star Football game.  Smith is a member of the Washington State Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame as well as the Washington State Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.  These are just a few honors of what Coach Smith has received for his dedication to high school athletics.

    Virginia Hays

    Virginia Hays been involved with officiating in the state of Washington for 39 years, including being on the board of officials, a clinician and officials coordinator for state tournaments.  Her love for sports carried with her throughout college where she graduated from Western Washington State College (now Western Washington University).  She graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor of Education in K-12 Physical and Health Education.  While at Western Washington State College, she lettered in volleyball, field hockey, basketball and softball.  After college she went on to Washington State University where she received her graduate degree.

    Virginia started officiating volleyball in 1972 and now is the Officials Coordinator for the WIAA 1A State Volleyball Championships.  In 1974, she became involved with the Central Washington Board of Officials, where she served as an assigner for five years and was the chair of the By-Laws and Constitution Committee for two years and has served as a trainer on two different occasions.  Not only has Virginia been a part of Officials Committees at the local level, but she has also served at the state level, being a WOA clinician and Officials Coordinator for the State 1A Volleyball Tournament. 

    Virginia is a tremendous asset as an official, but she has also helped in other positions at various WIAA State Tournaments including basketball, cheer, dance and drill and softball.  Virginia exemplifies someone who loves high school sports and wants to make a different in young peoples lives.  She is proud of her involvement in the United States Volleyball program and continues to keep her skills up and to be one of the best volleyball officials.

    Howard “Scooter” Chapman

    Howard “Scooter” Chapman has been involved with Port Angeles high school sports for almost 61 years.  Chapman started his radio career in 1950, while attending Roosevelt High School.  KONP hired Chapman as a spotter for football games and score keeper for basketball games.  After graduating from Roosevelt, Chapman attended the University of Washington for a year, but returned with KONP as a radio announcer and salesman.  The radio station and the Port Angeles Evening News were owned by the same people, which allowed Chapman to start writing sports columns.  

    In 1957 Chapman was drafted by the Army, where he spent two years serving our country as a broadcast specialist at Fifth Army Headquarters in Chicago.  In his last year of service, he was the producer/director of the then brand new U.S. Army Television Hometown Newscenter team from fifth Army.  In 1961, Chapman was recalled to service during the Berlin Crisis and went to Fort Bragg, N.C., where he served 10 months until the crisis ended.  After his service in the military Chapman became a sports editor and radio sports director.  With having to juggle two important roles, Chapman would often times write his articles during radio timeouts.

    After 30 years of being the sports editor, Chapman decided to retire, but kept his play-by-play duties with the radio station.  In 1996 he decided to contract out with other radio stations, which allowed him to do five sports shows a day and play-by-play for most Port Angeles High School athletics.  In his years of sports broadcasting, Chapman only missed four football games, three after triple-bypass surgeries, in which he was back for basketball season that year. 

    Robin Campbell, former Olympic High School baseball coach stated, “When you got to Port Angeles, Scooter was someone who made you fell welcomed, he’s always so positive and upbeat.”  Chapman went on to win the “Silver Helmet Award”, which is given to a member of the media, as well as the Commendation Award.

    Currently Chapman is involved in his community as a 46-year member of the Port Angeles Lions Club with perfect attendance and emcees various Port Angeles events including the Great Olympic Peninsula Duck Derby and the Olympic Medical Center Foundation’s Festival of Trees.  He is a long time elder and deacon of the First Presbyterian Church and has sung in the Chancel Choir as a boy soprano to an old tenor.  Chapman continues to umpire baseball and softball games, but recently has stepped aside as the Western Peninsula Umpires assigning secretary after 30 years.  He is known for his positive attitude and the way he treated visiting teams, coaches and players.  Lane Dowell from KBRO and KITZ radio stated, “He’s truly an icon.”

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