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Five inducted into Federal Way Athletic Hall of Fame
Federal Way Public Schools inducted its fourth Athletic Hall of Fame class Wednesday night during the All-City Gymnastics Meet at Todd Beamer High School.
The Class of 2012 featured five trailblazers who leave a legacy for the school district and community, including Jim Dillon, Debbie Hunter, Steve McCully, Bev McIrvin and Doug Patrick.
The Hall of Fame honors district employees who have made a significant impact on the district’s athletic programs. The honorees represent the finest in athletic administration, coaching and program development.
Dillon started teaching English at Thomas Jefferson High School in 1978. He was an assistant track coach for five years and assistant soccer coach for 14 years during Jefferson’s amazing run of six consecutive state championships. Dillon is best known, however, as the pioneer of sports medicine instruction in the district. In 1983, he developed the district’s first sports medicine class and established a model athletic training program designed to care for and rehabilitate injured athletes.
After a year at Mt. Rainier High School, Hunter started coaching gymnastics at Thomas Jefferson in 1976 and is in her 35th season. She is the longest serving, single sport head coach in district history. Hunter’s last two teams finished third and fourth at the state tournament. She is also going into her 26th year as the Raider dance team coach.
McCully taught math and physical education at Illahee Middle School for 37 years developing the premier junior high/middle school athletic and physical education programs in the state. His teams have won 36 district championships in football, track and basketball. A Federal Way native, McCully is dubbed “Mr. Illahee” for his unique impact on the school, students and faculty.
McIrvin coached gymnastics at Federal Way High School for 30 years, where she not only developed the program, but also built a complete gymnastics facility. She won six South Puget Sound League championships and finished third in state four times, as well as coaching two state champions. McIrvin was selected the state’s gymnastics coach of the year in 1998 and inducted into the Washington State Gymnastic Coaches Hall of Fame.
Patrick coached football and track at Federal Way High School for 25 years. He ended his career serving as athletic director. Patrick’s football teams during the 1970s excited the community with standing-room only crowds rooting for the Eagles. The 1975 team finished second in state and Patrick was selected state coach of the year and Federal Way citizen of the year.