Beamer’s Jun inks to play golf at Western

Mirror staff

Western Washington University men’s golf coach Steve Card announced that Thomas Jun, a senior at Todd Beamer High School, has signed a national letter of intent.

Jun was a member of the Washington State Hogan Cup team in 2006.

As a Titan, Jun was a three-time South Puget Sound League Central Division Player of the Year and a four-time all-league choice. He placed eighth at the Class 4A state tournament as a junior in 2006 and tied for 27th as a sophomore. He will play at the state tournament again this spring.

The 6-foot, 155-pound Jun tied for fifth place at the Washington Junior Golf Association State Championship last summer after winning the district title for the second straight year.

• Legendary girls basketball coach Dennis Olson will be back on the bench starting next season.

For the third time in the past 12 years, Olson is getting back in the coaching game, taking over as women’s coach at Green River Community College in Auburn.

“I’m very excited about being back in Community College basketball,” said Olson. “Green River is a great school and I hope to get the women’s program as competitive as it used to be.”

Olson, 67, carries a rich resumé, including successful stints at Auburn High School and Highline CC. Green River CC athletic director Bob Kickner is thrilled to get him.

“We are honored to have coach Olson join our staff,” Kickner said. “My commitment is to provide the highest caliber of coaching possible for our Green River student-athletes.”

Olson started Auburn High’s girls program in 1974 and created a dynasty. The Trojans were 402-66 under his guidance and reached the Class 4A state-championship game seven times, winning in 1983 and ‘91. He reached 16 state tournaments. Olson retired after the ‘91-92 season, but five years later took a job at Bothell High School for one season. He then coached Highline CC for five years, compiling a 113-41 record.

Olson, named in 1999 by The Seattle Times as the girls high-school basketball coach of the century, jumped to Highline High School in Burien in 2003-04 for one season.

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