On June 4th the Everett CC Athletic Hall of Fame inducted the Class of 2015 in the newly named Walt Price Student Fitness Center.
Mr. Walt Price was a coach and athletic director at EvCC for more than 20 years. His son, former WSU head coach and Everett Junior College Football player from 1964, Mike Price was the keynote speaker at the banquet.
Coach Jim Elsner
Jim began his Everett Community College coaching tenure as an assistant in 1984-85. He worked with newly hired head coach Mike Donchey to re-establish a program that had been on hiatus for two years, and successfully recruited players to join and rebuild the program. He continued as the assistant under Larry Walker until 1999. Elsner lost his battle with cancer that year; the following year the Everett Community College Inspiration and Dedication Award was created and named in his honor. The award is a tribute to Elsner and all he meant to the athletes and coaches whose lives he touched.
Shawn Frank came to Everett Community College after an outstanding high school career at Everett High. In one memorable performance, he scored 45 points and grabbed 20 rebounds. He earned several honors during his sophomore season in 1991-92, including NAACP Student-Athlete of the Year and MVP of the North Division of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges. In his second year with the Trojans, Shawn averaged 28 points and 15 rebounds per game – this led the league in both categories. He continued his academic and athletic career at Central Washington University.
Linda competed for Everett Junior College in 1964 and 1966 as a multi-sport athlete. Already in the Hall of Fame as a member of the 1964 state championship tennis team, Linda also competed in field hockey, basketball, and softball. Program director and Hall of Fame member Dolly Holland led the teams as they competed with both two and four year schools in the region. Livingston also served as treasurer of the EJC Women’s Athletic Association.
Chad came to Everett Community College from Edmonds-Woodway High School and left here as one of the finest performers at the guard position. He was a second team NWAACC all-star following his sophomore season, and was among the NWAACC leaders in assists in 1991-92. Chad teamed with fellow co-captain Shawn Frank during the 1991-92 season and was an effective all-around player who could score, pass, and defend with the league’s best. He continued his education and basketball career at Whitworth in Spokane. Like many of Larry Walker’s former players, Chad entered the coaching profession at Meadowdale High School. He coached at the junior varsity level (basketball, football, softball) and served nine years as the varsity men’s head basketball coach. Meadowdale’s highest finish in the state basketball tournament (5th place) took place in 2010. McGuire still teaches at Meadowdale; he retired from coaching in 2011.
One of the state’s most dominant runners, Shawna Schooley Taylor competed for Everett in 2009 and 2010. She enters the Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility after leading her 2009 team to a NWAACC title. On an individual level, Shawna won four NWAACC titles and is the only school athlete to win back to back NWAACC cross country championships. She holds the school record in the 5k and is second in the 6k. She also held the 3k NWAACC steeplechase record and won the 3k steeple, 1500, and placed third in the 2010 NWAACC meet. She continued her running career at the University of Great Falls and currently lives in The Dalles, Oregon.
In 1955 and 1956, Everett Junior College’s football team featured a strong running game which included running back Tony Softli. Softli also was a member of the track and field squad under coach Walt Price as a freshman and coach Bill Deller in his sophomore season. Softli won four events in the Northern Division meet his second season (100 yd. dash, 220 yd. dash, low hurdles, and long jump); at the 1956 state meet he set a record in the long jump with a leap of 22’ 7 7/8” as part of the state’s third-place squad.
Following his career at Everett, Softli transferred to the University of Washington and became a two-sport athlete at the university level. He set a school record in the long jump (over 24 feet) during his time there. He began his employment career as a mechanic at Boeing, but soon took a position in the recreation program at UW, eventually leading the schools intramural sports programs for over 30 years. He became well-known as a trusted adviser, mentor, and inspiration to thousands of students. Softli retired in 2001 and lives in Newcastle.
1964 Men’s Tennis
Coach Dick Rowley’s 1964 men’s tennis team had one of the most successful seasons in the history of the college. Not only did they win the state championship as a team, the individual accomplishments were also outstanding. Joe Morgan won the state singles championship after a dominant season as the number one singles player. He teamed with Ron Collins to win the state doubles championship. This number one doubles team did not lose a set all year on their way to an undefeated season. Other members on the team roster were Craig Yost, Jay Magill, Fred McMaster, Guillermo “Bill” Jones, Lloyd Broadniak, Ron Springberg, and Bruce Eichelsdoerfer.
2009 Women’s Cross Country
Few women’s cross country teams have dominated both the league and the league championship meet as did the 2009 Everett Community College squad. Their score of 23 points at the league championship meet meant that this team beat the field if the field would have formed a mega team. According to Coach Matt Koenigs, (who was named co-NWAACC coach of the year), there were few, if any, junior college teams in the nation that were as talented. The team outperformed many four year schools along the way, including UPS, PLU, CWU, EWU, Whittier, Occidental, Sonoma State, Portland State, Seattle U., Southern Oregon, and many more. The team swept the first three spots (Shawna Schooley, Valerie Massey, and Kelsey Loomans) and recorded the fifth lowest score in NWAACC history. Team members included Shawna Schooley, Valerie Massey, Kelsey Loomans, Jolene Minor, Amanda Brager, Kelly Talkington, Kelly Brown, Jessica Costigan, Krissy McGill, Lauren Ainsworth, Chelsea Bronn, Kelsey Whipple, Danielle Grams, and Renee McCann.