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Leonard Pyne

Leonard Pyne

Columbia Basin College
Class of 1989

Len Pyne worked at CBC from 1956 to 1985, spending seven of those years as the head baseball coach, during which his teams won two Northwest championships. As head golf coach, he took his teams through eight Northwest championships, and during all seven years as assistant coach for men’s basketball, the Hawks won seven straight championships.

Pyne was a man of many hats. He was the head of the Physical Education department, athletic director, assistant basketball coach, and head baseball coach all at the same time. His accomplishments as a coach were officially recognized around the northwest when he was inducted into the NWAACC Hall of Fame in 1990.

Pyne emphasized speed, recruiting the fastest athletes he could. He says he figured he could teach them how to hit, as long as they were strong pitchers, catchers, and especially, fast runners. He credits his speedy athletes for his teams’ success. He is proud of the students he coached, including players like Ray Washburn who pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds. Fifteen of his former baseball players went on to play professionally.

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