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Glen Sherar

Glen Sherar

Yakima Valley College
Class of 1989

Tabbed the “little magician” by George Redmond, Yakima Republic sports editor, Coach Sherar earned the label with his remarkable success against basketball teams having a great height advantage over the Indians. The Northwest championship team of 1957 was a prime example of Sherar’s typically short but quick, highly skilled and disciplined basketball teams.

A graduate of Washington State College, Sherar came to Yakima Junior College in 1935 as basketball and tennis coach, continuing as basketball coach through 1964 and tennis coach until 1977. He served as the college director of athletics from 1946 to 1972, when he retired from his full-time faculty position.

The Indians won conference basketball championships under Sherar in 1940, ’41, and ’42 and the Northwest championship in 1957. His tennis teams were conference champions twelve times and were undefeated from 1936-43.

An avid and highly skilled tennis player himself, Sherar won the National Grass Courts Doubles Championship in the senior 65 age bracket in 1972. From 1967-77, he was ranked No. 1 three times in the Pacific Northwest in the senior 60 and 65 brackets.

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