You’d be hard-pressed to find anybody in this region who has had as much impact on track and field than the longtime local track and field coach. Before coaching, the 1954 graduate of Mount Si was an outstanding runner. Pugh placed fifth in the state in the mile his senior year in high school, and was fifth in the NAIA nationals in the 1,500 meters and 3,000 steeplechase while at Seattle Pacific. Pugh was the head coach at South Kitsap from 1962 to 1989, and came out of retirement to take over the Bremerton High program in 1998 and lasted through 2010 when his contract was not renewed. Pugh started the South Kitsap Invitational, the Bremerton Relay Classic and he and his wife, Mary, have been involved with the youth track and field program in Port Orchard — now called the Jaguars — for many years. The 1,600 race at the South Kitsap Invitational is called the Lloyd Pugh Mile in honor of his service.
Haselwood, who owned and operated the Haselwood Auto Group in Western Washington, was chosen as the winner of the Rex Brown Distinguished Service award for his numerous donations to help improve local facilities. His charity has helped build the Bremerton Ice Arena, the Pendergast Park Athletic Complex, the Bremerton YMCA and rebuild the Olympic College library after it was severely damaged in a snowstorm in 1996. He’s also given to bring the Special Olympics here and also donated to refurbish the Admiral Theater and build a school at the Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church among other numerous projects. Haselwood died in 2006 of heart failure at 83 years old.
Osborn was the quarterback of the Bremerton High School football team that was formed from the teams of East and West High School when both schools were closed to merge into one in 1978. He helped the Knights make the state semifinals. Osborn moved on to Olympic College to play quarterback, then headed to Central Washington, who had recruited him out of high school. Well regarded as a great leader at both schools, Osborn moved into coaching, as he led Mt. Rainier to the state semifinals in 1990, then moved to Kentridge, where he still coaches.
Osborn’s Got the Right Touch
O’Brien first made his mark as a hard hitting defensive back for the West High School football team. He led the Wildcats to the first round of the newly created state tournament his senior year and was later chosen to play in the first state football all-star game. O’Brien later became a junior college All-American at Olympic College and finished his college career at the University of Cal-Berkley. He would play just three games for the Seattle Seahawks in 1979, then played for a semi-pro team in Yuba City, California for a few years before joining up with the Oakland Invaders of the USFL in 1984. He only lasted half a season and had to retire due to too many concussions. O’Brien owns a highly successful car dealership group and lives in Mercer Island. His son Connor plays baseball for Oregon State University while his daughter Chantel was a contestant on the hit reality show "The Bachelor."
Sights and smells of football linger on for O’Brien
One of the most accomplished horseshoe pitchers in the state, the native of Tillamook, Ore., moved to Bremerton to teach. He discovered horseshoes in 1975 and the teacher was a fast learner. The former Western Oregon basketball player placed eighth in the Open Division of the 1987 World Tournament and won the 60-65 division at the 1990 World tourney. He’s a two-time state open champ and won the 1998 and 2001 Pacific Northwest titles. He was inducted into the Washington Horseshoe Pitchers Hall of Fame in 1998, and continues to compete. Sperber finished sixth in his class at the 2008 World tourney in York, Penn., and his wife, Carol, was 11th in hers.
Dean has been boxing since he was nine years old and was a standout amateur fighter for many years. He won the International Tournament of Champions at 15, the Seattle Gold Gloves 178-pound title in 1977 at 39, the oldest to do so and the World Grand Masters Tournament in Vancouver B.C. at 50 years old. He also co-founded the Sheriff’s Olympic Boxing Academy in 1976 in Navy Yard City with Leo Clough and helped train several fighters like Leo Randolph and Davey Armstrong.
Jack Dean a Heavyweight in the Boxing World
The 1962 East High grad returned to Olympic College after a tour in Vietnam and earned first-team all-conference honors as a first baseman in 1967. He went on to Central Washington to earn all-Evergreen Conference, all-Pacific Coast and honorable mention and second-team NAIA all-American honors in ’68 and ’69. CWU was ranked No. 3 and No. 7 his two years. After playing for the semi-pro Kitsap Outsiders in 1972, Walker turned to teaching and coaching. He’s the third-winningest baseball coach in state history (538-231), winning two state titles (1984, 1992) and making three other Final Four appearances at Connell. A State Coaches Association and Central Washington Hall of Famer, he retired in 2005 and still lives in Connell.