Phil Pugh

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Pugh was the North Mason High School football coach for 27 years. He took eight teams to state, half of them to the semifinals, and won the Class 1A title in 1982, beating Woodland 28-14. His final season was 9-2; his career total was 162-107. Former Bulldog football players helped get his name on the school stadium in 2011. Pugh, who also coached track and field and was an official in that sport, was a quarterback and distance runner at Mount Si High School, finishing ninth in the state mile when there was only one state meet. His future wife, Ingrid, was teaching at North Mason in 1974 when the Vietnam veteran became the head football and assistant track coach. They were married in 1976 and have two children and three grandchildren.

Kimo Streeter

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Streeter began his career as a swim coach as a Stadium High School senior at the Tacoma YMCA. His competitive specialty was the butterfly. He swam for Stadium and competed nationally for University of Puget Sound. He coached at Curtis Junior High and Mount Tahoma High School and assisted with the Tacoma Swim Club age-group program while earning his masters degree at Oregon State University. In 1967, Streeter became the first swimming instructor, coach and pool manager at Peninsula High School in Purdy where he founded the Peninsula Swim Club. In 1980 he began the Puget Sound Swim Club at South Kitsap High School and Port Orchard. During his 12 years at Peninsula and 15 years at South Kitsap he taught and coached thousands of student-athlete and community swimmers. Streeter coached 14 state champions and four relay championship teams, and beginning with the 1990 Goodwill Games, he participated (in some capacity) in every collegiate, Pacific Northwest Swimming and United States Swimming (formerly AAU) championship held at the King County Aquatic Center — until his wife, Ann, was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2008. In 2004, he received the ConocoPhillips Outstanding Service Award and in 2006 was inducted into the Pacific Northwest Swimming and the Washington Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association Halls of Fame.

Bob Becker

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Becker was a longtime boys’ gymnastics coach for West and Bremerton High School from 1965 until 1983, when the WIAA dropped the sport. He coached teams to top four finishes at state from 1970 to 1983, when they won the state title. Becker also coached the cross country and track and field teams as well. He also works as a certified track official.

John Coker

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The seven-foot Coker, a 1990 graduate of Olympic High School, played for Boise State where he averaged 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds during his four-year career while helping the Broncos to two Big Sky titles and two NIT tournaments. A broken foot late in his senior season kept him from being drafted, but he signed with the Phoenix Suns as a free agent. Coker lasted a year, then moved to Croatia to play in the top basketball division there for a year and led the division in scoring. He played in Spain’s first division the following year, then moved back to the States and signed with a variety of teams such as the Washington Wizards, the Golden State Warriors and the Quad City Thunder of the CBA before a hole in his heart and colon cancer eventually ended his playing career.

Earle M. Sears, Jr.

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Sears first came to Bremerton in 1957 on U.S. Navy shore duty and bowled at Bay Bowl and PSNS Lanes. When he returned to Bremerton in 1970 it was to retire where he and Delores had their two children, Lori and Ron, and where he retired as a Master Chief in 1972. He succeeded Morrie Dawkins as the Kitsap County representative on the Washington State Bowling Assn. board in 1994 and held that position until the State Men and Women merged. In 1996 he was elected state president. With that came life membership in the ABC-USBC. He was inducted into the Kitsap County Bowling Assn. Hall of Fame in 1991. He competed in 20 consecutive ABC-USBC national tournaments, posting a composite average of 175. A native of Long Beach, Calif., his high numbers, all posted since retirement, have been a 792 series, 279 and 278 (11-in-a-row ABC awards) games and several high average and league championship awards.

Field Ryan

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Ryan has long been associated with distance running in Kitsap County and beyond. People who may have never known him have seen him running the roads and paths of the Kitsap Peninsula. Born to Norwegian immigrants in Evanston, Ill., he began running at age 11. In 1945 the family moved to Bremerton and he ran track for Ken Wills at the high school. He lettered four years in track and cross country at the University of Washington, working weekends in his father’s gas station. He and Ann married in 1954 and they were off to Arizona and flight training. Field was assigned to the German Air Force. He nervously flew the first German DC-7 into Britain, certainly not yet over the WW 2 sufferings inflicted by the Luftwaffe bombers. More UW studies led him to teaching math at South Kitsap in 1958, but he quickly moved to West High where he taught math and coached cross country and track, JV basketball and boys gymnastics. Field was a trailblazer for long distance running in this area and a founder of the Kitsap Track Club. He also competed with the Oregon Road Runners and the Snohomish Track Club. He was always an encourager, organizer and participant of running events. After completing an MBA from Pacific Lutheran in 1970 he became Director of Finance and Operations for the Bremerton School District. As a masters runner, he competed in seven world meets, including the Commonwealth Games marathon in Seattle and he ran the original Greek marathon course. Field was 70 when health issues cut short his competitive running.

Darryl Smith

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Smith was a member of the first varsity wrestling team at Central Kitsap High School in 1967, started the program Fairview Junior High and was founder of the program at Olympic High, where his 24-year record was 263-101. His Trojans won 11 league titles. At least 90 of his wrestlers qualified for state tournaments, 36 placed, six won state titles, four became academic state champions, and nine achieved college all-American. Fourteen of his former wrestlers have become wrestling coaches. Smith also co-founded the Chief Kitsap and Noble Firs youth wrestling programs and the Kitsap Ironman Freestyle Wrestling Club. He has served as vice-president of the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Assn. He received the WSWCA Lifetime Achievement award, was inducted into the WSWCA Hall of Fame (2009), and in 1993 was both the WSWCA Class 3A and the Kitsap Sun coach of the year. Born in Hillsboro, Ore., he retired from teaching and coaching in 2004.