Frank Ahern

Frank grew up in Kent and graduated from O’Dea HS in 1944.  At WSU he played varsity basketball and baseball and graduated in 1951.  He started cross country at Franklin High School as an intramural sport.  He was the cross country coach at Franklin from 1961-1967, Seattle community college from 1968-69, and also coached at Garfield.  His boys cross country teams won State Titles in 1964 and 1967.  Frank coached 26 teams as head or assistant coach in a variety of sports.  His most rewarding achievement was winning the wife lottery by marrying his sweetheart Donna.

Brock Hogle

Brock grew up in Seattle and graduated from Lincoln HS in 1951, where he played football and track.  He graduated with a BA and Masters from the UW in 1958.  He taught at Luther Burbank, Hamilton, and Nathan Hale High School.  At Hale he was assistant track coach and the cross country job came along with it.  His teams won 13 Metro titles and placed in the top 6 eight times.  He boys won the State Cross Country Title in 1966.  Brock served as clerk of the course for the 1972 NCAA Track Champs and was President of the Wash State Track Coaches Association.  He also coached the Nathan Hale boys soccer team to a state title in 1985.

Keith Gilbertson

Keith Gilbertson

Keith graduated from Snohomish H.S. in 1945. He graduated from Washington State University and then went back to Snohomish where he started the cross country program. Keith coached cross country from 1956-65 and he was one of the first coaches in the state to coach the sport. In 1956 in the sport’s infancy, Keith helped start the Northwest Cross Country League. His teams competed against schools from British Columbia and ran a postal meet against East Bakersfield H.S. in California.   He won every NW League title from 1956-1965 and had state champion teams in 1960 and 1965. In addition, his teams placed 2nd in 1962, 1963, & 1964 and also had two 5th place finishes. At Snohomish H.S., Keith also coached football, basketball, and helped out in the weight room.