Hugh Tower

Hugh graduated from Narbonne HS in California in 1962, running CC and track his senior year.  He attended Humboldt State and graduated from San Francisco State in 1968 with a degree in History.  He taught 30 years at Lakeside in Seattle and coached cross country 20 years.

His boys captured 7 Metro League titles and his girls 13.  Hugh had 27 state qualifying teams, 12 boys and 15 girls.  Lakeside won the Boys State Title in 1980 and his girls earned their State Titles in 1982 and 1991.  Hugh’s two individual state champions were Helen Wilburn in 1988 and Susanna Matson in 1990.


John Chaplin

John introduced cross country to the Yakima Valley League while at Wapato High.  He coached at WSU where he was meet director of the Pac-10 Cross Country championships and the NCAA Cross Country Championships many times.  His teams finished 9 times in the top 10 at the NCAA’s.  He coached 17 NCAA individual Cross Country champions who went on to capture 37 gold medals.