Br. Jerry Sullivan – 2010
Jerry grew up in Seattle and graduated from Seattle Prep in 1955. He attended Gonzaga University and the University of Washington. He taught Physical Education and coached both the boys and girls cross country teams at Bellermine Prep from 1971 – 1978. While at Bellarmine Prep, Jerry developed a solid boys program. With associate coach, Sam Ring, his boys’ team finished 5th in the ’78 State Cross-Country Championships. However, this pales in comparison to the excellence he developed in this girls’ program. Considered a “pioneer” of girls’ cross-country in the state of Washington, Jerry’s girls’, counting the Granger Invitational, made five trips to the state meet (1974-1978). They claimed state titles in ’77 & ’78. “Sully” was ahead of his time in regards to training methods. He developed a winter training program, introduced yoga, and held a preseason retreat for his runners. Jerry befriended many other coaches across the state and encouraged adults to exercise and run for a healthier lifestyle
During his tenure at Bellarmine Prep, Jerry Sullivan built a community of runners. A firm believer in the development of one’s mind, body & spirit, athletes flocked to his program. “Jerry changed the lives of families & encouraged our parents to start running &/or incorporate physical fitness & the outdoors into their lives,” said Molly Hagan, who nominated Jerry Sullivan for the 2010 Bellarmine Booster Athletic Hall Of Fame.
Greg Hayashi was born in Wahiawa, Hawaii, in 1949. He graduated from Iolani High School in 1967. During this time, Hayashi lettered in football, basketball & track & field. Hayahsi then traveled to Spokane’s Whitworth College where he majored in physical education. Greg participated in football & track & field while at Whitworth. He taught and coached Cross Country and Track & Field at NW Christian School (Nine Mile Falls) from 1977-92. While at the helm of Northwest Christian, Greg’s cross-country teams claimed six league & two district championships. Eight teams qualified for the state championships, finishing 4th – 11th. On each occasion being the first B-Class school to place in the larger A-Classification only race.Greg also coached two state champions – Mike McGlade & Kelly Charbonneau.
He moved back to Hawaii and taught and coached (Basketball and Bowling) at Hawaii Baptist Academy. Greg’s bowling teams have won 5-State Titles and he continues to officiate at high school and college basketball games.
Art Frey was born in Vancouver, Washington, in 1907. At an early age, Art’s family moved to Yakima. During high School, Art was a varsity hurdler on the track & field team. Following high school, he attended Washington State University where he majored in secondary history & physical education. Art wanted to be a high school track & field coach.
After eleven years at Yakima’s Washington Junior High School, Squinty Hunter at Lewis & Clark High School hired Art in 1942. For the next twenty-six years (1942-1968), Art taught & coached cross-country/track & field for the Tigers. During this time, his cross-country teams claimed twelve city & five state championships.
Looked upon as a “pioneer” in the sport of cross-country in Spokane, Art helped lead a new era of athletic performance & notoriety in Eastern Washington. Art Frey, known affectionately as the “Gentleman Coach”, passed away in 1980. Art and fellow rival Tracy Walters (Rogers H.S.) issued in a new era of distance running dominance and notoriety for the Spokane area. His boys also won the 1962 State Track & Field Title in 1962.
Art Hutton was born in Abingdon, Virginia, in 1923. Art was an athlete growing up. He participated in football & track & field. Following high school, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Art operated a tail gun on a bomber during many missions flown over North Africa. After his discharge from the military, Art enrolled at the University of Washington on the G.I. bill. This led to Art’s first job at Clover Park High School in 1949. Thus began his life-long passion as a teacher & coach. Later in his career, he coached at West Valley-Yakima, Eisenhower, Central Washington University, Yakima Valley Community College, Bellarmine Prep and the University of Washington. His girls’ cross-country team at Bellarmine Prep claimed a state championship and he won the 1952 boys’ State Track and Field Championships as well. He served as President of the NAIA Cross Country Coaches Association, coached the Moroccan Olympic Track & Field Team. Art founded the Clear Lake Cross-Country Camp (1974-1986) with the assistance of George Olsen & Phil English. His final coaching assignment was at his alma mater – the University of Washington (1982-1985). Art Hutton passed away in 1986. He is survived by his sons, James & Jonathan, both from Yakima.