Project Description

Bill Harris

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Federal Way HS
Hall of Fame Class of 2007

The teaching and coaching career of Bill Harris started in 1963 after he graduated from Federal Way High School and then the University of Washington. His entire career in education was spent in the halls and on the fields of Federal Way. There, for 33 years he taught mathematics as well as a few other classes tossed in from time to time before serving as the Federal Way High School athletic director his final 3 years in education. During his coaching career, he was an assistant for one season of football and two season of track before assuming the head coaching position for boys’ track and boys cross country in 1965. From that time on, he coached track and cross country; some seasons boys, some seasons girls, and many seasons both before retiring from coaching in 1999.

During his years of coaching, Bill’s teams amassed a combined record of 502 wins, 257 losses, and 6 ties in dual meets. His teams were South Puget Sound League champions 15 times. The Federal Way girls’ track and field team won the state title in 1976, the first ever state title for FWHS, and again in 1993. Along the way, he coached seven individual state champions and five championship relay teams. He served as president of the Washington Track Coaches Association and was twice selected as Washington Coach of the Year.