Sequim HS, Mark Morris HS, White Salmon HS, Lower Columbia CC
Hall of Fame Class of 2004
Chuck Byers has coached in Washington State in six different decades starting in 1955. He coached at Sequim High School, Mark Morris High School, White Salmon High School, Castle Rock High School and Lower Columbia College. Chuck coached nine years in football, nine years in boys basketball, 2 years in diving, 1 year in softball, six years in cross country and fifteen years in girls basketball but it is his time as a coach in the sport of track and field that stands out the most. Chuck has twenty-one years experience as a head coach on the high school level. He has five years experience as the head coach at Lower Columbia College and six years experience as a head junior high coach. Add to that twelve years as an assistant coach in high school and it is easy to see how his impact could be felt by so many different athletes. As a head track and field coach, his teams had two third place and one fourth place finish at the state meet. His teams produced eight individual state champions and six runner ups in high school and one NWAACC champion in college. His coaching experience included great opportunities to work with and mentor outstanding athletes who went on to college such as Eric VanZanten (University of Idaho), Bill Ayers (Washington State University), Mark Robinson (University of Utah) and Caryn Choate (University of Idaho). Chuck’s impact was so great that nine of his athletes went on to join the coaching profession for track and field.
His commitment extended beyond the school season in his work with the Longview Track Club (AAU) and his work with the Seattle Sports Medicine Track and Field Camps. Chuck completed his Level I training and attended the University of Oregon Olympic Learn by Doing Clinic. For fifteen years, he worked to coordinate the Special Olympics program in the Longview area.
Chuck has been a longtime member of the Washington State Coaches Association and he served as President of the Track Coaches Association. He was recognized by the Southwest Washington Activities Association with a Lifetime Membership Pass in 1985. He has given so much and never says “no” to a request that will the sport of track and field and the kids who participate. He continues to support the sport of track and field to this day.