Hall of Fame Class of 2014
At last count, Cliff Nixon has coached for 54 years at six different high schools and middle schools. Family is big in his life! He comes from a family of fourteen (14) kids – he is the second oldest and the oldest son – he has five children, nine grandchildren and one great grandson. Cliff attended Lincoln High School from 1951 – 1954. He attended Everett Junior College and then enlisted in the U.S. Army working as a medic. In 1960, he graduated from the University of Washington with an Education degree having majored in Physical Education and minoring in Social Studies and Math. Upon graduation from UW, Cliff began teaching at Arlington Junior High, where he coached football, basketball and track and field. He coached and taught math at Tyee Junior High School from 1966 – 1983, coaching football, basketball and track and field. In 1981, he coached the Mercer Island track and field team. He moved to Bellevue High School, coaching cross country and track and field from 1982 – 1986. He had a three-year period of teaching math at Tillicum Junior High School. He served as the head cross country coach and head track coach at Interlake High School from 1987 until 1994. In 1994, Cliff joined the Newport High School coaching staff serving as the head cross country coach from 1994 – 1996. While at Newport, he held the title of head and assistant track coach from 1996 – 2004. From 1997 – 2009, Cliff joined John Hill as the assistant cross country coach at Bellevue High School. He also coached track and field at Bellevue from 2005 – 2010. Currently, Cliff is coaching at Newport High School. In addition to coaching on the high school and junior high levels, Cliff founded the Cascade Striders Track and Field Running Club in 1972. It was the first local club to allow opportunities for both boys and girls to compete in age group track and field and cross country. Today, the program is recognized as one of the Northwest’s premier youth running programs. Cliff has had a very positive impact on a large number of other coaches and on a long list of young athletes through the sport of track & field.