Hall of Fame Class of 2009
Duane Lewis has served as the head track and field coach at Lynnwood High School since the school opened in 1971. The 2009 season will be his 38th season as the Royals head coach. In fact, the 2009 season will be his 43rd season as a track and field coach. During his time at Lynnwood, Duane has coached twenty-six individual state champions and another twenty-five athletes who were runners up. His 1990 Girls team and his 1994 Boys team both won a state title. His Lynnwood teams have placed in the top five at the state meet ten different times, including a stretch from 1991 through 1996 when his boys teams won six straight state trophies along with fifty-eight straight dual meets that stretched over a seven season span. A similar streak of 44 straight wins was put together by his girls teams from 1986 to 1991. In 1979, his Lynnwood Boys team won their first league championship. That was followed by the first Girls league championship in 1980. Since those first titles, his Boys and Girls teams have won thirty Wesco and Northwest District championships. He was selected as the 1990 Washington State Coach of the Year.
Duane graduated from Shorline High School in 1961. He attended Seattle Pacific University where he lettered in track and field three years. He was the school record holder in the 440 yard dash and team captain in final year at SPU. In 1966, Duane began a thirty-five year teaching career in the Edmonds School District. His first stop was Edmonds Junior High School but he made a move in 1971 to the newly opened Lynnwood High School. Duane served as the head boys coach until 1976. At that time, he agreed to take over the girls job as well, a “temporary” combined position brought about by a levy failure. Thirty-four years later, Duane is still the head of the combined boys and girls program at Lynnwood. Three of Duane’s former athletes are head track and field coaches in the Wesco League.
Duane is the father of three daughters and has eight grandchildren. His enthusiasm for the sport of track and field, his sense of humor and his huge smile have made Lynnwood track and field a special experience for generations of Snohomish County student-athletes. His induction into the Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame is a testament to his numerous contributions to the sport in Washington State.