Hall of Fame Class of 2001
Gary Baskett graduated from West Seattle High School where he was the school record holder in the shot put. He attended Wenatchee Valley Community College and then graduated from Central Washington University. He competed in track and field at both colleges. While at CWU, he set the school record in the shot put and placed 9th at the NAIA National Championship Meet. He was selected as the team captain for his Central Washington University track and field team.
His coaching career started with a position as a graduate assistant coach at Central Washington. He had coaching stints at Ilwaco, West Seattle, Lincoln, Federal Way and Wenatchee Valley College before ending up at Mead High School in Spokane. He was the head boys coach at Mead for twenty years. He took a well established and successful program to new heights setting an example that raised many other programs to great heights along the way.
While at Mead, Gary built what was already a successful team into one of the most dominant track and field teams in Washington State history. His boys team won five state championships, placed second four times and third twice in the 3A and 4A classification. His teams produced twenty-nine individual state champions and nineteen High School All-Americans. On of the more remarkable accomplishments during his coaching career at Mead was the 17-year period where Mead won over 155 straight dual meets in the Greater Spokane League. This continues to be one of the longest unbeaten streaks in state history and it raised the bar for GSL track and field to a point where it is one of the most competitive dual meet leagues in the nation. Gary was twice named Coach of the Year in the GSL and was recognized as a Washington State Coach of the Year also.
Today, Gary continues to contribute to the sport of track and field in many ways. He has worked as an assistant coach at the Community Colleges of Spokane and at Mt. Spokane High School, he speaks at various coaching clinics around the state, he is a masters track and field official, a cultural exchange coach for Washington and he remains a teacher at Mead High School.