Hall of Fame Class of 2003
A graduate of O’Dea High School in Seattle, Greg Brashear was a three-year letterman in football and track and field. Greg spent two years attending Shoreline Community College followed by a four year tour in the United States Air Force. In addition to his military duties, he participated in a variety of sports. Anyone who attends the state track meet each year is hard pressed not to run across some indicator as to the influence Greg had as a coach through the program he built while serving as the head women’s coach at Garfield High School.
In 1972, Greg began a thirty year career with the Seattle School District. He became known as one of Washington’s most personable high school coaches. His Garfield women’s track and field teams won eight state championships and were always a considered a contender for the state title. During his tenure, his Garfield squads led the all time girl’s scoring totals in state competition by a wide margin. Along with the state titles, numerous league titles were won. Many of the women on the Garfield teams went on to win individual league and state titles as well as place. Current state 4A records are held by Garfield women who competed for Greg in the 400m Relay (47.05), the 800m Relay (1:39.12), and the 400m (54.34). Shirley Walker also held a state record in the women’s 100m Hurdles during his time as the Garfield coach with a time of 13.71.
Greg remains a track and field enthusiast to this day. He continues to use his expertise in athletics as an assistant in the Seattle School District Athletic Office. It is with great honor that we welcome the man that helped put the Garfield women’s track and field program on the map of Washington State High School Track and Field. He is a welcomed addition to the Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame.