Tacoma Baptist, Washington High School
Hall of Fame Class of 2014
Mark Smith was an outstanding athlete before he began his teaching and coaching career. Attending Curtis High School, he lettered in football, basketball and track and field. He is the school record holder in the discus and won the 1970 State Title in the discus. He attended PLU where he is the record holder for the discus. He was an NAIA All-American from 1973 – 1975, winning the NAIA National Championship in the discus in 1975. He graduated from PLU with an education degree in 1975 and began his teaching and coaching career at Scio Middle School in Oregon. From 1978 – 1983, he taught at Ford Junior High School and served as an assistant track and field coach at Franklin Pierce High School. From 1984 – 1994, he served as the head track and field coach at Washington High School. His 1989 and 1990 Boys teams at Washington won the State Championship. From 1995 – 1998, he served as an assistant track and field coach at Tacoma Baptist High School. He returned to Washington High School to serve as the head track and field coach from 1999 – 2007. He then coached as an assistant track and field coach at Tacoma Baptist from 2008 – 2011. He added to his track and field duties the position of Athletic Director at Tacoma Baptist in 2007, which he currently remains. In 1991, he founded the football program at Tacoma Baptist and he has served as the head coach ever since. He worked with eleven individual state champions and three relay team state champions. His track and field teams won eleven league championships, eight West Central District 2A championships, and had a dual meet record of 92 – 9, with a streak from 1985 – 1992 of 47 straight dual meet wins. His 1988 Washington team was picked as the #1 Dual Meet Team in Washington State.