East Bremerton High School
Hall of Fame Class of 2018
“Rocket” Ron Vehrs was a two time state champion for who began setting records in the 1950 Kitsap County Junior High meet. After graduating from high school in 1953, he was offered a partial scholarship to Washington State College but he decided to stay home and help his father build a new house while he enrolled in Olympic College. In the summer of 1954, he enlisted in the Navy and it was during his military service that he felt called to be a teacher. longtime head coach at East High in Bremerton. He built a powerhouse program rivaled by none on the Olympic Peninsula. At one time he had recorded 13 consecutive league championships. The day after his discharge, he married his wife Virginia, moved back to attend Olympic College, became the co-captain of the track and field team and eventually moved on to Eastern Washington State College where he decided to put family and education first and thus did not run track. Upon graduation, he taught two years at Toledo High School while serving as an assistant track coach. He then moved on to a teaching job at East Bremerton High School and spent his first two years as an assistant coach for the track and field team. In 1966, Ron became the head track and field coach at East Bremerton, a position he held until 1978 when East and West Bremerton merged into one school. Under his guidance, East Bremerton enjoyed great success! His Knights won 53 out of 61 dual meets and 10 out of 13 Olympic League championships. Ron was a pioneer who was responsible for starting the girls and boys cross country teams. During his time, he guided numerous individuals to league and district titles along with numerous state qualifiers.
Described by many as intense and passionate and coach who didn’t like to lose, what he is really known for is his genuine care for the sport he loved and the athletes he coached! Ron cared about each athlete he coached. He was an amazing coach who was very good at developing young athletes into quality track and field athletes. He was very successful at helping athletes achieve what they couldn’t see themselves doing. He had a gift when it came to motivating his athletes and he did it with dignity, integrity and class! He was a compassionate man and it was It was his commitment to his athletes that earned their deep respect and love for him.
It is with the greatest honor that the Washington State Track and Field Coaches Association recognize Ron Vehrs for induction into the Hall of Fame. There isn’t a finer representative of the sport anywhere. Coach Vehrs was a transformational coach who had a profoundly positive impact on the lives of the athletes he coached that inspires them still to this day. It is with great honor that we recognize a great coach for his achievements and his contribution to the sport while acknowledging him as an important influence in the lives of all the young athletes he served as a coach. We welcome “Rocket” Ron Vehrs into the Washington State Track and Field Coaches Hall of Fame.