Stadium HS, Curtis HS, Hunt JH, Tacoma Community College
Hall of Fame Class of 2019
While a student at Mount Tahoma High School from 1964 to 1967, Terry Rice tried many sports. Driven by a strong desire, regardless of his size, he found the sport of track and field. This was the beginning of a very long relationship with the sport that eventually lead to his induction into the Hall of Fame today. Terry had the opportunity to compete at a time when the Tacoma area was a hot bed for young hungry distance runners. He worked with the likes of Sam Ring and Pat Tyson and was coached by legendary coach, Bob Ehrenheim. Upon graduating, he was offered a scholarship by Coach Ed Fisher, to compete at Tacoma Community College. He qualified and competed at the Junior College State Championships both years in Cross Country and Track and Field. It was Coach Art Hutton at Central Washington University that provided him the opportunity to compete on the NAIA level where he competed on the national stage in both sports. After graduating from CWU, he continued his running career with Club Northwest.
In 1973, Terry was hired by the Tacoma School District for a health position at Hunt Junior High School. There was no opening to coach track in the spring, but working with track & field greats Sam Ring, Pat Tyson, and Jim Berwold, started a junior high cross-country program. With the spring track job filled, Terry took this opportunity to return to his alma matter and become the first girls track & field coach. Following that one year at Mt. Tahoma, the head position at Hunt Junior High opened up and, over a five-year period, he was able to coach many athletes who would go on and be listed as some of Washington State all-time best. Calvin Kennon, Hugh Hazelquist, Aaron Williams, Jesse Jones, Cheryl Petrovich-Sheehan, and Rob Webster to name a few.
A casualty of a teacher reduction in the Tacoma School District, Terry moved to an elementary school in the 1978-79 school year and became the assistant coach at Tacoma Community College with his former teammate, Bob Fiorito, as the head coach. Then in the early 1980’s, Marv Shain offered him the opportunity to take over the programs at Stadium High School. Over the years at Stadium, there were many state placers who were outstanding track athletes, but Terry consistently gives the credit to his assistant coaches, Tom Tipton, Mike Greenleaf, Jeff Gardner, Russ Smith, and Kim Muenz, feeling strongly that it was because of their strong work the athletes were successful. After a one-year absence to watch his own kids compete, Terry accepted an offer from Mark Salzman (2002) at Curtis High School to be an assistant coach in charge of the jumps. Over the next ten years he was either an assistant or head coach and considers himself extremely fortunate to have coached many of Washington most elite track and field athletes. In conjunction with his coaching, Terry made other vital contributions to the sport of track and field. While at Stadium, Terry began working with Dick Cantrell, official Star Track scorer at the state championships, serving as an assistant for ten years before taking over the head duties after his passing. He worked that position until the move away from Lincoln Bowl.
Terry became very involved in resuscitating old meets. He started with the Lincoln Invitational, founded by famed coach Dan Watson, after his retirement. With the cooperation of his assistants and many in TSD, it was revived as the Tacoma Invite. In the late 1990’s, he worked with his staff to bring back the Daffodil Relays which currently is the 33rd Annual Curtis Viking Track & Field Relay Championships. It was during the early 1990’s that
Terry became involved with the Washington State Track Field Coaches Association after being nominated by his high school coach Bob Ehrenheim. He served two years each as Vice President, President, and Past President. During his service, he was instrumental in the work the association performed getting all eight finalists recognized and scored, at the State Championship Meet. In the late 80’s, he became involved with the Washington Cultural Exchange and served as a coach on trips representing Washington State. In Terry’s own words, “Life’s AMAZING.” He has gone on record as stating that his life’s wish has never been based on wins and losses, it has always been that his athletes be able to reap half of the great memories and experiences that he has been able to experience over his career. With true humility, Terry acknowledges that the sport of track and field has done so much more for him than he could ever do for it! At the center of it all, his life partner, best friend, and wife for over 41 years, Patty, has been at his side. Together, they have five grown children, Renee (Donovan), Bryan, Melanie, Kevin (Seya), and Marc. It is with great honor that we welcome Terry Rice into the Hall of Fame. His tireless commitment to the sport, his important mentorship of his athletes, his collaborative work with all his assistant coaches and colleagues, all his important contributions, and service to the WSTFCA, provide us with the opportunity to honor and welcome him into the Washington State Track & Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame.