Lakes High School
Hall of Fame Class of 2013
Willie Stewart Jr. served as the head coach of Lakes High School from 1993 through 2006. His impact on the Lakes High School Track and Field program is best understood by knowing how respected he was by his assistant coaches and the students, administration and staff at Lakes. His commitment and hard work resulted in strong success on both the individual and team levels. Under his guidance as head coach, Lakes High School won seven league championships and seven district championships. Three of his teams won a state championship, 1999-2000-2001. During that time, his team experienced a dual meet record of 69 – 24 – 2. During his time as head coach, fifty-six Lakes athletes placed at the state championship meet. This included seven individual state championships and three state titles in the 4 x 100m relay. This success did not go unnoticed by his peers. He was selected as the 2006 Seamount Pierce Division coach of the year and in 2001 he was selected as the Washington State Coach of the Year. Those that worked with Coach Stewart respected him. During his time as the head coach at Lakes, he showed himself to be worthy competitor who was respected by his peers. Coach Stewart strived to help his athletes reach their highest level of performance through hard work. He played an important role in the lives of the athletes on his track and field teams. His influence reaches well beyond the statistical success of his individual athletes and teams; it is measured in the lives of the young athletes that coached as they go on in life.