High School Sports

Tumwater’s Sid Otton headlines WIAA’s 2017 hall of fame inductees


Not even a full year after retiring from Tumwater High School football, Sid Otton is entering the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Hall of Fame.

The WIAA announced its inductees for its 2017 hall of fame class, which included Otton — the former 43-year coach of Tumwater football and the winningest coach in state history, with a 394-131 record in his 49-year career (which also included stints at Colfax and Coupeville).

Otton was elected to the Washington State Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1996 and received the American Football Coaches Association’s National Power of Influence Award in 2006.

Here are the other WIAA hall of fame inductees:

— Al Hairston (coach)

Hairston won five state championships and compiled a coaching record of 389-132 in his time spent at Garfield, Kent-Meridian and O’Dea.

— Don Freeman (coach)

Freeman won two state baseball titles coaching at Prairie and Heritage high schools. He was coach of the year in 1989 and 1994 and also selected as the United States Olympic Committee Coach of the Year in 2003.

— Cheryl (Byers) Schauble

She was a five-time individual state champion at Pullman High School in track and field before going on to coach Kamiakin’s track and field team, leading the Braves to six state championships.

— Duke Washington

Was an all-state football player in 1951 with Pasco, making him the first African American athlete to be selected to an all-state team. He’s also a member of Washington State University’s hall of fame, being elected in 2008.

— Ron Jones (fine arts)

Jones has led the Port Angeles Orchestra since 1975 and is a member of the Washington Music Educators Association Hall of Fame after being selected as the Washington Music Educator of the year in 2002.

— Dele Gunnerson (administrator/contributor)

Gunnerson was the principal at Peninsula High School from 1974-92 and coached the football team from 1965-68 before becoming a WIAA staff member, taking on a role as assistant exectuive director from 1997-2000. He’s currently serving as as a WIAA Eligibility Chair.

— Craig Smith (contributor)

Smith has written for The Seattle Times for 32 years, producing his column “Sideline Smitty” about high school sports. He retired in 2008.

“These inductees are a great mix of individuals who have impacted the WIAA and high school athletics around the state in unique ways,” said WIAA Executive Director Mike Colbrese in a press release. “The recognition is much deserved for each member of this class.”

The inductees will be honored at an induction ceremony with the 2018 class in the spring of 2018. Details have yet to be finalized.

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