Tim Pelan, who has coached Hoquiam’s boys to consecutive state 1A track championships, has been selected as Washington State Track Coaches Association Coach of the Year, association president Daunte Gouge confirmed Thursday.
The honor covers all classifications in the state, Gouge said. Pelan will also be Washington’s nominee for the National Federation of High School Sports Track Coach of the Year award.
He will receive the state award at the WSTCA Hall of Fame banquet scheduled for noon Jan. 18 at the Everett Holiday Inn.
A 1986 Hoquiam High graduate (where his spring sport, ironically, was baseball), Pelan will be entering his 14th season as the Grizzly track coach. His teams are known not only for their competitive success but their large (for a 1A school) turnout numbers.
Pelan’s Grizzly boys teams won back-to-back state 1A championships in 2012 and 2013. His boys and girls squads have captured numerous team titles in the Grays Harbor All-County Meet.