U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association named Walla Walla High School Track Coach Eric Hisaw the Boys’ High School Coach of the Year for the state of Washington for the 2019 track and field season. Hisaw coached the Walla Walla High School Boys’ Track and Field team to the 4A state title in May.
“This honor is based upon the performance of the Walla Walla High School team throughout the 2019 season and is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of the student athletes, the coaching staff and administration of the school,” said Sam Seemes, CEO, U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Walla Walla High School Boys’ Track and Field team also finished first in the Mid-Columbia Conference this season. The team won every invitational it entered, beating three other state champion teams from Oregon, Idaho and Washington combined within those invites.
“I'm really humbled and feel so honored by this award,” said Hisaw. “It is a truly a fantastic celebration of our entire program and what our boys' team accomplished this year. We also had two individual state champions, Patrick Utschinksi and Jared McAlvey. And obviously, the crowning achievement of the team winning the 4A State Title.”
Hisaw says the award is a tribute to the tremendously talented staff, their hard work, communication, commitment to each other and the student-athletes.
“It's a celebration of what our kids have done and the history they've created this season,” said Hisaw. “I'm so blessed to work with the best kids and staff a head coach could ever be around. This award is an incredible representation of our Track & Field program, its culture, our school and community!”
Hisaw is in the pool being considered for the National Boys’ Coach of the Year. He will learn if he receives this recognition later this month.