|School: Jefferson||Graduation Year: 1963|
Year Inducted: 2017
Sports Played: Track and Field
High School Honors: 2-year Track & Field letterman. 11-time City or State Champion in 2 years of competition. 1st Place PIL and Hayward Relays in the 440 and 880 Relays and 220 Dash as a Junior. PIL Champion in the 100 and 220 Dash- es, 440 and 880 Relays as a Senior; State Champion in 100, 220 and 880 Relays as a Senior. Holds all-time State High School record of 21.6 in the 220 Dash.
Post High School Career: U of O graduate, 4-year Track letterman as a sprinter. On 1965 NCAA National Track Championship team. Inducted into U of O Athletic Hall of Fame. Coached Football, Girls’ Basketball and Track & Field at Mitchell (OR) High School, 1997-99; Track & Field Coach at Marshall and Madison in the PIL, and for 15 years in the Eugene Public Schools, including Assistant Track & Field Coach at North Eugene from 2004-11.
My uncle Johnny Warren was and still is the man who has inspired me more than anyone to get involved in sports. It wasn’t just lip-service; he lead by example.
During my high school years he said if I didn’t take advantage of the opportunity I would one day regret it. Listening to him and getting involved in athletics I was honored with a College Athletic Scholarship resulting in a degree to teach and coach other young athletes for 37 years. It also lead to being inducted into the University of Oregon Track and Field Hall of Fame.
Even though I have struggled through dark times my experience in sports taught me to be strong, resilient, and disciplined. What I have shared with my children and grandchildren is that sports teaches discipline, increases self-confidence, and provides a membership into fellowships that promote positive ideas.