ARTHUS BUCKNER “BUCK” BAILEY – Coach (Baseball)
An outstanding Texas A&M collegiate football player and subsequently a star with the Olympic Club in San Francisco, Buck assembled a brilliant baseball coaching record over 34 seasons at Washington State. From his WSU Hall of Fame bio:
“Arthur “Buck” Bailey came to Washington State as an assistant football coach and became a legend as its colorful and winning head baseball coach (1927-42, 1946-61). At WSC, Bailey’s teams won 11 Northern Division titles, including 10 outright. The Cougars made two trips to the College World Series under Bailey and his 1950 squad finished national runner-up to Texas. In his 32 seasons, Washington State won 603 games and the current baseball home for the Cougars is named in his honor.”
CLARENCE “HEC” EDMUNDSON – Coach (Basketball and Track)
He was an institution at the University of Washington, where he coached basketball from 1920-1947 and track for 35 years. His basketball teams went 488-195 for a .714 win percentage. His 1942-43 team made it to the NCAA Elite Eight. The main arena on the UW campus was named Hec Edmundson Pavilion in 1948.
Edmundson was from Idaho and attended the University of Idaho. He was a good middle distance runner, finishing 7th in the 800 meters and 6th in the 400 meters at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics.
For more, David Eskenazi wrote an extensive bio of Edmundson for SportspressNW.com.
OLAV ULLAND – Skiing
In 1954, Olav Ulland co-founded the Kongsberger Ski Club in Seattle. It was still going strong nearly 70 years later. The United States Ski Association awarded Ulland the Julius Blegen Award in 1957. He was inducted into the U.S. Ski Hall of Fame in 1981. From his induction bio:
“Olav Ulland’s volunteer contributions to skisport and his active participation for more than fifty years mark him among the top sports builders in North America. His influence started in Norway where he ended up as one of the finest ski jumpers of his time: placing 5th in the World Championships, setting a world record in Holmenkollen and winning many international competitions in Europe. Olav Ulland was the first jumper in the world to jump over 100 meters – that was in 1935 – when different clothing, equipment, diet and financing was used.”