JIMMY PHELAN – Coach (Football)
Jimmy Phelan was the head football coach at four universities, including the University of Washington from 1930-1941. His career record was 137-87-14 and earned him induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1973. At UW, he went 65-37-9, including the 1936 Rose Bowl. He also coached in the early days of the NFL.
Phelan grew up in Portland, Oregon before playing quarterback at Notre Dame.
ARNIE WEINMEISTER – Football
After a highly successful collegiate football career at the University of Washington, Arnie Weinmesiter stepped into the National Football League with the New York Giants and promptly gained fame as a defensive tackle. He was an All-Pro performer during five of his six seasons with the Giants and has one of the shortest careers ever for an inductee in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A native of Saskatchewan, Weinmeister also played in the Canadian Football League after his NFL career.
HARRY GIVAN – Golf
Harry Givan hit a hole-in-one on the 12th hole at Seattle’s Inglewood Golf Club when he was just 11 and won the first of many tournaments two years later. A graduate of Seattle’s Lincoln High, Givan was a boxer to raise money for golf clubs. He had 22 knockouts. Givan played golf at the University of Washington, graduating in 1933 with an engineering degree. After winning several local and regional amateur tournaments, Givan was selected to the 1936 U.S. Walker Cup team competing against Great Britain and Ireland in New Jersey.
Dr. HARRY DEEGAN – Horse racing
Harry Deegan first gained athletic notice as a football player and track sprinter from Tacoma’s Stadium High School in 1911-1912. From an obituary snippet upon his death at age 85 in 1976 in Shelton: “The grittiest runner ever developed on the Stadium track; a demon over the 220 and 440 distances. A fellow who won friends by his geniality, and admiration by his unassuming, dogged courage. Known to fame as the “old man” of the football team.” Deegan went on to run track at Washington State University before completing dental school at the University of Pennsylvania.
Upon returning to Washington, Deegan started a dental practice in Shelton and developed a farm called Lorraine Dairy that became the home of his thoroughbred racing operation. Deegan became one of the early presidents of the Washington State Horse Breeders Association and helped draft the state’s horse racing code in 1933.