By Brody Voge in Sports
Three teams and two former coaches will supplement Clark’s Athletic Hall of Fame this Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Gaiser Student Center.
The teams, ‘94 and ‘95 men’s track and field teams and ‘97 men’s soccer team all won the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Championship in their respective sport.
Ken Trapp, head coach of women’s basketball in ‘92, lead his girls 33-0 en route to the championship. During his time at Clark, Trapp recorded a total of 299 wins to 69 losses. “I could say a lot more about those 69 losses than I could say about those wins,” Trapp said.
Although credited for the wins, Trapp praised his players and coaching staff for trusting his system and philosophy during the games.
“We wanted to come into every gym with the impression that the other team was in for a bad day,” Trapp said. “I guess you could say we came in with a bit of a swagger to us.”
Trapp appeared in four final fours and won two NWAACC Championships. His team made history in 1992-93, becoming the first team to go undefeated while knocking off two top ten nationally-ranked teams in the same season.
Dori Hawkey, head coach of women’s volleyball in ‘79-’88, was awarded coach of the year twice and won an NWAACC Championship. Her lifetime win-loss record is 304-90.
Hawkey expected her players to remain focused daily. If one of them yawned at practice, they would spend the rest of practice running Hawkey said.
“Fundamentals will take you places,” Hawkey said. In nine seasons at Clark, she said none of her teams ever missed a serve.
Before coming to Clark, she coached at Ridgefield High School where she won two state titles back-to-back.