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2015 RECIPIENTS

Baseball Dave Williams
Girls Basketball Frank Manowski
Boys Basketball Ed Rounds
Football Dennis Mullens
Fastpitch Softball Ken Cheslik
Volleyball Walt Gogan
Wrestling Daryl Eygabroad
Track & Field Ed Viering


Dave Williams, Baseball
Dave Williams graduated from the United States Military Academy and served in the Army for 25 years, retiring in 2000 as a lieutenant colonel. While serving in the military, he volunteered as a coach in youth football and baseball and after retirement continued to coach in volunteer capacity.  He was hired as an assistant football coach at Lincoln High School and subsequently has coached in Bethel and Puyallup school districts.

He joined the Western Baseball Umpires Association in 2004 and is a member of the Executive Board and serves as Head Trainer for Apprentice Umpires.

Umpiring highlights include 2A District baseball games, 2007; 4A Regional, 2008;  2A Final, 2009; 4A District, 2010; 2A District, 2011; 3A Regional, 2012; 3A District, 2013; and District, 2014.


Frank Manowski, Girls Basketball
Frank Manowski’s commitment to basketball is reflected in 48 years of service-18 years with the Western Washington Basketball Officials Association covering boy’s games and the past 30 years working girl’s games for the Tacoma Basketball Board.  From 2011-2015 Frank on the John Webster Scholarship Selection Committee, he served four years on the TBB Executive Board and one year as president. 

During his career Frank has received post-season tournament assignments over a span of 15 years and in 2010 he received the WOA Meritorious Service Award.

A 1960 graduate of Enumclaw High School where he played baseball and basketball, Manowski was employed with the King County Parks Department as a Recreation Coordinator overseeing the entire youth and adult recreational program for the community.

In 1968 Frank attended the very first National Special Olympics Meet as a member of the coaching staff for the State of Washington team. An avid slowpitch player since 1966, Frank’s team won a gold medal last year at the Huntsman World Senior Games in Utah in the 70 and over division.

 


 

Ed Rounds, Boys Basketball
Ed Rounds has loved basketball since playing on a state tournament high school team in Alaska.  He started officiating 24 years ago as a way to give back to the sport and is still doing it with the same motivation.  During those years he has officiated in two state tournaments and 20 district tournaments.  He also has refereed community college games for the past 11 years.

His devotion to the sport also includes helping to run the Western Washington Basketball Officials Association.  He has served on the board for 11 years, including three years as president.  That work includes helping to write the group’s policies as a committee chair.

His son and daughter both played basketball and baseball with Ed coaching them in both sports for 15 years.



Dennis Mullens, Football

Dennis Mullens played and officiated in all the major high school and recreational sports, and his football officiating career dates to the late-1960s and Little League games on Saturday mornings.  He joined the Western Washington Football Officials Association in 1980, served on the board from 1999-2002 and was president in 2010.

Among the many highlights was refereeing the 2002 4A State Final in the Tacoma Dome. Starting in 1995 Dennis trained new and veteran football officials and he also supervised Pierce County Parks and Recreation’s Little League football program for 10 years during the 1980s and 1990s. Dating to the mid-1980s he officiated men’s and women’s semi-pro football, including the 1986 West Coast Championship and numerous Pacific Northwest championship and all-star games in Washington and Oregon. Dennis was an official for the first Russia versus U.S. football game at the Tacoma Dome in 1990.

He has received numerous honors for his involvement in football including the WOA Meritorious Service Award in 1996 and the Mike Burton Award in 2008.


Ken Cheslik, Fastpitch Softball
Ken Cheslik grew up playing baseball on Tacoma’s Eastside and at Lincoln High School, and has spent his adult life officiating all the diamond sports.  He has volunteered his time at the South End and Eastside Boys & Girls Club and Lincoln as a referee and coach.
For seven years he was an umpire in chief for the National Softball Association, and he worked NSA World Championships in Phoenix, AZ and St. George, UT and NSA World Series of Fastpitch in Modesto, CA, Las Vegas and Everett. He worked the NSA Senior Softball World Championships in Las Vegas and Phoenix.
He also has been active in the American Softball Association, U.S. Specialty Sports Association and the WIAA.





Walt Gogan, Volleyball
Walt Gogan joined the Tacoma-Pierce County Volleyball Officials Board in 1980 and served as the 1986 president.  He was the organization’s first person to attain a National Rating status, having achieved that honor in 1989. During his career he has worked in the PAC-8, USA club and NFHS high school volleyball programs. Walt has also worked at 10 state high school championship tournaments including four finals.  He is a longtime USA National Scorer as well.

Walt has refereed numerous times in the high school All-State All-Star series, two NWAC community college championship tournaments and has been a fixture for over 20 years as a top college referee.  In his travels he got to work 34 USA Junior National and 33 USA Adult National tournaments.

If anyone were to bleed volleyball in the community it would be Walt. He officiates year-around and is always willing to volunteer his time to go out and observe officials or sit down and help them learn how to keep score.  His love and dedication to the sport is off the charts.


 

Daryl Eygabroad
Daryl Eygabroad has been a wrestling official for 11 years and has been selected for five WIAA Regional Tournaments.  He has served as the Assigning Secretary for the Western Washington Wrestling Officials Association for the last six years. 

He was part of a three-member committee that revamped and updated the WWWOA Constitution, By-Laws and Operating Principles to bring more accountability to the performance of officials.  He has assisted young officials and the WWWOA, via the development and implementation of a mentor program that pairs young officials with seasoned veterans in a one-on-one mentor program.  He volunteers every year to provide rules training at league meetings and at high school pre-season parent programs.  

For the last three years he has served as the Officials Representative (all high school sports) to the WIAA Region 3/West Central District Athletic Directors Association.   As assigners and schools work to successfully implement and interface new technology programs, Daryl also serves as a technology resource assisting assigners and ADs in navigating through these programs.

As a testament to his exemplary leadership and impact, Daryl was given a special exception to the 15 years of experience requirement and was awarded the WOA Meritorious Service Award after 11 years of experience.  He also was awarded the WWWOA Chris McDonnell Most Inspirational Award for 2007/2008.


Ed Viering, Track and Field
Ed Viering is in his 14th year of officiating with horizontal jumps being his specialty. Certified at the USATF  "Master” level, Viering has worked track & field and cross country competitions at Youth, High School, College, Open and Masters levels. He was honored as 2012 Official of the Year by both the Washington State Track and Field Coaches Association and the Pacific Northwest Track & Field Officials Association. 

At the high school level he has been a Head Horizontal Jumps Official at the WIAA 2A/3A/4A Track & Field State Championships since 2009. He has also been a head official for various events at SPSL and West Central District championships. Since 2003 he has served as head High Jump official for the Easton Invite in Snohomish. Ed is also a Head Starter at dual meets for both Peninsula and Tacoma School Districts.

College highlights include being the Head Horizontal Jumps Official at University of Puget Sound since 2004. He has officiated numerous meets at the University of Washington and Pacific Lutheran University, including Northwest Conference and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championships. For cross country, he worked the 2012 NCAA Division I West Regional Championship.

At the Youth level, he has worked numerous Junior Olympic Association and Regional Championships for both T&F and XC. He was selected for and served at two national meets--- the 2014 USATF Junior Olympic T&F National Championship in Humble, TX, and the 2012 USATF Youth T&F National Championship in Arlington TX.

Masters and Open highlights include working the 2014 USATF Club T&F Championships in Tacoma and the 2012 USATF Club XC Championships in Seattle. 

Ed is the Secretary on the Board of USATF Pacific Northwest and is an instructor/clinician for their Officials Certification clinics. He was awarded the association's Ken Foreman Contributor of the Year Award for 2014.