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Dick Hannula Amateur Athlete of the Year

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Dick Hannula is one of the most successful high school coaches in Washington state history. Hannula's swim teams at Wilson High School went undefeated in 323 meets, which included winning 24 consecutive state championships, the second longest state championship streak in National Federation of State High School Associations' (NFHS) history. He also won two boys state championships as the head coach at Lincoln High School.

Hannula began his coaching career in 1952 and retired 41 years later in 1993. He was one of the developers of the American Swim Coaches Association's Swim America Program. He has coached four U.S. Olympic team swimmers, including Kaye Hall, Olympic and world-record holder for the 100-meter backstroke, as well as Janet Buchan Elway, Chuck Richards, Dick, David and Dan Hannula, and Miriam Smith Greenwood among others.

Aside from Hannula's interscholastic success, he has also coached the Pan-American Games team and five U.S. International swim teams. He served as a manager for two U.S. Olympic teams and one Pan-American Games team.

Hannula was named the National High School Coach of the Year in 1980 and awarded the NISCA National Collegiate and Scholastic Swimming trophy in 1980. He is a member of the NISCA and International Swimming Halls of Fame.

Past Recipients of the Dick Hannula
Amateur Athlete of the Year Award

Year Athlete School
2016 Jenna Mullen
Morgan Weaver
Joshua Garnett
Emerald Ridge HS
Curtis HS
Puyallup HS
2015 DaVonte Lacy
Whitney Conder
Curtis HS/WSU
Puyallup HS
2014 Scott Crichton
Courtney Schwan
Henry Foss HS
Bellarmine Prep
2013 Andrea Geubelle
Taylor Meeks
Curtis HS
Orting HS
2012 Kaleb Shelton-Johnson Lincoln HS/University of Puget Sound
2012 Austin Seferian-Jenkins Gig Harbor HS/University of Washington
2012 Andrea Geubelle Curtis HS/University of Kansas
2011 Alex Montgomery Lincoln HS/Georgia Tech University
2011 Andrew Putnam Life Christian Academy/Pepperdine University
2010 Brie Felnagle University of No. Carolina/Bellarmine Prep
2010 Isaiah Thomas University of Washington/Curtis HS
2009 Johnny Spevak Central Washington University/Puyallup HS
2009 Melanie Roach U.S. Olympics Team-Sumner
2008 Brandon Gibson Washington State University/Rogers
2008 Christal Morrison University of Washington/Puyallup
2007 Kellen Harkness Ohio State University/Cascade Christian
2007 Megan Quann Jendrick Pacific Lutheran University/Emerald Ridge

2006

Christal Morrison

University of Washington/Puyallup

2006

Joe Rubin

Portland State University/Foss

2005

Ryan Moore

University of Nevada at Las Vegas/Cascade Christian

2004

Reggie Williams

University of Washington

2003

Ryan Moore

University of Nevada at Las Vegas/Cascade Christian

2002

Dana Boyle

University of Puget Sound

2001

Chad Johnson

Pacific Lutheran University/Rogers

2000

Megan Quann

Emerald Ridge

1999

Kirk White

Boise State/Curtis

1996

Karl Lerum

Pacific Lutheran University

1997

Shannon Forslund

Mt. Tahoma

1996

Dusty Brett

Bellarmine Prep

1995

Brock Huard

Puyallup

1994

Marc Weekly

Pacific Lutheran University/Rogers

1993

Kate Starbird

Lakes

1992

Sonya Olejar

Bellarmine Prep/Pepperdine University

1991

Damon Huard

Puyallup

1990

Andy Maris

White River

1989

Sonya Brandt

Pacific Lutheran University

1988

Mike Oliphant

University of Puget Sound

1987

Jim Martinson

Puyallup

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