Upcoming Events
Executive Committee Meeting
Tower Lanes
Feb 08, 2022
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
TAC Lunch Meeting
Tower Lanes
Feb 10, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
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News and Information
President's Message - January 2022
Happy New Year TAC Members and Guests:
This is a challenging time with COVID variants ramping up and many other issues facing our neighborhoods and communities.  The TAC is a positive bright light supporting high school and college sports activities and bringing sports enthusiasts together in Pierce County.
The winter sports season is in full swing with most games on schedule. It would be a great outlet to attend one or more of these games to be a part of the excitement of the competition.
The Executive Committee is working hard to organize the coming events as we start into the second half of our TAC year (we parallel the high school calendar from September through June for our activities).
We welcome your involvement with the TAC and the sports community as a member of the TAC with many volunteer opportunities.  Our goal is to have “many members just doing a little bit”.  If you have not renewed your membership, please consider contributing your dues as well as connecting to one of the approximately ten committees.  Also, please attend a second Thursday noon lunch meeting and the alternating month third Thursday evening meeting.  We would love to see you. 
If you have any thoughts or suggestions for the TAC we would appreciate hearing from you.
Thank you for your participation at any level and we look forward to connecting soon.
Happy New Year!
TAC President    
Ben B Cheney Foundation Scholarship Opportunity 2022
The application period is open, and the foundation is accepting applications through March 15.

One student athlete will be selected from each of Pierce County’s 32 high schools, and one from Ben Cheney’s hometown of South Bend, to receive the $3,000 scholarship.

Through this scholarship, we aim to follow Ben Cheney’s vision and support outstanding student athletes in Pierce County who plan to attend a vocational, 2- or 4-year school in the coming fall.
Basic criteria include;
  • Must be a high school senior
  • Graduating this year from a Pierce County or South Bend high school
  • Who played at least one year of a WIAA varsity sport
  • And plans to attend a voc/tech, 2- or 4-year college in the fall
You can find all program information, eligibility, and the application online at
Shiramizu joins PLU Athletic Training Staff
TAC Club Runner App
The Tacoma Athletic Commission is in the process of implementing a new online software call Club Runner.  This software will help manage membership, event, our website and much more.  Included with this implementation is a smart phone app.  This app provides easy access to many features of the new website.  The app is available for iPhones and Androids.
Completely, free to download and use, this app will let you access the key info you need while you're on the go. Password protected just like your website, the ClubRunner Mobile app allows you to to view your member directory, contact your members and executives, read the latest articles posted to the website, learn more about upcoming events and speakers, and view meeting details, right from your smartphone or tablet!
Immediately view the most up to date member directory, upon login. You can browse your member profiles which give you the necessary contact information you need to connect with just one click. Make a call or text, email them directly from your device, or even add them to your contacts list.
View the latest feed of home page stories that are on your own website and your district's site, directly on your phone, so you never miss any information!
Access all of your upcoming events and calendar items, and view event details, including associated links, download files and venue map. 
View your meeting day, time and venue, complete with a Google map for directions through the new Club Info page right from your phone.
WIAA's December Team of the Month (Football) - Graham-Kapowsin
The Graham-Kapowsin football team had a magical season finishing 14-0 and defeating Lake Stevens 44-7 to win the 4A State Championship. Their dominance helped earn the Eagles an invitation to play in the National GEICO State Champions Bowl Series game in Las Vegas, at Bishop Gorman HS. The match-up was against Georgia 7A State Champion and nationally-ranked Collins Hill HS, who was heavily favored. Both teams battled back-and-forth through the game, but it came down to a 32-yard touchdown pass, with one second remaining, to seal the game for the Eagles, 40-36. Finishing the year, GK team members earned 10 all-area selections and had the Washington Gatorade Player of the Year. To wrap-up the team's accomplishments, their head coach Eric Kurle was selected as a finalist for the National Coach of the Year in the 2022 All-American Bowl.
Coach Kurle Selected as a Finalist for the 2022 All-American Bowl’s Coach of the Year Award
The All-American Bowl Selection Committee announced the finalists for the prestigious Coach of the Year Award. The All-American Bowl’s Coach of the Year honors the nation’s top high school coach for exceptional coaching abilities and leadership skills and acknowledges his role as a positive influence on young Americans on and off the field.

This year’s finalists are:

Vito CampanileBergen Catholic High SchoolOradellNJ
Todd DodgeWestlake High SchoolAustinTX
Eric KurleGraham-Kapowsin High SchoolGrahamWA
Eric MooreCenter Grove High SchoolGreenwoodIN
Pat WardSt. John’s College High SchoolWashingtonD.C.

About the All-American Bowl                                                                           

As an NBC Sports-owned property, the All-American Bowl is part of a marquee lineup of elite events that includes the Olympics, the NHL, the Premier League, and the number one primetime show since 2011: Sunday Night Football. The All-American Bowl is annually the most-watched, most-talked about, and most-prestigious high school all-star event with more than 4,100,000 unique television viewers and over 20,000 in attendance. The history and tradition of the All-American Bowl is unparalleled: 496 draft picks; 74 Super Bowl champions; 190 Pro Bowl selections; 16 Heisman finalists including, but not limited to: Odell Beckham Jr., Christian McCaffrey, Tim Tebow, Derrick Henry, DeVonta Smith, and Trevor Lawrence. For more information, visit, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@AABonNBC)

WIAA Week 18 Athlete of the Week
Anderson, a four-year starter, scored his 1,000th point for the T-Birds. He is averaging 32 points, six rebounds, six assists, and five steals a game. The senior is a 3.0 student and is being recruited to play high-level college basketball.
WIAA Week 16 Athlete of the Week
Andersen, a freshman, recorded the first double-double of her career, when she scored 16 points and pulled down 15 rebounds, in the Cruisers loss to Morton/White Pass. Earlier in the week, she knocked down 11 points against La Center.
Shanaman Sports Museum Locker Room Chats with John Zamberlin
The Shanaman Sports Museum's Locker Room Chat is a video interview series that highlights athletes, coaches, officials, teams and great events, moments and accomplishments in the history of sports in Tacoma-Pierce County.
The latest episodes feature John Zamberlin, Linebacker for PLU & Kansas City Chiefs and football coach at CWU.  This is a two part series available on YouTube.
Part 1:
Part 2:
Upcoming espisodes include:  Lloyd Blanusa, Joe Stortini, Dean Nicholson, Marv Harshman and Ken Still.
You can access past episodes on the Sports Museum's Locker Room Chat page featuring McArthur, Robertson and more. 
Tribute to Champions 2022 - Save the date and sponsorship
The Tribute to Champions will be held on Tuesday, May 17th from 5:30-8:00pm at the McGavick
Conference Center in Lakewood. The Distinguished Achievement Awards will be presented and the Class of 2022
inductees into the Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame will also be honored.
This event is in need of sponsors and souvenir program advertisers. Visit our downloads page information for details. Save the
date and contact Marc Blau at 253-677-2872 or at for additional information or if you would like to
support the event.
The Last Hurrah - The final banquet
The Last Hurrah—the final banquet of the Tacoma-Pierce County Baseball-Softball Oldtimers (a TAC function) will be held
on Sun., March 20th from 2:00-6:00pm at the McGavick Conference Center in Lakewood. 
The Tacoma-Pierce County Old-timers Baseball-Softball Association was conceived and organized to recognize and honor those participants whose commitment and dedication has resulted in a significant contribution to the history of those sports in the Tacoma-Pierce County community.
Class of 2022 Oldtimers Hall of Fame Inductees
Dill Howell Award: Bobby Adams, Rosy Ryan, Mikal Thomsen, Ben Cheney
Meritorious Service Award: Gary Brooks and Sandy Molzan
Marv Scott Coaches Award: Barry Aden, Dennis Mullens, Joyce Wolf, Roy Young 
Cy Greenlaw Oldtimers Award: Mary Jane Bramman Cooper, Kathy Hemion, George Grant, Earl Hyder, Dick Zierman, Lloyd Blanusa
Baseball: Tony Barron, Henry Bender, Mike Brooks, Gregg Leach, Jim Nettles, Mike Wholey    
Fastpitch:) Audrey Lakowske Vaughn (Women’s) and Brian Sonntag (Modified)
Slowpitch (Women’s): Rhondi Adair, Lisa Barron, Cindy Van Hulle
Slowpitch (Men’s):  Steve Bull and Danny Cooley
Umpires: Craig Bolton, Melodie Fox and Lola Morrone
Broadcasters/Sports Writers: Mike Curto, Bill Doane, Jerry Howarth
Sponsor: Durobilt Furniture (Al Scott, mgr)
1915 South Tacoma Tigers Baseball team
1970s-80s Little Jim’s Pub/Evergreen Excavation Slowpitch team
1980 NEAA Tacoma Longshoremen Connie Mack team
Tipping the Cap:
Ron Zollo                    Assistant GM, Tacoma Tigers baseball team.
Don Mooney               1947 Tacoma Tigers batboy
Giovanni Tomasi        1948 Tacoma Tigers batboy 
Ken Higdon                 1978 T-Yankees batboy to Cal Angels clubhouse manager
Nick Tucci                    Usher/Ticket Taker-Tacoma Giants and Cubs
Quinn Wolcott            Major League Baseball Umpire-Debut 5/27/13       
Bill Ruth                      Senior Slowpitch—W.E. Ruth Realty
1988 Tacoma-Pierce County High School Sister City Exchange team
This event is in need of sponsors and souvenir program advertisers. Visit our downloads page information for details. Save the
date and contact Marc Blau at 253-677-2872 or at for additional information or if you would like to
support the event.
We would like to thank all our members for your continued support. If you are not a current member, we invite you to join the TAC. Renewing your membership or joining the TAC is simple. You can renew online with a credit card or you can complete the attached form and mail it into the TAC with your payment. Thank you to all of those that have already renewed their membership for the 2021-2022 year.
Your membership in the Tacoma Athletic Commission allows us to continue to support amateur sports and civic betterment in the Tacoma-Pierce County area. With your support the TAC is able to:
  • Honor student athletes each season for their athleticism, academics, and community involvement through our Athlete of the Year committee.
  • Present scholarships as part of the Tom Names Salute to Sports, in partnership with the Names Family Foundations.
  • Host events such as the Golden Gloves and our annual golf tournament.
  • Provide monthly meetings with guest speakers and a chance for fellowship with other sports enthusiasts.
  • And much more.
Aside from recognition and scholarships, over the years the TAC has contributed to sports and the community in a numbers of ways including:
  • Raised money and leading a successful campaign to vote “YES” for the Tacoma Dome
  • Secured money to build the multi-field Heidelberg Sports Complex
  • The formation of the Tacoma-Pierce County Sports Hall of Fame.
  • Secured a $25,000 grant and contributed an additional $11,000 to purchase Automatic External Defibrillators for all Tacoma School District high schools and middle schools.
  • And many other projects.
Thank you for your continued or renewed membership which supports the TAC and amateur sports in Tacoma-Pierce County.
You may renew your membership online with a credit/debit card - CLICK HERE or you may complete a membership form and mail it along with your payment to the TAC at: Tacoma Athletic Commission, PO Box 11304, Tacoma, WA 98411
Committee Sign-up for 2021-22 year
The work of the Tacoma Athletic Commission is possible because of members and the committees.  There are 10 standing committees within the TAC.  These committees are looking for members to help in a variety of capacities.  There are positions that are hands on, behind the scenes, logistical, technical, and must more.  Please review the list of committees below and see which one you would be interested in joining.  If you are not sure which committee you would like to join and would like to discuss which one would be a good fit for you, contact Karyn Siegrist.  The committees are listed below with their chairs noted.  To sign-up for a committee contact the chair or Karyn Siegrist.  You will see that there are two committees which currently do not have a chair.  If you have been interested in taking a leadership role in the TAC, this is a great way to start the process.
S-1    AOY (Athlete of the Year)     (Chair:  Willie Stewart)
          *Tom Names Salute to Sports
          *TV Tacoma AOY Broadcast
S-2:  ClubRunner                             (Chair:  Karyn Seigrist)
          *Member Communications
S-3:   Corporate Partners                 (Chair:  Mark Mininger)
          *Sports Discount Card
S-4:   Finance                                  (Chair:  Terry Ziegler)
S-5:   Golden Gloves                       (Chair:  Greg Plancich)
S-6:   Grant Awards                         (Chair:__________________)
S-7:   Golf Tournament                    (Chair:__________________)
S-8:   Membership                           (Chair:  Pat Garlock)
S-9:   Programs/Speakers                (Chair:  Jim Whitacre)
S-10: School Connectors                 (Chair:  Aaron Roetcisoender)
Upcoming Events
Executive Committee Meeting
Tower Lanes
Feb 08, 2022
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
TAC Lunch Meeting
Tower Lanes
Feb 10, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
View entire list
Club Information
 Tacoma Athletic Commission
Dedicated to the support of amateur sports and civic betterment in Pierce County
Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Tower Lanes
6323 6th Ave
Tacoma, WA 98406
United States of America
2nd Thursday at Noon at Tower Lanes and via Zoom.
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Venue Map
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